60mm Test Shots

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kennethfong
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60mm Test Shots
May 1, 2012

Got a new 60mm after my 18-200mm and went for some tests around the garden... I've deliberately shot them using wide open aperture, just to see would they be any good with the F4 and beyond... but due to time constraint couldn't get myself a re-shot at F4 despite my intent of doing so...

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Ya, gotta mention I did process them thru some basic sharpenings too, in case you need to know...

And here're some sample shots using the same 60mm on my dog for animal portrait shots...

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Finally just comparing the 60mm to my closeup 18-200mm, i think both are really good lens, just that the 60mm magnifies the detail much better esp at macro closeup level (of course it's a macro lens lol)....

and this is shot using my 18-200mm:

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Lovely photos. Thankyou for sharing these.

The bokeh this lens produces is shown to good effect. It is a highlight of the lens from my point of view, though I am unlikely to buy one in the near future.

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wow that last shot makes the 18-200mm seem really quite sharp!

did you also edit the color of these, or were those JPEGs aside from the sharpening you did? thanks for sharing

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thanks guys...

JJ74e,

yes, adjusted the color saturation a bit in few of the pics....

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none of the pics are straight from the NX200's jpg, all processed from RAW... personally don't quite rely on the result of jpg i've got straight from the cam.... ... serious jpg quality omission from Samsung...

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The 60mm lens really shows nice bokeh!

Thomas

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Lovely shots, all. Thanks so much for sharing.

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kennethfong wrote:

Got a new 60mm after my 18-200mm and went for some tests around the garden... I've deliberately shot them using wide open aperture, just to see would they be any good with the F4 and beyond... but due to time constraint couldn't get myself a re-shot at F4 despite my intent of doing so...

Love the bokeh on this shot. I find the 60mm f/2.8 very sharp even wide open.

The 18-200mm isn't all that sharp, especially at the edges, but is great as a general purpose lens for the range. I imagine it would be great for video too, and focus is really very fast.

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kennethfong wrote:

Finally just comparing the 60mm to my closeup 18-200mm, i think both are really good lens, just that the 60mm magnifies the detail much better esp at macro closeup level (of course it's a macro lens lol)....

and this is shot using my 18-200mm:

At this level the 18-200mm shot looks great. It is nice to have such a lens to get a shot of anything without changing lenses. I agree though, the 60mm is definitely the better lens at 60mm, but this is a great shot. I found that my 18-200mm is fairly sharp at 100mm as well.

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Tks Eric...

I think you're speaking from experience on both 60mm and the 18-200mm, and I think I would agree that you nailed it down with your point... although I've just gotten this 60mm for couple of weeks, but from what you mentioned it really just strikes me that the more quality and useable shot-2-shot on the 60mm is growing more than what i gathered from the 18-200mm... e.g. if i were to shoot some x amount of pics with both lenses, the ones that i feel satisfied have somewhat better odds with the 60mm...

That 18-200mm shots that I posted... that's probably the only few out of so many photos that i think is useable for those kind of shots (except landscapes)...

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viking79 wrote:

kennethfong wrote:

Finally just comparing the 60mm to my closeup 18-200mm, i think both are really good lens, just that the 60mm magnifies the detail much better esp at macro closeup level (of course it's a macro lens lol)....

and this is shot using my 18-200mm:

At this level the 18-200mm shot looks great. It is nice to have such a lens to get a shot of anything without changing lenses. I agree though, the 60mm is definitely the better lens at 60mm, but this is a great shot. I found that my 18-200mm is fairly sharp at 100mm as well.

Eric
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imagine this being shot with a 60mm instead. even better.

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haha Ariston, didn't have that 60mm yet during that time... so i've nothing to grumble about but I do have some regrets how i wished i could have the 60mm with me at that time :)....

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In reply to kennethfong, May 1, 2012

The 60 macro shots looks very good. Love the color and bokeh from the lens. I went for the 85/1.4 as I need more speed for indoor portraits.

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PDM wrote:

The 60 macro shots looks very good. Love the color and bokeh from the lens. I went for the 85/1.4 as I need more speed for indoor portraits.

I struggled a bit with the 60mm for lowlight indoors, although it worked extremely well with a flash unit. the 2 stop difference is really a lot and despite the lack of OIS on the 85mm, I find it easy to use under lowlight with no flash. ISO 800 is a marvel with the 85mm and still can be great at 1600.

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