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12-31-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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06 lens and portraits - how good is the background bokeh?

Can someone post a sample or two of portraiture done with a Q and an 06 lens? I'd like to see how the subject is isolated and defined against a background. My first thought would be setting the 06 lens to 35mm or 40mm (i.e. midrange) and shoot wide open for a shallow DoF which still has enough for the subject.

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I think it's a decent portrait lens. I set mine to 45mm and 2.8 for portraits. DoF is not too thin and bokeh is alright, but far from spectacular. Unfortunately I don't have access right now to my photos to share one.
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this is all posted from my tablet so let's see if works
Q7 06 lens. Soap about 1.5m from lens, the plant about 400mm behind that. lens wide open. Can't remember focal length and Rawtherapee seems to have striped exif.
I don't have a person one, hope this helps.
https://flic.kr/p/oDxiRv

Found a bird or two https://flic.kr/p/nUjVnw
https://flic.kr/p/nYMvMk
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Thanks for posting, everyone! It seems possible to get separation between the subject and the background.

@jethro10 - Nice shot of that arctic tern! The bokeh looks soft and creamy. Was that a heavy crop or did you resize for posting on Flickr?

@Sandy Hancock - I really like the B&W portrait of the lady and the color shot of the dog. How far away were you from both? Is the bokeh all natural from the lens?

@Michaelina2 - The bokeh looks very soft in that last shot!

I received an Amazon gift certificate over Christmas and I cashed it in this morning for a two lens (02+06) Q7 kit. It looks like I'll be finding out how well the 06 works in person next week! I bought from a US seller vs. from Japan so I paid a little more. The shipment is fulfilled by Amazon and that encouraged me. If it doesn't work out for any reason then returns are easy. Otherwise, if all works well and it's a keeper, I'll sell my original Q and the unused 02 lens.

If someone can post more bokeh-licious shots then please do!
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Cropped, I always post the full size of what's left on Flickr.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
I really like the B&W portrait of the lady and the color shot of the dog. How far away were you from both? Is the bokeh all natural from the lens?
Thanks. The "lady" is my then 20 year old daughter Catherine. Judging by the focal length and the framing I reckon I was probably about 3 metres away.
The portrait of my boy Sammy was at closer quarters - maybe 1 metre or less.

I never "create" bokeh in post production. These were shot as part of a "Single In" challenge in March last(!) year; these challenges are all about getting to know the peculiarities of a lens' output, so messing with the native bokeh would be anathema

The 06 is an exceptional lens if you get a good copy; my first was pretty poor except in the centre until about f/8.0, but this one is absolutely wonderful.

Here are a couple more from the same month with particularly smooth bokeh. I didn't post them earlier because they're not portraits.



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06 is stellar!!!

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Sandy,

Can you describe what made you think your first 06 lens was poor? Were the lens elements off center? When my kit arrives I'll run the 06 lens through my original Q by cycling through all the aperture settings. Then I was to dig deeper into the kit and try the Q7.
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Sandy,

Can you describe what made you think your first 06 lens was poor?
This?


f4.0


f5.6


f8.0
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A couple more from today:



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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
This?


f4.0


f5.6


f8.0
Yikes! I couldn't even begin to explain what is wrong with those shots! Lens elements off center and tilted? Thanks for posting so we know what to look out for!
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At some point, it would be great if R-P would reissue the 06 with the build quality of the other "High-Performance" Q lenses.
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wow- that 06 is just awesome.......the Q is really sensitive to good glass- anything less than great shows right away.......wish Pentax would continue with nice glass for the Q.......even some manual focus primes would be welcomed!
Great job on those b/w portraits.
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