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AIS lens question

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by fotographik, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. Ok, so I got the D200 and that puppy can meter when using the older AIS lenses. So I'll soon be looking for some of that type of glass. So here's my question: are there any in particular that stand out from the rest?
  2. i have the 28mm f/2.8, and apparently it's one of nikons sharpest. i would attest to that.
    check out the Zeiss line of lenses, they are pricey but very very nice. i'm currently lusting after the 35 f/2, the 25 f/2.8 and the 50 f/1.4.
  3. Nope not especially. They're all pretty mediocre. :biggrin:
  4. Julien


    Jul 28, 2006
    Paris, France
    I'm starting to love the 50mm 1.4 on my D2H even if it's MF :biggrin:
  5. Zeiss is Neice.. :) 

    Love the build quality and the IQ isnt to shabby either.

    /Paul L.
  6. gugs


    Feb 24, 2006
    I like the following lenses:
    all AIS. Some give quite some CA in high contrast areas when fully open, but you can find reasonably priced fast lenses without a recent equivalent...
  7. you can get into big glass without spending the big price with AIS lenses.. 300/2.8, 400/2.8, 600/f4
  8. nancyr


    Feb 14, 2006
    La Jolla, CA
    3 of my favorites are the 50/1.4 AIS, 105/2.5 AI, and 75-150/3.5 E, none of which cost over $100. And I'll second Bob on the big glass; it's easier to focus than you might think. Pops like crazy.

    For sheer quality, I'll put in a vote for the 28/2. Sharp wide open, then it gets better. Distortion? What's that?

    Have fun, and don't go broke!
  9. 20mm and 28mm, both 2.8. The first one almost free of distortions and usable wide open. The second, sharp, sharp, sharppppp!
  10. snegron


    Jul 29, 2007
    SW Florida
    My all time favorites are:

    24mm 2.8 AIS
    35mm 2.0 AIS
    105mm 2.5 AIS.

    I have used these on my D200 and the results are amazing. The only annoying thing is setting your D200 for the manual focus lens you choose everytime you mount one on it. I think there is some button that can be assigned this function to make it a one or two step process, but I have been too lazy to read through the manual to figure it out.
  11. A few of my favorites . . .

    I'm partial to these (the 28/2 and 75-150/3.5 are my two most used lenses this year):

    & most of the micro-nikkors

  12. G Fen

    G Fen Guest

    35mm PC (and when I find one at the right price<g>, 28mm PC).
  13. As you can see...you get a range of opinions.
    People generally agree on liking the 28/2 ais and 28/2.8 ais, the 35/1.4 ais, any of the 50mms, the 55/2.8 micro, the 85/1.4 ais, the 105/2.5 and 105/1.8 and 100/2.8, the 135/3.5 and 135/2.8 and 135/2, the 180/2.8, 200/4, and a handful of other lenses across the board.

    In other words...think of a range you want to shoot in, and choose a few lenses. It's unlikely that you'll choose any serious losers amongst them.
  14. I'm surprised nobody except Robert mentioned the 55/2.8 micro. You won't be able to tear it out of my cold dead hands. Had it for over twenty years on my Nikon FE and probably paid for my photography equipment many times over with it.

  15. If you haven't had the 180mm AI-s, I suggest you to look for one. It is a super lens.
  16. nimix


    May 30, 2006
    there is no bad glass from Nikon...

    my selection is
    - 3,5/20: great for macro with K1-Ring
    - 2/28: great all purpose lens, super sharp, "standard lens" on crop 1,5x
    - 3,5/55 micro: great macro for very little money - the 2,8/60 AF is not much better and the 2,8/60 one is one of the best lenses Nikon ever made...
    - 2,5/105: a must have. This lens made Nikon famous amongst professionals
    - 4/200: very good tele, small, lightweight and dirt cheap - no AF Nikkor for less than 800.-$ is sharper.

    regards nimix
  17. rodluvan

    rodluvan Guest

    What is that? I'm buying a D200 (maybe) and I have never heard of this (having a D80 now).
    Is it some settings that D200 apply to the camera for optimising to specific lenses (distortion, CA, vingetting)?
  18. You set which lens focal length and aperture you're using so that when you're shooting in M or A mode the camera will meter for you. It also correctly stamps your EXIF.
  19. mycom


    Apr 24, 2006
    Nope ! You're just setting the focal lenght and the max aperture for correct metering
  20. rodluvan

    rodluvan Guest

    Awesum! I had no idea. With exposure metering on the D200 I always assumed that the only thing it'd do is show me the meter in the viewfinder and I had to manually adjust in M-mode, but of course I should have known that the step from metering to auto-modes is slim to none (a simple algorithm).

    Thank you!
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