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What is your most artistic lens?

 
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Dec 08, 2013 22:42 |  #46

Quite the pissing match here :P

My most "artistic lens" would have to be a toss up between my 8mm Rokinon fisheye and my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for obviously very different reasons :)


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Dec 08, 2013 22:47 |  #47

After reading some of the responses I now understand my earlier misunderstanding. I am using a different definition of artistic than most posters here. For me color, DOF, contrast, bokah and pop are physical attributes of a lens. For me I see artistic as the quality of light, the subject, the framing,and post processing of an image, basically the elements that go into making an image and not the physical attributes of the lens that captures the light.


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Dec 09, 2013 02:18 |  #48

ruhell wrote in post #16510909 (external link)
My Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 100 f2.8
Fully open it has this glow around the edges and last but not least it's unique boquet...

+1

The Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan 100 (external link) has a nearly unique feature with its over corrected spherical abberation. As far I know no Canon EF lens could do this.

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vengence wrote in post #16511645 (external link)
While your question is inherently flawed, the answer to the question you are trying to ask is fairly simple, it's one of the following:
1) The fastest lens you own
or
2) Fisheye
or
3) 135 f/2.8 w/ soft focus

My fisheye is far from beeing my most artistic lens - for me.

My Canon FD 85mm/1.2L is far from my Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 (external link) which I love for artistic images:

IMAGE: http://www.4photos.de/galerie/Architektur/slides/Leerer-Brunnen.jpg
Even faster lenses I own with f/1.0 and such are not sharp enough for me at the moment.

I have a Nikkor 105mm/2.0 DC which I love more and more - because of its nearly unique ability to change the bokeh. In contrast to my DIY defocus control lens (external link) with adjustable spherical abberation control the Nikkor DC lens is more universal and sharper with the neutral bokeh. Here the modified Sigma YS 135 (not artistic images, only tests):

IMAGE: http://www.4photos.de/camera-diy/Zarte-Unschaerfe-1024.jpg

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Another artistic lens is the Sony STF 135 - which I do not own. But it has me inspired to build a lens with apodization filter (external link):

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Another artistic lens is the Helios 40 - 85mm f/1.5 - it generates sometimes swirling bokeh:

IMAGE: http://www.4photos.de/galerie/Natur/slides/Blaetter.jpg

You see, for me artistic lenses is much about bokeh :D
But still, not the lens alone makes a good artistic image. The photographer need to know which kind of lens will give the image he want. Or the other way round, which object will work well with one of the "artistic" lenses. I am pretty happy that I learned how to use the Trioplan, with the other lenses I have to learn more.
I need to see what works with the lens.

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Dec 09, 2013 02:24 |  #49

Wow that Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan is awesome!




  
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Dec 09, 2013 03:47 as a reply to  @ post 16512064 |  #50

Thanks :)


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Dec 09, 2013 05:04 |  #51

ZoneV wrote in post #16512698 (external link)
+1

The Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan 100 (external link) has a nearly unique feature with its over corrected spherical abberation. As far I know no Canon EF lens could do this.

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My fisheye is far from beeing my most artistic lens - for me.

My Canon FD 85mm/1.2L is far from my Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 (external link) which I love for artistic images:
QUOTED IMAGE
Even faster lenses I own with f/1.0 and such are not sharp enough for me at the moment.

I have a Nikkor 105mm/2.0 DC which I love more and more - because of its nearly unique ability to change the bokeh. In contrast to my DIY defocus control lens (external link) with adjustable spherical abberation control the Nikkor DC lens is more universal and sharper with the neutral bokeh. Here the modified Sigma YS 135 (not artistic images, only tests):

QUOTED IMAGE



Another artistic lens is the Sony STF 135 - which I do not own. But it has me inspired to build a lens with apodization filter (external link):

Another artistic lens is the Helios 40 - 85mm f/1.5 - it generates sometimes swirling bokeh:

You see, for me artistic lenses is much about bokeh :D
But still, not the lens alone makes a good artistic image. The photographer need to know which kind of lens will give the image he want. Or the other way round, which object will work well with one of the "artistic" lenses. I am pretty happy that I learned how to use the Trioplan, with the other lenses I have to learn more.
I need to see what works with the lens.

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Dec 09, 2013 10:20 |  #52

Nick3434 wrote in post #16510537 (external link)
Hmmmm, I guess I like the creativity of about all my lenses for different reasons:lol:

I do find that prime lenses lend to have an individual look to their own regardless if it is an old m42, the nifty 50, or a super expensive L. I am about done with zooms at this point because of this. I also don't think any lens is "artistic" but some lenses offer more creative options and rendering that make them better tools to make "art", which as we know is in the eye of the beholder.

+1. And if I had to choose one lens in my gear, it would be the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for bokeh & soft transitions it produces...

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Dec 09, 2013 10:21 |  #53

Been eyeing a few Trioplans for quite sometime but they are not cheap, especially the M42 ones.

I bet after reading these threads the price is going to go up even further :)


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Dec 09, 2013 11:28 |  #54

Jam.radonc wrote in post #16513305 (external link)
Been eyeing a few Trioplans for quite sometime but they are not cheap, especially the M42 ones.

I bet after reading these threads the price is going to go up even further :)

yeah, I stopped looking at MF lenses a few years ago because I thought the cat was out of the bag and it was getting really hard to find any deals.

fast forward a couple years and all the lenses I was looking at have doubled in price :mad:


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Dec 09, 2013 12:13 as a reply to  @ post 16509356 |  #55

Artistic comes from the 10" behind the sensor not the 10" in front of it




  
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Dec 09, 2013 12:38 |  #56

MotorPro wrote in post #16513621 (external link)
Artistic comes from the 10" behind the sensor not the 10" in front of it

This is true, but in the "spirit" of the post, I do fall in the category of people who understand what the op meant without semantics, and the bottom line is if your brain sees something that you need 1.8 to make and your lens is 4-5.6 you cannot make that art as well.

Too often it is assumed (probably rightfully so granted) that people need to spend more time perfecting their own photography and not being concerned with gear. Funny how these somewhat belittling comments are generally from people with L lenses and FF cameras....

Now that said it took me some years, but I have reached a point of not professional by any stretch, but knowledgable and capable enough to properly utilize better gear and I am finally spending on it because I know it is not a waste. I think this population of photographer is bigger than one might imagine on here.

I like the gear sections to learn before spending, but I think everyone needs to be aware and cautious of the "gear trap" that is rampant here as well.


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Dec 09, 2013 12:41 |  #57

I'd probably call my Lensbaby collection my most "artistic" lenses since I never use them for "normal" photos, but any lens can be an artists tool, just like any brush can be, from a 50ct hardwarestore brush to a hand made kolinsky sable for hundred's of $.

All are tools, nothing more, nothing less. It's what you do with them :-)


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Dec 09, 2013 13:31 |  #58

MotorPro wrote in post #16513621 (external link)
Artistic comes from the 10" behind the sensor not the 10" in front of it

right, because we all know you can make the same photos with a disposable camera as a hasselblad. :rolleyes:


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Dec 09, 2013 13:37 |  #59

Jerobean wrote in post #16513495 (external link)
yeah, I stopped looking at MF lenses a few years ago because I thought the cat was out of the bag and it was getting really hard to find any deals.

fast forward a couple years and all the lenses I was looking at have doubled in price :mad:

At least you didn't sell a complete FD kit with three fast lenses for 100 bucks 3 years ago... in a good lowepro bag.


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Dec 09, 2013 13:42 |  #60

All my lenses must be defective because none of my photos are artistic.


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