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D600 & 1.4/35 AiS @1.4

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No that is the pure crazy Bokeh of the 1.4/35@1.4!

There is a reason why this lens was more than 2.000 German Marks and is still built till today.

I did a RAW development in Photo Ninja, pretty standard, and the PTLens plus unsharp mask in Photoshop.


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That is why I bought this lens.

My last POTW was done with the same lens @2.0

She is much tamer then

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I had that lens (bought new 2010) and like the 85/1.4 it is also prone to spherical aberration at wider apertures, and most noticeable wide open. Might have something to do with the rendering of the bokeh?

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Ann: 10 years ago I lost one of these Gems to biological activity inside the rear element. When they diagnosed at NPS I actually saw the rear element. The lens construction is like: lots of Glass in front standing still and a moving rear group, glued together to form one block.

 

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/35mmnikkor/35mm14.htm

 

You can still buy this lens new: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/36949-USA/Nikon_1429_Wide_Angle_35mm_f_1_4.html

 

Mine was made in 2006 or after with a serial of 603XXX!

 

Thank you all for your nice words.


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Extra: Full size shot to show the quality of this lens wide open:

 

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You can also see some processing artifacts fit for printing, not for 100% view


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Stopping-down could ameliorate the aberration somewhat.

+1 even one or two stops is typically enough...

 

btw, Nikon introduced Aspherical lenses elements back in 1968 to correct (virtually eliminate) this issue...

Lenses which deploy these elements have an "AS" designation...

The most effective way to deal with this is (very expensive) precision grinding of the glass elements...

 

The ultimate example is the Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-NIKKOR absolutely cherished by astronomers...

It has no equal... don't believe this? try finding an old beater used one under a thousand dollars...

 

Today many of Nikon's "consumer" grade AS lens use Plastic coatings to achieve the effect of precision grinding...

Made in China... lol  Oh well, it keeps the cost down...

 

While this dream like Bokeh is highly popular with hobbyist, it is not so endeared by commercial shooters...

It's only found in "Editorial" fashion in which there is little if any recompense...

High end clients want their product razor sharp... period.

Distractions are handled with careful framing/set design etc...

 

That said portraiture is another animal entirely... here "dreamlike" Bokeh is common place...

And Frank as made good use of this here...

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I explicitly bought this lens to achieve this effect.

The b/w POTW was shot with the same.

It delivers high definition in the sharp parts and insane crazyness in the unsharp parts. It also has a harsh transition.

In a way this is the Anti-Noct. The Noct delivers soft but very high res sharp parts and the smoothest transition from unsharp to sharp. Look what Michael Erlewine does with his Noct. Yaw Dropping.

BTW: Try to find a Noct in decent condition below 3000 USD ...

PS: When it came out I immediately bought the 1.4/24G ... it features the fairy dust bokeh wide open.


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To me in this picture the bokeh is reminiscent to zooming during exposure, my brains have difficulty with "getting it right". In comparison, the Nikkor 35/1.4G draws so much smoother and nicer (and is even nicer than the Nikkor 24/1.4G). This 35/1.4Ais remains an excellent lens however, it is very sharp over the whole frame stopped down and size and weight make it still a pleasure to use, despite the MF.

 

Even recently introduced large aperture wide lenses with aspherical surfaces can have somewhat disturbing bokeh full open; one example is the new Fujinon XF16/1.4. Yes it has visible spherical aberration wide-open and its bokeh looks somewhat like this Nikkor 35/1.4Ais. Otherwise an excellent lens however.

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I must have wobbly eyes, then, because this image gives me no trouble at all - I really like it's modern-day but 19th Century feel - so much better than that horrible three-element Petzval "reincarnation" that Lomography/Zenit put out for CaNikon owners a few years back with its fake antique brass barrel, rack & pinion focus and Waterhouse stops, for pity's sake.

 

Very clever use of the background buildings' perspective to accentuate the effect as well.

 

This shows great control of an optic that I once owned, fought with, then sold in defeat. For all its reputation as a Nikon Legend amongst the press corps, it is a really tough lens to use in normal colour-type digital photography. Easy with Tri-X pushed two and processed at 80°F, but with a modern sensor it's a really, really difficult lens to get good results with.

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I find the highly reflective(what I guess is a road sign) coming out of the guys right ear very distracting,

I'd go as far as to say it ruins the image for me. In reality we don't always spot these things until after the image is made.

 

tony

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Gotta love photography - one person's meat is another's poison indeed. I really like the image as it is.  :crazy::D

 

Maybe my occupational speciality exposes me to too many photos taken in a different era in different styles and makes me more tolerant of things that appear to jar others.

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For all its reputation as a Nikon Legend amongst the press corps, it is a really tough lens to use in normal colour-type digital photography. Easy with Tri-X pushed two and processed at 80°F, but with a modern sensor it's a really, really difficult lens to get good results with.

 

The D600 is very forgiving to lenses. It was the first cam that brought BR to love the 2.0/24 Ai ...

 

At f=1.4 the main trouble is focussing.

 

Here is another example:

 

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and a detail from the unsharp parts:

 

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I find the highly reflective(what I guess is a road sign) coming out of the guys right ear very distracting,

I'd go as far as to say it ruins the image for me. In reality we don't always spot these things until after the image is made.

 

tony

 

These reflections cannot (or not easily) be seen during recording. Difficult to say if this "ruins" the picture, but it is definitely not nice at all. There are many things to control in such a situation and I am still learning.

 

Of course it is easier to use this lens at F=4, because it it much, much tamer.

 

For me the challenge is to create better photos than "Christan Today" with this lens.

 

If I wanted to create sleek surfaces I would certainly go and buy the 55 Otus.

 

My current aim is to get the best of the film look, but digital obviously.

 

BR taught me that legacy lenses can contribute much, and Fons Baerken shows adorable examples all around the net.


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For me the background is so highly distracting that it over-powers the whole photograph.

All those doubled-up hard-edged objects (right down to the stripes on his jacket); and the harshly doughnutted bokeh; destroy what would otherwise have been a very fine and compelling portrait.

At least do the USM on a separate masked layer so that the already artefacted background doesn't get even further accentuated.

Dear Ann. Following your comment I just tried different sharpening algorithms on this picture with different strength.

Result: The BG is not influenced by them. Sharpening (at Radius of 0.3) only influenced the rendering of eyes and skin. To refine this I can sharpen the green channel only.

The BG is emphasized though by contrast, micro contrast and color boost compared to the camera JPEG.

I love the hypnotic effect of this strange Bokeh (minus the sun reflecting in the window behind his head).

Thank you all for your ideas!


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Bizarre but unique and interesting bokeh

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