1455 - Love At First Sight

Even using the “focus assist” LED in the viewfinder, manually focusing an 85/1.4 wide open is painful and I wouldn’t bet on the results. But still: when you manage to get something in focus, the image has a certain quality, that I haven’t seen with any other lens so far.

Both of these images were taken this morning in a park, the lamp is right out of the camera, while the Image of the Day is a combination of two versions from the same RAW file.

At the moment I am on the train to Carinthia, it’s incredibly beautiful outside, golden light on a wonderful autumn landscape, it’s breathtaking and really a pity that I can’t take images 🙂

On the other hand, weather is supposed to be fine this weekend, and I hope to get my share of images. Our share, that is 😄

The Song of the Day is “Love At First Sight” from John Mellencamp’s new album “No Better Than This”. Excellent music, but just hear for yourself on YouTube.

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Markus Spring   (2010-10-08)

It's reassuring to read that even you with a D300 have to fight with focusing difficulties - and the Nikon AF system is supposed to be really good! This kind of lens certainly is difficult to work with, especially wide open, where (at least on the Minolta counterpart) the bokeh is most beautiful. Certainly worth it!

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Yellow Leaf, Mallows | spring2life take2   (2010-10-10)

[...] it for street or reportage like photography. And it seems I am not alone with these problems, even Andreas Manessinger complains about a similar problem with his [...]

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John   (2010-10-11)

Focusing issues aside, I love the bokeh the lens is producing. I'd think that like many things, once you get the hang of its focusing Idiosyncrasies, you'll use the lens with increasing confidence and frequency.

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