How I did NOT buy 3 super desirable nifties today... and shot the ones I own instead

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by nianys, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Guys please cheer with me.

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    Tonight was the finish line on three super cool sexy nifties listed on ebay. I was outbid on one (a Fujinon EBC 50/1.4), and gathered enough will power to not eve bid on the Auto Reflecta. The like new Hexanon 1.4 I also left alone.

    We had friends coming over with their 18 month old. I used the PEN 38 at F2, the Rollei 1.8 wide open, and mostly ended up shooting the 55/1.2 around 1.5. Geez, what a great lens.

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    This has to be the Rollei :
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    FL55/1.2 @1.5
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    PEN 38
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    FL
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    I hate how gorgeous my friend is... ;)
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    The moral of the story is, I don't need any more lenses... I just need interesting folks to put in front of them !
     
  2. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry
    These are great! Actually, all the photos you post are great :) You definitely don't NEED more lenses and you ARE to be commended on not giving in to the temptation. :D But sometimes the temptation is too great and there is nothing wrong with that either. I should take a lesson from you and stop worrying about what camera I have or am going to keep or buy and start taking photos and learning more. I know it's the photographer and not the gear, but it is very hard not to focus on the equipment ... it's easier than doing the real work. :) Anyway, congratulations on your self-restraint!
     
  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Interesting subjects are the best cure for the addiction...and you're right your friend is VERY photogenic, although I believe that to be the case with most of France.
     
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    I would agree that I don't quite get the I need another lens, even though I already have fifteen craze.

    I have a nice set of five lens spanning 18-150mm and although I look at the lenses for sale, I would only buy more if I was planning on replacing some of the ones I already have.

    Only photographers ask what equipment you used to take the picture. Everyone else just admires it.
     
  5. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Err... you're been a bit idealistic Kevin, we have our share of uglies, trust me ;)
     
  6. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Ha ha, we'll be starting a 'snap the uglies' thread now! Really gorgeous pics, of course helped by attractive subjects, but even beautiful can be made to look unattractive by a crap photo, so well done you.....as alway.
     
  7. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Beautiful photos as always!!!
    You are a master portraitist :)
     
  8. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Thanks a lot guys. Beautiful subjects, capable gear and a bit of luck. It was a joy shooting the FL55 again, what a cool lens.
     
  9. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    I am really enjoying it, though it's making me tempted to investigate the FDn 50/1.2 L which apparently is the sharpest of any of Canon's 1.2s, culmination of decades of lens tech blah blah blah. Not cheap though :(
     
  10. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    You'll find the self-portrait thread here. :p
     
  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    You forgot TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER. ;)
     
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    I know what you mean seeing these has me thinking about a Rokkor 50/1.2...thankfully my lack of funds will keep me from doing something foolish.
     
  13. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    There's someone offering a MD 50/1.2 for about $400 at a local forum here, it's a bit more than I paid for my FL55 and the pics didn't strike me as significantly sharper, otherwise I'd consider it! The colors looked better though
     
  14. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    All the FL and FD variations I've come across have been better than they have a right to. If the FD were sexier lenses, they'd dominate the legacy world, because optically there ain't much better.
     
  15. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Guys I may still have a card up my sleeve, I'm still wait on delivery of a Porst Auto Reflex 55/1.2. They can be awesome or mediocre, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
    Lately I'm in love with my Rollei 1.8, but on this kid's pics the FL really shone.
     
  16. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    The Hexanon 57/1.2 also has quite the reputation...in all honesty though, I think once you get into the 1.2 range the lenses are all pretty good. The Pen-F 42/1.2 is another option although I'd guess given that Pen-F lenses are spendy I would imagine SLR lenses would be a much better buy.
     
  17. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    I tend to be divided about 1.2 lenses. On one hens they do have something special, on the other 1.4, 1.7 or even 1.8 nifties can be extraordinary. What is for sure is that I feel comfortable having a lot of options.
     
  18. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    I've read that a lot of f1.4s have better across-the-frame performance than their f1.2 counterparts. It's also claimed that the Konica M Hexanon 50/1.2 is sharper than Canon's legendary 50/0.95 at every equivalent f/stop which makes this and the L really to-die-for. I guess the advantage of the crop sensor is we don't feel poor corner performance much. One of these days I'll eventually decide to do a sell-off and get one of them I'm sure. But not right now
     
  19. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Isn't the M-Hexanon a 50/2 instead of a 50/1.2?
     
  20. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 22, 2012
    There's both, the f1.2 Titanium was made for a limited Millennium edition RF and is a manual lens with 2000s lens tech. If I won the lottery this is the first lens I would buy :)