Beg your pardon? Bokeh? Sorry…never heard about it…

These are the type of reactions I get whenever I mention the word Bokeh, even to seasoned photographers!

An example of bokeh

So what is this bokeh, then?

Well, it’s kinda like a new-age techie word that’s been added to the English language.

In the main, bokeh is that part of a photo that is out of focus. So, if we take a shot of, let’s say, a flower, and use an aperture something like f2, then the flower will be in perfect focus, but the background will be blurred…in this case, an excellent situation, as too much background information would detract the eye of the person viewing the photo from the main subject, the flower.

But bokeh alos depends on the lens you are using…some newish lenses may not have much bokeh, whereas older lenses may have much more.

The best way to judge if an accessory lens has good bokeh, is to look at the aperture blades inside…..modern lenses usually have 6 or 8 blades, but older lenses for classic film cameras may have 12, 14 or more blades.

An example of these classic lenses are the old Prinz Galaxy lenses and the Pentacon 135mm f2.8 versions. Both these lenses, and others like them, will give you beautiful bokeh…if you want it, that is!



About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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