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    D800E with Nikon AIS lenses

    I would like to hear from anyone that is using Nikon AIS wide angle lenses with their Nikon D800E cameras. I am interested in the 18mm, 20mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses. Looking for info on edge and center sharpness.

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    D800E with Nikon AIS lenses


    I'd prefer to give you some illustrations rather than info .-)



    I showed some AI-S Nikkor 20mm shots here (post # 48 - 51 at different ISO values)

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/...tml#post401511



    and here again AI-S Nikkor 20mm (post # 431)

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/...tml#post404634



    and here the Voigtländer 20mm (post # 286)

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/...tml#post408940



    here the AI-S Nikkor 20mm and the Voigtländer 20mm side by side (post # 291)

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/...tml#post409283



    and here again the Voigtländer 20mm (post # 12)

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/...tml#post433353



    I don't know if you are interested in the Voigtländer at all, but at least it is a manual focus AI-S type lens too.

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    Re: D800E with Nikon AIS lenses

    Nikon 24/2 AIS didn't work that well other than for creative uses. My personal experience even at f/8 was that whilst you could achieve reasonable centre sharpness, the corners were pretty soft and smeary.

    The only example I have with it was a night image where frankly it didn't matter. You can probably see the difference in the bottom left corner even at this size (and behind my sig).

    I traded it against a Zeiss ZF.2 25/2 which I'd shot previously and was far superior generally. That said, I'm sure that for portraiture the corner performance probably doesn't matter a jot and the drawing of the lens might well be very suitable for that purpose. The Zeiss is much sharper across the frame, including on centre.

    Nikon 24/2 AIS - Nikon D800 full spectrum / no OLPF




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    Re: D800E with Nikon AIS lenses

    I tried the 20,24,28 and 35mm AIS lenses. all shot at f5.6-F8, Good in the center but bad corner smear.
    Though if I shot them Vertical and used a 5:4 crop which I like for vertical images I guess they are not bad, but for landscape orientation 3:2 forget about it....
    I ended up returning all of the.
    I ended up with a Zeiss 25/2.8, Zeiss 35/2, Zeiss 50/2
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