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Any experts have recommendations on my quandary regarding the 35mm f/1.4 AIS? Should I hold out for a vesion with a serial number higher than 479XXX?
Tom, I have a 460xxx ais from the eighties, I do not believe the optical formula is any different for the 60xxxx lenses. My lens is useless at 1.4 if there are point light sources in the frame, excellent at 2.0, really good at 2.8, and as good as anything else I own from 4.0 to 8.0 on the D800.
Go check this at flicker at 100% on the D800. If you want a nocturnal, this is not the lens, no matter the SN. IF the price is right I would not wait.
Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais D800 at 8.0 San Luis Rey mission 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Just found this taken at 5.6 with big floodlights just off the frame. Maybe it will help . I use it at 1.4 only when there are not lights in the frame. At 2.0 it handles point light sources well.
CCA Escondido_108_DM 11 1 2008 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
This is one shot at 1.4, highly processed to give it a old fim look.
nikon nikkor D3 35mm 1.4 at 1.4 mexican restaurant nik effects by Rafael CA, on Flickr
This is at 1.4 as well, no processing at all
Harley Nikkor 35mm 1.4 @ 1.4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
This is at 1.4 with no processing, just evening light.
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 at 1.4 D3 Runner past fallen tree by Rafael CA, on Flickr
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