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Old Dec 30, 2006, 2:39 PM   #1
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I've read quiet a few comments on dpreview's Oly forum regards the "ugly" bokeh produced by the 14-54ZD. I've seen a couple of shots where its not been as good as it should have been but on a personal level I think that the bokeh is pretty good on mine. My only real gripe is that I'd have liked it to have been a wee bit sharper wide open.

Here's an example taken today (not the best I know and i can't remember why i shot it at f5 @1/50s):




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Old Dec 30, 2006, 8:25 PM   #2
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hi Harj
that the thing tho Harj
sharp at wide open is very difficult to achieve
presumably a characteristic of a type of lens
and even on those, there is a sweet spot (aperture)

for me at work, i chase the opposite
sharp front to back

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Old Dec 31, 2006, 8:50 AM   #3
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Hi HarjTT,

Just wondering ... is that a crop or the full frame ?
Du apply sharpening in Lightroom ?

I took this shot with the 14-54ZD
- 54mm
- f3.5
- 1/40s
- 100 ISO

I use CaptureOne LE for RAW conversion. In the Exposure
menu I change the "Film Type" to "High Contrast" (dunno why this is there but helps)
and turn up the saturation a bit.

In the Focus menu I change the Sharpening to "Standard" instead of "Soft" and
leave all other parameters untouched.

This particular picture seems to be looking good throughout but its a crop.
I kept only the relevant area.

The bokeh seems to be ok. There is some softening near the bottom right
area ... but ... I dunno ... am not an expert ... see for urself.
(Tried my best to go as close as possible and keep the focus on the eye)


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Old Dec 31, 2006, 6:33 PM   #4
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Hi Gaggu

The shots the full frame but I can do a crop of a section if you want. I apply 50% sharpening in Lightroom but personally I don't think it hardly sharpens the image, its the same with the NR, so I end up taking the pic into Photoshop and apply a wee bit of USM 30-50% at 0.5 rad. Other settings in Lightroom - I don't apply any of the predefined options provided by lightroom, although I should take a look at them but just increase the blacks by 10, and if needed just adjust the exposure a wee bit. Saturation and all other settings just left to defaults.

I'm no expert either, but I like the softening in your shot and your focusing on the eye is pretty spot on.

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Hi HarjTT,

How about sharing the RAW file if its okei with u.
I could pass it thru CaptureOne and see the results.

At what distance were you focussing from ? Maybe I
could try a similar shot myself ...

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