Coming My Way...105 f1.8

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Not the most common piece of glass out there with seemingly mixed reviews ranging from wonderful to not up to the 105 f2.5. Thoughts?
 
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Tim: Iv got a 105 1.8 AIS coming from a cafe member as well.( thanks Scott) Thoughts.. OO. I bought one of these for a ex-girl friend who was interested in fashion many moons ago. She wanted to be in front and behind the lens. She was very pretty and had a hell of an eye. Shoot to kill Suzy:) When we broke up, Im not sure who I missed more, the Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS or the girl:tongue:. No thats not true. She was really great. But the lens was better:biggrin:. I just find the 85 1.4 AIS a little short on the FX/film for heads. And the 135 I bought from keh in ugly condition has fungus. They warned me that it might be ugly:eek:. And the 80-200 ED AIS has about 8 foot minimum focus and about 6 pounds. I tried using my 105 micro for heads and it is killer sharp but its only F4 . To do indoor availible light captures I really need a Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS. Got to love the for sale section of the cafe:cool: I already found a nikon hood to screw on that will work better than the stubby one that is built in. And I already have a 63 mm polarizer. Im very excited about shooting with the 105.1.8 . It is the lens for heads. I think this focal length and lens is going to be very sweet on the D3. Oh ya I know for a fact that the Nikkor 105 1.8 is every bit as good if not better than the 105 2.5 at 2.5-8. Of course at 1.8 there is no contest

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Well what are the odds of that???:biggrin: Looks like the film forum will get some more goodies! Your opinion on the lens is good to hear, it was a difficult decision for me. I already have a 105 f2.8 VR Macro, but unfortunately it won't work on half of my cameras being a G lens...I placed very high consideration on purchasing a 105 f2 DC, its reputation is indisputable, but it appears to have a focus ring more similar to the 85 f1.4 than the 135 f2.0 which is unacceptable to me for a primarily MF lens. It is the one thing I find severely lacking on the 85 f1.4. Obviously the 105 f2.5 is a bargain compared to the other choices, but I didn't feel like I was getting anything other than a place holder in the MF lineup.
Can't wait to see your work with it.
 
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I checked out some of your photo's. Tim your an awsome photographer. The B+W tree pictures are amazing. Im sure you will make some excellent captures with your Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS . The previous owner of mine told me the focus on mine is silky smooth :biggrin:. And my new lens is a very good sample. Before he even sold it to me he was saying that he was going to regret selling it. Poor *******:tongue:.
Just to get you a little more excited about shooting with the 105 1.8 AIS. Twenty years ago at the Calgary Stampede I met a National Geographic staff photgrapher George F Molbly. (sp) . And he was in the pit shooting the rodeo with the local shooters. Anyways , after the event we went out for dinner at a local steak house and the only camera he brought was a F3 and with a nikkor 105 1.8 AIS. Even though it was dusk as we walked to the resturant, he was shooting kodachrome 64 wide open at 1/30 sec for street candids. Check out some back issues of NG to see some of George's work. I beleive he was a staffer for about a hundred years. A really nice guy. later

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I like the 105/1.8 probably more than any other lens. The f/2.5 is regarded very highly as a portrait lens, but the f/1.8 delivers gorgeous boke and very pleasing images.

Nikkor AIS 105/1.8 wide open a couple of weeks ago:

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Peter, I have said it before, and I say it again:

This pic is amazing - hope you will hang it up on your wall - in large, if possibly.
 
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Nikkor AIS...Thanks, that's very kind. Those two photos get very mixed reactions.

Pforsell...good to hear, I can't wait! Very beautiful image!
 
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Tim: My Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS is shipping tommorow:biggrin:. Im going to start posting next week so lets make a killer 105 1.8 thread on the nikon cafe.:smile:. Im going to start by documenting some of the head at work.
Good luck with you Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS.:smile:

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Cotdt: You want to get into it with two nikkor fanatics about a lens neither of them even have yet. :tongue:. Are you nuts:biggrin:.
All in good fun. I will up your 105 2.5 sonnar and raise you a 1936 olylimpic 180 2,8 Sonnar. How is that for one up man:redface:ship. Mine is getting a new mount right now but is still has the nicest Bokeh Iv ever seen.

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Are you okay? :smile: Its a beast of lens. It must weight 5 pounds and has a tripod mount that makes my tripod mount for the Nikkor 80-200 2.8 ED AIS look wimpy:eek:. The aperture must have thirty blades and of course gets darker as you stop down. I did some test when i got my D3 with gaffer tape holding the lens on:eek:. Its not even coated but still amazed me. At one point I shot a friends wedding with this lens and it produced some really nice Images. Of course I never made a dime off the wedding:redface: Iv heard that the Nikkor 180 2.8 was based on this design.

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Tim: My Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS is shipping tommorow:biggrin:. Im going to start posting next week so lets make a killer 105 1.8 thread on the nikon cafe.:smile:. Im going to start by documenting some of the head at work.
Good luck with you Nikkor 105 1.8 AIS.:smile:

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Mine should ship tomorrow as well, but its ground so it may not be here till next friday. My NAS kicked in big time the last two weeks...hopefully it subsides.:redface:
 
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Cotdt: You want to get into it with two nikkor fanatics about a lens neither of them even have yet. :tongue:. Are you nuts:biggrin:.
All in good fun. I will up your 105 2.5 sonnar and raise you a 1936 olylimpic 180 2,8 Sonnar. How is that for one up man:redface:ship. Mine is getting a new mount right now but is still has the nicest Bokeh Iv ever seen.

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Wow, you have sample of that olympic?
 
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i have an older manual version of the 1.8 105 nikkor.its a great lens,however my 105 micro nikkor is a better lens.i thought the 1.8 105 would be better with 9 blade aperture vs 7 on the micro/makro.the newer optic coatings may have alot to do with it.
 

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