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What is your favourite manual focus lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by chamster, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. 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'?
  2. LindaZ


    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    I like my 135/3.5 ais
  3. whyhan


    Jun 14, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Wide: 28/2 ais
    norm: zeiss 50
    tele: 105/2.5 ais
    macro: tokina 90mm 2.5
  4. Romeo


    May 31, 2008
    TP, IL
    Zeiss 50 f/2 & 28 f/2 are my fav and always in my bag.
  5. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    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.
  6. 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!).
  7. ora-et-labora


    Mar 15, 2008
    Zeiss Distagon 25/2.8
  8. 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.
  9. gugs


    Feb 24, 2006
    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)
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    I only have two of those, the 50 F1.2 AIS and the 58 F1.2 AI. The Noct gets my vote.
  13. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    I'd have to say the 24mm f/3.5 PC-E right now.
  14. Pete


    Jun 10, 2006
    Denver, CO
    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.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 13, 2008
  15. 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:
  16. I have the same bug of collecting rare glass also cameras. I do use my favourites quite often.
  18. Sure Paul!!!! :wink::rolleyes: :smile:
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