Monday, 29 June 2009
And my Favorite lens is....
I hankered for one of these for just about ever but I never really understood just how good it was until I got one
When you shoot at F1.2 with this baby it elevates your work to a different level
In fact I know a photographer who has been asked to pitch for a major ad campaign based on pics he shot with this lens
When I was chatting with my photographer mates who own this lens we came up with a rather irreverent nickname for it
We call it the 'jesus' lens
It is nothing short of magical, super smooth bokeh
Frequently it is the only lens i walk out of the door with, if I could have one lens to use for the rest of my life this would be it, despite the drawbacks...
1. Cost £1800+ in the UK
2. Slow autofocus, great for portraits but sports would be a challenge
3. Size and weight, big and heavy (but I actually like that! it gives me much more stability in low light)
4. Shallowest depth of field ever. At F1.2 means that you can have someone's eyelashes sharp and their eyeball will be out of focus
5. As brilliant as the optics are, they do start to be somewhat challenged at full aperture, leading to a softness(which I like!) and dreaded purple fringing
Purple fringing is a type of chromatic aberration which occurs in high contrast areas (metallic objects are particularly prone to it)
I have found a very quick and easy way of correcting this though, or should I say those clever people at Phase One have
Using the lens correction tool in Capture One Pro, you simply click the purple fringing box and it is done!
Not using endless sliders like other software I could mention......
Check out the before.....note the nasty purple fringe around her face and on her earring
And the after....
And here is the final result