What is your favourite manual focus lens?

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I know a lot of us still use Nikon manual focus lenses occasionally. The favourites include 16/3.5, 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 35/1.4, 50/1.2, 58/1.2, 85/1.4, 105/2.5 etc. Out of them my favourite is the 35/1.4 as a general purpose lens. Because of its F1.4 aparture focusing is a breeze & apart from that the images are high quality & has a pleasing effect. Keen to know what is yours'?
 
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Gary Mayo

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For me using the words favorite and manual is not the story. It is more of a necessity as many of the most sough after lenses in AF and VR are not as easily affordable.

Example. My 500mm f/4 lens cost me $2250.00 ish because it is a P IF ED lens.

If it were an AF VR lens I would have had over three times + that much in it.

Once my 300-800mm AF lens comes in Monday, how often will I grab the 500mm IF lens? Not very often if at all.

On the other hand I collect lenses that are rare, so many of those lenses are seldom used and often manual.
 
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The Nikkor Ai-S 105mm f/1.8 - a true gem.
On the wide end, the Nikkor Ai 28mm f/3.5 is hard to beat - incredible IQ (and you can easily find one at $ 50 or better!).
 
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My 105 2.5 turns out lovely skin tones.

I have a 300 f2.8 manual that I've hardly gotten out (and a tc301 to make it a 600 f5.6).
I suspect that I'll get it out and see if it grows on me.
 
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I cannot really choose between the following
1) 35 1.4
2) 50 1.2
3) 105 1.8 (105 2.5 very close to that one)
4) 24 2.0 (my favorite landscape lens on a film body)
 
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A challenging question...so I will cop out and make the following comments:

28/2.8 AIS - clearly the sharpest lens in my bag. Dramatic detail in landscapes

85/1.4 AIS - replaced the AF version. More challenging....but infinitely more rewarding because I am forced to think rather than lean on the AF feature. Fabulous bokeh

200/4 AI - A real sleeper. Bought it because it was cheap and stumbled onto the fact that it gives me the most dramatic flora shots of any lens in my bag.

Thanks...for posing the question...that triggered a reflective moment or two. With my best, Gordon
 
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Two lenses are my favorites when it comes to manual lenses:
1- 24mm f2.8
2- 105mm f2.5
If I am using an old film body (Nikon F) then my old 50mm f1.4 shines.
William Rodriguez
Miami, Florida.
 
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Like Sandro, my fav is my Noct. Was a long time to be able to afford it but I will never part with it.

How about showing pics with those wonderful MF lenses...
Here is one from the Noct.

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Pete
 
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Paul.r.lindqvist

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Its impossible to pick a favourite just because its manual, since most my lenses are manual .-)

Can i pick my favourite AF lens instead ? :wink:
 

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