TalkEmount Top Veteran
- Nov 23, 2012
- Oregon, USA
- Real Name
Ha ha, I guess one person's "jarring" is another person's "awesome" - though not necessarily for portraits. Something about the OOF transition seems to jibe very well with what I want for my product shots....Wide open, the way this lens is so sharp, combined with the particular way it transitions to OOF, it's kind of jarring. Like someone did a selection mask in Photoshop and blurred around it, or cut and paste an image from one to the next. I'm not sure I like it very much...
Not to mention that you can see every single skin flaw and mild dribble: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/452/19943942552_fe0775dcb8_o.jpg
If I were to somehow justify buying the Batis or Sony G 85mm, I really don't think I could cite subject isolation as a factor. This here seems like plenty for me:
(Don't get me wrong - I do crave speed but I am also becoming increasingly weary of BOKEH when it's overdone.)
As my honeymoon with this lens begins in earnest, the biggest deal for me is the ability to do certain shots handheld that used to require a tripod. Shots like this now just go so. Much. Faster.
But the OOF transitions, colors and ever so slightly better contrast are also factoring in quite a bit. I had been running most of my ETSY listing exports through Photoshop just to add an extra bit of "zing" but with this modern lens I'm finding less need for that. It's very very subtle in direct A/B comparisons but I can definitely feel a tangible easing with the post production flow.