Lens “character”

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Character vs clinical

"Character" is a euphemism for "flaws". In particular, flaws that humans find appealing. Some lenses do a particularly good job with human faces, for example, but a poor job with a flat test chart. Good examples would be the Nikon 58/1.4G and the Sigma 50/1.4 EX (the model that predated the current "Art" lens).

Lenses that lack character tend to be extremely well-corrected, with very flat focal planes. The Sigma 50/1.4 Art is a good example, and that lens is extremely good for many uses. There are some (myself included) who consider it to be almost "clinical."

For me, bokeh and flare handling (or lack thereof) are important to me. My description of "character" will revolve around that.

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