New "Event" Lens
I do quite a bit of event photography for private, civic, academic, and charity organizations. A significant amount of it is in challenging low-light environments. Last year I frequently relied a lot on my 24-70mm f/2.8 for many of these events. Upon review, I noticed that most images were capture at or neat the 24mm focal length.
Today I received from B&H my new Nikkor 24mm f/1.4. I went out today and took these photographs handheld at a nearby park to see what it could do. I think I will be very happy with this new low-light “event” lens.
I took some controlled test shots on at tripod at home with this Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 lens. I wanted to test the lens at different focal lengths. The sensor was 3' 10" from the main subject.
The first photo below shows the full scene taken at each full stop from f/11 to f/1.4.
The next seven images below are 100% crops of the full scene, shown here at f/11, f/8, f/5.6, f/4, f/2.8, f/2.0, and lastly at f/1.4.
I am sure you will not miss the extra bulk & one pound of extra weight by "downsizing" your lens!
Looks like a very nice lens. I think it's fun to go through our images and determine which focal lengths are the ones we rely on. It also helps to figure out which ones to leave home on a trip or even sell. I have the 58mm/1.4 from that series and it's my favorite lens.
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Those are nice cameras. I have the D850 and the Z7. I am using the Z7 more in the field because it's smaller/lighter and has the electronic viewfinder. I sold the D800 and my 14-24/2.8 to buy the Z7. I will soon be selling the D810. I also need to unload some old lenses with sentimental value but never get used.
My first SLR was the Fujica ST801. That was followed by my Nikon FM fully manual film camera, which I still have. I photographed a lot of weddings with my first DSLR, a Nikon D200. I wish now I had not given that “DX” camera away (to a relative who appears to never use it) along with Nikon’s best DX lens, the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. That outstanding DX lens should last a lifetime with a little care.
My D800 should work perfectly for me for many years, but has little value in the resale market. That high resolution D800 still serves as a great camera for me to use in more “questionable” environments.
Both my D810 and D850 should provide useful bodies for many years when coupled to my current nine F-mount lenses.
My first f/1.4 lens was my Nikkor 105mm f/1.4. Upon receiving that lens, I went out to test for myself the subject isolation capabilities of that lens. I took some identical shots at two apertures to test the difference a fast lens can make. I posted those initial test shots at the below link.
My test shots from my new Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 are located at this below link.
I also have the Nikkor 24 f/1.4 and agree with you. It's a great lens. Though some would argue that the need for a fast lens in wide isn't there, I found that I loved the images that this lens produces. When opened up, it's an unusual combination of wide and shallow.
Thanks for the feedback. I also just received this week the Nikkor 28mm f/1.4. I have a real need for very fast wide lenses because I serve as the official photographer for the Michigan Theater Foundation. Capturing images during the many events in the light-challenged lobbies and auditoriums at both the Michigan Theater and State Theater in Ann Arbor benefits greatly with fast lenses. Upon receiving both lenses in the last 10 days, I tested the 28mm and 24mm, and the 28mm really impresses me on how very sharp it is wide open at f/1.4. The 24mm f/1.4 is great but a little soft at f/1.4; the 28mm is outstanding even at f/1.4.
I can put both of these to work during events this month.