50mm Lens Always a Great Choice

Why 50mm?

50mm gives an excellent field of view and is generally free of distortion. In a recent post we looked closely at using a 50mm primes for most of the shooting. We were looking at a 50mm Sigma 1.4 which is super sharp and the Mikaton 50mm 0.95 which can be sharp but well stopped down.

There was virtually 100% preference for the 0.95mm lens images. Not clinical – simply gorgeous!

 50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton Full Night time
50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton
50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton Evening

The images above were taken at the beach in Geraldton. I really like the sensor on the Sony A9 and the fact that using the electronic silent shutter we can shoot at up to 1/32,000 of a second. This makes it possible to use the Speedmaster Mikaton 0.95 50mm lens without the need for ND filters in bright light conditions such as these. Less messing around and more photographs.

50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton
50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton

Its wonderful to play with light using such an amazing lens

50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton
50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton
50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton
50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton

Even at Night… Photography is easy

50mm Lens Mikaton Geraldton Full Night time
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50mm Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Night Time

We fancied a bite so we nipped to this Dome cafe on the coast at Geraldton. Most of the Domes are pretty good. It was very dark but with the 50mm Mikaton 0.95 50mm lens it was easy to get some atmosphere in the shots. The good thing about shooting with such a large aperture is the fact that you can minimize noise. there was virtually no noise in these images and they have that same large aperture 50 mm STYLE.

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Denmark River

I visited the Denmark river and the old boat ramp. In the past I’ve sold images from this area. But now I could isolate key features with the 50mm. The day was relatively overcast but there’s a certain brightness about these 50 mm images. As you can see the area of focus is easy to define.

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Old Boat Ramp
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography
Old Workings
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Old Workings 50mm
 50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography
Old Workings 50mm

Great isolation of subjects is easy when using this particular Mikaton Lens.

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With a Large Aperture 50mm Lens
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Night Time In Albany
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Shooting in the dark is a breeze

The shots were taken near the residency building in Albany. Apart from the artificial lighting it was actually quite dark. While we were shooting the car park lighting came on which is quite bright and that changed the feel of the images.

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The Old Residency – This light is artificial
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Albany Coastline 50mm

It was quite windy and stormy on the coast and I took a lot of images with a telephoto lens. However these images were taken at 50 mm and are very complimentary and detailed. The tonal balance and detail is excellent with this lens.

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Albany Coastline 50mm
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Albany Coastline 50mm
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Looking Over The Bridge Albany 50mm
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Forest Floor

Another feature of shooting with the Mikaton lens is the ability to isolate the subject. As this lily image illustrates, you can achieve a soft and shallow depth of field with precise focus when combining the benefits of a large aperture lens with a mirror less camera.

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The Karri Forest 50mm
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Another Karri View
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The Forest Floor
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Forest Roadway
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50mm Allows you to focus on what matters

And finally here is a mixed selection of images that show the character of this lens. I really like shooting with 50 mm and I can see its appeal. More and more a 50 mm lens is finding its way into my constant kit.

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It May be a 50mm 0.95 lens but where it’s sharp it really is sharp
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Atmosphere
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Pre – Focus
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Lots of Motion
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Light
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Stillness
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Stillness
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Stillness
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Stillness
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Stillness
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Morning Stillness
50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Sharp Light

50mm Lens Mikaton Lenscraft Photography Sharp Light

So these images illustrate the benefits of shooting with the 50mm Mikaton 0.95 lens.

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Pre-Focussing To Get The Shot!

Many of the finest lenses available today are manual focus. So while we live in a world where autofocus is extremely important in a number of situations, there are many photographers who use manual focus lenses consistently. In fact if you look at some of the most highly regarded lenses available today, there are a significant number of manual focus lenses among them. Some would say that the best lenses available are manual focus. So learning to pre-focus is an extremely interesting skill. And one well worth learning.

Lenscraft Photography 50mm Manual Focus

It makes you slow down and think about what you are doing.

Lenscraft Photography 50mm Manual Focus

It really slows you down makes you think about what you’re doing with your photography. You have already set the shutter speed and aperture and focus point for the most part prior to walking into the situation. What you want is the rendition that the lens will give you so you have to set it up in advance. You have to become familiar with the focal length of your camera and what will and what will not be in focus at any given amateur.

Lenscraft Photography 50mm Manual Focus

You really have to learn your lens

Give it a try. It really is an important skill.

The following series of images were taken using the Mikaton manual focus 50 mm 0.95 aperture lens. Being manual focus and with such a precise focus point you really have to think very carefully about where to focus on what you want to achieve before walking into the situation.

Lenscraft Photography 50mm Manual Focus

I had a wonderful collection of roses in the rose garden from the Julia roses which provides a sort of coppery colour. Lovely plant.

There’s no need to let action put you off

I had taken some photographs using autofocus super sharp lenses and camera combinations before but I really wanted to challenge myself to see what I could take if I wish to pre-focus and set up the shutter speed and aperture in advance. I did use automatic ISO. But this was within a predefined limit because I’m not really a fan of noise. In any event it was a lot of fun. As you can see.