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Fun with Nikon Images 2021

Jack

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From today's walk. We had some rain yesterday, and then mixed sunshine today and the wildflowers seemed to love it. I was drawn to the way the filtered lighting accentuated the color of this one. I believe it's a poppy of some sort:

 

Jack

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Got a 58mm f1.4 lens to play around with. I've been looking for a look lens and this one has had mixed reviews, seems folks either love it or hate it. I demoed one example several years back and was in the "meh" camp. It didn't seem particularly sharp wide open, and by the time you stopped it down to f2.8 where it sharpened up, it didn't have much different character than the 50/1.4 I had at the time, so I never thought more about it. However, I did not both to AF fine-tune back then, and frankly not even sure my camera at that time allowed for it. Anyway, I've recently seen a few images another photog had posted with it and they resurrected my interest. Long story short, I found one and just took delivery yesterday -- and spent a little time tuning the AF -- it did need a small tweak on my Z7ii. Here are two images taken at f1.4 during my first trip out with the lens and I am actually impressed with how sharp it is wide open. Perhaps it's sample variation, or perhaps it's just the time I spent fine-tuning AF, but regardless I like it. The one nit I have with it is it has a decidedly warmer color cast to it than my other Nikon lenses, and it actually cools down to more Nikon normal by about f2.8 -- which I find a strange behavior. Could be something weird with mirrorless WB, IDK...

First image of the old house showing foreground bokeh on the fence:



Second frame showing a woodpecker "pantry post" with house in background:

 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Have fun with the lens @Jack!

The one nit I have with it is it has a decidedly warmer color cast to it than my other Nikon lenses, and it actually cools down to more Nikon normal by about f2.8 -- which I find a strange behavior. Could be something weird with mirrorless WB, IDK...
That is certainly interesting…

Be careful with CA at f/1.4 in high contrast situations - as mentioned on the other site there is some purple in front of the FP, but I can also see some green behind the FP (roof on the right in the first photo is the most obvious).
 

Jack

Sr. Administrator
Staff member
Have fun with the lens @Jack!



That is certainly interesting…

Be careful with CA at f/1.4 in high contrast situations - as mentioned on the other site there is some purple in front of the FP, but I can also see some green behind the FP (roof on the right in the first photo is the most obvious).
Yup, it def fringes in high-contrast OOF areas at open apertures, but fortunately not too bad in in-focus areas. CA is not too bad even wide open.
 

Jorgen Udvang

Subscriber Member
Another one -- I am liking the way this lens renders more than I thought I would. Little bit of a learning curve to it, it likes well-chosen focus points...

This photo really shows off the lens in a beautiful way. There's such a distinct, but still subtle, separation between in and out of focus areas.
 
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