Thanks for the feedback, argonzero, good to know that it's of use to someone. Speaking of which:
Chris tests reminds of all those tests you did a while back TTJ.
Does anyone have a link to those tests TTJ made?
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I'm not sure if I still have them anymore. Might be on my flickr page. I let the "pro" expire so many images are dropping off. Most stuff like that I post and then dump. I'll take a look.
I have a bunch of 50s that I should do a comparison to see. In practical use, I don't see much difference in them except the bokeh (hexagon, circular) and the lack of sharpness is usually due to missing focus or me swaying forward or backward - that is all it takes at that shallow of DOF. The ones I usually use with film I really don't pixel peep at all but are all more than good enough.
In practical use, I don't see much difference in them except the bokeh (hexagon, circular) […] The ones I usually use with film I really don't pixel peep at all but are all more than good enough.
Well said. There's many examples of tack-sharp looking images of the f/1.4 lenses (at 1.4) on the web, and also the example here in the thread. Back in the film days, I used to never care about lens sharpness, it's the digital pixel-counting age that made this (seemingly) important. I guess it's the same way that people want fast cars for: You can't really drive fast anyway, but it's the feeling that you COULD if you had the opportunity that sells these cars.
Anyway, there are some issues (like the better LoCA and haze behavior that I mentioned earlier in this thread) that make me prefer the cleaner f/1.8G over the others. Everyone has to realistically figure out if these things actually matter for their own photography at that focal length or not.
I see it just like I see testing noise on cameras without using any sort of noise processing. Software cleans most everything up, sharpens it, removes CAs, but some cameras/lenses have nuances that are very difficult to deal with even with software. That last part is what I care about - what software can not handle easily - that is the thing that really makes a difference.
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