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    Two more from AIS 50mm f1.2




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    i love primes and i love manual focus!

    so far i've have used:
    24 2.8 pre ai - ok only
    28 f2 v nice, but not nice on DX
    35 f2 pre ai- v good, some flare
    35 f2 ais - still testing and playing with.
    50 1.2 - superb skin tone rendition, v nice bokeh, v sharp even wide open
    50 1.4 - so so
    50 f2 ais - really good
    50 f2 pre ai - really chio!
    50 1.8 ais, last version - not bad, nothing special
    55 1.2 pre AI - decent, mine had haze so not objective. nice bokeh
    55 3.5 - not bad, but dark =\
    5.8cm 1.4 - not super sharp, but super good bokeh
    85 f2- so so
    105 1.8 - beautiful bokeh, like a 105 2.5 that goes to 1.8 (kept the 135 f2 instead)
    135 f2 - some problems with purple fringing, but otherwise super good! very special look
    135 f2.8 - so so
    180 2.8 ED - superb!
    200 f4 - so so
    300 f4.5 if ed- pretty good.

    i also use a minolta MC 135 f/2.8, and 200 f/3.5 as the nikon eqv lenses aren't good.. out of all of theses, i still have the 35 f2 ais, 50 1.2, 50 1.8, 5.8cm 1.4, 135 f2. looking for an 85, and hoping to convert a konica hexanon 100 2.5.

    anyway, here's from the 50 1.2 AIS, one of my main lenses even for jobs:

    Nikon FA, fuji pro 160C


    Nikon FA, Fuji pro 160C


    Nikon FA, Ilford panF+ 50


    and the love of my life! =P on a d200





    all shots wide open at 1.2
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    5.8 CM f/1.4 pre AI. the first nikon F normal lens. not very sharp wide open, but the bokeh is first class!

    all on D200 wide open



    and my lovely girlfriend =)




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    Nikkor 135mm f/2.0 AIS. Superb lens! has some problems with purple fringing wide open, but otherwise its excellent.

    wide open, yio chu kang mrt link way at night


    wide open too


    f4


    f5.6


    with extension tubes


    sorry, this lens has been sitting around for awhile cos been playing with a few others hence the lousy sample pics.. maybe time to bring it out...

    just to add abit, i use this lens in stead of the 80-200 2.8 alot of the time! especially indoors and stage performances cos of the larger aperture and even for sports when you know where the subject will be (eg golf) or when im not being paid. haha. IF(quite a big one) and when you nail the focus at f2, it really makes it look special =P
    Last edited by Ben Ang; 1st February 2011 at 08:38 AM.
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    Nikkor 35 f/2 Pre AI. amazing colours and bokeh, with v v good close up performance. sadly, let go of this lens liao cos it flared too much for my liking. replaced with AIS version.





    by the AIS version:

    on a D2H


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    Nikkor 28 f2.0 Pre AI but i think my piece was multicoated... not sure









    sorry, only used it on one trip and din like the FOV of DX so sold it off...
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    just one more set from the 50 1.2 AIS

    D200


    FA, wide open, fuji pro 160c


    d200, fridge! @1.2


    D200 @ 1.2


    D200 @ 5.6
    F3, FTN, D700, just primes =)
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    Thanks for sharing them! This one stands out for me
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Ang View Post
    i love primes and i love manual focus!



    all shots wide open at 1.2

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    Ai'd 35mm f2


    Ai'd 24mm f2.8


    both lenses handle very well and the focusing is silky smooth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Ang View Post
    Nikkor 35 f/2 Pre AI. amazing colours and bokeh, with v v good close up performance. sadly, let go of this lens liao cos it flared too much for my liking. replaced with AIS version.
    did you use with the hood? using the hr 3 and no issue with the flare

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    Quote Originally Posted by COBALT View Post
    Hi all,
    thanks to the encouraging response i saw from an earlier thread, i decided to start a fresh thread here.

    Please keep your opinions and photos only to manual focus nikon lenses.

    It would be good to keep per post to a specific lens, so that others can appreciate the legendary quality that has made Nikon one of the leaders in optical and photographic equipment.
    thanks cobalt for starting this thread! very glad to see so many people still loving their manual focus lenses... they have a charm to them

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    Quote Originally Posted by COBALT View Post
    Thanks for sharing them! This one stands out for me
    thanks =) she'll be my wife someday =)

    Quote Originally Posted by azzurri View Post
    did you use with the hood? using the hr 3 and no issue with the flare
    maybe thats the problem.. haha. din use a hood. but the filter thread was very dented so can't mount anything. anyway, passed it off to a friend cos i got the 17-35 and figured i wouldnt really need it.. i still miss it though and im looking for another copy now.. =X
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    Nikkor 500mm f/4.0P IF ED, start to love this lens
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    WoW! this must be a monster of a lens!
    to your focusing skills, its not easy to capture action using manual focus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Nikkor 500mm f/4.0P IF ED, start to love this lens

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    You are welcome

    I'm glad people are responding with enthusiasm!

    Quote Originally Posted by azzurri View Post
    thanks cobalt for starting this thread! very glad to see so many people still loving their manual focus lenses... they have a charm to them

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    Hope you guys don't mind my participation because I love Nikon's AIS lenses on Canon's body, especially the older 40D and 5D. If there's any objection I will remove the post. Thanks.

    Here is one on the 50f1.4 at f2 on 40D, exceptional color rendition and very sharp.

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    This thread is about nikkor lenses...you are certainly welcome to share as long as the objective (lens) used is a manual focus nikkor/nikon lens

    Btw which version of the 50mm f1.4 is this?

    [QUOTE=Anthony Lee;6944834]Hope you guys don't mind my participation because I love Nikon's AIS lenses on Canon's body, especially the older 40D and 5D. If there's any objection I will remove the post. Thanks.

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    Default Re: We love our manual focus Nikkor lenses!

    [QUOTE=COBALT;6944851]This thread is about nikkor lenses...you are certainly welcome to share as long as the objective (lens) used is a manual focus nikkor/nikon lens

    Btw which version of the 50mm f1.4 is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    Hope you guys don't mind my participation because I love Nikon's AIS lenses on Canon's body, especially the older 40D and 5D. If there's any objection I will remove the post. Thanks.
    Thanks. That's the AiS.
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    Nikon 135mm f/2 AI


    Nikon 35mm f/1.4 AIS


    Nikon 35mm f/1.4 AIS
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    Quote Originally Posted by COBALT View Post
    Ahh...the stuff of legends let us hope the noise we create here will be heard by someone who has the priviledge of owning one.
    Saw it on Sunday and this morning am thinking if I should......... then I realized that I can buy a D3 instead..... already got 1.4 so just managed to convince myself to forget about it this morning... until I saw this thread..... resist!!!

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