I am primarily trying to compare the 35mm / 50mm focal length. Not so much my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G vs Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G. Though I would at some point want to compare my Nikon D300 w/35mm vs my Nikon D700 w/50mm, but that’s for another day ;~)
This first comparison is at a Cafe. Indoor and the subject in relative close proximity. the pix on the left column are 35mm and the right 50mm. The viewing area really doesn’t seem to be significantly different.
I have rented / borrowed enough equipment over the years that I have come up with a template for comparing the borrowed / rented gear to something I already own. Even if the gear happens to be NOT in the same league as what I already have got.
Usually it is a new lens or camera that I am trying to “compare”, so I pick a similar lens or camera that I already have as the base.
I had rented the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 recently and though I didn’t exactly take the time to take some comparative shots, if I had the time here is what I probably would have done (or tried to do).
- use my 70-200mm f/2.8 as the base, since 105mm is a setting that I can put my lens at
- use my D700 as the Camera (since my goal is to compare the “lens”)
- find some lowlight scenes to take the comparative shots
Over time I have taken reflection images or have photographed “reflection”. Here are a few in chronological order.
I really should have gone for X1D with the 90mm vs D300 with the 85mm but this is what I had so this is what I got to try wtih.
I finally made a little time to do the compare test. But I was a bit rushed and was not really able to swap the 2 lenses to the 2 Camera Bodies. Instead I only had the 85mm f/1.8D Prime on the Nikon D80 and the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D Macro on the D300 body.
All 4 pair of the shots were taken at the Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on Christmas Day. I was really hoping / expecting the place to be way less crowded 😦
Dec 28th – Not sure I can call it a session, but I did take a few more pix this morning in front of the Apple Store at the Domain. My subject was the “trash can”. This time I did switch the 2 lenses onto the 2 cameras. The pix in the first / left col are taken with the 85mm and the ones in the second / right column are taken with the 24-85mm. The first row is the D80 and the second are the D300.
D80 85mm D80 24-85mm
D300 85mm D300 24-85mm
Aperture f/4 , ISO 200, Shutter 1/200s
D300 85mm D300 24-85mm
Aperture f/5.6 , ISO 200, Shutter 1/100s
On Top of the Trash Can