Silver-Halide wrote in post #17567245
I wound up buying it and got it for $900 (USD). I'm pretty sure I can hock it for $1,000 easily if necessary. This copy doesn't seem to back focus much, was free from internal dust (thank you, UV filter) and focuses quite well with the peripheral focus points.
The key to this seems to be practice. I appreciate people joining the discussion but by going out and actually trying it out I think I'm going to confidently use the peripheral auto focus points rather than focus-and-recompose the center point at the risk of swinging the DOF too far off the focal plane.
Maid & Mom shot at f/1.6. Got lucky eyes were on the same focal plane. Table shot at f/1.2 + ISO 4,000. I think I like this lens
Off point a little bit here but curious, would you give that second photo of the group to the client? Reason I am asking is we used to try and catch those candid's (still do on occasion) or at least somewhat candid's because you have to think a few people at the table know they are being taken, but we now don't waste the clicks. We found doing this the way you shot it, on occasion we would get the backs of heads as you did, which can be a great photo in some cases, but some guys hate showing off the lose of hair or even women on occasion so why even take it or give it out.
We started asking the bride and groom if they want table shots of everyone at each individual table, all together and looking at the lens and they always say yes please do it. They actually enjoy putting their arms around each other and crunching up and having fun. We actually have a great time coming up to the table and getting them to pose for a shot. Everyone for the most part loves to get their photo taken. In some cases you can get some of the folks having fun, which turn in to great shots.
We find we can position, adjust someone if needed (hair in the face or something else, even move a glass or bottle) and get great shots and everyone is happy. That second photo of the guy wiping his mouth, is a perfect example. A beautiful photo, light and focus is perfect, looks amazing, taken perfectly, but will it really go anywhere with him and his hands over his face.? Not sure I would even give it to the client. We just find it saves clicks and we get the perfect shot by just asking everyone to pose.
The other question and we are getting this a lot lately, is can you fix us up a little bit. For us, the price determines that but we do make minor adjustments that will just make whoever look a little better. Let's face it, when I look in the mirror I am thinking I see Jeff Bridges or look as good as him but I really don't but I want to. I might have taken that first photo and used the patch tool under the eyes and then back it off to 0 on opacity and then move it up to around 30 to 50 percent, until it looked a little more pleasing.
I know I know, its what they look like, and in most cases we don't even tell them what we did, but they seem to really like the finished product we present them and the referrals keep coming in.
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