Nikon 85mm 1.4D @ f/1.4

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Cytokine
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Nikon 85mm 1.4D @ f/1.4
Jun 10, 2013

Usually with flowers I shoot at f2.8, but on this occasion f1.4 gave me just what I was looking for.

John

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Thanks Keith,

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Very good, it is cool! I really liked the shallow DoF.

I never thinked to use my own Nikkor 85 f/1.4 for close-ups. You shown me new opportunities I eventually am losting.

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Osvaldo Cristo wrote:

Very good, it is cool! I really liked the shallow DoF.

Thanks, it was taken from 3-4 feet, so dof was very narrow.

I never thinked to use my own Nikkor 85 f/1.4 for close-ups. You shown me new opportunities I eventually am losting.

I love the bokeh the lens generates, especially if you include flowers and darker areas in the background. John

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Nice shot!
You can do a lot with that lens. I often hear it referred to as the ultimate portrait lens, but you can get some great macro and landscape shots with it as well. For example:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/8670885990/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/5453820866/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/6087707695/
It's one of my favorite walk around lenses. I could easily survive with just this lens and my 50mm f1.2.

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Jonathan Siegel wrote:

Nice shot!
You can do a lot with that lens. I often hear it referred to as the ultimate portrait lens, but you can get some great macro and landscape shots with it as well. For example:

Thanks Jonathan, also for the links, lots of great photos there, many in difficult light situations, where the f1.4 makes a real difference.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/8670885990/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/5453820866/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/6087707695/
It's one of my favorite walk around lenses. I could easily survive with just this lens and my 50mm f1.2.

It is becoming mine as well, the  D200 is superb at low ISO which is what it was designed for, so quite often the 1.4 aperture makes a huge difference. Since I love arty photos this lens is a perfect match for me, and can out-resolve this camera, in reality it is better than other lenses I have that have better test ratings, so  I will treat test sites with less seriousness from now on!

John

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I like the idea, but it's generally better to have at least the center of the flower in focus, which you can never do wide open. Unless you're doing a close up of a section of the petals, which requires a macro lens.  With center framed flower the eye goes to the center, and........ Yes, you get lovely bokeh wide open, but you have to balance that with other concerns.  IMO none of the 85mm lenses are well suited for shots like this since the min focus distance is too long.

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lac111 wrote:

I like the idea, but it's generally better to have at least the center of the flower in focus, which you can never do wide open. Unless you're doing a close up of a section of the petals, which requires a macro lens. With center framed flower the eye goes to the center, and........ Yes, you get lovely bokeh wide open, but you have to balance that with other concerns. IMO none of the 85mm lenses are well suited for shots like this since the min focus distance is too long.

Lora

Lora,

You are right about the depth of field, in this instance there was quite a breeze, and hand held, so was very pleased to get this much of the flower in any kind of sharpness! However I took some shots at f2 and f2.8 and while they were much sharper, they did not look as good. There is a lovely slightly crazy bokeh with this lens that I like very much, dedicated macro lenses, dfc, good zooms, have very smooth bokeh, but dont always do crazy bokeh, also I like the water colour effect of extreme blur. As usual it is all down to personal taste.

With most lenses, I pretty much know what the background will look like, with this lens I am constantly surprised, it is as if the horizontals and verticals are fighting each other, definitely worth trying this lens especially as prices have dropped and it is now well priced. John

Here are some daffs at f2.8:

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I love creamy BG's, but for subject isolation most of the time a good part of the subject needs to be in focus, really makes it pop. People think shooting flowers is so easy, try it with a good breeze as you well know. 

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lac111 wrote:

People think shooting flowers is so easy, try it with a good breeze as you well know.

Lora

You mean FIF (flowers in flight) Living next to the sea and an area where 100 mph winds are not unusual, FIF is the norm for me, I think of using a tripod then see the flowers blowing around and think what is the point! with circa 12mm of DOF and camera and flowers moving it is fun!!! 

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Cytokine wrote:

Thanks Keith,

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