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Nikkor 50mm f1.4

I wanted to explore the capabilities of this lens a little further. I wrote about the condition in another post it has light fungus on the front element. However the images are acceptable and sharp. All pictures are taken between f4.0 ~ f8.0 @ 1/250 of a second – Film FomaPan100 developed in Rodinal 1:50 ~ 20º for 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Ian Timothy

The lens is indeed capable of producing excellent images. As usual the comment is ‘wet printing’ in the darkroom would reveal greater detail and resolving ability. When reviewing the images, remember the close focus means there is a focal point. Look for the resolution in the eye of the dragon. My choice has always been make my prints high contrast and fairly dark exposure. And I always print full frame and ‘straight’ (no dodging or burning).

Photographers will learn about composition better and faster when they learn to review the whole frame of the taken image. It is all too easy to crop the image on the enlarger baseboard and lose valuable negative area. When we review our ‘taken’ images we learn to crop in the viewfinder. And this makes for a better photo technique. And we’ll never get every frame right. I remember reading an article about contact sheets which suggested if eight frames per thirty-six are useable you are doing well.

Here are two interesting articles about contact sheets:

The Guardian

The BBC

Many Thanks for Reading

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