Keeping it old school: just got the Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8 (AI-converted)...

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I've been looking for a decent low-light telephoto for my evening motorsports subjects...and got this off the big auction site:

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If these following two shots are any indication, this thing really can nail it at night:

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It's not a slouch in the day either:
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The lens's one Achilles heel has to be rough/jagged backgrounds (such as foliage), which aren't rendered all that smoothly:
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However, a smooth background stays buttery when wide-open:
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Now the real test will be at the racetrack in two days...and the night shots I've taken with it so far are promising.
 
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The lens's one Achilles heel has to be rough/jagged backgrounds (such as foliage), which aren't rendered all that smoothly:
That background would be challenging for almost any lens. I don't think you can really blame the lens in this case.

Keep shooting, it's a great lens!
 
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And...from the racetrack, some shots, all with the HS-8 lens hood attached:
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Some strange purple fringing though, with metallic surfaces:
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Also got some strange lens flare here:
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From Saturday...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/sets/72157621997255987/

Here's a shot with a Cokin speed filter, in the parade laps before the sprint car feature:
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...and at the post-race celebration:
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