« on: March 29, 2014, 07:52:30 PM »
85L is not that "specific portrait" tool when it comes to AF. I shot this with 5Dmk2's glorious AF.
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What this world really needs is yet another 50mil.. Don't think so, SamJunk is smarter than that.
Actually, the world does need a modern 50mm under $1,000 that's usable (for more than just portraits) at 1.4. If Sigma wasn't releasing a 50 of their own Samyang would stand to make a killing if it performs good wide open (i.e. on the same level as their 35mm and 85mm).
All hi resolution scans of film do is give you lots of detail of the grain structure. A 21MP FF digital sensor has far more subject detail than a 50MP scanned 135 format film image.
Hmm...that simply has not been my experience. You mean your 4000px digital image at 100% has more detail than my 8000px film scan at 50%? At that size, I'm really not sure if it matters! The truth is a well-shot, well-scanned film negative offers a phenomenal level of detail, provided you've done your job behind the lens.
As for the grain structure, that's only an issue for people who think images have to be perfectly noise-free to be great. (I don't happen to be one of those folks.)
As for noise, my eyes see no noise, my digital camera records effectively zero noise at the iso's I use (sub 400, the same as the film I shot), why should I accept the compromise of noise/grain in film prints? Noise and grain are not "natural" looking, they are defects that we became accustomed to due to technological inadequacies, those inadequacies are no longer there so why accept them?
I am in the camp that firmly believes noise and grain do not add detail, as so many seem to misunderstand, they are comparatively crude devices that can be used to some stylish effect, if that is what is desired. Further, it is a lot easier to add the effect than take it away, I'll take the time and skill to shoot noise/grain free whenever possible and add in post if I want the style.