Introducing the Nikon D810.
New camera, same outlook.
(Onward and upward.)
Oh yes — the lens.
Looking forward to you fulfilling that promise ☺!
Did you sell the M9 and lenses?
Yes Andrew I did sell off all my Leica gear.
I’m really happy to hear that Peter. Our photographic endeavours and sense of emotion is not dictated by a single brand but our heart and our brain.
Thank you my friend.
Oh no!..allure…irritation….coming back…soon…believe me…hope so ….sad….ok, your decision..your life your blog…with whatever gear your are acting, it carries your thumbprint! ..but L…is… I remain faithful to L..especially my beloved M9..ohhhh Peter!
Peter, I think you and that 58mm are going to be a perfect fit! That is the lens I figured you would gravitate towards. It definitely has a ‘character’ and ‘look’ that will fit right in with your vision. Cool stuff.
Thanks Dave! The 58/1.4 is a very “poetic” lens, and I think you’re right, it suits my style.
I’m sure that i will get whacked for saying this, and likely the light was quite flat, but this lacks the “life” or vibrance of your ccd photos.
Henry, I totally agree with you ..it is a nice image, but it is different than CCD, not so dreamy..but Peter you did a very good job coming close..but you all know this, I´m sure 🙂
Also have to agree the the bokeh seems less vibrant even harsh compared to the LUX//CCD. Terrific portrait though.
It could have been made to look very similar in terms of colour and contrast by lifting the red channel slightly and adding a few points in contrast. One of the downsides of so much DR is that sometimes things look like they lack contrast. You have to actively avoid lifting the shadows or reducing the blacks too much. The 58 isn’t about hypersharpness at the point of focus – if that was the desired result, the Sigma Art 50mm is a better choice. Frankly though, I like this image regardless, it shows what the 58 can do.
Simon, I agree about the 58/1.4’s DNA vs. what Sigma offers. I almost went with the Sigma, but then realized the 58/1.4 rendering is more “me”. The Sigma is a wonderful lens though.
With regards to your other comments…. there is a definite black point in this image and a definite white point. People are just used to seeing “crushed” blacks in digital photography. They are also used to graphic art images presented as photographs. It’s the over-the-top processing that gets attention on the web (especially on smart phone screens). Subtlety is “lost in translation”. It’s the same issue I’ve had with pseudo-HDR photography. I’m old school I guess, but working with film makes you appreciate the less-is-more approach.
I agree. I think I posted earlier on another post that I look to avoid excessive DR on D810 photos – perhaps I made it sound like I was trying to create shadows! 🙂
I think part of the reason the D810 is a great camera is that it gives you the freedom to create your vision. You don’t have to fight with it, the colours don’t require special processing, you just need to know what it is you are trying to achieve.
I have both the 58 and the Sigma and the Sigma gets more use, mostly because it suits my style of photography better and is better for landscape. That said, the 58 creates beautiful images. I just wish it offered more even sharpness stopped down and was closer to 50!
I think I’d have to disagree with you there Henry and Andreas (personal perference, I guess…) but I think the rendering here is very delicate; I’m not sure I could truly distinguish it from the M9 in a blind lineup. I suspect much of it probably has to do with some altered post-processing.
I’m with Mark on this. “Delicate” is the term I could not think of. As for “Bokeh”…it’s just the light in the top corner that throws this more so in this particular image…take that light away and it very renders nicely for a A$1500 vs.A$5000 lens!
As soon as I read Mark’s “delicate” comment, I knew he understood. That’s exactly what I was striving for. Mark understands the subtlety of the processing, and the nuances of the sensor… the tonality, etc.
Andrew, why stop at that comparison? Compare it to the bokeh of the 0.95 Noctilux:
Interesting that you are back in the Nikon camp. I’m using a D750 myself and liking it very much. How are you finding the 58mm 1.4G so far? How is the sharpness – a topic heavily discussed with this lens. 🙂 I’m currently shooting the hell out of my recently purchased (used copy) of the classic 85mm 1.4D. Really enjoying it, and a lens that is capable of rendering very beautiful images too.
Hey Mads! Nice to hear from you. I almost went with the D750 — it’s a great camera.
The 58/1.4… I’m loving it. I was well aware of the controversy surrounding this lens, but the proof is in the images. And I’ve seen many images created with the 58/1.4 that simply transcend DXO rankings and MTF charts. There is no question in my mind: this lens is wonderful.
Thanks, Peter. Bokeh does look very nocti like and rendering is beautiful. Still a bit puzzled about what to me looks like relative low sharpness in portraits, when looking at the eye(s). How would you compare it to a summilux or nocti? The cheap 50mm 1.4G (I have one and quite like it) seems sharper, but I agree there is a lot more to lenses and image making than sharpness. 🙂
Do you have other Nikon lenses in your sights? Or did you already get other apart from the 58mm? I have been contemplating the 35mm 1.4G, I think it’s the same lens designer who made the 58mm. However, weight and size (and price 😉 ) is a bit off putting. So, currently I’m shooting a 35mm f/2D, a lens that get’s very mixed reviews on digital as well (for not being sharp in the corners). However, I like it so far and even if corner sharpness is a bit lower, it doesn’t interfere with my style of photography. Plus the 35mm 2D on the D750, makes a really nice small and light street combo. So this small 35mm really does inspire me to create photos. Sometimes the “underdog” just seems right on the camera. 😉
Last question (sorry for the long post), when you are out shooting, do you only bring camera with one lens (mounted) or often carry an extra lens? Thanks, looking forward to follow your creative journey with the D810 + 58mm. All the best, Mads
Mads, with respect to your questions:
I have the 50mm 1.8G as well, which I actually like.
The 58/1.4G is not as sharp as the 50mm Summilux ASPH, but I would say it’s about as sharp as the Noctilux 0.95 @ 0.95.
I have my sights set on a wider lens, as well as a telephoto lens… I’ve already decided the wide one (but I’m not telling – yet!).
I believe you are correct, the same lens designer designed the Nikon 35/1.4 and 58/1.4 lenses.
When I’m shooting, I only bring one lens – the one attached to the camera – and that’s all.
I love the photo. 🙂
But IMHO that lens is not really worth it. Bigger than the 50/1.4, not much better optically (though it is actually different) and over twice the price. Nah. Nothing wrong with it, you see, but other lenses are no worse. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use it (not my business to say so) but I could not recommend it to anyone if I were asked.
Now, on with the photography.
BTW I know what you next camera is going to be – I’ve narrowed it down to two choices. I’ll let you know if I’m right when you next change your equipment.
P.S. I believe that we should all change gear now and then, just to force ourselves to get used to something new and appreciate it.
LOL Karim, are you “for real” dude?
Heck, yes. I always have my realness goin’ on, hepcat. Always. Hashtag: peace out, love-in, right on, signing… off.
My bet is it will only take a few weeks and the M9 is back. Never ending story until the M11 will be released.
I’ll take that bet! How much are you wagering?
It’s been a month-and-a-half and I’m still photographing with my D810… how much did you wager again?
Well, I admit I do not have the highest technical know how…but I’ve always enjoyed your processing. More to the point, whatever you shoot with seems to spit out images like this one time after time. What’s wrong with that??
Jordan, my friend, forgive me for not responding sooner. Thank you very much for your very agreeable comment.
The image is beautiful, and I’m glad to see this lens on my radar. But why the Nikon D810? Why not just use this lens on a more compact Sony A7S? Serious question.
I’d strongly suspect ergonomics, AF performance and UI of Sony a7 series not great?! But I could be wrong….
Yes Andrew. Also: camera build and battery life… Nikon has the clear advantage.
And weather sealing.
..and heavy 😉 I can walk for hours with my M9 around the neck and it is a pleasure and the rangefinder is so delicious to slow down.. hmmm 😉
Did you try the DF before settling on the 810?
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