Shallow Depth Of Field Glamour: Kelly & Ira

Shallow Depth Of Field Glamour: Kelly & Ira

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Nikon D800E with DC Nikkor 135mm f2 at s 1/250, f2.0, ISO640

From my latest beauty shoot, four glamour close ups of Kelly and Ira after the break

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Nikon D800E with Rokinon 85mm f1.4 at s 1/500, f1.4, ISO400

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Nikon D800E with DC Nikkor 135mm f2 at s 1/250, f2.0, ISO640

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Nikon D800E with Rokinon 85mm f1.4 at s 1/500, f1.4, ISO400

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Nikon D800E with Rokinon 85mm f1.4 at s 1/500, f1.4, ISO400

Shooting wide open with the 85mm was challenging but I think you will agree the results are worth the effort, since this is a manual focus lens, I kept checking the focus confirm light constantly. I ended up with more keepers then during my time with the Nikkor 85mm 1.4 G, which was fantastic when it nailed focus, however, that was not always the case.
For some reason the DC Nikkor didn’t have that problem and nailed focus every time, wide open. I was also surprised by the auto focus speed of this ancient screw driver coupled lens, blazing fast, as fast as some G lenses.
I hope you enjoy the shots!
Update: the Zeiss 135mm f2 in Nikon F mount is available for preorder from BH now.
The Zeiss 135mm f2 in Canon mount click here.
Keep in mind the Zeiss is a manual focus lens for two grand.
The Rokinon 85mm 1.4 is available in most popular mounts like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax etc for a fraction of the price.
Adorama has a great deal on a refurbished Nikon D800E.
And a great deal on a refurbished D600.
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6 thoughts on “Shallow Depth Of Field Glamour: Kelly & Ira

  1. nasser

    Nice article.
    “I ended up with more keepers then during my time with the Nikkor 85mm 1.4 G, which was fantastic when it nailed focus, however, that was not always the case.”
    My question is.. why not use the Nikon 85mm 1.4G with manual focus?

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