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Damn ! I won 85mm 1.4 Nikkor - But I'm gonna Die Soon

post #1 of 72
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Oh crap. My partner is so gonna kill me. She flipped the last time I got the AUS$150 Nikkor 50mm 1.4 (cause I just got a cam and lens before that).

And now I gotta pay AUS$490 for this lens. I don't know what to explain when she comes home. I am afraid - seriously. But this lens is so worth it.





But how the hell am I gonna explain this one out this time? Oh crap I'm so f'ed.

You might see an MS2 for sale soon if I can't explain this one out.
post #2 of 72
Nice catch!!! Tell your spouse that you needed a nice portraiture lens to shoot her That always works with my wifey
post #3 of 72
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Well, I got tamron 90mm macro already, and it's an excellent portrait lens. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I bought it cause I already have that Tamron for portrait. It's too cheap to pass.

By the way, I already told her. And she is pissed. reall pissed.
post #4 of 72
Oh man, you need to sell something. Either that or buy her something.
post #5 of 72
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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
Oh crap. My partner is so gonna kill me.
Tell her how much $$$ you will make in better portraits. The bokeh on these versions is unparalleled!
post #6 of 72
Thread Starter 
Thankfully she's cooled down already.

But anyway, how can I make $$$ from the portrait? I'm not a pro photographer, and the only portrait I do is hers, lol.

By the way, bokeh-wise, believe it or not, the Tamron has almost equal (or equal?) bokeh in certain background distance (providing the background is distant enough).
post #7 of 72
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Oh crap. My partner is so gonna kill me.
Alright. Can I have your headphone rig before ya kick the bucket then?
post #8 of 72
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But anyway, how can I make $$$ from the portrait?

By the way, bokeh-wise, believe it or not, the Tamron has almost equal (or equal?) bokeh
The bokeh's quite good on that lens; keep in mind that it will be a little soft at f/1.4 (which may be good for you in some cases), so you may want to start shooting at f/2.8. Always use the hood to prevent flare. for Nikon lenses, the AF-D version has a 9-blade aperture and out-of-focus objects look more circular, which some find pleasing, but I've found the bokeh, quality and construction on your lens make it an excellent choice. Now get a 35 f/1.4 AIS to match!

As far as portrait work is concerned, parents are always interested in having professional portraits of the family as their children grow. I would approach Day School or Day Care Centers and see if the owner is willing to advertize your services in exchange for a share in the photo fees you charge.

Other ideas can be had by reading how to market the licensing of your images, like this.
post #9 of 72
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If I start to shoot at 2.8, then it will become another Tamron then, hehe...
But seriously, I am really hoping that this lens can perform well at 1.4, or at least f/2. (I read that the AFD version is better wide open).

I haven't shot with this lens before, but I assume that the "magic" that this lens is famous for only happens when it's wide open?

At least now I know I will have better bokeh for night pictures, cause the Tamron is almost useless for dark, available night photography.
post #10 of 72
Nice lense!I have that one too. Which camera are you using with all these manual focus lenses? I have a Nikon F3hp and it matches very nicely.
post #11 of 72
Don't leave your lenses alone with your spouse...or you may be looking through very expensive kaleidoscope
post #12 of 72
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Nice lense!I have that one too. Which camera are you using with all these manual focus lenses? I have a Nikon F3hp and it matches very nicely.
Hey, don't you also have the 50mm f/1.4 like mine as well? I'm gonna sell my 50mm 1.8 AI later. I know it won't fetch much and I'm sure it's hard for me to get over it (not that easy to find a near mint, Japan made now) but I have to since I already told my partner I will sell it cause I'm getting this one. And to be honest I probably won't be using it anymore anyway.

I'm using D80 by the way, so no metering and 1.5X crop factor... It's a bit of hassle but it's a fun hassle.
Well, not really a fan of changing shutter speed all the time, but I love manual focusing with AI/AI-S lenses.

120mm film-equivalent at f/1.4 ----> Looking forward to many wrongly focused portraits
post #13 of 72
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Originally Posted by stevesurf View Post
The bokeh's quite good on that lens; keep in mind that it will be a little soft at f/1.4 (which may be good for you in some cases), so you may want to start shooting at f/2.8. Always use the hood to prevent flare. for Nikon lenses, the AF-D version has a 9-blade aperture and out-of-focus objects look more circular, which some find pleasing, but I've found the bokeh, quality and construction on your lens make it an excellent choice. Now get a 35 f/1.4 AIS to match!

As far as portrait work is concerned, parents are always interested in having professional portraits of the family as their children grow. I would approach Day School or Day Care Centers and see if the owner is willing to advertize your services in exchange for a share in the photo fees you charge.

Other ideas can be had by reading how to market the licensing of your images, like this.
This totally reminds me of a friend of mine in town who does this on the side - he really gets into it, check his stuff out! http://www.francishsueh.com/ I have to get a family portrait from him soon too!
post #14 of 72
Man, I thought this was serious when reading the title lol.

If you plan on dumping your MS2s, please let me know
post #15 of 72
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Hey, don't you also have the 50mm f/1.4 like mine as well? I'm gonna sell my 50mm 1.8 AI later. I know it won't fetch much and I'm sure it's hard for me to get over it (not that easy to find a near mint, Japan made now) but I have to since I already told my partner I will sell it cause I'm getting this one. And to be honest I probably won't be using it anymore anyway.

I'm using D80 by the way, so no metering and 1.5X crop factor... It's a bit of hassle but it's a fun hassle.
Well, not really a fan of changing shutter speed all the time, but I love manual focusing with AI/AI-S lenses.

120mm film-equivalent at f/1.4 ----> Looking forward to many wrongly focused portraits
I have a Nikon F3hp with the 24mm f2.8, 28mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 55mm micro f3.5 & 85mm f1.4 manual lenses. I love all of them. Very good quality and very sturdy as well. For digital I have switched to Canon but I always keep my manual setup cause its my first setup and I dont feel like giving it away. The lenses work nicely on the Canon as well with an adaptor (btw Nikkon wideangles are much better than Canon). Enjoy!
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