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  • See, I thought I was all done buying MF Nikkors, and could finally spend some hard earned money on a new camera, and then the bug bit.. again!

    At that time, my colection looked lik ethis:

    DSC_0500 by b j , on Flickr

    And my plan was to sell my D3 and buy a Fuji X Pro2. So I started selling lenses to fund the Fuji, and then I came across a good deal and my plan went up in a puff of smoke

    In this picture you can still see:
    16mm f3,5 pre-Ai, 20mm f3,5 UD Nikkor, 24mm f2,8 Nikkor-N, 5cm f2 Nikkor-S, 50mm f1,8 Ai-S, 50mm f1,4 Nikkor-S, 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C, 105mm f2,5 Nikkor-P, 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C, 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C, 200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C and the 80-200 f4 Ai-S Zoom Nikkor.

    I need to make another photo though because I sold the 24mm, 5cm and 135mm f3,5, and bought a 300mm f2,8*Ed Ai-S and since there is no way that mounts comfortably on a Fuji X Pro2, I'm going to stick with the D3 untill it falls apart ;)
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  • Wide open for what it's worth

    20171001-DSC_8449 by b j , on Flickr

    I hardly ever stop down this lens because I like the magic it gives me when not stopping down
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  • What's up with the dust on that front element :D
    Reminds me a bit of my Nikon AF-S 14-24 f2,8. It was near impossible to keep that front element free of dust. Didn't make an impact when taking photos either way.

    Do you have some specifications...
    What's up with the dust on that front element :D
    Reminds me a bit of my Nikon AF-S 14-24 f2,8. It was near impossible to keep that front element free of dust. Didn't make an impact when taking photos either way.

    Do you have some specifications on that Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 14mm? Like how is the weight and size compared to the Nikon 14-24?
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  • That's the Sonnar design version, right?

    I really like my later Gauss design 105 f2,5 Nikkor-P.C Auto a lot. Not sure how it compares to the Sonnar when tested more extensively. A few things I really like about the version I own is contrast...
    That's the Sonnar design version, right?

    I really like my later Gauss design 105 f2,5 Nikkor-P.C Auto a lot. Not sure how it compares to the Sonnar when tested more extensively. A few things I really like about the version I own is contrast and sharpness. Curtis mentioned the Sonnar optical design has a very pleasant way of rendering OoF elements.
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  • Now that is one nice looking lens!

    How would you feel it compares to the 55mm f1,2?
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  • A week with the 58 Nokton sounds like a very interesting project and I look forward to see the results here.
    This lens looks interesting indeed.
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  • The Nokton looks like the exact opposite of the 55mm f1,2. In my opinion that is a good thing. It never hurts to have more lenses in the 50mm range, but it also never hurts to have lenses that produce unique and identifyable images.

    If I find...
    The Nokton looks like the exact opposite of the 55mm f1,2. In my opinion that is a good thing. It never hurts to have more lenses in the 50mm range, but it also never hurts to have lenses that produce unique and identifyable images.

    If I find one with scallops rather then the ribbed design, and have some money to burn, this lens will be pretty high on my list.
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  • the solitaire replied to a discussion, Nikkor 135 Q-Auto F/3.5
    Clive, the Df should not struggle with exposure at all.
    I use the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C Auto on a D3 and have to dial in a -0,3 or -0,7 EV exposure correction to get the image more to my personal taste, but exposure is as reliable as with AF...
    Clive, the Df should not struggle with exposure at all.
    I use the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C Auto on a D3 and have to dial in a -0,3 or -0,7 EV exposure correction to get the image more to my personal taste, but exposure is as reliable as with AF lenses.

    Thread for the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q and Q.C can be found here:

    135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C Auto
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  • the solitaire replied to a discussion, Nikkor 135 Q-Auto F/3.5
    That is a good looking lens Mark.
    I owned the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q (as well as the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q, the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C, 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C and 135mm f2,8 Ai Nikkor MF Nikkors) and must admit that it is one of the best looking lenses...
    That is a good looking lens Mark.
    I owned the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q (as well as the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q, the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C, 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C and 135mm f2,8 Ai Nikkor MF Nikkors) and must admit that it is one of the best looking lenses Nikon ever made.

    I sold mine and instead bought a 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C which fitted in better with the rest of my multicoated pre-Ai Nikkor lenses. I now own both the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C and the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C and can only say that both have a right to exist side to side. There are just certain subjects I prefer to photograph using the f2,8 lens and some where I prefer the f3,5 lens.

    Oddly enough for portraits I will always prefer the f3,5 lens over the f2,8 lens, even though I have a feeling that the f2,8 lens is slightly sharper. I need to try both on Kristinas D800 to see if I can find a difference at all. At medium distance anyways it is incredibly sharp.
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  • the solitaire replied to a discussion, Nikkor 135 Q-Auto F/3.5
    I own a 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C and 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C.
    I could set up a comparison for the two if you guys give me a few days time.

    I did already shoot charts with both lenses past weekend. Both are sharp and I can not tell which of the two...
    I own a 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C and 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C.
    I could set up a comparison for the two if you guys give me a few days time.

    I did already shoot charts with both lenses past weekend. Both are sharp and I can not tell which of the two is sharper or better across the frame.
    The difference really is in how each lens renders items in and out of the focal plane.
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  • the solitaire replied to a discussion, Nikkor 135 Q-Auto F/3.5
    I will find the time to set up a halfway decent comparison. But most likely after the weekend.
    I think Mark won't mind if I post the results in a new thread with the thread title:
    "135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C vs. f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C comparison"

    I...
    I will find the time to set up a halfway decent comparison. But most likely after the weekend.
    I think Mark won't mind if I post the results in a new thread with the thread title:
    "135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C vs. f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C comparison"

    I intend to post the test chart results including 100% crops from across the frame, set up a still life which will show OoF rendering, OoF lightsources, CA and some other charecteristics in one frame, again with crops showing the individual strengths and weaknesses of each lens. Setting up such a scene does take a bit of time and consideration, and I would prefer to go out with both lenses and add some real life examples as well.
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  • the solitaire replied to a discussion, How to Start a Lens Thread
    I like the idea for this format Mark. I will update my lens threads as soon as I find a moment of spare time. I will also (if no one beats me to it) start threads for the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C Auto, the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C Auto, update the... I like the idea for this format Mark. I will update my lens threads as soon as I find a moment of spare time. I will also (if no one beats me to it) start threads for the 135mm f2,8 Nikkor-Q.C Auto, the 135mm f3,5 Nikkor-Q.C Auto, update the thread for the 200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C Auto and see to it that I also add the 20mm f3,5 Nikkor-UD Auto

    I wouldn't mind doing reviews providing all the technical data required for this list of lenses as well once this review engine is set up and ready to go.
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  • the solitaire started a new discussion, Nikon 200mm f4 tele lenses
    Nikon 200mm f4 tele lenses
    The 200mm f2 is an absolute dream lens and for some bigger/heavier then they wish to carry. For others more expensive then they can justify.
    An alternative is the 200mm f4 which offers the same compressed perspective but is significantly...
    The 200mm f2 is an absolute dream lens and for some bigger/heavier then they wish to carry. For others more expensive then they can justify.
    An alternative is the 200mm f4 which offers the same compressed perspective but is significantly smaller, lighter and more affordable.

    As far as this thread is concerned, any of the f4 200mm Nikkors and any of the f4 (or f4,5) 80-200 zoom Nikkors can play ;)

    I decided to purchase a 200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C Auto. The Q and Q.C versions are biger and heavier then the later Ai and Ai-S versions, but the optics are excellent and the lens just looks amazing. Something can be said for the weight, size and the balance this provides on a gripped DSLR lik ethe D3. It balances really nicely which helps keeping the camera and lens steady for these long shots.

    I paid less then US$ 90 for mine.

    http://th02.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2015/060/d/e/f3_200_1_by_two_lane_blacktop-d8k0222.jpg

    The lens is sharp starting wide open. Compared to modern zooms that need to be stopped down a stop to become sharp this mean sthat with the 200 f4 you can confidently shoot wide open, get good results and be about as fast as with a modern 70-200 f2,8 stopped down for increase sharpness.

    http://th03.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2015/011/5/5/lumi_taking_life_as_it_is_by_two_lane_blacktop-d8dip2a.jpg

    An other area where the 200 f4 is really useful is as a lens for close up/macro photography. It takes well to the addition of tubes but another option to which it takes really well is used as an extension for a reverse mounted lens.

    200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C Auto with a reverse mounted 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto on D3. Focus stack made up of 15 single exposures

    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2015/038/6/4/2015_02_07_18_09_11_m_b_r_8_s_4_by_two_lane_blacktop-d8h1r1x.jpg
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  • the solitaire replied to a discussion, Nikon 200mm f4 tele lenses
    The perspective (Field of View) is not that much different from a 180. Two things that are far more noticable are: 1) the 200mm f4 Ai-S is much smaller (the 200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C is mainly better looking but not smaller then a 180mm f2,8 ;) ) and 2)... The perspective (Field of View) is not that much different from a 180. Two things that are far more noticable are: 1) the 200mm f4 Ai-S is much smaller (the 200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C is mainly better looking but not smaller then a 180mm f2,8 ;) ) and 2) the experience of sharpness. Where with the 180mm lenses I tend to go closer to get smoother backgrounds and subject from background seperation, with the 200mm f4 I balance background sharpness more carefully (difficult to explain but the minds process on how much sharpness I want in the background works more subtle for images taken with the 200 whereas with the 180 I just want the background gone)

    All in all the 200mm makes me think and work harder to get the picture I want from it. For me that is something I like because I appreciate the creative process behind my photographs as part of my photographs most of the time.
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  • One constant favorite in my camera bag, and when going by the account of many of the MFN thread participants, is the 55mm f1,2 fast normal prime.

    The 55mm f1,2 for Nikon F mount was introduced in December of 1965. 13 years and some 175000...
    One constant favorite in my camera bag, and when going by the account of many of the MFN thread participants, is the 55mm f1,2 fast normal prime.

    The 55mm f1,2 for Nikon F mount was introduced in December of 1965. 13 years and some 175000 lenses later it was replaced with the 50mm f1,2 which remains in production until today.

    I purchased my 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto in May 2014 for AU$ 192 and it has been in my camera bag ever since. Truth be told, if I had to pick a single lens as a personal favorite then this would be it.

    I would love to write a review on this lens but my copy falls in the category "good user" and certainly does not get prettier because of the amount of use this lens sees on my camera.

    It's an amazingly versatile lens which of course is bright and fast, renders OoF details in a very pleasant fashion, creates some of the smoothest backgrounds I have ever seen and becomes very sharp when stopped down.

    It's a good looker on a camera. Not too big, but quite a bit heavier then a 50mm f1,4. Whether or not the extra half a stop is worth the added bulk and weight (and price) is a matter of personal opinion. I think that for me it certainly is. And why own a fast lens if you don't intend to use it wide open?

    http://th04.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2015/060/b/7/reading_glassas_by_two_lane_blacktop-d8jzeme.jpg

    55mm f1,2 wide open on a Nikon D3

    http://th00.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2014/258/4/c/sitting_in_the_morning_light_by_two_lane_blacktop-d7zcozc.jpg

    55mm f1,2 at f1,4 on Nikon D3

    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2015/060/a/9/f3_55_2_by_two_lane_blacktop-d8jzzi5.jpg

    I am sure other 55mm fans will chime in and have something to say about this amazing piece of glass.
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  • Joan, I agree on that. I originally searched for the 50 f1,2 Ai-S (9 Aperture blades vs. 7 in the Ai) because I like the "sterile" or plastic look af a near level focal plane and already had lots of ideas on how to take advantage of this with the... Joan, I agree on that. I originally searched for the 50 f1,2 Ai-S (9 Aperture blades vs. 7 in the Ai) because I like the "sterile" or plastic look af a near level focal plane and already had lots of ideas on how to take advantage of this with the fast f1,2 Aperture 50.

    I then stumbled on a great deal for the 55 f1,2 and decided to pick it up, just to give it a try. I ended up keeping the 55mm instead because I really like the way it renders OoF backgrounds wide open and at f2. The light falloff is perfectly acceptable and the rounded focal plane adds what can best be described as character to photographs made with this lens. Some might argue that "character" can be replaced by the term "vintage look" or "flaws these old lenses exhibit due to their simple optical construction". I just see it as a lens trait that can be used in a creative way to render an image the 58mm f1,4G or 55mm OTUS can not give you because they are corrected for all these flaws.

    I shot some charts the other day and found that my copy the 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto wide open is sharper then modern f2,8 zooms, even in the corners.

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    Linked below are some 100% crops (click each to see the cropped section)

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  • Thank you for getting that done so quickly. I think that 16mm f2,8 would do just what I would expect from a fisheye and would serve my purposes just fine.

    One of the reasons I like the 55 so much is also because it's sharp in the center and...
    Thank you for getting that done so quickly. I think that 16mm f2,8 would do just what I would expect from a fisheye and would serve my purposes just fine.

    One of the reasons I like the 55 so much is also because it's sharp in the center and not 100% sharp in the corners.
    Looking from those crops though this 16 is sharp up to 2/3rds of the way to the corners which is pretty good.
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  • I am also on the verge about this one. On one side the f3,5 design appears to be sharper in the corners then the f2,8 version as reported by those who used or owned both versions. On the other hand, the f2,8 version is mentioned to be sharper in... I am also on the verge about this one. On one side the f3,5 design appears to be sharper in the corners then the f2,8 version as reported by those who used or owned both versions. On the other hand, the f2,8 version is mentioned to be sharper in the center AND is more readily available.

    To me the corners would not be as important as the center given the type of subjects I photograph most of the time. Still will take my time to decide.

    It's good to see your copy works this well for you. Would you mind showing a few crops from the center and edge/corners?

    Amazing light on that image by the way.
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  • Thanks, they were created with the 85 1.4 Ais. The camera is cool, but I think its going back. Note the sensor reflections in 2 of the shots. Some googling revealed this is a known and unresolvable issue using Nikon lenses on Sonys as well as... Thanks, they were created with the 85 1.4 Ais. The camera is cool, but I think its going back. Note the sensor reflections in 2 of the shots. Some googling revealed this is a known and unresolvable issue using Nikon lenses on Sonys as well as some Zeiss and others. So tomorrow I may well take it back. More
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