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I bought a 50mm very recently and tried it out when we went shopping with some friends, this is my friends son Luke.

It's a shame about the price tags on the guitars.


I bought a 50mm very recently and tried it out when we went shopping with some friends, this is my friends son Luke.

It's a shame about the price tags on the guitars.

comments (23)

Great lens, very sharp, like the blur effect and alignment of the background guitars.
Nigel Clack: Cheers John, appreciated.
F1.4 Wow!

Look at that narrow DOF!

I think you will have a lot of fun with this lens.
Nigel Clack: I'm liking more and moresmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jun 2009, 03:34

I don't have a lens like that...tempting...
Nigel Clack: I've only used it a little so far, but think I'm going to use it alot. Focussing is a bit slow though.
Great expression. Actually I don't mind the labels
Nigel Clack: That's OK then, cheers Bill
  • graham pickett
  • 30 Jun 2009, 07:26
Tags look fine,they make the back ground really stand out.Spot on with the eye contact,you caught it just right.Very natural good capture.
Nigel Clack: Cheers Graham, natural was what i was afterwink
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 30 Jun 2009, 07:56
a future rock star
Nigel Clack: Could bewink
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Jun 2009, 08:00
You will have a lot of fun with a lens that fast, didn't even pay any attention to the price tags until you had mentioned it smile
Nigel Clack: I will keep my mouth shut in futurewink
Very strong shot Nigel. Well done!
Nigel Clack: Cheers Edward
I quite like the pattern the price tags make Nigel.
Nigel Clack: Should I remove Lukegrin
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 30 Jun 2009, 13:55
this is a great lens for sure and a really good shot. the background of the guitars makes it really interesting, and i wouldn't have thought of the price tags either smile i suppose it helps that they are all at one level, the eye just accepts them.
Nigel Clack: I must have wonky eyes, cheers for that Eliza
I like his expression Nig. Price tags are not a problem for me!
Nigel Clack: Thanks a lot Richard
  • Harv
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jun 2009, 14:45
I love my 50mm f1.4 (I got a Sigma, based on positive reviews). This is a great shot. You may find you have some trouble keeping what you want in focus at this aperture though - something less than a 1cm accuracy required, which is pretty much a wobble.
Nigel Clack: Thanks, I know what you mean, but when you manage to get one in focus they look great dont theysmile
don't mind the tags at all Nigel, superb shot and worthy investmentsmile
Nigel Clack: I think you are rightsmile
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 30 Jun 2009, 18:32
I would be in guitar heaven if I walked into a guitar store... for that very reason that you mentioned about the prices being high, I don't tempt myself to go there sad

Excellent portrait though, if he's interested in guitars, this is a shot for the family album for sure. Or a music album if he grows up to be a famous guitar player.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 30 Jun 2009, 18:35
Oops, after reading people's comments, I realized I completely misunderstood your "shame about the price tags" tongue now I just feel silly. It creates great symmetry in the background.
Nigel Clack: Dont feel sillywink Gload you like the shot either waysmile
Very natural Nig...Nice one.
Nigel Clack: Cheers very much Ron
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Jun 2009, 19:27
Wonderful portrait. Love how the guitars add to the story.
Nigel Clack: Thanks Marcie, appreciated.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 1 Jul 2009, 00:53
Fantastic portrait, Nigel
Nigel Clack: Thanks very much Aussie
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Jul 2009, 07:11
This is a lovely portrait: the dof is wonderful
Nigel Clack: Cheers Chris, I love minimal dof.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 1 Jul 2009, 12:07
Luke's sure knows how to pose naturally for a shot. This is a beautiful portrait shot.
Nigel Clack: Thanks Thomas, luckily I caught him unawares.
Nice image. Toning is great.

I also bought a 50mm a few years ago, though I'm not very happy with it. The focal length on the D200 is not ideal, not wide enough or not tele enough.

I do like the new 35mm f/1.8 of Nikon a lot (= like 50mm on fullframe)
Nigel Clack: I got the 50mm as I am hoping to get the D700 in the next 6 months or so. I find the focusing slow, but like the results so far, only played a little with it though.
I forgot to say, I used to play in a rock band, so as a kid or student I was always very unhappy with those price tags.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jul 2009, 22:17
I have bought a similar lens for my Canon at the start of the year. Excellent DOF effects as well.

The tags provide a nice angled row and add to the picture.

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