Congratulations on your new lenses RM. I think most of us would be in heaven rambling through those camera shops. My small town still has a camera store and they sell used gear but the collection of Nikon MF glass is pretty thin. Beyond that, they are much more expensive than prices I've paid online. Granted, there is an advantage to be able to hold a lens in your hand before you buy, but I've yet to be disappointed with the condition of a lens bought online.
With regard to the 85, I carried the f/1.4 version with me during a...Show more →
Excellent story on your blog! I love photograph on the header with all the lenses. The silver rings on each lens form a nice straight line, except for that large lens on the right side! That one ruined the straight line (135mm f/2?).
Yes, these camera shops are just amazing to browse through. I have been to this mall more times than I can count. All the shop owners know me, even though I rarely buy anything. Except for recently as I have been on a buying binge. Now two shop owners are actually happy to see me as I have bought 3 manual focus lenses in 2 weeks. One time while looking around, I found a store with the 58mm f/1.2 Noct. I had dreams that these tiny little stores did not know what an expensive lens that they had. So I asked the price and was disappointed to hear that it was many thousands of dollars. These people are NOT stupid. One weekend I found FIVE Noct. lenses in various stores. That is how much inventory there is in this mall.
I wanted to get the 105mm f/2.5 lens, since that is such a legendary specimen. But since I am a film shooter, every bit of speed I can get out of a lens is important. I dont shoot any higher than ISO400. F/2 is a good compromise between f/1.4 and f/2.5. I still might get the 105, but I really dont see it being different enough from the 85mm f/2 to justify.