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    Fine old lens

    I bought a AIS-Nikkor 105/1.8 recently. Its very well built and has superb sharpness from the beginning and a fine bokeh.

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    D3 • ISO 800 • 105/1,8 • f2,8 • 1/100s

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    D3 • ISO 1600 • 105/1,8 • f2,0 • 1/200s

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    D3 • ISO 800 • 105/1,8 • f2,0 • 1/400s

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    D3 • ISO 800 • 105/1,8 • f2,0 • 1/250s

    I should do a comparison with my other short tele-photo lenses (AF-D 85/1.4 • AIS 85/2.0 • Micro 105/2.8VR)...

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    Re: Fine old lens

    HI Stefan
    Lovely photos - it still knocks me backwards how little one sacrifices using high ISO with the D3.

    The bokeh does look fine (although perhaps the backgrounds aren't the sort that produce tricky bokeh). I'd be interested to see a comparison with the new 105 macro - which seems to be pretty good as well.

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    Hi Jono,

    youre right background was not very tricky - not so much lights.

    For me the high ISO quality of the D3 was one of the most important points because I do a lot of live-music pictures (three songs - no flash...").

    I hope I find the time for a comparison by the end of the month.

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    Nice samples. High shutter speeds and fast lenses go hand in hand. Well done.

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    Re: Fine old lens

    Am looking at acquiring some older Nikkor lenses in anticipation of a D700 sometime over next quarter or two.

    Have used some nice lenses in past (50/1.8 early, 180/2.8, 80/1.4) but only on older D1- D1x. Have also owned some of the ZF units (35/2, 100/2) and while very sharp, with all the Zeiss benefits the price vs. performance (build quality, QC, handling of CA & purple fringing) ratio is a bit high when bought new IMHO vs. pre-Cosina Zeiss.

    While would be used on 1DS2 in interim, would love to see more side-by-sides of some lenses like:

    105: 1.8, 2.5., 2 DC, 2.8VR
    55 2.8 macro
    28: 2.8, 2
    50/1.2 vs 55/1.2

    The 105/1.8 does look very nice in it's delivery - especially considering the cost.

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    Rob, You need not bother about the 55/1.2. The 50/1.2 is awesome.

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    These are two pics with the Micro AF-S 105/2,8 VR

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    D3 ISO 200 AF-S105/2,8VR f4,5 1/100s

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    D3 ISO 200 AF-S105/2,8VR f4,5 1/100s

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    Re: Fine old lens

    Great input. Thanks. Keep the samples coming.

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    Re: Fine old lens

    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    While would be used on 1DS2 in interim, would love to see more side-by-sides of some lenses like:

    105: 1.8, 2.5., 2 DC, 2.8VR
    55 2.8 macro
    28: 2.8, 2
    50/1.2 vs 55/1.2
    I could help out with the 28: 2.8, 2 comparison but, at the moment, only on a D300. Which doesn't seem all that useful since you wouldn't be getting any information about relative performance in the corners...

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    Re: Fine old lens

    My understanding (and judging from the MTFs) the 28/2.8 is very sharp in center WO weaker and corners and better close up (with it's floating element) than as a true landscape lens? The 28/2 is reportedly very sharp but WO it seems (again based on MTF) the extra stop costs quite a bit in center sharpness.

    I'm less concerned with corners as will primarily be using as a small indoor/close quarters lens. Faster would be nice, but's a big jump from $200-300 for the nikon vs say $800-1000 for the ZF 28/2.

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    Re: Fine old lens

    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    I'm less concerned with corners as will primarily be using as a small indoor/close quarters lens. Faster would be nice, but's a big jump from $200-300 for the nikon vs say $800-1000 for the ZF 28/2.
    Ah, when you wrote "28: 2.8, 2" I assumed you meant the Nikkor 28/2 rather than the Zeiss 28/2 ZF. What would be your ideal test subject?

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    Re: Fine old lens

    I meant the 28/2.8 and 28/2. The reference to the ZF was simply as a Nikon-mount option to either of the preceding. Ideal test subject? A close up of something detail-laden. Thanks very much BTW.

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    Re: Fine old lens

    Nice watercolor-esque look.

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    One more with the Micro AF-S 105/2.8 VR

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    D3 Micro AF-S 105/2.8 VR f4.5 1/400s ISO 200

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    This is from Laos with the AF-S 105/2.8VR

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    Pre-AI Fine Old Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 (factory AI'd) + Nikon D300. Thanks for looking. Leica 77

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    Nikkor AIS 50mm f1.4 Lens + Nikon TC16A + Nikon D2H. Thank you for looking. Leica 77

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    One more image with the same set up as above. Aperture @ f3.5. Thanks for looking. Leica 77

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    Nikon D2H + Nikon TC-16A + Leica 50mm R Summicron. Aperture @ 2.8. Thanks for looking. Leica 77

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    The same set up as above. Thank you for looking. Leica 77

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    Fine Old Lens. Manual Pre-Ai Nikon 50cm f2.0 S.C., Factory AI'd. Thank you for looking. Leica 77


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