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Gear Talk => Lens Talk => Topic started by: Frode on February 10, 2019, 20:36:44

Title: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Frode on February 10, 2019, 20:36:44
I’ve read that some find it’s bokeh a bit «nervous».....

Would like to use it for environmental portraits, often wide open (like to separate from the background), but I’m getting second thoughts due to the «bad» bokeh.

Of course, if I had the money I’d get the 35 1.4 😊.

Any advice/experience regarding the AFS 35 1.8G?
Title: Re: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Birna Rørslett on February 10, 2019, 22:00:46
Distance from subject to background, and the properties of the background, largely determine what you get with a wide-angle lens. Too close a background can thwart the bokeh even of highly acclaimed 'cream machines'.

Move around a little to scout the optimum position once you arrive at the location.
Title: Re: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Ian Watson on February 11, 2019, 15:12:00
Birna, that is a great tip. Thank you!

Frode, have a look at Flickr. You will find groups of images taken with this lens. I concluded that it was worth a try. Here is one of my first photographs taken with it, wide open.

Title: Re: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Frode on February 11, 2019, 21:46:15
Distance from subject to background, and the properties of the background, largely determine what you get with a wide-angle lens. Too close a background can thwart the bokeh even of highly acclaimed 'cream machines'.

Move around a little to scout the optimum position once you arrive at the location.

Thank you, Birna.

I guess you’re right, maybe I need to learn how to take advantage of the environment.
Title: Re: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Frode on February 11, 2019, 21:50:41
Birna, that is a great tip. Thank you!

Frode, have a look at Flickr. You will find groups of images taken with this lens. I concluded that it was worth a try. Here is one of my first photographs taken with it, wide open.

Thank you, Ian.

Nice picture and «good enough» bokeh for my use :-).

I’ve been looking at 35 1.8G group at Flickr, looks like, as Birna suggested, if one know how to take advantage of the environment, one CAN achieve nice bokeh.
Title: Re: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Roland Vink on February 11, 2019, 23:10:28
Note there are two 35 1.8G lenses, one is DX the other FX. They have completely different optics and would have different bokeh, so when discussing this lens take care to know which you are referring to :o
Title: Re: AFS 35 1.8G (FX) for portrait?
Post by: Ian Watson on February 12, 2019, 04:39:29
Note there are two 35 1.8G lenses, one is DX the other FX. They have completely different optics and would have different bokeh, so when discussing this lens take care to know which you are referring to :o

Frode did specify the FX version in the subject line ;)