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01-20-2009, 03:31 PM   #421
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Thank you, agree on the patience required.

Nice to be using a MF lens again been a while. You adapt much quicker than you thought, just like riding a bike you never forget.

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01-22-2009, 04:59 PM   #422
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Carl, nice!

Got mine today in a trade from soccerjoe (thx Diego!)

Strictly test shots, but the bokeh does have a new flavor for me, and
I like:

(wide open at f/1.4)



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Jay > Glad you got it! Isn't the bokeh just awesome? Weird and dreamy, but awesome. And I'm amazed at the contrast you get even wide open. Were you able to try the split screen I gave you?

Enjoy
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Bokeh is different

You'd think standard lenses near this focal length and max aperture would all behave very similar in the bokeh category. Yet they all exhibit a different bokeh "finger print", the Nokton being one of the most unique I've seen (that doesn't mean the best or the worst, just very unique).

Finding an application for this bokeh for a specific subject group is going to be fun. So far I really enjoy the dreamy quality it adds to portraits of flowers (one of my better seller....in fact I've already sold the flower shot above). It might serve as a major player of mine just for that purpose but I find it is more versatile than that.

I find its min aperture a bit limiting as I do shoot at times for maximum DOF and do not mind some diffraction for certain images, but other than that it is hard to fault it. It mates well with the K20d (both built to the hilt) and seem a great match. When you hold them both together, you know you have a very special combination of quality. I really like that feel when I am shooting, it really adds to the experience as a photographer for me.

It makes razor sharp landscape images too (corner to corner sharpness better than any lens I've seen yet at f8), given its limited focal length huge prints are possible without any loss of details that hold up to serious scrutiny. Already have a 24x36 print back from the lab and I am astounded.

Anyways, not a perfect lens but what it does well it does superbly. Like any piece of kit learn to know its best application and its weaknesses.

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Winter IQ testbed - Conservatory

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This local conservatory is about the only real place to test lens IQ when it's
zero degrees F outside - at least the only place with interesting flora.


Everything wide open unless otherwise noted.


They let this guy loose to climb around the trees a bit - on loan from the nearby
zoo:
(f/2.2 ISO 400)









Haven't had a chance to really generate some of the other-worldly bokeh
this lens puts out yet...



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01-27-2009, 10:28 PM   #426
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
I guess I haven't learned that trick. Does the sensor on the K20D do this as well? I know my *ist DS doesn't handle red well either.

I have the K10 Jeff, red is always a tough colour for most if not all cameras I think.
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Received my lens last week, and I'm very glad I got it. Here's some pics as I was testing it...


Camera: Pentax K20D
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.2


Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.8


Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/1.8


Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/1.8


Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/1.8
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wow the colours are unreal!

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Oh boy, these make me salivate and want one!
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Eat your fruit and vegetables!

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I'm bored.

f/2.8


f/2.8


same, f/1.4


f/1.4 crop:
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
I have the K10 Jeff, red is always a tough colour for most if not all cameras I think.

Fijifilm or Olympus do colour red beautifully. Pity about their noise performance...
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Just curious... in case one have not such good eyesight for MF lenses, what do you use to help you for accurate focus on the voigtlander 58mm?? I have read (maybe on this thread.. so many pages) that focusing is a little tricky with it..

Thanks.
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hi all

i bought this lens after i read this threads couple days ago. I LOVE THIS LENS...

this is my first result using canon eos 40d and i set picture style in camera : CLEAR mode.
no photoshop edited.

i know my pic not good, but i just want to share with you all..











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Haven't had mine out for some time. Think I'll toss it in the bag today.
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I had not posted images from this lens for a very long time!

Here is my gallery for VL Nokton 58mm f1.4 SL II

Nokton 58mm f1.4 gallery

Cheers
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