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There seems to be a few people asking about/adding different MF lenses here from time to time. I only have two so far, but plan on more eventually.
For all the "regulars" here, what is the lens you are most happy you acquired....
.... and which (if any) do you wished you hadn't?
Welcome to FM and the MFNG thread! I have been really happy with almost every lens I've bought, and those I've sold have been nice lenses too! So here they go from short to long:
20/2.8 AI-S Excellent lens, probably Nikon's best MF 20 in terms of sharpness. I sold it because I don't shoot with 20's much.
20/3.5 AI/AI-S Excellent petite lens, it's a gem in terms of landscape shooting as it is very flare resistant, but it doesn't quite have the resolution of it's faster brother. I had it for awhile before selling it to another poster in this thread.
28/3.5 came with an FE2 that I bought. Nice sharp little lens, but suffered from field curvature. I sold it for cheap as I already had a 28/2 AI.
28/2 AI - Bigger faster sibling to the famous 28/2.8 AI-S, focuses almost as close, and outperforms the slower lens everywhere except for close distances. Although superseded in performance by the newer 28/1.8G, the 28/2 is still no slouch, even on D800's.
35/2 AI/AI-S - Nice little lenses, Good sharpness wide open, especially in the center. Does flare. I've had a few but ultimately kept the 35/1.4 instead.
35/1.4 AI-S - Lower contrast and sharpness wide open, but not bad by any stretch, but this one is a gem. I had a great one and sold it, but I'll eventually buy another one. It's is murderously sharp from f/2 onward and it delivers major performance.
50/1.4 AI/AI-S - Decent enough lens, I'd rather have a cheaper MF 1.8 or comparably priced 50/1.8G. Not a bad lens, it just doesn't measure up it's faster and slower siblings.
50/1.2 AI/AI-S - Special rendering wide open. Still plenty sharp. Just like the 35/1.4, if you open it up to f/2, it is sharper than knife. Great lens and I haven't yet been tempted to keep any AF 50's.
105/2.5 AI/AI-S. If you don't have one, get one. Enough said. Either version is nice.
180/2.8 ED AI-S. Super sharp, and very compact. I use this one happily at all apertures.
300/2.8 ED AI-S. Big, heavy, and phenomenal.
25-50/4 AI-S. Excellent wide to normal zoom, plenty sharp all over and resists flare well. This is a great lens for landscape shooters, and I've got lots of nice shots from this one. I let this one go as I generally don't enjoy carrying heavier lenses anymore with much frequency.
50-135/3.5 AI-S - Excellent lens. Very useful range. Excellent IQ. Worth getting for the $100-150 asking price.
80-200/4.5 AI w/ rectangular baffle - Woooooo, what a sharp lens. Excellent landscape carry partner with the 25-50, can be had for less than $100, probably one of Nikon's best 70/80-200 lenses ever. I sold mine only because I don't have the chance to get out into situations where carrying this makes sense.
I'm sure you'll get a lot more great advice!