Photo Walk with the Pen F 42mm f/1.2

Started Feb 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Flat view
viking79
viking79 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,137
Photo Walk with the Pen F 42mm f/1.2

I haven't posted any shots for a while, so here are a few with the Olympus Pen F 42mm f/1.2 lens on my NEX 3.

The lens is accused of having bad bokeh, but based on only a few web samples I have seen. I actually find that the bokeh can be harsh at f/1.2, but it doesn't have to be. It all depends on how you shoot.

The last shot shows about as bad as the bokeh gets: lots of small high contrast objects at the right distance from the subject. The point is all lenses can have bad bokeh, the question is, how is the bokeh where you intend to use the lens?

Contrast is low at f/1.2 due to spherical aberration, but it does improve rapidly and by f/2 or f/2.8 it is quite good (by f/2.8 the lens is sharp from corner to corner).

These shots are all from f/1.2 to f/2.8. C&C always welcome. I put the technicals in here so the thread is gear related

Be sure to click on the wide shots to view full width.

Eric

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863326207
f/2 or f/2.8

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863325087
f/1.2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863324331
f/2.8?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863323329
f/1.2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863322769
f/1.2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863322201
f/2?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863321561
f/2.8

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863320239
f/2 or f/2.8

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erictastad/6863319015
f/1.2
About as bad as the bokeh gets.

-- hide signature --

I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object
be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it
beautiful. - John Constable (quote)

See my Blog at: http://www.erphotoreview.com/ (bi-weekly)
Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28177041@N03/ (updated daily)

 viking79's gear list:viking79's gear list
Sony Alpha 7R Samsung NX1 Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake Samsung NX 85mm F1.4 ED SSA Samsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA +5 more
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Flat view
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow