This lens is one hella of a character
I'm sure you've read a bunch of blogs, YT videos, and probably from a bunch of fellow photographers on Facebook Groups about this one particular lens that is grouped with other, film like lenses like the Mamiya 645 Sekor 45mm 2.8, 63mm 2.8, many of the Boutique Lenses on BoutiqueLenses.com that are made for wedding photography, portraits, and headshots.
One of the few things about this lens that stood out from the rest are the bokeh that this lens produces. It changes depending on the light. When shooting into a light, the light somehow lifts the shadows and controls the small mico-contrasts of the image
- The first photo is the Voigtlander 58mm F1.4 at F1.4
- The second is the GF50mm F3.5 at F3.5
These are edited via my own presets. But both settings are almost identical
Call your GI doctor because this bokeh will give you heartburn from how buttery smooth they are. They are an absolute joy to see how creamy they are. The busy background will turn circular, slightly bubblicious and definitely vintage.
My copy of the 58mm F1.4 is quite stiff. Not as liberal as the older lenses where you can twist quicker. The lens rotates about 270 degrees. Which doesnt really matter to me. But I do find that I also have to twist my camera. while I focus the lens.
I don't like how soft it is at F1.4, but at F2, its definitely sharp as rose thorn bushes.
The two photos of the couples were shot in Fujifilm X-T4
Definitely not for beginners
This lens if used correctly, will give you such beautiful results. Straight out of camera, you'll find medium to heavy vignetting which can easily be corrected in Lightroom or post production program.
This lens doesn't like a lot of heavy editing rather a sensible, film, vintage kind of edit. It wants to let it shine on its own.
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