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Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 22, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: This is an update - I previously reviewed this lens long ago, now I own a D3, and everything has changed...
Vignetting - still strong wide open, and that's it !

My 28mm is back ! As a 28mm... It now works as it was intended, with its original FOV, and its legendary sharpness is back - at least on the D3.
It was quite soft on my D200 (wide open) and now it's tack sharp at 1,4 but it needs to be properly focussed. This aspect is critical, otherwise you tend to obtain some not-quite-so-sharp images.
I had no AF fine adjustment to perform on the D3, perfect immediately.
The bokeh (wide open only) is stunning.
Combined with very high useable ISO, I was able to shoot in-situ portraits only lit by one candle or by a blue LED comig fro ma small electronic device.
This is just incredible - but true !

10 / 10 again.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Mar 22, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

Pros: Compact lens, very sharp beyond 2,5, nice bokeh under f/2
Very from 1,4 to f/2, flare flare flare...

It's my 3rd sample, all of them behaved the same : very soft @ f/1,4, very sharp after f/2,5.
So what's the use of such a wide aperture if you can't use it ? The little cheapo 50 f/1,8 is so much better in this regard, and sharper too at the same apertures.
I don't even mention very bad flare control, a shame at this price.
It was a bit better on film than it's now on digital, and once again, why purchasing such a lens if it's unuseable wide open ?


Nikon D70s

Review Date: Apr 3, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: Very good metering, excellent flash system (i-TTL), cheap camera, full control over almost all settings possible, spot metering, battery life, nice buffer.
the WORST viewfinder EVER ! Cheapo plastic camera, SLOW shutter, SLOW AF, unstable with slow speeds, unefficient AF on most subjets, totally unusable AF on moving subjects, impossible to focus manually, no vertical release button, ugly little flash included, noisy pictures, burned highlights, noisy shadows (even at ISO 200 in RAW), only 6Mpx, APS size.

I DON'T LIKE this camera.
Sorry fot the rating, guys, but this is NOT what I call a proper camera.
For the price, well, what could I expect ?
I could answer : a brand new second hand F100...
Everything in the D70, except metering and battery life, is horrible. How can you work with such a viewfinder ? How could you just FOCUS manually, when it needs to be corrected because the AF is so out of the hook ? It focusses properly with long lenses but so inaccurately with my wideangles. Sent back 3 times to NPS, nothing really improved. Second D70 replacement body, same approximation in the job.
Holding this plastic body in my hand feels terrible (a toy ?).
Worse : the shutter is so slow... I should have bought an old bridge camera ! You miss the action every time !!!
Of course, I compare it to my film cameras I'm used to : F100, F5, F6. Of course, it's less expensive and it's digital.
I don't care. No excuses for such a terrible viewfinder, such a slow general operation.
Since D2x is too expensive, I ca't wait for a D200 or something better, comparable to the Canon 20D, much better in every aspect.
Shame on you for this one, Nikon.
(OK it's better than the Canon 300D but who cares when you own a Nikon system?)

Nikon 135mm f/2D AF-DC Nikkor

Review Date: Nov 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, built from solid rock, controllable bokeh, superfast AF, well balanced, soft skins and sharp details all together....
Lenshood too short, DC use not always obvious

Perfect skin tones, very selective sharpness, excellent contrast but nothing brutal. It's perfect for portraits, low light use, concerts, and even closeups if you want : the minimum focus distance is very interesting. (but not a macro lens)

Metal everywhere, AF is incredibly fast with any Nikon body, even and old F801-s ! The manual focus ring is soft, progressive, almost like the good old Ai-s lenses...

Sharpness is very, very good at f/2, and absolutely perfect at 2.8. No improvement beyond, only more DOF. You can shoot Astia 100F or Velvia 50 (+1/3 for portraits, don't forget) and totally exploit these films in terms of sharpness at 2.8 !!

Too bad the Lenshood is so short, but no big deal : almost no flare in this lens !

Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Oct 18, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp at 1.4 - superb colors and contrast - sturdy, solid, metal, old school...
AF speed ordinary, expensive

This is an extraordinary lens. Invented and built to work in the dark, precisely at 1.4, handheld.
Just buy one, wait until night comes, and get out !
Only looking into the viewfinder is an amazing expericence. You'll immediately notice a difference, even if you had other excellent lenses before.
Use 100 to 400 ISO films, no tripod. Walk silent, breathe, aim, shoot, leave.
If I ever come to learn that someone used a flash with this lens, I'll personnaly find the guy, gently kick his ass and teach him all the possibilities this marvel enables.
The sharpness at 1.4 is just amazing. Beyond... I don't really know, I don't really care...
Nice but sometimes strange bokeh (probably due to the aspheric element).
Just be very careful when you focus close : 1.4, even at 28mm, doesn't provide much depth of field.
Be careful to flare when used with skylight or neutral filters, avoid using one if you work with small bright spots in the field : the lens alone does another perfect job here.
When you focus to infinity, it IS infinity for real : stars in the sky will remain small bright spots ! ...And almost no coma...

Yes I love this lens, try one if you can !

Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Sep 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Really sharp even wide open, cheap, excellent value, almost macro focussing capacity.
Construction quality could be a bit higher, beware of violent backlights.

This is a very nice lens, sharp and bright, light ; AF is fast, if not completely silent.
It's able to focus really close, but then it's optical quality wide open tends to soften a little. There is no CRC as in the 35/2 ai-s. It is not as sharp in the edges and corners as his old ai-s brother. But the center is amazingly sharp at every aperture ! Perfection corner-to-corner begins at 2.8, just one stop down.

I really love this lens, it is so small, it's angle is perfect for me, and it's so cheap !!.

Just buy one. It's also perfectly sharp in digital, becoming a nice 52 f/2 mm.