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08-15-2018, 09:53 AM - 9 Likes   #1
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In the woods with the new DFA 50 1.4

My favorite kind of shooting. I like the way it renders. The contrast makes the black and white shots stand out, I think. Shot at f8-f10, with the last one I think at f2.5












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Thanks for taking the time to share.

This new lens certainly does have a lovely rendering.

Given it's excellent contrast, I'm not surprised that you are impressed with its' black and white performance.
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Maybe it's the subject matter, but I don't feel like the monochrome does it justice when I have the colour shot directly adjacent to compare. However, that takes nothing away from the excellence of the work, the worker or the tools.
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Lovely! I need a K-1 to justify saving the cash to buy one of these beauties! In black and white it really pops! The color images are great also, especially the 2.5 image.

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like the b+w versions.
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Is it too late to get my wife to sign a prenup that allows me to buy all the lenses I want without having to worry about divorce?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
Maybe it's the subject matter, but I don't feel like the monochrome does it justice when I have the colour shot directly adjacent to compare. However, that takes nothing away from the excellence of the work, the worker or the tools.
Yes, I usually don't post two versions side by side for that reason. In this case I wanted to give people a chance to see each.
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In the woods with the APS-C, plastic-fantastic DA 50mm F1.8

While I have no reason to doubt that the new DFA★ 50mm F1.4 is anything but amazing, and I would sure love to own one, I couldn't resist uploading a recent forest shot done with its much lesser APS-C cousin, the good old DA 50mm F1.8, on a K-3.

With the right light, decent technique and post-processing, you will get a result like this (full-res JPEG here: Dresden & Saxon Switzerland 2018 - Marc):

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Looks great, very nicely layered. I love shooting in the woods. I have tons of shots from the past ten years under the canopy with all sorts of gear. Some of my best shots were taken with the very poorly DXO rated Olympus 4/3 cameras like the 420, 620 and E5. A camera with a lens and a workable tri-pod are the most important tools, and maybe bug spray.




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While I have no reason to doubt that the new DFA★ 50mm F1.4 is anything but amazing, and I would sure love to own one, I couldn't resist uploading a recent forest shot done with its much lesser APS-C cousin, the good old DA 50mm F1.8, on a K-3.

With the right light, decent technique and post-processing, you will get a result like this (full-res JPEG here: Dresden & Saxon Switzerland 2018 - Marc):
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Looks great. I love shooting in the woods. I have tons of shots from the past ten years under the canopy with all sorts of gear. Some of my best shots were taken with the very poorly DXO rated Olympus 4/3 cameras like the 420, 620 and E5. A camera with a lens and a workable tri-pod are the most important tools, and maybe bug spray.

Second this, John, including the advice about the mosquito repellent, and sure appreciate your praise.

Had spotted the view on an earlier stroll and done a quick-and-dirty test shot at the short end of my DA55-300. Decided to return and try and nail the shot with the 50-mil prime. Solid tripod, mirror lock-up, IR remote, careful contrast AF.

And lest I forget, thanks indeed for posting those samples.

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It does look great in both color and black and white. I like those.
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I need a K-1 to justify saving the cash to buy one of these beauties!
you do realize there's a remedy for that?

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you do realize there's a remedy for that?

Just buy one for my KP?
Win one for the Geezer!
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What technique was used to take for example the 3rd color photo? Handheld or tripod? It does not have very high IQ when viewed in large size.
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What technique was used to take for example the 3rd color photo? Handheld or tripod? It does not have very high IQ when viewed in large size.
Not much is really in focus in that photo, being a close up shot at a larger aperture (f2.5). But look around for the parts that are in focus, I think they're pretty sharp.
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