Smooth bokeh with this 58mm

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By TAN KIT HOONG bytz@thes­

THE term “bokeh” was ap­par­ently coined by Ja­panese pho­tog­ra­phers to re­fer to the qual­ity of out-of-fo­cus ar­eas in a pho­to­graph.

While it seems quite para­dox­i­cal to be con­cerned about how a lens ren­ders outof-fo­cus ar­eas, the fact is that hav­ing a nice, smoothly blur back­ground helps your in­fo­cus sub­ject mat­ter stand out from a busy back­ground.

This is the rea­son why many cam­era com­pa­nies pro­duce a 50mm f/ 1.4 lens — the the­ory be­ing that shoot­ing at the lens’ widest aper­ture of f/ 1.4 will ren­der the back­ground into a smooth, “creamy” blur, which con­trasts nicely with the per­fectly sharp sub­ject.

With the lat­est AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/ 1.4, Nikon is aim­ing to up the ante on its wide aper­ture lenses by pro­duc­ing the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to its clas­sic 58mm f/ 1.2 “Noct” (which stands for “night’) lens.

While it doesn’t have the f/ 1.2 aper­ture of the Noct lens, the new 58mm f/ 1.4 nev­er­the­less still ex­hibits shal­lower depth-of-field, and thus a back­ground that’s more blurry, than a com­pa­ra­ble 50mm f/ 1.4 shot at the same aper­ture and dis­tance.

The other side ben­e­fit is that since the lens’ wide aper­ture lets in four times more light than an f/ 2.8 lens, it’s also great for get­ting faster shut­ter speeds when light lev­els are low.

Ex­pect to pay a pre­mium for the lens, how­ever — the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/ 1.4 has a rec­om­mended re­tail price of RM5,898 and is avail­able in stores now.


Make it prom­i­nent: The aF-S nikkor 58mm f/ 1.4 prom­ises to ren­der smoother out-of-fo­cus ar­eas to help your sub­ject stand out more against a busy back­ground.

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