I'm still shooting with the lens wide open and exploring the background blur (bokeh) the lens can offer. I'm intrigued with any differences in blur as the distance from the focussed object changes. Today it's been quite bright and sunny which made the metrosideros positively glow. Getting in as close as possible to the flower helped decrease the depth of field so I could better see any differences in blur. Honestly, I can't really see much! However, I was pleasantly surprised with how sharp the image appears to say it was shot wide open with what must be Nikon's cheapest lens. Click on the image below and you'll get an enlarged image.
505050 this image was shot RAW then converted to JPEG using Nikon's NX2 without any modifications to contrast, brightness, saturation or image size via a crop. Let me know what you think.
Image shot on 50mm lens at f1.8, 1/6400sec, ISO 200