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    The one on the left is from vintage 50mm Nikkor 1.4 and the other is the stock 50mm 1.8 lens that came with FE kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    Hey guys,
    which one do you think has clarity?

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    The photo on the left evidences higher contrast.

    I would say, however, that the plane of sharpest focus is different between the two.
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I agree with him ^

    slight difference in view too, so handheld?

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    Your second photo is front focused, so it's not fair to discuss the lens optics... as for the 50mm 1.4, it seems sharp to me, was your original post not about it's sharpness... perhaps you should photograph at 1.4 with and without the polarizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Yes, the pre AI 50/1.4 Nikkor-S wasn't very sharp at 1.4.
    It wasn't really not sharp though - sure as hell isn't blurry. It's a fantastic lens with a signature look.

    To the OP just take shots of normal subjects like humans and then I'm sure you'll feel fine with it.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    It wasn't really not sharp though - sure as @#!*% isn't blurry. It's a fantastic lens with a signature look.

    To the OP just take shots of normal subjects like humans and then I'm sure you'll feel fine with it.
    Correct, I should have been clearer. More of a veiled look.

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    I forgot to mention this shoot was done with NO Polar filter as I did in my shoot that I was dissapointed with. I'll post a pic tonight to show you what I mean. So I think the Polar filter does effect the clarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    I forgot to mention this shoot was done with NO Polar filter as I did in my shoot that I was dissapointed with. I'll post a pic tonight to show you what I mean. So I think the Polar filter does effect the clarity.

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    It shouldn't.

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    IF your polarizer is affecting your clarity, then it is the specific polarizing filter you have that is causing the problem, not polarizers in general.

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    Todd... I remain a bit confused. Please forgive me if this seems offensive (it isn't intended to be) but you need to do two things: 1. explain more details of what, why and how you are shooting, and 2. bone up on some of the fundamentals. Otherwise it is really tough to figure out what is going on and help you out. It most likely is not the filter. Think about this - focus and flare. Are you handholding or tripod? Are you using a lens hood? What is your lighting? And, again, what was the intent of the polarizing filter in the first place? (The last, of course, may be a nonsensical question at this point but goes back to my first comment about explaining the details and intent.

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