Well, not exactly, as this new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.4 (vs. f/1.2), but Nikon promises:
“The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is a lens that makes the most of advanced optical design technologies… to achieve high reproduction capability of point light sources even at the maximum aperture, and natural depth of subjects utilizing smooth and beautiful bokeh characteristics. With shooting of distant night landscapes, the lens minimizes the sagittal coma flare…”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? These were the coveted attributes of the Nikkor-NOCT.
Those of you who have been following this blog already know that the legendary Nikkor-NOCT was my favourite NIkon lens, and may very well be my favourite lens of all time:
Will the new lens be as impressive?
I hope so, given all the advances in lens design and manufacturing over the last several decades. However, one thing I know for sure is that the new lens won’t have that silky-smooth manual focusing with which the old Nikkors were bestowed.
Either way, these are exciting times in photography.
At the time, I was rather fond of this simple image but most people I showed it to only politely smiled… they clearly weren’t impressed. Now, years later, I think I understand my attraction to it.
I like the way the gentleman’s legs parallel the skier’s skis, as does his downward gaze. Interestingly, his figure and the dust bin beside him mirror the Purolator logo… something I hadn’t noticed at the time.
As an aside, it’s always nice to go back and re-visit our images but I’m always amazed at how many of my own, if taken today, would end up being deleted.
Admittedly, most of the time it has been generated as a result of user (me!) error. Occasionally, I’ve planned it. Regardless of how it’s arrived at, there is something about it that has caught my eye. Invariably, somebody will condemn it by pointing out the obvious: “it’s blurry”. End of story.
Or is it?
Sometimes, the out-of-focus-ness is adding more than it’s taking away.
Sometimes, the emotive intent of an image is made sharper precisely because it is blurry.
You’ll find some samples below. They’re all blurry — and they all have left an indelible impression on my mind.
[And you?… do you have a favourite blurry image? I’d love to see it…]