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    Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    So here it is, the new thread for manual lenses on digital Nikon cameras. My first contribution is with the 105mm f/1.8 AiS with the D810. At f/5.6, and also at f/4, the lens shows amazing detail and sharpness. At f/2.8, it's still very useable. F/2.0 and 1.8 gives rather a rather "dreamy" look on this camera, but is still useable for certain purposes.

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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    Great idea for a thread!
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    D800E with Zeiss 135
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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    I have to add one, D800 with 50/1.2 at 1.2:

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    Thanks for this thread, gents - this is gonna be fun….

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    Gotta love MF!

    D800E / 105mm 2.5 AIS @ 11

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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    Here's a lens that I bought many years ago, but more or less forgot about since I was using DX format cameras, the 28mm f/2.0 AiS. Many say that it's mediocre because corners aren't sharp at f/2.0, but who cares anyway? Corners won't be in focus at f/2 under any circumstances, unless I were shooting brick walls, which I don't.

    It sharpens up nicely already at f/2.8 and from f/4 it's great. My most used lens on the D810 so far. Here's one at f/8:

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    DF & 28 ais
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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses





    D600,75-150/3.5AIS,150mm,f/8.0
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    D600,28/3.5 AIS,f/8.0
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    Df & 58/1.2 ai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retow View Post
    Df & 58/1.2 ai.
    Sounds like a match made in heaven….. the old 58mm 1.2 Noct has become almost a myth….. amazing piece of glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swissblad View Post
    Sounds like a match made in heaven….. the old 58mm 1.2 Noct has become almost a myth….. amazing piece of glass.
    It is a special lens, though not easy to nail focus with fully open.
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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    One from the archives.....
    D700 and Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar ZF.2
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    D2x and Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AIS
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    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    One from the archives.....
    D700 and Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar ZF.2
    The Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar ZF.2 is on my wish list….. drool…. and yes, I still have a D700 as well!

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    Love seeing all these photos with Nikkors and Zeiss F-mount lenses. :-)
    You'll motivate me to load my F if you keep this up ...

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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    Ah, forgot about the PC-E's being manual focus

    D800, PC-E 24, 1/2 sec at f8, ISO 100, no tilt:


    D800E, 24 PC-E, 5 sec at F8, ISO 100, 1 degree tilt:

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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    This is a fun thread. As many have pointed out, certain "old" lenses have a "look" to the way they draw an image. However, I for one, have become spoiled as to how good modern computer designed, multi coated lenses are. Some "old" lenses were really not very good. I put an old 135mm f2.8 Nikkor-Q (AI'd) on a D800E. The lens has a built in sliding hood, which I used. ISO 400 1/160 sec, f11. To add to the fun, I processed the RAW image twice in Exposure plug in. Once to emulate Kodachrome 25, and one to emulate Fuji 50. Even though I used the hood, look at the veiling flair on the edges; especially the right edge (that's where the sun was).
    Thanks for the modern lenses, although I know, carefully used, lens traits/flaws can be used in artistic ways.
    Keep them coming!
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    "I for one, have become spoiled as to how good modern computer designed,..."
    ****
    That's been my limited experience, that the performance of film era 'blad lenses fall off when pushed to higher resolutions. I got a 'blad Zeiss 100mm 3.5 today and due to rain did a few shot off of a covered deck. I did a non-scientific comparison of the 100mm and the closest Nikon prime that I have, the 85mm 1.4. The second is a tight crop with the 100mm and the third is a similar crop with the 85mm. I think that the old 'blad did quite well.

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    I forgot to mention that an 800e was used for the lens comparison and at f3.5.

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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    I agree that not all old lenses shine on new digital cameras, but some do, and the 28/2.0 and 105/1.8 AiS are among them. I'm particularly impressed with the 28mm. I had never expected an old WA lens to be able to resolve like this and have such a great rendering. No need for the nice new AF-S lens for me

    D810 with Nikkor 28mm f/2.0 AiS @ f/5.6



    Yes, it was my lunch today. Others take photos of their lunches with their iPhones, so I can do it with a D810, right?

    And one with the longer lens:

    D810 with Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AiS @ f/4



    I do see that I'll have to revise my sharpening and curves treatments with this camera. It's easy to overdo it, and with so much detail to play around with, it can easily look "trashy".
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    I did do a check of what kind of prices one has to pay for good, used AiS glass nowadays. Some of the "nice" alternatives are very reasonable, and lenses like the 50/1.4, 85/2.0 and 135/2.8 all go for $150-300.

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    Since non-Nikkor lenses were not excluded; here is one from the archives...

    D700 + ZF 35/2


    What a camera!! What a lens!! What a combination!!
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    Nikon Df ai-nikkor 25-50mm f/4



    Nikon Df nikkor-s auto 1:2 f=5 cm

    Df is the dream camera for all your old nikkors
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    D700; ZF 100/2
    koffee & kamera
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    Df @ iso 12800 & 28 ais.
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    nikon Df with 50mm F1.2

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    Nikon D800, 28mm f/2,8 Ai Lens
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    Love this thread. Thanks Jorgen.
    Thanks guys for the ' likes '.

    Assortment of images from the archives posted from years ago and recently.
    Form across the world and with various manual lenses and my D700.

    zf 50/2 Makro Planar


    zf 50/1.4 Planar


    zf 50/1.4 Planar


    zf 35/2 Distagon


    zf 100/2 Makro Planar


    zf 35/2 Distagon

    koffee & kamera
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    Nikon D800 + Nikkor S 55mm 1.2

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    Df & 2.5/105 ai.
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    That's a very cool photo, retow.
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    It`s this time of the year again. Happy Holidays . Df & 105/2.5 ai.
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    The annual Christmas party at the office last night. 180 male blue collar workers and a bunch of singers and dancers. All good fun

    D700 with 28mm f/2.0 AiS @ f/5.6

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    D700, zf 100/2
    koffee & kamera
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    Thank you folks. Very kind of you all.

    Two different situations in different places..
    D700; zf 35/2



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    Thanks Jorgen

    One more from when I could carry and hold them....the cam and lens combo that is.


    D700; zf 50/2 Makro Planar.
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    D700; zf 100/2 Makro Planar.
    koffee & kamera
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    This lens was created for this camera. Must have been

    D810 with 105mm f/1.8 AiS @ f/2.8



    Ummm... has anybody noticed how girls' priorities change with age... and how fast they change?
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    D810 with 105mm f/1.8 AiS @ f/2.8

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    Digital Nikon with manual lenses


    ©lick for actual pixels (6.6 Mb)


    © • Nikon D610 • AI-S Nikkor 1.2/50mm • 1/400 sec. at f/8 ISO 100 • Capture NX-D
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    Re: Digital Nikon with manual lenses

    Here's a lens that does not survive the 36MP sensor, the 20mm f/3.5 AiS. Edges and corners are blurry even at f/8 and rendering in general is unpleasant. I'm considering the new Tamron 15-30mm, but it's big. The Zeiss 18mm would probably be perfect, but the price...

    For now, I'll try a Leitax conversion of my Zuiko 21mm f/3.5 and see how that works.

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    D810 with Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AiS @ f/4

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    I will try the Voigtländer Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 on my 810 in a couple of days. I suspect I'll have the same outcome that you did. Still, there are times when I might want the wide open 'glow' and could care less about corners…

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Here's a lens that does not survive the 36MP sensor, the 20mm f/3.5 AiS. Edges and corners are blurry even at f/8 and rendering in general is unpleasant. I'm considering the new Tamron 15-30mm, but it's big. The Zeiss 18mm would probably be perfect, but the price...

    For now, I'll try a Leitax conversion of my Zuiko 21mm f/3.5 and see how that works.

    D810 with Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 @ f/8

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotXorc View Post
    I will try the Voigtländer Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 on my 810 in a couple of days. I suspect I'll have the same outcome that you did. Still, there are times when I might want the wide open 'glow' and could care less about corners…
    I look forward to see ad hear about your experiences. One user gave me a very glowing report last week, but didn't show any images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotXorc View Post
    I will try the Voigtländer Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 on my 810 in a couple of days. I suspect I'll have the same outcome that you did. Still, there are times when I might want the wide open 'glow' and could care less about corners…
    I'd be interested to hear about this one too. I have the 28 and 40mm pancake style Voigtlanders and like them both very much. Reading around the web, other user's experience broadly mirrors my own. The 40mm is the pick of the bunch and the 28mm stopped down to f4 is also very nice. Things are less clear with the 20mm though, especially on full frame, with some folks like Thom Hogan having good things to say about it, whereas others are far less complimentary. Having shot with it previously on DX I'd love to add it to my bag as I'd prefer it size wise to the 20mm afs-g. I can live without f1.8 at this focal length but only if it doesn't take too big a hit in image quality. It would also let me avoid having to decide between the 20mm and the rumoured 24mm af-s g Nikkors.

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    Saigon tonight: 40 years later, trade and commercialism win where soldiers and weaponry mostly fail.

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    D810 with 105mm f/1.8 AiS @ f/2 and 1/25s

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    Can a little Nikon with a big lens play with the big boys?

    Nikon V1 with a Super Takumar 50mm 1.4
    All manual of course, no aids on the V1
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