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Re: [OM] Which soft, How Soft? [was soft addiction]

Subject: Re: [OM] Which soft, How Soft? [was soft addiction]
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2022 02:11:58 -0800
On 11/20/2022 3:49 PM, Mike Gordon via olympus wrote:
Bokeh busier even at f1.2 in this particular scenario than I recall in other 

Bokeh is ridiculously tricky. Whenever someone claims a lens has good, or bad bokeh, I take it with a grain of salt. Yes, OoF areas may be very different with different lenses @ same FL and aperture.

BUT, it may also vary wildly with distances to focal plane and to things in front of and behind the focal plane, on the same lens, @ same aperture. Move camera and subject relative to background, but not to each other - the bokeh changes.

Move the camera away from the subject, and the bokeh changes, but so do the 
sizes of subject and background(s).

Simple, limited example: 

Background barely behind focal plane, bokeh pretty rough.
Background from almost FP through middle distance, to infinity. Pretty busy
Move a little closer, bokeh almost painterly
And its a real difference, not just mag., shot two, enlarged to match.
Change distances a little bit, different light, different bokeh.

Many Variables Moose

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