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Thanks for the kind comments on the steam tractors Georg, Leighton, Ray.
Mark, love the Breizhiang beach photo.
Ronny, you do wonders with the 135 and the flowers.
Ray, the 16mm 3.5 contiues to amaze.
Jose, interesting Rufous-bellied Thrush, you are outstanding at focusing that 800mm.
Cool cat Jim.
Glad your H lens is a performer Curtis, they the most performance for the money in a 300mm.
Very nice colonial series Scott.
Matt, so good to see you and your son.
Peter is sticking the TC16a behind every lens he has, it is funny 'cause I did it too.
Beautiful colors Andy.
Hang tough Kevin.
My 15mm 3,5 came back, it took 13 days exactly from mailing to receiving, sent it to Nikon for repair as it did not perform well on the D800, the 15mm 5.6 was much better.
I bought both of these for $600 each a long time ago. never quite liked the 3.5, but was happy with the 5.6. I could see a strange light haze in one element of the 3.5 and the photos on the D3 were good but just so, when the D800 came in the 3.5 was evidently lacking resolution.
Nikon charged $450, which seemed steep for cleaning and I thought they would replace a bad element. Well, they did not, they only cleaned it. Under sunlight it looks perfectly clean with all coatings fine. Under my LED torch you can still see the lightest trace of the haze in one single surface. Nikon listed as a fungus repair (it did come from florida) Disappointed they charged so much for what was essentially cleaning. When I sent my 8mm 2.8 they only charged $80, and there were dead animals in it.
The good news is that the lens is performing now. The 3.5 cannot be used at 3.5, this is true for all of the 3.5s, both can be used at 5.6. they hit their stride at F8 and F11.
The 5.6 is sharper in the center, the 3.5 is sharper in the edges. Both are very sensitive to where you focus them and focusing too close will ruin most of the image, even as your focal point is sharp. The word bokeh does not exist in their world. They have a lot of curvature or field and you need to know how to place the curvature of field onto your subject to get the best image.
These lenses are now going for well over $1000 and I would not recommend them, unless you are a strong collector as well as user.
These lenses also flare and produce ghost with gusto. They are not in the same league as the 16mm 3.5, or the 20s.
Having said that, you can produce mighty fine images with them.
Here are the lenses, a sample pretty image with the 15mm 5.6, and two full resolution samples at f11 from both, go to flicker for full res if you have time to waste like me
nikon 15mms by Rafael CA, on Flickr
san juan capistrano 15mm qdc ai f5.6 at 11 nikon nikkor D3 9 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 at f11 d800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 at f11 D800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Added this full res sample of the 3.5 at f/8 with the sun in the frame.
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 at f8 sun in frame d800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
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