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Thanks guys, this is the problem. Shoting landscapes in low light means a trade off between higher ISO and aperture. I need a lens with good edge sharpness as wide open as possible to keep the shutter times right town. The 35mm Nikkor is just excellent at f2, but only in the centre, making it great for portraits for example. It doesnt get near sharp enough in the corners until f5.6-f8, by which point I am jacking up the ISO to keep the shutter speeds down.
A fellow FM participant, Matt, has also mentioned the 28mm f2.8 as sharp at f4
Here's another example of the Nikkor, taken at midnight. I know this shows nothing of sharpness at 100%, but an idea of the overall effect of aperture and shutter speed trade off... taken at 12.30am just before the camera was blown over. Luckily I caught the tripod by a leg...!
Edited by David Clapp on Apr 19, 2008 at 11:44 PM GMT
Edited on Apr 19, 2008 at 11:44 PM