Thursday, July 28, 2016
Nikon has a new 105mm f/1.4 lens coming out, and it’s being hailed the new king of bokeh. If the quality of their 85mm f/1.4 lens is anything to go by, there’s a pretty good chance it will be true.
What I don’t understand are the naysayers, though – the ones claiming a similar effect can be achieved on a cheaper lens, or the ones who think bokeh is somehow a blight on photography.
You see, today, I commissioned a photography session to take place in the US. My brief of instructions called for the use of an 85mm f/1.4 lens on a full-frame camera so that the photos will be consistent in style with the other photos that have been commissioned around the world. It’s important that the styling is consistent because they’d all be part of a book.
One photographer told me he doesn’t have the lens, but that he could produce something similar with a 50mm f/1.4 or a 70-200mm f/2.8. The other has an 85mm f/1.4 lens.
Guess who got the job?