What else is a 1.2 for...


Link Posted 01/06/2023 - 21:17
...why, shooting at maximum aperture of course

these are all with the SMC Pentax K 50mm f1.2 on the K1 MkII (click for a bigger image):

1. Raspberry Ripple Roses

2. Raspberry Shoots

3. Poppy Graveyard

4. Glass Grass (cheated on this one - clarified and it's stopped down slightly!)

When I compare the results from these older class fast lenses against the modern near equivalents the first thing that strikes me is that they are full of flaws. Fringing can be significant, contrast can be low, handling of backlight is not always great - the DFA*50/1.4 is streets ahead on all these fronts and is sharper, but it is these "flaws" that make images like these above. Far from perfect but with a character and charm of their own.


Link Posted 01/06/2023 - 22:19
Truely lovely! My favourites are:

1. For that fabulous glow of the roses.

3. An almost abstract great B&W.



Link Posted 01/06/2023 - 22:45
MikeInDevon has it aright with the 'fabulous glow of the roses' comment. My other favourite is the Poppy Graveyard. Love the mono and the way they seem to be 'reaching' for something. So good.
Be well, stay safe.


Link Posted 02/06/2023 - 00:02
Gorgeous. Give me the old ones any day.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 02/06/2023 - 08:56
Stunning, remarkable, beautiful. Photography as art. And not just one, but four quite different masterpieces .

The point about "flaws" is interesting. I've never heard an artist say that their paint brush has flaws, they just have a selection of brushes (and other things!) and use the one that has the characteristics they need for the current task.



Link Posted 02/06/2023 - 21:05
Sublime images...first three are really top notch.

The bokeh and rendering at that aperture are really something else.




Link Posted 03/06/2023 - 09:21
Thanks for all the kind comments! This lens is a beautiful piece of optical and mechanical engineering, the focus is buttery smooth and construction is solid and gives confidence. It is also so difficult to nail the focus with - Live View does help but the switch between full frame composing and zooming in to confirm the focus points means that a slight movement can lose focus ever so slightly. I don't do a lot of tripod work but I can see that it would have made life easier for many of these shots


Link Posted 03/06/2023 - 10:19
LennyBloke wrote:
I don't do a lot of tripod work but I can see that it would have made life easier for many of these shots

And wireless remote view and control could also be useful. Time to get the mobile phone out and load an app?



Link Posted 03/06/2023 - 18:58
Nice pictures, the first three compete for best place for me.


Link Posted 04/06/2023 - 14:06
Well executed. @f/1.2 there's no such thing as "claimable" depth of field. It's either spot on or a mess. These are great examples of how to get it right.

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