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DDog I have the Nikkor 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.4 and they make a killer combination albeit quite expensive. I saw KEH has the 35mm 1.4 AIS in ex condition selling at around $600 and the they have a 85 1.4 AIS like new for $919.00 and an ex for $700. All I can say is that I am glad I got mine when I did.
My main kit consists of the 16mm 3.5, 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4, 135mm 2.8 and 300mm 4.5. All of these perform beautifully on the D600



Jul 09, 2013 at 05:48 PM
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Saw those as well. Pending my decision to sell the 24-70, my 35/85 setup is still pretty good, although not MF: Sigma 35 1.4/Nikon 85 1.8G.

While many reviewers will claim that these are the two best lenses available for these focal lengths, I still would like to have their counterparts in Nikon AI-s...



Jul 09, 2013 at 05:55 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
DDog I have the Nikkor 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.4 and they make a killer combination albeit quite expensive. I saw KEH has the 35mm 1.4 AIS in ex condition selling at around $600 and the they have a 85 1.4 AIS like new for $919.00 and an ex for $700. All I can say is that I am glad I got mine when I did.
My main kit consists of the 16mm 3.5, 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4, 135mm 2.8 and 300mm 4.5. All of these perform beautifully on the D600


Ray, you NEED the 180mm 2.8 ED!

EDIT: I see in your profile you have the AI version.



Jul 09, 2013 at 06:06 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Ray, you NEED the 180mm 2.8 ED!

EDIT: I see in your profile you have the AI version.


I have considered selling the 180 2.8 AI and the 135 2.8 and maybe a couple of others and getting an ex version of the 135mm 2.0. I just don't seem to use the 180-200 lengths. If I do want that length I can add a TC-14A to the 135 2.0 and get 190 2.8



Jul 09, 2013 at 06:10 PM
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This is not a repair thread, but there is surely interest in Manual Focus lens repair. I had sent my 15mm 3.5 ais back to Nikon in California, as it is the only lens I own that failed to work well with the D800. I also own a 15mm 5.6 that is excellent with the D800. After Nikon cleaned the 15mm 3.5, it worked quite well, but still showed haze in one element.

I sent the pictures below to Nikon, one is the 15mm 3.5 with the remaining haze, and the other my perfectly clean 15mm 5.6. Upon Nikon seeing these pictures, I was provided a no charge return shipping label and a no cost repair estimate.

Last Friday I had a call from a Nikon Service supervisor with a repair technician on the side, the supervisor seemed a little upset because the lens was passing all their testing, but they could not fully repair it for lack of lens parts and he was not sure which element the haze was on. The technician identified the lens group with the haze, I basically asked them to do the best they could. Today checking on the lens repair status it shows "On Hold for Parts".

We will see what develops, hopefully they found lens elements somewhere but I will not know until I get it. I felt this was the last chance in time to get this lens to perfection, before all parts become unavailable, after that in a dry climate it should last 100 years more. (No kidding, I use 54 year old Nikon F lenses that are like new)


nikkor 15mm 3.5 needs further cleaning by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikkor 15mm 5.6 perfectly clean by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Jul 09, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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Very interesting discussion about focal-lengths here lately!
My 2 european cents: A 28mm is the only classical wide-angle I can imagine, while the 35 already belongs to the "normal" focal-lengths, in fact I think it's the most normal focal length available for FX ;-)
To "grab" a given scene quickly nothing beats a 35mm-lens in my opinion, eyes/brain and camera/lens tend to sync better with this focal-length compared to a 50mm lens. The use of a 28mm or 24mm might work well for crowded or confusing scenes - the wider lens can capture stuff that happens outside of the conscious perception, but still plays a role in the decision to trip the shutter (sorry for my confusing English).
The 18-24mm-lenses are already superwides in my opinion, it's hard to hide the superwide-look with the 20/18mm's, while the 24mm can show two faces. Carefully used it can render scenes in a very natural looking fashion; it can also be used for some steep-perspective-shots with much more drama in the composition ;-)
I see a lot of similarities between the 50/55 and 85mm-lenses. The 85 is just a rather long normal lens in my opinion. Their field of view is much more concentrated than the humans cursory view. Result is in many cases an image that will look more "composed" than the more real-life 35mm-shot.

Others might have a completely different look on focal-lenghts and their uses, the words above are just some highly subjective thoughts.



Jul 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
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Inspired by Scott's „Tres-Hombres"-comparison of the 105/2.5 with the 105mm-Micro-Nikkor's I've dusted off my old 105/4 Micro. A classic lens, classic tunes (ZZ-Top are permanent passengers in my old car :-) called for a classic camera as well. Still lacking a real wet darkroom I let the FM2 in the cabinet and picked up my mad-acting D2h that worked without errors today.
Still love the handling of the D2h, but the tiny and pixelated display is showing the age of this camera more than it's other technical specs. The finder is in my opinion the best of the DX-Nikon's I've used so far, better than the one in the D7000.
Focusing was still not easy, a breeze moving the tiny test-subjects was not a help too.
Anyway, here are two snaps from this midmorning. Very gentle processing of the small files, I like the D2h's colors.


D2h, Ai-Micro-Nikkor 4/105 wide open, the rendering of the background is a bit harsh for my taste


this bud belongs to a poppy (I think), D2h +105/4 wide open too
I like the background here ;-)





Jul 09, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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Georg beautiful bokeh on those photos especially the last one - amazing!
Georg you have put into words my exact feelings about those focal lengths. I had never thought of the 35 with that exact description, but it sums it up entirely. Your thoughts on the other lenses certainly entertains a lot of thought and I believe that you have nailed them as well
As individuals we are drawn to certain lenses which is why I love fixed lenses as opposed to zooms. I found that with a zoom I am always at one end or the other



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:10 PM
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georgms wrote:
Very interesting discussion about focal-lengths here lately!
My 2 european cents: A 28mm is the only classical wide-angle I can imagine, while the 35 already belongs to the "normal" focal-lengths, in fact I think it's the most normal focal length available for FX ;-)
To "grab" a given scene quickly nothing beats a 35mm-lens in my opinion, eyes/brain and camera/lens tend to sync better with this focal-length compared to a 50mm lens. The use of a 28mm or 24mm might work well for crowded or confusing scenes - the wider lens can capture stuff that happens outside of the conscious
...Show more

My wife had an old Nikon film P&S with a fixed 35mm 2.8 that took great pictures. But I've never warmed to that FL. Perhaps if I had the 35/1.4 I may feel differently.



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:13 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Georg beautiful bokeh on those photos especially the last one - amazing!
Georg you have put into words my exact feelings about those focal lengths. I had never thought of the 35 with that exact description, but it sums it up entirely. Your thoughts on the other lenses certainly entertains a lot of thought and I believe that you have nailed them as well
As individuals we are drawn to certain lenses which is why I love fixed lenses as opposed to zooms. I found that with a zoom I am always at one end or the other


Thanks, Ray!
I prefer primes over zooms too, but one of the reasons for it is irrational for sure: I fear I could become a "lazy" photographers if I get a superb zoom like Nikon's AF-S 24-70/2.8. Sometimes I miss good shots because I'm changing lenses in "the" moment, and many times another focal-length would have been a better fit for a given subject, but I can't get over irrational fear ;-)
This thread made me think more about lenses, focal-lengths and so on. One result is that I use the fantastic AF-S 14-24/2.8G a lot less because my compositions with the superwide/ultrawide were basically all the same, just with different subjects.
I'm underway with different kits everyday and think it makes my output richer in it's variety.



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my daughter Eléonore, 180 ais :









Jul 09, 2013 at 08:28 PM
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WOW, 30 pages since my last visit 10 days ago ~3 pages /day !!!

Too lazy to comment all great images and conversations

I was in the countryside in a field trip with students, unfortunately not many time for shooting.

One nightsky shot far from big cities. I was trying to capture Scorpius constellation (Antares is the brighest star at ~centre), but I think the milkway portion of Sagittarius revealed more interesting. I used the scalloped 28/2.



Scorpius and Sagittarius regions with Nikkor-N.C 28mm f/2 by labecoaves, on Flickr

South nightsky showing Scorpius (centre) and Sagittarius (left bottom - milkway) region.
D600 + Nikkor-N.C 28mm f/2 C ai'd + tripod + remote shutter, ISO 3200, f/2.8 at 15 sec exposure; ~15% crop of an already DX crop mode of the D600 (coma was evident at borders even at f/2.8).


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Jul 09, 2013 at 08:30 PM
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georgms wrote:
Thanks, Ray!
I prefer primes over zooms too, but one of the reasons for it is irrational for sure: I fear I could become a "lazy" photographers if I get a superb zoom like Nikon's AF-S 24-70/2.8. Sometimes I miss good shots because I'm changing lenses in "the" moment, and many times another focal-length would have been a better fit for a given subject, but I can't get over irrational fear ;-)
This thread made me think more about lenses, focal-lengths and so on. One result is that I use the fantastic AF-S 14-24/2.8G a lot less because my compositions with the
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What do you end up using more in your work?



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:31 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
WOW, 30 pages since my last visit 10 days ago ~3 pages /day !!!

Too lazy to comment all great images and conversations

I was in the countryside in a field trip with students, unfortunately not many time for shooting.

One nightsky shot far from big cities. I was trying to capture Scorpius constellation (Antares is the brighest star at ~centre), but I think the milkway portion of Sagittarius revealed more interesting. I used the scalloped 28/2.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7332/9240047789_a45f189da0_b.jpg
Scorpius and Sagittarius regions with Nikkor-N.C 28mm f/2 by labecoaves, on Flickr

South nightsky showing Scorpius (centre) and Sagittarius (left bottom - milkway) region.
D600 + Nikkor-N.C 28mm
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Welcome back Jose, beautiful shot!



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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leighton w wrote:
My wife had an old Nikon film P&S with a fixed 35mm 2.8 that took great pictures. But I've never warmed to that FL. Perhaps if I had the 35/1.4 I may feel differently.


Leighton, you're probably just the careful composing photographer-type instead of the more impulsive "snapper" I don't think a 35/1.4 in the P&S would have changed your feel about this focal-length.
That's all highly personal stuff, and I hope to be not impolite to say that I think your pictures taken with longer focal-lenghths are in most cases better than the (rare) images taken with a shorter FL. *
The majority of the images posted here are of a more static nature. Most shots are carefully composed instead of taken in a more impulsive way. That's not a bad thing for sure, but other forums more dedicated to street-photography for instance will have a higher percentage of short-FL-shooters.

*) I still like your greenhouse-images and some pictures of the market taken with the 24mm a while ago ;-)



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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leighton w wrote:
What do you end up using more in your work?


Leighton, that's a difficult question. I've always grabbed the 28mm when I didn't wanted to go superwide. It works better in tight quarters/in a crowd than the 35mm, which works very well for me for more casual shooting.
The joy to "play" with effects leads to a high percentage of images taken with the 16/3.5-fisheye, one of the Tilt/Shift-lenses or something fast like the 55/1.2



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:50 PM
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Philippe, I like the portrait of your daughter a lot: a very classic image in it's impression. And it's always nice to see young people reading real books.

Jose, that's a fantastic shot of the milky-way! In fact, after I got a preview of this shot over at flickr I hastily started the "Stellarium"-program to check if I could see Scorpius and Sagittarius over here too ;-) Thanks for sharing!



Jul 09, 2013 at 08:57 PM
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mp356 wrote:
Very nice series Roland. I like this last image the best. That road in the valley looks like a fun bike ride, downhill!

I like this one as well. We are all friends here Roland, we would love to see more of your work.



Jul 09, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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georgms wrote:
Inspired by Scott's „Tres-Hombres"-comparison of the 105/2.5 with the 105mm-Micro-Nikkor's I've dusted off my old 105/4 Micro. A classic lens, classic tunes (ZZ-Top are permanent passengers in my old car :-) called for a classic camera as well. Still lacking a real wet darkroom I let the FM2 in the cabinet and picked up my mad-acting D2h that worked without errors today.
Still love the handling of the D2h, but the tiny and pixelated display is showing the age of this camera more than it's other technical specs. The finder is in my opinion the best of the DX-Nikon's I've used
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These are lovely Georg. Wonderful color and background on the second image.



Jul 09, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
my daughter Eléonore, 180 ais :



Philippe, very nice image of your daughter. It has a nice soft quality about it in the OOF areas.



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