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Thanks to everyone that took time to post their take on the various MF Nikkors. My very limited contribution would be as follows (for all of us Cold Stone Creamery fans):
20 f3.5 AI - nice, small light wide, better up close than at long distances, very resistant to flare. But I purchase a beat up copy with a dented filter ring but has clean glass. The slight softness at distance may be a result of the damage to the filter ring knocking something out of alignment just a little, maybe?
100 f2.8 Series E - good performer, very light and compact mid-tele
200 f4 AI Micro - good performer, love the focusing (the focus ring almost turns all the way around, easy to adjust focus minutely in closeup mode
75-150 f3.5 Series E - this would probably move up a notch if I used it more, but I find myself shooting mostly primes when I pull out MF lenses.
Gotta have it
28 f2.8 AIS - reputation of not sharp in the corners, but I think it's due to a lot of field curvature, when I focus using live view on edge / corner subjects it seems to do fine.
55 f2.8 Micro AIS - sharp and contrasty both up-close and far away
105 f2.5 AIS - everything you've read is true, contrast does improve with some slight stopping down
200 f4 AI - nice compact tele, sharp at f4 but improves in contrast at 5.6 and 8.0. The minimum focus distance is a little long compared to today's tele-zooms, but it seems to stay an honest 200mm at minimum focus.
Temptations from this crazy thread
16 f3.5 - can't justify the going price for as often as I'd use it
Any of the faster glass (105 f1.8, 135 f2, 85 f1.8/2.0, 50 f1.2, 35 f1.4) - though price and frequency of use would make it hard to justify for me
25-50 though John's comments would make me think twice.
50-135 based strictly on what I've read around here
And finally opinions on previously owned and sold when reconfiguring my lens arsenal.
135 Series E - never quite warmed to this lens, probably because I shot the 75-150 more back then
28-50f3.5 AIS - nice sharp lens, the shape of OOF highlights bothered me at times, but I would probably pick one up again if the price was right. I paired this with the 75-150 for good IQ with manageable weight and size, similar filter size, and good optics in my film days.
28 f2.0 AIS - definitely regret selling this one, but I would have a tough time picking this today over the 28G
55 f3.5 AI Micro - loved it, now I have the 2.8 and I think they perform similarly (from memory).