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This is why the 24/F1.4 is worth $2200

Started Feb 9, 2010 | Discussions thread
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This is why the 24/F1.4 is worth $2200
Feb 9, 2010

Notice how the background gradually blurs and diffuses smoothly as you go farther back. The furthest back elements (palm trees) have a very diffuse look to them, like a dreamy blur.

Other F1.4 lenses, like the Nikon 50/1.4 AF-S, have a crappy harshness to that background diffusion. Even when out of focus, you would be able to see the outlines of the palm trees, whereas in this 24mm lens, the palm tree smoothly blends and diffuses into the background.

It totally changes the mood and feel of an image.

Note that it has NOTHING to do with how many blades make the aperture of the lens.. this is ALL about glass design. I often see people blame the number of blades for bokeh harshness, but that actually has nothing to do with it, especially when at wide open, the aperture on all lenses are perfect circles anyways.

I used to have the 28mm F/1.4, but sold it in anticipation of this new lens (it needed AF-S, but was otherwise perfect in terms of bokeh look).

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