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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2022, 08:34:36 »
Some lenses stand above the others in terms of their bokeh qualities. Most of them have been mentioned already in the earlier posts.

My top favourite was and still is the AFS 200mm f/2 Nikkor. By the way, I have the 2004 version, so it is not very "modern" now. The manual 200/2 ED-IF shared much of the same behaviour, but had lower contrast and more colour fringing. (I no longer use the ED-IF as there is a malfunction with its aperture the local techs haven't been able to fix).

(D3X, 200/2AFS)

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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2022, 08:40:49 »
Another example of the AFS 200/2 + D3X. The rendition is almost 'painterly', for lack of a better term. A light spring rain adds to the mood.

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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2022, 10:04:57 »
A final example of what the 200/2 AFS so easily and effortlessly delivers.

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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #33 on: June 21, 2022, 11:14:29 »
Birna, thank you so much for reviving this thread that i have missed in the past somehow.
It is no secret that I adore all bokeh lenses.
Toby's 85/1.0 Repro Nikkor is my absolute favorite. Toby, Toby, Toby!
The 55-O is second on my list of lenses to buy/try-out.
There are many lenses that haven't been mentioned, like the 180/2.8 or 85/1.4, but I would like to share an old one that I shot with Zenit 85/1.5.

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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #34 on: June 21, 2022, 11:41:59 »
The Nikkor "O" CRT Lens has wonderful bokeh, IMO.
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #35 on: June 21, 2022, 11:57:39 »
The Repro-Nikkor 85mm f/1 has a more limited range of applications than the 55/1.2 CRT, but still is a nice lens and bokeh is beyond reproach.

A few illustrations to this fact,


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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2022, 12:31:29 »
Another example of the AFS 200/2 + D3X. The rendition is almost 'painterly', for lack of a better term. A light spring rain adds to the mood.
Great illustration of the Bokeh! Yes Painterly it draws.
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2022, 22:33:29 »
Cosina-Voigtlander 125mm APO Lanthar
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2022, 08:45:46 »
Another example of the AFS 200/2 + D3X. The rendition is almost 'painterly', for lack of a better term. A light spring rain adds to the mood.
Beautiful  !!

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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #39 on: June 23, 2022, 09:33:14 »
Cosina-Voigtlander 125mm APO Lanthar

Lovely, and a timely rebuff to someone’s comment that your images always strive for sharpness :-)
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #40 on: June 23, 2022, 09:40:36 »
Lovely, and a timely rebuff to someone’s comment that your images always strive for sharpness :-)


There is always something sharp in my photos. In this case it is the bottom curl of the Calla Lily flower.
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #41 on: June 23, 2022, 09:41:21 »
Cosina-Voigtlander 125mm APO Lanthar
 
I can only concur if we add Nikkor-Mount to the Subject  ;D
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2022, 13:36:39 »
 
I can only concur if we add Nikkor-Mount to the Subject  ;D

The 125 APO Lanthar is vintage enough for me.
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #43 on: June 26, 2022, 17:17:37 »
The 125 APO Lanthar is vintage enough for me.

Cannot more than agree!!
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Re: What's Your Favorite Vintage Nikkor "BOKEH" Lens?
« Reply #44 on: June 27, 2022, 01:52:42 »
Another example of the AFS 200/2 + D3X. The rendition is almost 'painterly', for lack of a better term. A light spring rain adds to the mood.

Birna,

This is an engaging photograph, with the background receding in out-of-focus boken - beautiful. Just curious: what aperture, noting the tree branches in the center-front appear to be the focus point.

Thanks, Robert