Full-Frame 50mm Lens with Aperture of f/0.35.
The world’s creamiest bokeh (definition: the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image) can be whipped up to give us incredible subject separation through the use of huge apertures. In exciting news, the world’s first f/0.35 50mm autofocus prime lens has been manufactured but is still such a secret that we don’t even know the mount, never mind who makes it. But the images that this lens can produce are amazing.
Being Developed in Secret.
As it is being developed in secret by a Japanese manufacturer this beast of a lens isn’t due for release until 2020. When you remove the lens cap rooms get visibly darker as if the aperture literally sucks in so much light, and it only weighs 37 lb (17 kg)! These and other developments will mean that a new generation of cameras that are yet to hit the market will have to come along; for example, shooting in daylight with this lens at your lowest ISO requires shutter speeds in excess of 1/100,000th of a second!
Slim Depth of Field.
Trying to grab a focus can be a real challenge because the depth of field is so slim. Fortunately, this incredible lens has autofocus to help the process, though this comes with a few restrictions. The autofocus motor has to do so much work that it requires its own power supply in the form of a diesel generator. It takes in excess of 30 seconds to slide all of the elements into place during the slow process of autofocusing the amount of glass. With the slightest movement meaning having to start all over you will need to ask your model not to breathe during this time. And, any low-level seismic activity, such as blinking, can be problematic.
So what are the results? It has a spectacular shallow depth of field. The lens really allows you to be creative in how you portray your subject; even though it’s tricky to get both eyes sharp at the same time the viewer’s attention is focused on the single iris, as you can see. The eye is truly a window to the soul and being able to isolate it so completely really opens up the possibilities.
A Buttery Goop.
The blending of the image into one beautifully buttery goop, where there is little distinction between where the subject ends and the background begins, make this lens perfect for those type of moments when you simply want to make that process difficult to figure out. Also, backgrounds become much less of a concern due to the truly liberating shallowness. You can stand your model wherever you want having no longer to find context. Not a problem if you’ve got a tree or telegraph pole coming out of their head. And thanks to the lens’s 29 aperture blades, bokeh balls are completely round with not an onion skin in sight.
Focus on the Bokeh.
These photos might look a mess but if you focus on the bokeh you’ll notice that from one tiny highlight where the sun glints through the trees we get the incredibly huge, incredibly round bokeh ball. Just focus on the bokeh ball.
More news about this lens will come in the near future.
Words by Elijah (Content Marketer).