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Rate My Bokeh

Discussion in 'photo' started by matthewr, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

    what the dog photographer said:

    I took two quick photos the other day as a comparison when finishing out a roll on new film that I was also trying.

    I have two 50mm Leica lenses. One is the 50 1.4 Lux ASPH and the other is a 50 2.0 Cron DR in the 2116xxx serial number range.

    Both of these shots were taken within a minute of each other with each lens wide open.

    The film is Kodak 100 UC. Scanned with my Nikon 5000 with the same settings ( no sharpness or other mods.) No Photoshop except for conversion to 8bit, sRGB, image size reduction for the web, and both saved at 90% JPEG quality to get file size for the forum.

    Ignoring the slightly different compostion as my dog moved on me and I had to move, which one do you like best? (Relative to sharpness, OOF bokeh, vignetting, tones, definition, etc...)
  2. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    What about this bad boy:


    To my eyes the bokeh in this seems reasonable using the same lens we agreed was shit. So presumably the current light conditions etc will come into play as well as just the lens?
  3. Mousey

    Mousey pfm Member

  4. guybat

    guybat [+]

    The problem with bokeh is that it's been fetishised way beyond it's relative importance. Of course distracting background blur is not desirable, but compared to the many other ways you can screw up a photo, it's really pretty minor.
  5. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    What about my attempt at some Petrik ISO?

  6. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Mick Parry's Noctilux?

  7. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy


    in both look and content, that's a classic pinhole shot. no glass at all!

  8. Mousey

    Mousey pfm Member

    It was taken with a Holga 120 - my cheapest camera by a long way, and one that gives me better results (aesthetically) than anything else I've got.
  9. dan m

    dan m pfm Member

    Anyone know what the deal is with the 43mm limited in LTM - there's one on ebay at the moment.

  10. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy

    if you can believe it, i've just been banned from the leica forum until the end of 2006.

  11. ErikL

    ErikL pfm Member

    Oh dear. What did you do?

    PS- I was banned from the Naim forum for not disclosing my actual date of birth in my profile.
    PPS- That, and for entering first name "fuck you", last name "adam" in my profile.
  12. guybat

    guybat [+]

    Vuk called the moderators "wankers". Classy, but not quite surpassing Erik's crime.
  13. matthewr

    matthewr spɹɐʍʞɔɐq spɹoɔǝɹ ɹnoʎ sʎɐld

    I was once banned from the Naim forum for making a jokey reference to them copying one of Vuk's photographs for their latest brochure.
  14. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    I've never been banned anywhere. What am I doing wrong?

  15. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    Me neither. I think being called Joe is a guarantee of good behaviour.
  16. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    And of guarantee of class, Joe. Don't forget class.

  17. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    And intelligence, of course.
  18. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    And, above all, being damn good blokehs.

  19. michaelab

    michaelab desafinado

    I have a lot of difficulty with the term "boke" or "bokeh". Everytime I see it I can't help thinking of another Japanese word: bukkake which means something alltogether different! The link is the Wikipedia entry but even so, don't click if easily shocked. Probably not a good idea to click if at work either.

  20. Paul L

    Paul L coffee lounge for me

    Yuk. The most worrying part is that if you read down to the 'Etymology' section of that link 'butch igaryi' gets a specific mention...

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