Have you fallen in love with a lens bokeh, do tell

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Jorge Ledesma, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Jorge Ledesma

    Jorge Ledesma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    Lately, in my search for native and adapted lenses, I'm looking for two things: speed & bokeh. With the longer telephotos 135mm at least f2.8 and on the 50mm f1.8 its been my experience that the faster on need to be stopped down a bit in order to improve their IQ so I've pretty much gone this route.

    When it comes to bokeh, which lenses have you fallen in love with? I'll start it of with the MD Celtic 135mm 2.8. Oh my gosh, its lovely. I'm currently looking one (if you know let me know) but the images I've seen around the web are simply stunning. Also I've seen the Hexanon 55mm 1.2 and it so gorgeous as well. I've also seen the Jupiter's and they are stunning as well.

    Are you a bokeh hunter? Which lens is it?:biggrin:
  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    In part, this is why I've been 'jonesin' on the M. Zuiko 75mm....:biggrin:
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  3. napilopez

    napilopez Contributing Editor

    Feb 21, 2012
    NYC Area
    Napier Lopez
    Yes I have. For me, that lens in the Canon FD 50mm F1.4. I think in some ways I prefer it to the "perfection" of the bokeh in the native 45mm f1.8 and the new 75mm f1.8. Different uses, but the FD manages to both not be harsh and still have some "raw" character to it. For example, the two aforementioned modern lenses have bokeh which doesn't tend to get "squashed" (like a cats-eye effect)around the edges, a feeature I actually tend to like.

    That said, I still prefer the 45mm, but every once in a while, I look for the character of my old 50.
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  4. CUB

    CUB Guest

    On full frame, I fell in love with the results from the "King of Bokeh", the Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 version 4, and the last version of the Leica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8. Sadly, both of these lenses are no longer made.

    In m4/3, the lens whose bokeh I like the most is the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8. It is as good on m4/3 as the Leica Elmarit-M 90mm is on full frame.
  5. Jorge Ledesma

    Jorge Ledesma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    I can agree with that !!

    Same here, its quite lovely, the more I look at it, the more I like it. For an old 50, I like the OM Zuiko 50mm 1.8, beautiful bokeh also.

    Wow, the consensus seems to be 45mm. I hope the rumors are true and they bring out a 25mm 1.8 at least.
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  6. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  7. ryansinibaldi

    ryansinibaldi Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 9, 2012
  8. Jorge Ledesma

    Jorge Ledesma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
  9. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Don't Know Nuthin Bout Bokeh

    But since coming to this forum I have started actually looking at it. I guess I like OOF areas to just look like ... nothing. Is that 'creamy' or 'smooth' and what bokeh officianados prefer?

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  10. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Discussions about bokeh are generally very subjective, since there are many different qualities that appeal to different viewers. What type of bokeh are you looking for? Creamy (a.k.a. "cream cheese")? Specular (a.k.a. "Hollywood")? Swirly? My tastes tend more toward the creamy bokeh.

    One lens that has a cult following among bokeh-lovers is the [thread=11767]Tokina 90mm f/2.5 macro[/thread], which has earned the nickname Bokina. I've been searching for a good deal on one of these for a while now, but it has remained tantalizingly just out of my grasp so far.

    Among the lenses I own, my favorite bokeh is probably either the [thread=3092]Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.4[/thread] or the [thread=29016]Computar 75mm f/1.4[/thread].
  11. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    I think that example could pretty safely be categorized as creamy. Nice, sharp image by the way.
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  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
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    I really like the bokeh (and sharpness) I get from my Konica 24/2.8. I think it's my favorite adapted lens.

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    ...of course the Helios 44M is pretty good too.
  13. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
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  14. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    While the focal length might be a bit short for perfect bokeh, the PL 25mm Summilux is no slouch. The Oly 45 is amazing also!

    Pink Roses by danska8, on Flickr

    Untitled by danska8, on Flickr
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  15. hinata76

    hinata76 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    Can't really remember whether its Sony 30mm Marco lens or 35mm F1.4 CCTV cheapo lens..apologies..

    on Nokia 8800

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