The 50/1.8 is a perfect lens with great IQ. My understanding is there are atleast 4 manual versions of this and the best is considered to be the "Long nose" version. I presume the AF version has similar characteristics.
hmmmmmmmmI went to Photo World today and hiding in the back of the nikon shelf was a cherry 50 1.8 AIS in mint condition. After reading this thread yesterday, what could I do but pick it up, and take it home. The best fifty bucks I have spent in a while. On the D3, the IQ is really nice wide open and amazing stopping down from 2.8-11. Good clean fun. Now all I need is a nice metal hood. Im going to check Keh.
ya, u won't find a better lens for combat shooting ..lolevery nikon shooter should own one... maybe even those who own the 50/1.4 (when they want to carry a far cheaper lens)
it IS the BEST "DEAL" in glass that nikon currently makes
at $100.00 it's a no-brainer
nothing like starting out a reply with an insult..already told u i had a good copy of the 1.8.No, no, no. Correct would be to say, that a good copy of the 50/1.4 is sharper than a bad copy of the 50/1.8 :ø)
But ... how many sample variation do we really see in the prime sector - speaking about Nikon primes? I cannot remember any thread about a bad 50/1.4. When people had problems, it mostly turned out, they were just not used to that thin dof or had problems hand holding.
I read every now and then from you, that you seem to be believe to have a very good copy of the 50/1.4. I don't buy that. I had a 50/1.4 for two years and had the chance to compare that to two other copies from friends and none of us could see any real difference.
I had a 50/1.8 before and got me a 1.4 just to see, if there was more to come. There was little. Bokeh is almost the same just that that "ugly" rendering of highlights is a little tad softer on the 1.4. No gain in sharpness.
Apart from that, I find one is giving away a too much shooting the 1.4 at 1.4. The 50 wins so much on contrast and definition at 1.8 and 2.0 and most of the pictures I see, that have been shot at 1.4, would have lost nothing, if they were taken at 1.8 or 2.0, but would have gained so much more impact. Instead of stopping it just a little step down for that, many 1.4 pictures are pp'ed to extreme sharpness and contrast, often looking somewhat artificial.
Whom did I insult saying what? I told you from my personal experience with three copies and that I do not believe so much in sample variation speaking about Nikon primes. There surely is some - thank you for naming Bandnuts' lens as an example. But I still believe it is seldom enough.nothing like starting out a reply with an insult..already told u i had a good copy of the 1.8.
Yes there is. And your picture is a wonderful example for that. Yes, definitely. For this reason - f/1.4 and the mood thing - I kept the Zeiss, when I sold the Nikon.there's times it's absolutely appropriate to shoot @1.4, especially helpful for keeping the iso down and if u want, for the mood.
So true!but then again, this kind of photogin isn't for anyone. some CAN'T pull it off and some don't care for it.
sorry for taking u the wrong way, gorbuchul..i always figured u a good guy and reasonable. i actually appreciate your input and find myself on the same page for about 99% of what u said here.Whom did I insult saying what? I told you from my personal experience with three copies and that I do not believe so much in sample variation speaking about Nikon primes. There surely is some - thank you for naming Bandnuts' lens as an example. But I still believe it is seldom enough.
Anyway, maybe I had three absolute matching copies of bad ones. :wink:
Yes there is. And your picture is a wonderful example for that. Yes, definitely. For this reason - f/1.4 and the mood thing - I kept the Zeiss, when I sold the Nikon.
But then again I wonder, why some people pp their 1.4 pictures so hard that this mood is pped out of the picture. More natural definition is often just one turn of the aperture dial away.
thanks Oliver ....captured at the mt. angel abby just down the road from me. one of my favorite places to shoot environmental portraits. the light comming in from behind her was reflecting rather nicely off a bronze stain glass window in front of her and to her right. turned out kind of trick for skin tone and over-all effect, imhoSorry to interrupt the technical chat guys, but this is a cool one. How did you light her face here?