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My exotic lens..the esoteric 50/1.4

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by tasnim_fahim, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    with lots of us buying expensive lenses, i am begining to believe that in
    most users mind, price equals performance. i do not deny that quality
    generally comes at a price..but there are some what I call 'evergreens'.

    these lenses do not command high price, have superb performance, but
    have become mundane.

    i am enjoying learning photography with the niikor 50/1.4. it takes me
    to the basics. it allows me to be selective, when needed.

    it can capture the magic light and be fast to stop the action or when the
    light is failing. it is superb for scapes ( all kinds ),full length portraits, and
    makes a wonderful walk-around..if fl suits one.

    just because a fl 0f 50mm was considered 'normal' on film does not
    mean one has to stick to its equivalent on cropped dslr sensors.

    i know of no better lens, to recommend as a must have in their bag.

    i love small alleys and streets in europe:

    [​IMG]


    day nears the end:

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for giving me of your time.
     
  2. JennJenn

    JennJenn Guest

    Nice pics! I was looking for a used f/1.4 as well!
     
  3. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    jenn,

    Thanks for looking. Just make sure it is in good working condition.

    Regards.
     
  4. The 50/1.4 sure is a great lens and has a little magic to it.

    One lens which really took me by surprise was the 35/f2 at f2 I could take night shot with the D2Hs at ISO 200, yup that's right, ISO 200.

    I don't know what it is about the 35 but it has magic just like the 50.

    I think the trinity would have to be for the the 35/f2, 50/1.4 and 85/1.4 but then again the 50 in your hands, equals magic. You always have a knack for taking the right shot.
     
  5. nykonian

    nykonian

    570
    May 4, 2007
    New York
    50mm is the most underrated lens, ever! I really love the size and quality (and price)! Wish it can AF on my D40 though :) 
     
  6. smodak

    smodak

    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    Add the 105 DC and the 180 2.8 to it to make it infinity:657:
     
  7. Let's not forget the 200/f2 :smile: I should have specified the trinity for me... :biggrin:
     
  8. Granted but I already have the 85/1.4, with the D2Hs it makes one hell of a combo. Julien uses his D2H with a 85/1.8 and his images are spectacular.

    As far as the 35mm is concerned it has to do with the way it is built, such an amazing light gathering lens and renders the colors like very few lenses.

    35mmf2construction.
     
  9. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    Dude,

    Blushes and thanks you.

    Tried 2 35/2. both had problems and gave up. I am sure a good 35/2 must
    be excellent.

    Take care.
     
  10. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    Agree. manual focusing seems to be the in thing. ask the m owners!!

    take care.
     
  11. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    Greg,

    Thanks and good luck with your 35/2. has an excellent reputation and for
    proof of that see Nuteshack's pics with it. UF and ED are also masters
    of the 35/2.

    Regards.
     
  12. smodak

    smodak

    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    180 F2.8 is Poor man's 200 F2 :505:
     
  13. I always seem to be the most creative and have the most fun when using my 50mm 1.4. It really is great glass.
     
  14. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    lovely captures, Tas ..these both have a "film" look to them..thanks for sharing:biggrin:
     
  15. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    Dave, that is great. Exactly how I feel.

    Regards.
     
  16. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    The first one overexposed in all modes and at all apertures.
    Stayed with nikon for 3 mnths.

    gave me a second one instead..brand new. random overexposure this time.
    it works sometimes and sometimes..wooshh..my exposure is all over the place.

    discussed with nikon about oil in the blades, the weather ,the imf..
    just stopped using it after this.

    i don't want to know how equipment functions ( well mostly ), i just want
    it to function, get out of my way and do what i ask it to do and what is
    supposed to do.

    end rant.

    regards.
     
  17. I agree, it's not the price of the lens that gives the best photos, its the person behind the camera, and you have shown it here. I only have the 50 f/1.8 and extremely happy with the results I get from this super cheap lens.

    These are really great looking shots. As Nute stated, it has that "Film" look about them. If you don't mind me asking, but what PP did you use on these to get the final result?
     
  18. Nice shots

    Really like the alley pic.

    I too was going to purchase the 50/1.4 with the D50 last year. Then I read a few posts about possibly bumping into walls inside so I opted for the 35/f2 and don't regret it at all. I too find myself thinking about the picture more and using the feet to zoom. Personally I like the wider perspective the 35 offers but have nothing against pics from the 50 either.

    I'm sure people can't go wrong with any of these little "evergreens" so eloquently put by tasnim_fahim. The 35/f2, the 50/f1.4, 50/f1.8 and the 85/f1.8 all seem to fall into this category.
     
  19. I agree... love the alley shot and love my 50mm 1.8. The others are on my short list!
     
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  20. tasnim_fahim

    tasnim_fahim

    498
    Oct 2, 2006
    riyadh
    Wally,

    for the alley image here's what i did in ps:

    duplicated layer,changed blend mode to soft light, opacity control to taste.
    used high pass filter for sharpening and resized for the web.
    writing takes much longer than doing!!

    hope it helps.
     
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