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06-10-2011, 11:39 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
Quite bad bokeh on that DA*
I'd rather have the 55mm focal length on my K 50mm F/1.2 though
QuoteOriginally posted by Ubuntu_user Quote
OOF (or bokeh) is subjective. I don't think there's such a thing as "bad bokeh" (well, maybe there is, but...) Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's "bad."
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Since when were you the opinion police? I think it looks bad so im going to say it looks bad. Just look at the lettering! If you disagree than you disagree, I honestly don't care because that is your opinion.
Relax, no where did Ubuntu_user suggest you aren't entitled to your opinion. All he said was that he didn't feel there was such a thing as "bad bokeh" because it is a subjective attribute. I'm not saying whether I agree or disagree with that statement, but the statement itself wasn't suggesting that you aren't entitled to say it looks bad.

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Im sorry im just having a really crappy day and getting pissed off at just about everything. I read it wrong, my bad ubuntu.


As for the thread, I dont think I'd ever buy the DA* because of its bokeh wideopen. I shoot my lenses wide open more than any aperture combined and bokeh is obviously a key aspect of my images. Its to harsh and defined *for me*

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There is definitely such a thing as bad bokeh. What is considered bad is a matter of taste and is relative to what you are familiar with.

Without using the word "bad" I will say that the A* 50mm looks a little smoother. The colors a little better, and the exposure is little brighter. The difference is in the margins and it is hard to know what the actual colors or exposure are without actually being there.

The A* lenses were the pinnacle of Pentax optical quality. I'm not sure we will ever see Pentax produce glass of that quality again. I guess that is why used A* lenses sell for so much more than current production lenses.
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I can't quite tell from the photos online. Please forward the lenses to me for a more objective appraisal of their relative merits. Thanks.

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FYI: there's no such thing as an A* 50/1.2. It's just a plain "A" lens. Not that it is bad; far from it. And I want one too
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For all intents and purposes, I think that these lenses are much more similar than they are different. The longer focal length makes up for the aperture difference (assuming you don't need it for low low low light).
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FYI: there's no such thing as an A* 50/1.2. It's just a plain "A" lens. Not that it is bad; far from it. And I want one too
While it isn't an A*, it probably should have been except it did not have any ED or Lanthanum elements in it. Perhaps the next batch the surprise release should have the Opti Bright coating and called A*.
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Im sorry im just having a really crappy day and getting pissed off at just about everything. I read it wrong, my bad ubuntu.

As for the thread, I dont think I'd ever buy the DA* because of its bokeh wideopen. I shoot my lenses wide open more than any aperture combined and bokeh is obviously a key aspect of my images. Its to harsh and defined *for me*
Hey, no problem yeatzee. I wasn't meaning to tell you that you should like the DA* bokeh. Like you say, everyone has his/her own opinion. That's all I was saying...

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There is definitely such a thing as bad bokeh. What is considered bad is a matter of taste and is relative to what you are familiar with.

Without using the word "bad" I will say that the A* 50mm looks a little smoother.
"Smoother" is the right word for the A. And yes, there is such a thing as "bad bokeh." However, what I dislike, someone else might like. Therefore, the "bad" is subjective.

That's just belief.

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I can't quite tell from the photos online. Please forward the lenses to me for a more objective appraisal of their relative merits. Thanks.
Okay. Do you have $1100? I'll ship them out as first-priority overnight!

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FYI: there's no such thing as an A* 50/1.2. It's just a plain "A" lens. Not that it is bad; far from it. And I want one too
You know, I realized this earlier today when I took a look at the lens. I was going to go back and fix it in my previous posts, but then I figured I'd leave it so you guys could laugh at me!

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For all intents and purposes, I think that these lenses are much more similar than they are different. The longer focal length makes up for the aperture difference (assuming you don't need it for low low low light).
Paperbag, this is really the conclusion I have come to. Yes, there are small differences, but pretty much they are similar. Both are absolutely fantastic lenses! I've got to let one of them go because I don't need redundancy in this FL, but I fear that I'll regret it... :ugh:

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both are great lenses. if you prefer AF, get the 55. if you want to get a consistently smooth and out of this world bokeh, get the 1.2.
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The focus doesn't appear to be at the same point, but the A 50 f1.2 looks like it has smoother blur at the same aperture settings.
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Just an observation: while the A looks better than the DA* right behind the focal plane, where the box lettering is, the farther background is defocused in a smoother fashion by the DA* - just check those frames on the wall. I guess the latter might be due to the slightly longer FL of the DA*.

Nervous bokeh can look bad in some situations, but in others it can add character to a shot. I would agree with ubuntu that there is no bad bokeh.

It would also be interesting to test these lenses in more challenging light. My experience is that old fast lenses are superb in dim interior light, but take them outside on a bright day, and boy, do you get a lesson in chromatic aberrations. I would try a scene with shiny reflections on metallic objects.
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My experience is that old fast lenses are superb in dim interior light, but take them outside on a bright day, and boy, do you get a lesson in chromatic aberrations. I would try a scene with shiny reflections on metallic objects.
that's just the way old fast lenses are, well not just old but new ones as well. and people have to understand and live by any imperfections that any fast lenses would render. although they display such CA, that doesn't make them unusable for outdoors.


having said that, the fast Samsung 85 however is rumoured not to display such CA. I'm not sure if this was optically corrected or camera corrected. we'll just have to wait and see a few months from now.
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having said that, the fast Samsung 85 however is rumoured not to display such CA. I'm not sure if this was optically corrected or camera corrected. we'll just have to wait and see a few months from now.
I'm confused. The Samyang 85 has been around for some years. It indeed has practically no CA issues and it also has great flare resistance - I used a friend's copy for an afternoon and found nothing to complain about.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Laurentiu Cristofor Quote
take them outside on a bright day, and boy, do you get a lesson in chromatic aberrations. I would try a scene with shiny reflections on metallic objects.
this is from the K 50mm f/1.2 slightly stopped down on an overcast day - uncorrected - deliberately oversharpened 100% crop from LR3 (oversharpening makes CA really stand out)

the canon 50mm f/1.2L which is a modern design would have made a purple mess of all the chrome on this car at the same aperture.

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I think when people use the term "bad bokeh", they're probably referring to distracting (as opposed to smooth, blurry) bokeh. A lot of people actually prefer the "bad bokeh" because it makes for a more "interesting" background, for perhaps a more artistic effect. The Helios 44M comes to mind.

Anyway, the DA* 55/1.4 will always look "bad" against the 50/1.2, because the latter has some of the smoothest bokeh I've seen...
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