Friday, August 24, 2012

Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G Lens

I’m a lucky new owner of a brand-new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens. I want to share a couple of thoughts on how that came about, choice, acquisition and planned use.

Wide-Angle Decision


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens.I mentioned earlier that there exists a possibility of us taking a trip to Grand Canyon in the near future. As I was looking through my old shots of the canyon taken with my old D70 camera — a lot of them were taken at 18mm (the widest I had — 27mm equivalent on full frame) and a lot of them feel kind of crammed — like there just wasn’t any more room left in the frame. Landscapes are the primary reason why I would want to own a good wide-angle lens.

There is always an alternative to using wide-angle lenses that could work in a lot of cases for landscapes. Just take several shots with a normal lens and then stitch them together in a panorama. However there are certain problems with that approach — taking an HDR shot for example would be much more complex. Using a long exposure filter such as Big Stopper would be it impossible.

And then there is a number of other types of photography that can be done with a wide-angle lens forcing a photographer to get much closer to the subject, thus changing the perspective — an interaction of the subject with the background.

Budget


Wide-angle Shublik.I had my eye set on a prime Nikon lens for portraiture — 85mm f/1.4G — for a long time now. The problem of course is the fact that this particular lens costs $1,700, however all the reviews confirm that the lens is worth it. Or at least that was the case until Nikon released a new 85mm f/1.8G lens.

I read a number of reviews on the new lens and a lot of them show that it performs as well as its big brother in a lot of cases. It doesn’t have nano-coating which reduces the flares and it loses 2/3 of a stop as far as aperture goes. But the kicker is that it costs $499. Now that’s is a huge difference. For a professional photographer that 2/3 of a stop might be worth it, but I as an amateur just cannot justify paying an extra $1,200 for something that would be simply a nice-to-have at my level. I just can’t.

By settling with a f/1.8 lens I was able to free up a large chunk of change from the budget that was allocated for 85mm purchase towards the New Year.

Wide-Angle Lens Options


Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G vs Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G.Choosing an actual lens from the available options was surprisingly easy. I was not considering any 3rd party choices as I am extremely happy with all my Nikkors. Out of available Nikon option there were really only two lenses that were in the final “competition” — 16-35mm f/4G and 14-24mm f/2.8G lenses. The older 17-35mm f/2.8D lens has been bested and at this point doesn’t make much sense.

To break it up I ended up picking out 16-35mm lens over 14-25mm lens for the following reasons:
  • It has filter thread, while the other one does not. Even thought 14-24mm can be outfitted with filter it becomes a huge expense on its own with the need of a special and expensive mounting bracket and much larger filters.
  • Cost — $1,139 vs $1,996.
  • Better flare control — the other one has a very spherical front element.
  • Not as wide, but bigger range — really nice thing to have for walking around, without constantly swapping lenses out.
  • Weight — 680g vs 969g for 14-24mm and 900g for 24-70mm.
  • VR II — Nikon’s lens stabilization system that promises 4 extra stops. Not really a factor for me, but I guess it’s nice to have.

Arosha playing on iPad.The lens doesn’t let in as much light at f/4 as the other one does at f/2.8, but as far as landscape photography goes this is a non-issue at all, since most of landscape shots will be taken at least at f/8 and on a tripod. Even though 14-24mm is a superb lens and 16-35mm has a lot of distortion at 16mm (easily fixed in post), 16-35mm was clearly the best choice for me that offers great sharp results with a lot of versatility.

Buying The Lens


These days it seems that after doing all the research and making a decision, actually buying a Nikon lens is the hardest task of it all. There was no stock at B&H, Adorama, Amazon or any other vendors that I’m familiar with. The price at Adroma was at $1,159, at B&H it went up to $1,179 and there was still no stock and Amazon kept getting them 1 item at a time (returns?) and was pricing them at $1,259.

Difference in perspective. Flash heads at 16mm.I saw a mention on one of the forums that Samy’s Camera has them in stock, but since I was unfamiliar with that store I decided not to risk it. Meanwhile I kept checking all the verified sources and ended up stumbling on a seller offering these up for sale through Amazon for $1,139. And what do you know? It was Samy’s Camera. They had 4.8 out of 5 stars rating with more than 2,800 votes in the past year.

Considering that it was the best price that I’ve seen and having the safety of ordering through Amazon I placed an order. The lens was shipped to me the same day and I received it soon after. I’ve done some minor testing within the confines of our apartment and I like how it handles and performs so far very much. Here is another good vote for Samy’s from this happy customer.

Difference in perspective. Flash heads at 70mm.Now I just need to get outside an do more shooting and start learning to work with a wide-angle lens — I didn’t have one in a long time and for some reason I never used the one I did have for my DX camera. We’ll see how I do with this one.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Grand Canyon

Grand CanyonTwice in my life I’ve been to Grand Canyon and both times I have been amazed. It is the wonder of nature that left the strongest impression in my mind. I think every person should do themselves a favor and see it with their own eyes at least once. Now there is a possibility that I will get a chance to see it yet again in a not so distant future. It’s not a certainty, it’s only a possibility, but it’s the one that I’m looking forward to becoming a reality.

Grand CanyonI decided to look through some old photographs we took during our Phoenix, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas road trip that we went on with Alёna back in October of 2005. Since our blog didn’t exist back then I picked out several raw photos that I liked the most and decided to post them here.

Grand CanyonIt is evident to me that my photo processing skills have clearly improved from 2005. Rather I should say that in 2005 they were pretty much at zero — non-existent. I’m thinking of maybe promoting one of these three photographs into my photo gallery section. Which one do you, dear reader, like the most?
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tokyo Canvas Print

Canvas prints in my office.It’s been almost exactly a year since I’ve printed out my Empire State photograph on canvas to hang in my office. Today I picked up another print that I’ve been thinking of doing for quite some time — Tokyo.

Closer view.The first one I took from the Top of The Rock observation deck and the second one I took from the top of Roppongi Hills Tower. I think it came out really well and Costco1 did a really nice job again. I think these look really good hanging side by side. What city comes next?

A pair of canvas prints on the wall of my office.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Manhattan Bridge Weekend

Manhattan Bridge.Lately, every weekend we’re trying to use the free time to full potential. We pick a new, or old for that matter, place and go there to explore, visit, walk and photograph. Last weekend was no exception.

Manhattan Bridge tower.We picked Manhattan Bridge as our target. We already walked over Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges before, but we never had a chance to walk on Manhattan Bridge until then, while it does have a pedestrian walkway as well. Alёna, Arosha and I got into the car and drove over to downtown Brooklyn.

Arosha looking through the guardrail.We easily found parking right in front of the pedestrian ramp to the bridge and got on our way. Manhattan Bridge has subway trains running on it, so I was afraid that such loud noise would scare Arosha. But to my surprise once Arosha saw a train go by he started demanding for more trains! Even though he was covering his ears with his hands every time a train would go by he would stop, look at it and smile.

Brooklyn Bridge and construction of the Freedom Tower.As for my main objective — I wanted to see if I could find a good vantage point of view of Brooklyn Bridge for some cityscape shots. And as I suspected the views were spectacular. Even though there is a metal mesh covering the side of the bridge there is just enough space to squeeze a lens through guardrail. I only had my 50mm manual lens with me though, so I couldn’t get as wide of a shot as I wanted to. But it just is another reason to revisit.

One of the downtown streets.We didn’t get too far — we walked as far as the first tower of the bridge. By that time we had enough photographs, Arosha has seen enough trains, managed to pull on every handle in the maintenance covers on the bridge and drew a conclusion that it was not a good idea to jump into the water from here.

Clock Tower. Arosha loved it.On our way back I showed him a clock tower with a large clock on top of it and he liked it so much that he kept asking to see the tower for the next couple of days.

Manhattan Bridge pedestrian walkway.After we got off the bridge we decided to explore the park right on the water under the bridge that we noticed from the top. It was a long walk there, but there was a good playground with a fountain for Arosha and more great views for me. Brooklyn Bridge on the left and Manhattan Bridge on the right. But again my lens was not wide enough to get both bridges into the frame, but I’m pretty happy with some of the shots that I got.

Hole-in-the-wall gyro place — the best gyro in Brooklyn.And to finish our day we dropped by my favorite gyro place in the whole country. Certainly the best gyro in Brooklyn. I used to eat in this hole-in-the-wall place very very often during the time when I worked at my first full time job nearby at the end of the 90′s. We got a pair of gyro platters to go and the gyro was still as good as I remembered.

BQE. Brooklyn Queens Expressway.It was a good day.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Red Bowl Photo

Alёna and Daniеl at Red Bowl.Several weeks ago Artem was in our part of the world and we met up with him in our favorite place in Williamsburg — a small Asian fusion cuisine restaurant owned by our friend David — Red Bowl.

Artem had oodles of photo gear with him. We setup a flash (otherwise its quite dark in there) and Artem took a photograph of us that we liked. He was kind enough to send me a resulting file in a RAW format, which I dropped into Photoshop and spent an hour or so on it to correct certain things caused by flash as well as I could.

We thought that the end result looked decent, so we’re posting it here.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Space Shuttle Enterprise on top of Boeing 747.I’m totally psyched! We just got back from Fort Wadsworth where we drove to this morning to witness the final voyage of Space Shuttle Enterprise strapped to the back of Boeing 747 to New York Intrepid museum.

Shuttle carrier escorted by a fighter plane.When several weeks ago I heard about Discovery flying in the same manner all over DC I was very jealous of Washingtonians. Needless to say when I heard that the same thing will be happening over New York I immediately took a morning off from work. The flight got delayed twice because of bad weather and it finally happened today, on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Flying over Verrazano Bridge.When I heard about the flyover I thought that Fort Wadsworth would be a perfect location to view it from. It is located pretty high up, overlooking the bay under Verrazano Bridge and has a good view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, although the statue is pretty far and is somewhat hard to see on the photographs taken with a normal lens.

View of Enterprise from Fort Wadsworth.Early in the morning I packed my gear — my usual 24-70mm lens, but this time I also took my 70-200mm lens and the 2x teleconverter that I have laying around which never gets any use. And I’m very glad I did.

Flying over the Statue of Liberty.We were really hoping that it will get closer to our location than the Statue of Liberty and this morning I had found two maps of its possible fly path and on both of those there was at least one pass over the bridge. Since NASA never disclosed an exact fly route I was hoping that these maps were true.

A big crowd has gathered at Fort Wadsworth.When we got to Fort Wadsworth I realized that my secret spot isn’t so secret. It was as crowded as I’ve never seen it before, but it wasn’t bad at all. There were plenty of parking spots left and we easily found a good viewing spot near the edge where I setup my tripod. Even though I knew I can’t fix the camera completely it still provided good support for those telephoto shots.

Arosha being completely unimpressed by the shuttle.There were a couple of guys with radios who were getting constant updates. They told everyone when the plane was 2 minutes out. And then it appeared through the cables of Verrazano Bridge. I started with my 24-70mm lens to get good landscape shots of the bridge with the plane.

My dad and I.By the time it passed the bridge I switched over to my 400mm setup, but was quite late to get any decent shots. Nobody was sure if we were going to see it again or if it was going to cut through the middle of city on its final route to JFK.

Flying by Freedom Tower.Luckily we didn’t have a long wait. It again showed up over the Statue of Liberty — it was hard to see with a naked eye, but I could see it very well through the lens. To the happiness of all the photographers and observers the shuttle carrier did a second pass right over the bridge and I got a good number of great close up shots with the plane taking up the full frame.

Space Shuttle Enterprise on top of Boeing 747.I was so ecstatic that I started clapping and the other people followed too. It was a good and fun event for us, but Arosha found it quite boring. Later he is going to see these photographs and he’ll be able to say that he was there, although not too happy.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

iPad Retina Wallpapers

When Apple released iPad 3 with a retina screen I had to update some of my favorite wallpapers to take advantage of the full resolution of the new device. I have been meaning to share these wallpapers with whoever might want to use them. For those of you who like the photographs, but have an older generation iPads I’m posting the images in both resolutions — 2048×2048 and 1024×1024.

Path


Path

Wood


Wood

Grass


Grass

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lee Filters Set

Old pier on Rockaway. 10-stop ND and 2-stop soft GND.Last summer I have managed to misplace a couple of my graduated neutral density (GND) filters that I have acquired years ago and was using for my landscape photography. My original set was made by Cokin (P) which was just OK, but not exactly perfect. I decided to take this opportunity and take my filter kit to the next level.

LEE filter set.After doing some research I decide to go with LEE — a company based in UK that has made a name for itself it in professional photo filters. The problem is that all of their stuff is handmade and they just can not keep up with demand. None of the major stores had ANYTHING in stock, but after reading a lot of good things about a New Hampshire based reseller — 2filter, I decided to give my business to them.

Filter holder with a single filter attached to a lens.I placed my order in August of 2011 and thus put myself on a waiting list. They are very quick to reply to any communications and keep everyone updated with progress of shipments from LEE on their Facebook page. It’s been a while, but this past Friday I’ve gotten the last piece of my order from them. Can’t stress enough how good they’ve been and if you need filters — I wouldn’t hesitate for a second and do business with them.

Back side of Big Stopper filter. The foam prevents any light from leaking in during a long exposure.Without any further ado I present my new LEE setup — LEE 100mm filter holder (can hold up to 3 filters), LEE wide angle 77mm adapter ring, LEE 4×6 3-stop hard GND, LEE 4×6 2-stop soft GND and the famous LEE Big Stopper — a 10-stop 4×4 glass ND filter. The Big Stopper was actually the biggest hold up — it’s the item that I got this Friday.

Marine Parkway Bridge to Rockaway. 10-stop ND and 2-stop soft GND.At this point I didn’t really have a lot of chances to experiment due to weather, but I was able to take some experimental shots yesterday in the morning. These are not very impressive, but should give a sense of a feeling what can be achieved with these. Big Stopper filter is the most interesting of the bunch. Our trip next week should provide a good opportunity for some great landscape shots.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Second Roll

I’ve received the scans of my second film roll about a week ago and still haven’t posted the photographs. There are a lot of good shots again. I found these the most interesting. The most processing I’ve done on these was cropping and straightening in Photoshop. Nothing else.

Looking up.Arosha was reaching for something up high and I asked Alёna to look up as well. It’s not very sharp, but it just works on this photograph.

Chess.I walked up to these guys and asked permission to take a photo. No response followed. Then one voice said — the silence means agreement. I took a shot and thanked them. No reply followed — they are all in the game.

Seagull at Sheepshead Bay canal.There are a lot of seagulls all around Sheepshead Bay canal. Each pole is occupied.

Alisa.The daughter of our friends Vika and Ignat — Alisa — playing in one of the local parks.

Shublik.Our Shublik is beautiful even in black and white. With age he’s got much easier to photograph even with a manual camera. He’s not a kid anymore.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — even to this day every time I see it I’m amazed by it’s beauty and sheer size. Whenever I have somebody come over from overseas this is the first spot I take them to.

Roll & Roaster.Roll & Roaster is one of the oldest places on Emmons Avenue. This antique car looked very fitting in front of it.

Silhouette.I was sitting on bench at the end of the canal when I saw this man going somewhere in a suite and old style hat. It’s a good place to take photographs of people going on about their business without intruding.

Yom Kippur.On the last warm day of the year people were coming out from synagogues on a day of Yom Kippur to enjoy the passing summer.

That’s all for today. A good set, but I probably won’t be doing more film anytime soon. The age of instant gratification has ruined me.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

More Film

As I said in my previous post I will select more images from my film batch and post them. Here they are. No processing work on these, except for resizing. Straight up scans from the lab.

Williamsburg bicycles.
Manhattan skyline from Williamsburg.
Brooklyn Heights promenade. Arosha's climbing.
Typewriters at Brooklyn Flea.
Arosha and Alёna. Not far from home.
Brooklyn Heights.
More bicycles, this time at Brooklyn Flea.
Alёna and Arosha at Floyd Bennett Field.
Alёna and Arosha at Floyd Bennett Field.
Alёna at Floyd Bennett Field.
Crab at Floyd Bennett Field.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First Film Results

Arosha up close.This morning I got an email from The Darkroom about my film — it has been developed and scans were available for download — they will send the CD with them and the negatives in the mail later. What can I say? I got extremely excited and anxious about looking at them and now that I did look at them I’m even more excited.

Alёna at Floyd Bennett Field. Not sure what caused the scratch.Pretty much all of the photographs came out well. Some might not have a great subject or not have a good composition — this one I definitely should pay more attention to, but overall — great results that are beyond my expectations. Good exposure, good light, good focus, good subjects, great results.

Street. Williamsburg.I’m looking and looking at these over and over and I’m completely psyched. As my friend Andrey said that this moment with film is much more pronounced than it is with digital. You’re taking the photographs without seeing what they are, you are waiting to complete the film, you send the film out, you wait for the results and all this time the feelings get built up and then you see the scans. And when they are a good — excitement overflows you! That’s what I’m feeling now.

Brooklyn Heights. Promenade over looking Manhattan.In fact, and this is a rare one, the only thing that I needed to fix on some of these is the level of horizon. Also some scan got a large thin scratch going through them. I’m not sure weather it’s my fault or the lab did something wrong. Otherwise I’m very happy with sharpness and contrast. I love the grain and how the light got rendered. I really don’t have anything to fix.

Williamsburg shore line. Brooklyn Flea.I’m still surprised by the forgiveness of the film with respect to the exposure. If my D700 can adjust aperture and shutter speed with 1/3rd of a stop and has a very advanced metering device, Zenit advances in full stops and has an antique metering wire powered by selenium. A lot of these shots in very different conditions were taken with me somewhat winging the exposure setting, yet none of them are ruined.

Flowers. Floyd Bennett Field.Maybe a lot of the credit for this should go to The Darkroom. I’m not sure whose fault the scratch is, but I surely am going to use their service in the future. I also will be shooting more film it looks like. I bought two rolls to start with anyhow.

Self portrait.I can go on and on with my rambling and photos, but I think I’ll stop now. I’ll pick out some more photographs from this roll and make another post. But do not fear, I will not post all 36 of them. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and load a new film into the camera.

P.S. I don’t remember the last time I posted straight out of camera photographs. Remarkable.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Film Photography

Soviet made Zenit-E SLR camera.As I have mentioned in some other posts I decide to try some film photography. I don’t think that it’s anything more than an experiment. I just want to try. All this vintage feel to it attracts me for some reason. The days before everything got consumed by plastic.

Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm black & white film.The camera that I’m going to try first is soviet made Zenit-E. It belongs to my dad and I remember it very well from my childhood. Not only the lens focusing is manual, so is the metering. This one has a guide of a kind. It measures light with a built in light sensor on top of the lens and a small wire moves around in a window. You use that to manually calculate the right exposure.

Soviet made Zenit-E SLR camera.I bought 2 rolls of Ilford HP5+ black & white 35mm film. I loaded up one of them into the camera and I’m ready to shoot. There is a pretty big chance that I’m going to end up with 36 blurry photographs that were not exposed right, but that’s what the experiments are for.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

NYC Panorama

NYC Panorama wallpaper on dual monitors.I found a cool use for my 6,000 pixel wide panorama of New York City that I took several months ago. Looks awesome on dual monitors.

NYC panorama wallpaper for dual monitors.You can download a 3840×1080 version that will work perfectly on a pair of 1980×1080 monitors. I use Actual Dual Monitors tool to manage my dual montors and it lets me set a single wallpaper for both screens.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Manual 50mm Lens Observations

Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S lens mounted on Nikon D700.I’ve been thinking about putting more of my thoughts together on my new Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S manual focus lens for a couple of weeks already, but I wanted to provide a good number of sample shots along with it. I believe I have enough material now. A collection of photographs taken with this lens can be viewed in the posts tagged with 50mm f/1.2 tag.

The Feel


Looking through the lens at f/1.2.The first big surprise with this lens to me was its weight. My old Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens used to weight 156 grams. This one weights 360. When you take it out of the box you realize right away that you are holding something special.

The lens which was in production since 1981 is still made of all metal — black enamel over black anodized aluminum and stainless steel. All the markings on the lens are engraved and filled with paint. When you look through the lens at wide open you see a lot of glass and very thin lens walls. It’s an illusion caused by optics. It’s not really as thin as it appears.

Focusing ring is rubber covered metal. Each lens has a serial number engraved on the front of the focusing element. Numbers after 400,000 denote lenses produced after 2006. They are still made in Japan.

Manual Focus


Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S lens mounted on Nikon D700.This is the fastest lens that Nikon currently makes and the only available version is a manual focus one. There is no auto-focus. This makes it a specialty lens. Majority of people most probably are better of going with the latest 50mm f/1.4G lens or a very good and cheap 50mm f/1.8G or f/1.8D lenses.

I wasn’t sure how manual focus would work out for me as I never had a lens specifically made for focusing manually. I had very little luck focusing my old 50mm f/1.8D lens by hand. This lens’ focusing ring however can’t compare to any of the lenses made for AF. Even my $2,000 Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G lens’ focusing ring feels extremely cheap compared to this retro manual marvel.

The focusing ring movement is very smooth. The ring provides a very pleasant tactile feedback-resistance. When you rotate the ring fully you get a nice distinct ding sound and a dead stop of the ring — no play whatsoever. All this gives you an ability to be very precise and at f/1.2 it means everything.

Camera indicates that the lens is in focus with a green dot.However the best part for somebody as inexperienced with manual focusing as I am is the fact that D700 light meters and focus confirms through this lens just fine. What that means is that when I get the lens in focus it will show me a green dot on the LCD screen. If it’s not in focus it will show an arrow pointing left or right, telling me which direction to rotate the focusing ring in. And from experience it seems to be pretty accurate.

Lens is not in focus and the focusing ring should be turned left as indicated by left pointing arrow.Having said all that it is close to impossible to use on fast moving targets like kids and animals. Nor Aroshka nor Shublik are photographable with this lens in most situations. Although with a little bit of practice now I do manage to catch Arosha’s eye in focus in time on some occasions. Also one must keep in mind that at minimal focusing distance of 50cm at f/1.2 the depth of field is under 7mm. So even if you do get focus confirmation, but you or your subject moves you will lose focus.

Overall it came out to be much less “scary” than I thought it would be and the lens is very much usable and fairly easy at that. And it will only get better with practice.

Performance, Rendering & Bokeh


The quality of bokeh and general image rendering is a very subjective topic and you should make that determination yourself by looking at the sample photographs. As for myself — I am pleased with the results.

Taken at f/1.2.Alёna was doubting my decision to buy a manual lens, but after looking at the results I can’t tell you how many times she has said that the photographs taken with it are top notch.

Taken at f/2.As for sharpness of the lens — I did not do any sciencific tests. Just by reaching f/2 lens seems to be alreading performing at its peak. Having said that I will say that I am very happy with the results starting right from f/1.2. A lot, if not majority, of my shots were taken wide open.

Taken at f/1.2.The only negative is the amount of purple fringing that the lens is producing wide open. It’s easy to fix in post-production, but some basic proficiency with Photoshop is required. Left uncorrected fringing will surely ruin the shot.

Conclusion


Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S lens. Too bad I forgot to take off the back cap before taking the photo.I’m very happy with my purchase. I’ve already taken several great photographs with it that I added to my portfolio. The fact that you have to manually focus the lens makes you think more about the composition which in turn makes you better with the craft of photography, instead of just pointing and shooting.

For most people one of the AF versions of 50mm will work better, but the artistic possibilities that this lens opens the door to are vast.

Article Illustrations


Most of the shots for this article were taken with my old (t)rusty Nikon D70. The LCD shots were taken directly through the viewfinder of D700, hence the “awesomeness” of the quality.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Williamsburg Bridge Photowalk

Here is a couple of photographs from our Williamsburg Bridge photowalk from this past weekend. All of these were taken with Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S manual focus lens.

Subway
FDR Drive
Williamsburg Bridge
Fence
Empire State
Factory
Bikepath
Bikepath
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