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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Thanks Curtis and, well, because of Ben, I''m looking for a 20 & a 85 now.....
with the 50 :
Tantalizing shot Philippe.
Ben has inspired me as well. I certainly would not have begun exploring pre-AI lenses without his encouragement AND playful baiting. You've already had time with Nikki so you certainly are aware of how fine these much older lenses are. I don't know whether you're leaning toward the 20 f/3.5 UD AI'd or the more recent 20 f/2.8 AI-s, but my guess is you will have great fun with either. I brought the 20 f/2.8 AI-s to Turkey primarily because I expected to find myself in tight quarters where a wider lens would come in handy. Doubtless, the same is your experience since the center of most European cities have narrow streets that call for such lenses.
With regard to the 85, you've mentioned your Zeiss. Perhaps here you are looking for an older lens, perhaps a sister of Nikki. The H-C is difficult to come by especially with the AI conversion kit. I know because I looked for some time before picking up the earlier H version. That lens is a fine performer as well. Ben has been committed to buying the lenses rated most highly by Bjorn Rorslett, which is not a bad thing to be doing. But Nikon has made quite a few fine lenses that perform wonderfully despite not garnering high approval ratings. We see that happen on the thread all the time.
Of course, perhaps you'll opt for the 85 f/1.4 AI-s, which quite a few folks on the thread have been giving very high marks to. It certainly is among my favorite lenses. Regardless, I'm happy to see you expanding your Nikkor vision a bit. Happy shopping! I look forward to where this journey leads you.