What is the Fastest Lens POSSIBLE?

Featured Monday, 17 November 2014 19:51

How do they get past f1.0?

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  • Comment Link peter of Cleveland Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:25 posted by peter of Cleveland

    I own Nikkor 50mm D 1.4, 1.8, my fastest.

    Dream lens: 20-80mm (full frame) f1.8

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  • Comment Link Philip Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:04 posted by Philip

    My eyeball "lenses" are so fast, I can see with my eyes CLOSED! Another great vid, Matt. BTW, love your last book!

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  • Comment Link Philip Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:13 posted by Philip

    Forgot to answer your question though. Just purchased the new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art to pair with my Canon 70d. Loving it! Originally purchased the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, but I decided I needed something shorter for indoor photos (for my crop sensor). The thing was built like a beast and was beautiful--but HEAVY! I'm still learning the art of focusing with wide open aperture, so fast lenses are a double edged sword unless you really know what you're doing (just thought I'd throw that out since many others like me probably don't realize the technical issues that come with shallow DoF)...

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  • Comment Link Gene Molander Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:30 posted by Gene Molander

    My late Chinese/American friend who married a Japanese daughter of a pre- and post-war industrialist just after the surrender was given by him a Canon .9 prime a number of years later. Don't know mfr date. Any info?
    BTW, my friend got discharged in Japan in order to be allowed the marriage. He got a job at the hotel where the War Crimes attorneys were staying.

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  • Comment Link Rick Brown Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:31 posted by Rick Brown

    I recall reading articles in a more than one photography magazines in the late Sixties that Canon had made an experimental F 0.7 lens. it had a front element as big as a tea cup saucer.

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  • Comment Link Peter P Tuesday, 18 November 2014 20:05 posted by Peter P

    I bought a 50mm 1.8 for my full frame Nikon a year or so ago. I know there's a compromise on quality etc, but I really enjoy using it. A 24-70 f2.8 is the workhorse and it's fantastic but it's so big. The 50mm is my choice when I just go out wandering at night in a city. Friends with 1.2s or 1.4s love them but all talk of the "sliver" of dof that is limiting.

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  • Comment Link Peter P Tuesday, 18 November 2014 20:08 posted by Peter P

    forgot to say, this and the other "technical interest" vids are good.

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  • Comment Link Roman Laureano Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:55 posted by Roman Laureano

    I have a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 manual focus from the 1970's which I had converted to use on my D200 and it's the lens that I use the most. My other favorite is a 105mm f/2.5 from the same era.

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  • Comment Link Roman Laureano Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:57 posted by Roman Laureano

    I have a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 manual focus from the 1970's which I had converted to use on my D200 and it's the lens that I use the most. My other favorite is a 105mm f/2.5 from the same era.

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  • Comment Link Kevin Friday, 21 November 2014 02:07 posted by Kevin

    Hi Matt,
    I use is a 85mm 1.4 Nikon. My favorite lens would be 70-200mm 2.8 V2 Love them

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  • Comment Link Jean Luc S. Saturday, 29 November 2014 22:04 posted by Jean Luc S.

    Hi Matt
    I like your "Technical Interest" articles.
    I own an old 35 f1,4 Leitz, an 85f1,4G Nikon and Zeiss ZF2 Apo Sonnar 135f2
    And yes, with digital high MP sensors, focusing is really critical

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  • Comment Link DKLA Sunday, 30 November 2014 23:13 posted by DKLA

    Nikon 50mm f/1.2 on a Nikon FE and on the other end of the f-stop scale a Schneider 150mm on a 4x5 that goes to f/64.

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  • Comment Link Stephen Friday, 26 December 2014 03:48 posted by Stephen

    I started 10 years ago with a Fuji point shoot, I currently shoot full frame Nikon.
    If you asked me what lens I would want ultimately if I could be produced, I would say 24-120 F2.0. 2.8 is a tease to me. I am hooked on primes, but I do not need anything lower then that F stop

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  • Comment Link rod young Friday, 24 July 2015 07:24 posted by rod young

    missed on purchasing a pentax A 50mm f1.2 smc
    sold nz$36
    ouch me me but good bye for the other guy.

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