Dreaming in Circles?

Have you ever heard of Bokeh? Or Boka? Or the beautiful effect of having a shallow depth of field in your background?

Getting adapters for old glass might be the best bet anyone can do to get this dreamy and beautiful effect in any style of photography. Modern glass that exceed f/2.8 is extremely expensive and usually weigh nearly half a ton.

But way back in the film days there were lenses that were tiny, and could go to f/1.2.

I currently have two vintage lenses that can go below an f/2, an old Nikon Nikkor 50mm lens that is a very nice f/1.4. It is a gorgeous element bigger than a half dollar on the back which enchants my Botanic Garden shoots.

But I also have a Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2. This lens has a dizzying effect; and I love it. I cannot wait to get more of this effect with this, but to achieve this digitally is nice.

Having to only pay $20 versus $2000 is a deal I can’t pass up.

Below I have examples of both the Nikon lens and the Voigtlander lens, the later is on a Nikon F3 shot on film while the Voigtlander is with a Sony A7Riii.