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Ken Hill wrote:
Jay I like your recent posts and have to note Andy's humor regarding the "ladder."
David the scene as captured from the shore is very nice and the "low light" adds to it. Nice!
Raphael, surely one of your better comparisons. I am always amazed by the 18mm 3.5. There are 18mm F4 offerings from time to time but the 3.5's seem scarce! The flower fields shot is brilliant!
Thanks everyone for the kind comments, Laura I am glad you liked the La Presa lake window, it is a favorite for me, always like a landscape looking out a window. You should share your sunflower processing secret, they are the best ones I have ever seen.
Ken, as you know I have a number of wide angles: 8mm 2.8, 15mm 5.6, 15mm 3.5, 16mm 3.5, 16mm 2.8 AFD, 18mm 3.5, 20mm 3.5 UD, 20mm 2.8 AFD. I am far from any kind of wealthy, but being single now I am OK with old torn sofas and mint lenses.
I do not use the AFD lenses much, the wides are relatively new acquisitions, in this order: 20mm AFD 1992 new, 16mm AFD 1995 new, 18mm 3.5 new 2001, 16mm 3.5 2003 ebay, 15mm 5.6 ebay 2004, 15mm 3.5 ebay 2006, 20mm UD ebay 2008, 8mm ebay 2011. Dates Approximate.
The point I want to make here is that each of the MF lenses requires a very specific and deliberate approach to focusing at any aperture, to match the plane of sharpness to the three dimensional real world if you are to get the best 36mp photo one can. there are also some lenses that do not work all that well fully open, such as the 8mm and the 15mm 3.5. Others work well fully open, such as the 15mm 5.6, the 18mm, the UD. The 16mm 3.5 is so astounding if you close it down to f/8 or 11 that I never use it other wise.
Another consideration for me in their use is how they handle contrarian light, the sun in the frame or grazing elements, the 8mm, 16mm, 18mm, handle this well; the 15mm 3.5 does OK, the 15mm 5.6 and the 20mm UD do not, but having said that they can produce interesting effects.
Being occupied with the other wides I neglected the 18mm, but Ray Steele's wonderful photos with it made me want to spend the time to discover it again.
Last posting for a while, (I wonder if the addiction is the lenses or the thread)
nikon nikkor 18mm 3.5 ais D800 Guachimonton structure and clouds by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 18mm 3.5 ais D800 Guachimonton Piramid and mountain. by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 18mm 3.5 ais D800 Guachimonton Piramid and ball court by Rafael CA, on Flickr