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First shots with Cosina 55mm f/1.2
Posted By: mikeSF, 03-13-2009, 09:24 PM

I bought jsherman999's Cosina 55mm f/1.2 and snapped some test shots in the backyard this afternoon. The bokeh from this lens is luscious! Not sure if i will flood the Cosina Club thread with these early shots, but here are the first out of the gate...

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03-13-2009, 09:48 PM   #2
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these are all taken wide open (f/1.2)...i mean, is there really any other way to use this lens?
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Mike, those are stunning, I especially like the first one. Nice job, very glad to see you're enjoying yourself with that baby.

It does do very nicely stopped down, though also - but then just looks like another blisteringly-sharp 50mm.
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These are nice. I have he same lens and it is very versatile. I can't wait till spring, there are a set of extension tubes waiting and with the super speed of this lens, it can offer some creative advantages over many other lenses.

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lovely colors, great work!
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Mike, those are stunning, I especially like the first one. Nice job, very glad to see you're enjoying yourself with that baby.

It does do very nicely stopped down, though also - but then just looks like another blisteringly-sharp 50mm.
i figure it does and I did happen to take just one shot at f/8...this yellowjacket (near 100% crop)...it is plenty sharp as a "nifty fifty(five)." Nevertheless, i get the feeling my aperture ring will never travel far from the amazing 1.2 spot which seems to give this lens its unique personality. Very pleased with my purchase, jsherman999 - thanks pal!

Here is the f8 test shot - these yellow flowers are from a jade plant and are the same pictured in the #1 shot above creating that blanket of yellow in the background.

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These are nice. I have he same lens and it is very versatile. I can't wait till spring, there are a set of extension tubes waiting and with the super speed of this lens, it can offer some creative advantages over many other lenses.
hmm, extension tubes - i was thinking the same thing today while shooting these - the close up macro ability of this lens would be icing on the cake! can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks Peter.

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Nice series the colors are making me dizzy.
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That last one is awesome Mike, it could have been taken directly from an antique Japanese lacquered panel.
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Great series, the color is fantastic, the yellowjacket nice take an as sharp as a tack, thanks for sharing.
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Great examples! It seems that there is a special glow only a F1.2 lenses have, which make the images very unique!
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The bottom right one is phenomenal. Does the Cosina 55/1.2 function like an A-series lens ?
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Jonson, No it's an M series lens. No A contacts.
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These are very nice and have a painterly quality to them. But I think you may want to keep sharp the areas that should be, as they look a little soft. I really like the last two.

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These are very nice and have a painterly quality to them. But I think you may want to keep sharp the areas that should be, as they look a little soft. I really like the last two.

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just back from vacation and missed these replies. Thanks JMR - point is well taken - i need to concentrate on keeping everything i want sharp within the plane of focus.
Here are a couple from that same bush which show more defined foreground focus...is that what you mean?

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