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| p.1 #17 · Mechanical qualities of lenses |
I haven't really had any issues, but since I started out with Nikkor lenses when I "went manual", I've been very surprised by how much worse the build quality of other brands is. I was under the impression that Nikon just had the standard high quality of manual focus lenses overall. But when I pick up a Konica or OM lens, they feel really crappy compared to the Nikkors.
I'm with you on the damping and focus throw, but the 100 MP does have a very short throw in relation to focus distance. It seems "long" just because you can focus close, while much shorter at the long end than many other 100 mm lenses, if you understand what I mean.
i'm always curious to hear what other people think of the build of manual focus lenses. i'd put nikon about in the middle of the pack here. from best to worst build i would probably make this ranking (going by the best eras of each):
1) leica R (though there is a bit of variability, i've never handled anything that could top the build on there telephotos)
2) rokkors (MCs with metal focus rings are the ones i'm thinking of > rubber MCs > first MDs>>> late plastic MDs)
3) takumars (again metal focus rings versions > rubber > pentax K and M >> A)
4) nikkors (old metal focus rings > AI >> AIS)
5) canon FL (FD was not as nice and nFD was much worse)
6) Z* current zeiss/voigtlander lenses
7) c/y zeiss lenses
8) olympus OM
9) konica hexanon (as Jman mentioned their best lenses are very nice but the cheap ones not so much unlike OM lenses, which were pretty uniform in build)
Interesting. What's the criteria? If it's durability, I'd put Zeiss ZE/F/etc ahead of the CV SLR lenses. The delta there isn't as wide as say between ZM and CV RF lenses, but it's there. It sounds strange to say it, but I'd feel better about my chances of having a useful lens after I dropped a ZF 50/1.4 than I would if I dropped a Nokton 58.
OM's probably in the right place for the line average, but the sub-90mm primes tend to be built like tiny little tanks. They don't provide the best feedback or overall user experience, but they are tough to break.