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D200 "Digitutor" and lens choices

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Pa, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. A thread was posted here about the Nikon "digitutor", a slick display of images made with the new D200. I was very interested to see which lenses Nikon used to display the capabilities of their new toy. The only primes in the bunch were the 50/1.4, the 60/2.8 and 85/1.4.

    The 50/1.4 has been roundly criticized in many online postings as not as good as the 50/1.8. Nikon seems to disagree, and the posted images bear this out.

    The 60/2.8 is one I haven't seen discussed much here. Is it a "macro" lens? I could check but haven't yet.

    The 85/1.4 shows itself very well in a few portrait shots. To my eye, it is the "cream of the crop".

    The 28-70 f/2.8 (is this "the beast"?) also showed well.
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  2. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I've got my Nikkor 50/1.4 on my camera now to take pictures of Christmas decorations (oops, I meant holiday or occassion decorations) on homes in the area on Saturday night. I like the 50/1.4 :Love:
  3. :biggrin: "Occassion decorations" LOL

    Dang, I just got me a 50/1.8 and already I want the 50/1.4 and 85/1.4- it does not end does it? I never thought I would like primes but, starting too.......
  4. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    The only people saying that are 50 1.8 owners. The 50 1.4 has significantly better sharpness and contrast at the wide apertures, where it counts. (not to mention an extra 2/3 stop aperture, which can make a difference in low light). Yes, the 50 1.8 is a little sharper from f/5.6 and up, but who cares? You don't buy a fast prime to shoot at f/8. At least, I didn't; in fact the only time I use the 50 1.4 is when the f/2.8 offered by my zoom isn't wide enough.

    My point is not to slam the 50 1.8, it's a good lens for the money. I just don't see why some of the 50 1.8 owners on that other site seem to obsess over the one measure of performance where it beats the 50 1.4, while ignoring the others.
  5. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    AFAIK the only 60/2.8 currently in production is the Micro. A good lens by most accounts, but I think the reason it doesn't get much attention is becaseu the Tamron/Sigma macro lenses are also very good and offer a lot for the price.

    This one truly is magic, and I do think it's worth using over a zoom even stopped down past f/2.8.

    I'm gaining more respect the for this the more I use it. In the f/4-f/8 range it is wicked sharp, and it has that "look" that the best Nikkors have in their color rendition and contrast.
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