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10-14-2019, 10:39 PM - 1 Like   #46
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Any lens is great for black and white photography. But, I personally would prefer fast lenses with apertures like 2.8. Black and white needs drama and your limited to black, white and shades of gray. Playing with depth of field would make your photo very dramatic.


Ansel Adams and the Group f/64 would probably disagree!

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It's all a matter of personal opinion... but I usually think that bokeh in black and white doesn't look very appealing. I'd rather see the contrast between lights shadows, and all the details in the midtones, the textures, the patterns, the curves, lines and the shapes... to me that is what black and white is all about. But every person of course is different. Right now a lot of people are drawn to the high-contrast black and white style, which is a very digital-looking type of photography. I find it a bit boring... but we all have different tastes.
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Interestingly I just finished Michael Freeman’s book on black and white photography (which I found very helpful) and though I can’t say for sure, my recollection is that there was not much bokeh to be found in that book.
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I don't know if there is a best lens, all I know is the M 35-70mm f2.8-3.5 is a great lens for both b&w and color.

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Actually, I think any sharp lens that has that 3d pop would do well with b&w.
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Interestingly I just finished Michael Freemanís book on black and white photography (which I found very helpful) and though I canít say for sure, my recollection is that there was not much bokeh to be found in that book.

I still have several books from the "film era" and indeed, the emphasis is usually more about "overall sharpness" and "tonal separation" (high acutance) than subject separation, except possibly in portraiture.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kypfer Quote
Ansel Adams and the Group f/64 would probably disagree!
Sebasti‚o Salgado also shots at f/22 most of the time.
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Try using filters. Red darkens blue, blue darkens red. Green enhance foliage. Filters do help in black and white.

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So I'd like to know everyone's favorite lenses to shoot black and white
I guess I'm pretty lucky as B&W is my first love and most of my "Ladies" can be pretty good... if incentivised and motivated correctly.

But then all my "Ladies" are film era lenses, which like you, I definitely think they bring a different feel to the image.

Yes, yes I know that may well be due to poorer optical construction, materials used etc etc... but I say this before any debate gets started on the pros and cons of old against new glass. Modern PP also means most lenses can also produce imagery way above their grade too.

I'm happy with the results I get and to be honest... to date so are my clients, who certainly aren't aware of lens ages.
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Interestingly I just finished Michael Freeman’s book on black and white photography (which I found very helpful) and though I can’t say for sure, my recollection is that there was not much bokeh to be found in that book.
A great book. It was an eye-opener for me years ago. Bought it as a paperback book (german version) and once more years later as an ebook. IĎd recommend it without hesitation.
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short answer~the lens you have...Ö

I prefer color but B&W is a saving grace fer me on poor exposures in most cases....however at times a shot will scream B&W fer me

that industrial shot with 100 macro is amazing! wow!
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QuoteOriginally posted by totsmuyco Quote
Any lens is great for black and white photography. But, I personally would prefer fast lenses with apertures like 2.8. Black and white needs drama and your limited to black, white and shades of gray. Playing with depth of field would make your photo very dramatic.
I don't agree. I think a good black and white is determined by mood and use of contrast. Here are some of the favorites of mine.





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Whatever floats your boat. Inexpensive Sigma 135mm f2.8 Pantel + K-5iis
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Hey Zombie, I think the concert photo is a particularly good example of what you’re talking about. Nice one!
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I don't agree. I think a good black and white is determined by mood and use of contrast. Here are some of the favorites of mine.





Very nice.

Like others, I also used to use black and white to try to save a bad picture. But black and white is so much more than that... your pictures look great.
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