full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison : depth-of-field & perspective

ull-frame vs crop-sensor comparison

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison :  depth-of-field & perspective

When the differences between full-frame and crop-sensor cameras are discussed, there is an inevitable question about whether the crop sensor multiplies the focal length. Whether a 50mm lens on a crop-sensor acts like a 75mm lens (on a 1.5x crop sensor) or 80mm lens (on a 1.6x crop sensor). The  Read more inside...

photography: using your lens’ bokeh as a design element

Using your lens' bokeh as a design element

In previous articles we could see how a fast 85mm can be used for shallow depth-of-field to shoot nearly anywhere by melting away the background. There's another aspect to this - the bokeh of the lens. The bokeh is a reference to how the quality of the background blur is rendered by a lens. It can be smooth, or have  Read more inside...

bokeh: Sony RX1 vs Nikon 35mmm f/1.4G review

bokeh comparison: Sony RX1 vs Nikon 35mmm f/1.4G

Sony has been on fire recently with their new camera releases. The Sony RX100 is arguably the best point&shoot on the market right now. The full-frame Sony A99 DSLR has been getting great reports ... and then there is the new Sony RX1 (vendor) - full-frame goodness in a compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2  Read more inside...

photo session with various 85mm lenses

photo session using various 85mm lenses  (model: Jess B.)

A fast 85mm lens is an essential addition to any camera bag, whether an f1.8 or f1.4  or even an f1.2 aperture. With their shallow depth of field, and the pleasant perspective for portraits (when not used with a super-tight composition), these lenses will have your subject just pop from the  Read more inside...

using narrow depth-of-field & great bokeh

creating a background with narrow depth-of-field & great bokeh

Shooting images for the review of the Nikon 85mm f1.4G AF-S lens, it struck me how truly superb this lens is. It improves on the legendary Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-D lens in some key areas. (For me the updated lens was an immediate upgrade.) But ultimately, you could get similarly beautiful images with  Read more inside...

bokeh – a few notes

bokeh - quality of lens blur

The way that a specific lens renders the out-of-focus areas in the background (ie, the bokeh of the lens), is always an interesting aspect of any lens' behavior. If the out of focus areas show hard edges, or highlights with a kind of double edge, then the bokeh can appear intrusive. Then it is called harsh bokeh. If the out of focus areas  Read more inside...

shallow depth-of-field does not mean good bokeh

shallow DoF / depth-of-field is not the same thing as great bokeh

The first thing you might notice in this image is our super-cute model, Johannie. Next you will probably notice either: - the strange background pattern, (due to this lens' bokeh), - or the wafer-thin depth-of-field of the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D used wide open - or the lighting on her, (a  Read more inside...

bokeh – the quality of blur

bokeh - the quality of blur

Bokeh is the term used to describe the quality of background blur in a photo, i.e. how pleasing the blur looks of the background areas. Since the softness of the background blur is usually more important than how the foreground items are blurred, bokeh usually relates to the background blur. The bokeh of a lens is influenced by  Read more inside...