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for macro aficionados, this is a must:
the rare/elusive preset Micro-NIKKOR 1:3.5 f=5.5cm:
relatively "cheap", since most go over US$ 1,600.00
Pristine-like, Rafael's collection deserves one
Was Curtis the Devil? Jose is filling in his absence.
I Could buy it. If I had not recently bought a 135 2.0. a 180 ED, two 35 1.4, a 20mm UD, and who knows what else, it would be a no brainer.
I am preocuppied with the 35 1.4N right now. I am happy because it definitely has Thorium and is yellow, which is what I wanted.
Tested it to exhaustion against the 608XXX ~ 2008 lens, the N must be 1972, 36 years earlier.
The conclusion is that the old lens is sharper, but not inherently, it is so because the new one is defective, an element must be decentered or misaligned in a way that makes the left side focus significantly further than the center, enough that the lens has to be closed to f/8 before you cannot notice anymore. I knew this when I bought the lens and chose to keep it. At closer distances, such as taking photos of a car this defect is not noticeable.
Here are the most representative test shots, it is really hard to compare correctly with changing clouds and sensitivity to focus at 1.4. The samples are at 1.4 and 5.6. The color will tell you which lens is which as the Thorium shows.
Conclusion, the old lens is better, I think it is better than my 46Xxxx ais too, but need to do that test.
White balance manual at cloudy.
Left lens compared to center one, the new one looks totally new, the misalignment must be a factory defect.
I will not apologize for size, in two years we will all be using 4K Monitors.
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 N and ais on F FTN F2 and F2 SB from top by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais series 608xxx at 1.4 uneven sharpness across the frame decentered affecting left side by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 N at 1.4 even sharpness across the frame by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais series 608xxx at 5.6 uneven sharpness across the frame decentered affecting left side by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 N at 5.6 remarkable sharpness across the frame by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Finally, this is the same 35 1.4N photo at 5.6 with WB autocorrected. I will say that though I have bought 3 35 1.4s, they fail to excite me in the way that a 20mm UD or a 55 1.2 does.
nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 N at 5.6 with WB corrected by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Edited on Oct 18, 2014 at 01:36 AM · View previous versions