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JoshuaD.FOTO wrote:
Trying to pull together some MF lenses for use on my D700. Im thinking an 85mm and a 135mm for portraiture

I know this sounds silly but is the general consensus that the 135 f2 AIS and the 85 1.4 AIS are the 'go-to' lenses at this FL? I also need something fixed and in the 20-30mm range. Something 24-28mm ish.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all.


Welcome Joshua. You've definitely come to the right place for advice about lenses, though one thing you may might want to do is thumb through the last hundred pages and see how folks are using different lenses. That said, the two lenses you mention are outstanding lenses. I count both of them among my "desert island" lenses. They certainly aren't the most expensive MF lenses but they definitely cost more than the vast majority of what is available at the moment. You'll likely pay north of six hundred dollars for either and it could be a bit more depending on your expectation about condition. Slower lenses at both focal lengths can be bought at about a third the cost of the faster lenses. Both the 85 f/2 AI or AI-s and the 135 f/2.8 AI or AI-s are excellent lenses though they lack the brilliance of the fast lenses.

For the other range, perhaps the best performer is the 28 f/2 AI or AI-s. The f/2.8 version of that focal length is a fine lens but consensus is the fast lens does a bit better at infinity. The speed helps of course. The two 24mm lenses at f/2 and f/2.8 are fine lenses as well.

You might want to do a bit of reading. A good place to start is with Bjorn Rorslett who evaluates quite a few older lenses. Another resource is Ken Rockwell who is a self-promoter who loves to stir controversy, but who also has decades of experience with these lenses.

Happy reading and then happy shopping. We love to cheer when folks add new MF lenses to their kits. Some might say we tempt folks until they make a purchase... that may be true but it is all with the best of intentions...



Jun 29, 2012 at 05:03 AM
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As promised, here is a comparison between the 24mm 2.8 and the 16mm 3.5 on a D7000. Although they weren't taken at the same time they are taken from the same location.

24mm


16mm



Jun 29, 2012 at 05:16 AM
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Wow! ^

No wonder you're so happy Ray... this lens is perfect for these wide shots on your D7000. I certainly love the lens as well. Thanks to John for showing me the joys of this lens and then selling me his first copy when he found a second for himself. Not many were made, as you noted. We're fortunate to have found them at a price we can afford. Very nice demonstration.



Jun 29, 2012 at 05:29 AM
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Curtis I'm happy to see that your 55MM arrived! I hope you enjoy it.


I've had a busy night working so AF shots for me tonight. But I enjoyed looking over all the awesome shots.

BTW I have had my first bad transaction on FM Buy and Sell over the 135MM F2.8 I've been expecting. Apparently the seller has flaked out and hasn't sent the lens, nor responding to e-mails or PM's. Paypal is currently in resolution mode. So I'm going to hold off buying any lenses for a while until this gets worked out. Such a shame too I was really looking forward to that focal length.

Matt



Jun 29, 2012 at 05:37 AM
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That's a bummer Matt. I note he hasn't posted anything anywhere for a week. I can't imagine he'd go sideways for a lens at that price, especially with the excellent feedback he has from prior transactions. But it does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Knock on wood, I've never had a problem on FM. I'd have bought from a seller with that kind of feedback any day. Hope it gets sorted out.


Jun 29, 2012 at 06:06 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:


http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SphHO-Jakk4/TUjIQO3Kr2I/AAAAAAAAFbg/WIDNXbBIICw/s1000/35.TomalesBoatyardCrane.jpg

35 f/2 AI-s wide open


As a newcomer to this forum I am still going through the older posts and I am not able to stop myself re-posting this shot from Curtis ... I fell in love with this one ... an ordinary subject turned into a great image ...

Bijan





Jun 29, 2012 at 06:51 AM
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Nikon D7000
Nikon 135mm 2.0 AI
f/2.8, 1/1600
Aperture Priority
ISO 100











Jun 29, 2012 at 07:38 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

I just checked the mailbox after hearing the mailman's truck pass by and IT ARRIVED! The 55 f/1.2 SC AI'd arrived at last! It is absolutely gorgeous as advertised. The glass is perfect and the body is very close to perfect. I'm a happy man!

I don't think St. Francis would object to me taking a photo of him... wide open with spot metering to blow out the background.

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-l5gGlSIqPEc/T-ysyaknNnI/AAAAAAAAN8A/2Xsbm-EzCUw/s1000/55.1.2.St.Francis.at1.2.jpg

And here is the first shot I took outside, again wide open.

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o92_heMVKtE/T-yueA-Ka6I/AAAAAAAAN8E/pHRixFQRbhc/s1000/55.1.2.LeavesWideOpen.jpg

I'll have fun trying this lens out on the D800. Now off to lunch with a friend.


I have these strange signs on my screen, probably a warning not to even think about buying the lens!



Jun 29, 2012 at 08:03 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I was "resting" when I heard a truck stop in front of my home. I struggled to my feet from a place halfway between waking and sleeping and headed out the door. Yes, it was the D800 which I removed from the B&H carton, then the Nikon box. I checked the battery and found it had almost a 50% charge so put on the strap, found a CF card, mounted the 135 f/2 AI-s, set up the non-CPU register and headed outside. It took me a few moments to realize my problem finding focus had to do with the way
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I'll be interested to hear your final analogy of this camera after you ship it out to your friend. In the mean time, put it through it's paces.



Jun 29, 2012 at 09:37 AM
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Reagan, I've really enjoyed your pics from the farm, you need to visit more often.


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montym wrote:
Rocky, resting his massive noggin after a long day of sleeping!

Monty


Rocky looks very content, nice conversion.



Jun 29, 2012 at 09:39 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Chuong, Love the rhino and what a cute baby!


+1



Jun 29, 2012 at 09:40 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

As promised, here is a comparison between the 24mm 2.8 and the 16mm 3.5 on a D7000. Although they weren't taken at the same time they are taken from the same location.

24mm
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/mdoc9523/16mm/DSC_9505.jpg


16mm
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k99/mdoc9523/16mm/DSC_0896-1.jpg


Ray, thank you for these. Judging by these, if you want to go wide with a DX, the 16mm is a must have.



Jun 29, 2012 at 09:42 AM
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bijan2008 wrote:
Nikon D7000
Nikon 135mm 2.0 AI
f/2.8, 1/1600
Aperture Priority
ISO 100

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5457/7406857568_07caffb97b_b.jpg





Bijan, I like the composition of this one. The fence at the bottom frames it out nicely.



Jun 29, 2012 at 09:44 AM
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As usual, the shots being posted have been great!

I remember, WAY back in the thread that people were posting self portraits, so I shot a quick one in the studio tonight. Hopefully, I will be able to go out this weekend for a little photowalk or something.




  NIKON D800    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    180mm    f/4.0    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM
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leighton w wrote:
+1



Hi Choung. +2 on the Rhino shot! The 200 F4 is a nice little lens for the reach it provides and sharp wide open to boot!
Scott



Jun 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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bijan2008 wrote:
Nikon D7000
Nikon 135mm 2.0 AI
f/2.8, 1/1600
Aperture Priority
ISO 100

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5457/7406857568_07caffb97b_b.jpg






Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
I like everything about it. The SMALL fence in the foreground really give it scale.

Monty



Jun 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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kings_freak wrote:
As usual, the shots being posted have been great!

I remember, WAY back in the thread that people were posting self portraits, so I shot a quick one in the studio tonight. Hopefully, I will be able to go out this weekend for a little photowalk or something.


Nice portrait! As you know, I'm a sucker for b/w!
But you look way to serious

A lot of D800s appearing on this thread. ISO 100..... Nice!

Monty



Jun 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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elnj wrote:
This one is for Monty - a bike shot! I can always pick out my bike in the rack since the seat is several inches higher than everyone else's...

http://nishjen.smugmug.com/Category/Miscellaneous-2012/i-jvjBxcD/0/L/DSC5008DxO-L.jpg

Eric



WOW How tall are you?
Nice shot!
I have double finding my car. I just ordered a bike rack for the roof. I should be able to pick it out with that on it

Monty



Jun 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
My iMac labored to download the images using Lightroom 4 and rendering within LR was much slower. I don't have the fastest processor by my iMac is a recent model loaded with maximum RAM, 16GB. What a difference from loading D700 files.

These files are HUGE. .


Time to get rid of those 20th century spinning hard disks
Switching to SSDs will make a much larger difference than a faster processor.
If I somehow land a D800 an SSD will be purchased along with it. Like you I have 16GB of ram but....
I've been looking at one from here
Monty

...edit...
or this
...edit...


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