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Manual focus lenses

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by dwind, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. dwind

    dwind Guest

    I have a 300 f2.8, 85 f1.4, 50 f1.4 and a 35 f2 AI lenses. They are a lot of fun to use. What are others that should be added to the collection?
  2. Dennis, those are some fine lenses.
    One of Nikon's very best portrait lenses is the Ai-S 105mm (f/2.5 or f/1.8 - same IQ, just the latter is a faster lens with its advantages).
  3. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    The 28mm F2.8 AIS lens is very good in my opinion
  4. arela


    Jan 15, 2008
    Or even wider, a 20mm f/2.8, f/3.5 or f/4.
    I've only used the AF 20mm f/2.8 and think its great both with film and dx camera.
  5. Great collection.
    There is also the very inexpensive 28 f3.5 which yields some very nice results.

  6. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    the 6/2.8 AIS
  7. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    I'm very fond of a 55 3.5 micro that's been ai-converted.
  8. dwind

    dwind Guest

    Thanks much for the advice!
  9. I recently (about 2 months ago) got a 135 f/2.8 Ai and I have been having alot of fun with it, I know there is the f/2, but it is about 2x the price. The focal length is a bit of an odd one for alot of people but I think it is a good range between the 105 and 180.
  10. I'll second the 55 f3.5 and suggest the 105 f4 AIS micro.


  11. CAJames


    Sep 6, 2006
    Lompoc, CA
    I'll second the 105 f/4 micro and add the 180 f/2.8 ED.
  12. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    500mm f/4 P IF ED is a great older lens. Copies sell for around two grand to a little more for a clean copy.

    This would be a great extension for your 300mm f/2.8

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    My wife used this lens a couple of weeks ago. She asked me how to zoom it. I said it does not zoom. Then she asked me why it did not focus, and I told her she needed to focus it. Kinda funny.
  13. panda81


    Feb 7, 2008
    Are you only considering Nikkors? Many will also recommend the Zeiss line as well.
  14. The 75-150 Series E

    might be one of the sharpest zooms Nikon ever made, and the bokeh is silky smooth.
  15. TstarJ


    Jul 9, 2008
    Eastern Ontario
    Try Zeiss 25/2.8 and you'll never look back.
  16. Romeo


    May 31, 2008
    TP, IL
    I strongly recommend the Zeiss ZF Line too. IQ to Nikkors is subjective as some people like the rendition of Nikkors. I love the Zeiss look. So IQ can go either way BUT as far as handling and build, Zeiss quality is impeccable. Once you handle one, any Nikkors will feel inferior. Thats what happened to me and I ended selling all but one Nikon lens.
  17. Hey Romeo
    I would love to check out them Zeiss lenses, im in the south berbs as well.
    PM me if your interested.
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