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09-14-2010, 05:49 AM   #16
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Cool thanks for the feedback there

I still think I may try and get my hands on a Pentax F1.2, mainly for bragging rights

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Bragging rights, yes, there the 50/1.2 really shines. :-)

Pentaxor, I am headed to a concert next week, I will see what I can do as well. I suspect most of the good shots, if there are any, will be stopped down a bit, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by troglodyte Quote
serious possible different choices. Personally I'd go for the medium format f2.4 lens. Wicked IQ that spanks any Pentax aps-c dslr with the same DOF as f1.2 on aps-c.
You are correct if you are refering to using the MF f/2.4 lens ON a MF body. And you are NOT getting the "brightness" of an f/1.2 lens on ANY f/2.4 lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
You are correct if you are refering to using the MF f/2.4 lens ON a MF body. And you are NOT getting the "brightness" of an f/1.2 lens on ANY f/2.4 lens.
Yes, the viewfinder brightness bonus is the trump card for all fast MF lenses. The 1.2 may have very shallow depth of field but it will be far easier to focus manually due to its light gathering ability. This would permit shots that just wouldn't be possible or at least more difficult with a slower lens. I don't do enough low light work to justify the expense of a 1.2 and find a 50mm 1.4 meets my needs. For those who shoot by candle light it just might.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Yes, the viewfinder brightness bonus is the trump card for all fast MF lenses. The 1.2 may have very shallow depth of field but it will be far easier to focus manually due to its light gathering ability. This would permit shots that just wouldn't be possible or at least more difficult with a slower lens. I don't do enough low light work to justify the expense of a 1.2 and find a 50mm 1.4 meets my needs. For those who shoot by candle light it just might.

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fair enough TOM.
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Well, I tried f/1.2 at a concert, and I stand corrected. It definitely worked better than I expected. I didn't bring an f/1.4 or f/1.7 to compare, but given that I had to push ISO to 6400, I'll just go ahead and say the speed was helpful. And true, DOF is minimal, but for these type of shots I didn't feel perfect focus was critical.







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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
Well, I tried f/1.2 at a concert, and I stand corrected. It definitely worked better than I expected. I didn't bring an f/1.4 or f/1.7 to compare, but given that I had to push ISO to 6400, I'll just go ahead and say the speed was helpful. And true, DOF is minimal, but for these type of shots I didn't feel perfect focus was critical.







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what shutterspeed did you use here?
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1/90, 1/60, 1/60. And actually, I didn't have it wide open for these - f/1.7, f/2 and f/2. I took most of my shots wide open, but I think I like these more. May just be coincidence, though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
1/90, 1/60, 1/60. And actually, I didn't have it wide open for these - f/1.7, f/2 and f/2. I took most of my shots wide open, but I think I like these more. May just be coincidence, though.
I see. would had preferred looking at some of those at wide open to see how they look. I haven't been able to shoot at a concert yet since work has really been very demanding lately. I haven't got enough sleep 7 Days a week to begin with. not even time for a break or go for a swim, work out and ply basketball. but mostly not being able to go out and do some photography.

although some of my lowlight shots (non-concert) at wide open were decently sharp at midrange to infinity, but would like to see the results during a concert. I'm going to try and check when there is an upcoming concert gig next month, possibly after Thanksgiving. maybe I could set it up during a meet with some of the local Pentax members here. or could shoot during the late afternoon.

anyway, what was the ISO and shutterspeed when you shoot wide open? was it around 1/200 at ISO 3200? or 1/160 at ISO 2000?
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I have been told that the PK bajonett mount does not allow anything larger than f1.2 and not even this at all focal lengths.
Canon has the largest mount.
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Here's a couple from the opening act ReVolT ReVolT - even less light. 1/45 and 1/90 respectively at ISO 3200, f/1.2.

I can get skin tones looking a little more natural if I play with them, but I like the exaggerated colors. That was pretty much how the show was lit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
Here's a couple from the opening act ReVolT ReVolT - even less light. 1/45 and 1/90 respectively at ISO 3200, f/1.2.

I can get skin tones looking a little more natural if I play with them, but I like the exaggerated colors. That was pretty much how the show was lit.
thanks Nick. let's see if I can do better. but if you say that was pretty much the available light available, the organizers must be saving a lot of electricity I guess.


anyway, I would guess that the lighting was stronger on those 2 previous photos compared to the ones that were shot at f1.2, since they would look equally exposed if you boosted the ISO by a stop. so the mood there would had probably been changed. that's the tough thing about rock concerts at night, the lighting are mostly dynamic, depending on how the light people wanted the setting would be like.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
Having had a 50/1.2 for a while now, I am skeptical of the usefulness of such a fast lens for band photography. There is so little depth of field at f/1.2, never mind wider! But I'd love to see the pics to prove me wrong.
Well, if you're not ontop of the band and 10 or 20 feet away you can get say a foot or more depth or field. That works, as is evidenced above at that.
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the leica noctilux 50mm f/1.0 and 0.95 are rangefinder lenses of the highest quality.(I own the f/1.0) however they cannot be used on a Pentax DSLR due to the focus flange. the voigtlander nokton 35mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.1 cannot be used for the same reason.

I don't seem to understand that when someone asks for a faster lens for their SLR, people start mentioning rangefinder glass.

I concur with Marc Sabatella, on a full frame leica M9 the DOF from the Leica nonctilux 50mm f/1.0 produces impractically shallow DOF for the subjects the OP desires to photograph. The bokeh effects from the noctilux are very unpredictable, it can vary from sublimely beautiful or make you want to gouge your eyes out with a melon baller. The leica noctilux is also not what I would call the sharpest lens leica has ever made, in fact even the older generations of the the summilux 50mm f/1.4 beat the crap out of it at f/4.

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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
I have been told that the PK bajonett mount does not allow anything larger than f1.2 and not even this at all focal lengths.
Canon has the largest mount.
Already f1.2 was a problem with M42.
Here is a 55/1.2 lens where you can see that the rear lens holding had to be shaved a bit to allow for the Auto pin.

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