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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Hi guys and girls,

    Between the 24 and 28mm f2.8 AIS, which lens would you choose?

    Would the 28mm sharpness, less distortion and close focus ability win your vote?
    I'd vote for the 28mm. I've not shot with the 24mm before, but have shot with 2 copies of the 28mm f2.8 AIS and both are top performers in all 3 of your criteria. Colour is top notch too, even without ED elements and Nano coating. Only problem is that the FOV is quite weird on DX.

    Check out Bjorn Rorslette. My observations matches most of his reviews almost all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acolyte View Post
    Oh I see. I guess I'm wrong then, apologies for the confusion haha.

    Yup, going to do some low light shooting later haha.

    On a side note, you could try shooting with your 50mm f2 as the only lens for a day. To me, this lens has one of the most distinctive renderation and contrast out of all the Nikkors I've used so far.
    Haha; you had me there for a while. I tried to blow up one of my images in Capture NX2 but of course found it couldn't be done. Learned something there as well.

    Sure thing, some days shoot with only one particular lens to exercise one's creativeness. It is said that a photographer deals with the art of inclusion, while a painter deals with the art of exclusion.

    I really like my 50mmF2. There was a time when it was the only lens I had; and for a few years (not just "for a day") I shot with only that lens. So it is not only good enough to keep but also for sentimental reasons.

    Enjoy your low light excursion!
    Show us some shots when done. - of course if they are done with manual focus lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Ang View Post
    i've used both side by side, and the 24mm gets my vote. it matches the 28mm for pretty much all the the 3 categories you brought up, and has a more dramatic perspective; but the second point is abit more subjective. between the 2, chose the focal length you prefer to shoot at; either one will be fantastic. i chose the 24mm cos i prefer to work with that focal length.
    Quote Originally Posted by Acolyte View Post
    I'd vote for the 28mm. I've not shot with the 24mm before, but have shot with 2 copies of the 28mm f2.8 AIS and both are top performers in all 3 of your criteria. Colour is top notch too, even without ED elements and Nano coating. Only problem is that the FOV is quite weird on DX.



    Check out Bjorn Rorslette. My observations matches most of his reviews almost all the time.

    Wide-Angle Lenses For Nikon 'F' Mount
    Thanks for your replies. So both are good but I think 24mm might be too wide for me.

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    Brought the 35 f/2 AI to the SKC Dog Show on Sunday
    It's a great single-lens solution for me
    Takes me awhile to get used to the long throw though after mucking around with the 50 f/1.2 AIS for long

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    I was also using my 50mm f1.2 extensively for the last couple of months and then just switched back to 35mm. Wow, 35mm feel so wide, not complaining though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zichar View Post
    Brought the 35 f/2 AI to the SKC Dog Show on Sunday
    It's a great single-lens solution for me
    Takes me awhile to get used to the long throw though after mucking around with the 50 f/1.2 AIS for long

    Another one that I like.
    Good exposure. How did you do it, and what were the settings? Without flash?

    I am also amazed that some of the dogs are not trying to run away or jump down from their tables.

    Do show us more pics from the show.

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    btw just to ask the bro here.. I have a 55mm 2.8 nikkor.. how much can I sell it for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baonana
    btw just to ask the bro here.. I have a 55mm 2.8 nikkor.. how much can I sell it for?
    The quick search for B&S section can easily get the actual market price.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rain5533

    The quick search for B&S section can easily get the actual market price.

    Thanks
    tried.. but cannot seem to find any.. tats why asking ard here

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    Quote Originally Posted by baonana

    tried.. but cannot seem to find any.. tats why asking ard here
    You may key in : WTS Nikon Ais 55mm f2.8
    The range from $160-280, can compare one by one of the used condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyChooShoots View Post
    Another one that I like.
    Good exposure. How did you do it, and what were the settings? Without flash?

    I am also amazed that some of the dogs are not trying to run away or jump down from their tables.

    Do show us more pics from the show.
    On f/2.8 and 1/100 I think
    Nope, no flash, wouldn't work anyway for a scene in a hall this big
    Was rather bright inside
    The dogs are well trained and used to grooming I suppose
    Didn't take many photos though, or those I did were with AF lenses
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    Quote Originally Posted by rain5533

    You may key in : WTS Nikon Ais 55mm f2.8
    The range from $160-280, can compare one by one of the used condition.
    tks for the info..

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    Sharing a street portrait taken today.
    D700 + 50mm f1.2 AIS wide open
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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Sharing a street portrait taken today.
    D700 + 50mm f1.2 AIS wide open
    Post some more with this lens bro.
    See my WTS items.. :) Any sales is by meet up face to face, payment is cash only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post
    Post some more with this lens bro.
    Sure bro, have you gotten yours?

    50mm @ f1.2


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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Sure bro, have you gotten yours?

    50mm @ f1.2
    Collect it next week
    See my WTS items.. :) Any sales is by meet up face to face, payment is cash only.

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    105 f/1.8

    Only adjusted the colours.
    Last edited by tehzeh; 26th August 2012 at 02:17 PM.

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    Went to Night Festival at SAM last night, and here are some shots taken there. All are taken with D300s and the 105mm f1.8 AIS mostly wide open. The 105mm is really a great stage lens, and the feeling is damn good when u nail the focus wide open. IMO the glow from this lens wide open adds to the atmosphere of the shots.

    Saw another photographer using a 180mm f2.8 ED AIS on a canon body, diden get to speak with him though.

    Converted in viewNX, no sharpening at all.

    Natalie Hiong performing. Great performance, her vocals were quite good.







    Last edited by Acolyte; 26th August 2012 at 05:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acolyte View Post
    Went to Night Festival at SAM last night, and here are some shots taken there. All are taken with D300s and the 105mm f1.8 AIS mostly wide open. The 105mm is really a great stage lens, and the feeling is damn good when u nail the focus wide open.

    Saw another photographer using a 180mm f2.8 ED AIS on a canon body, diden get to speak with him though.

    Converted in viewNX, no sharpening at all.

    Natalie Hiong performing. Great performance, her vocals were quite good.
    Wow!
    Your shots are really sharp. It is not easy with manual focus. I can understand the feeling when you get the focus right. You feel like punching the air.
    What shutter speed and ISO were the shots done with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyChooShoots View Post
    Wow!
    Your shots are really sharp. It is not easy with manual focus. I can understand the feeling when you get the focus right. You feel like punching the air.
    What shutter speed and ISO were the shots done with?
    Thanks. ISO 800-1600, shutter speed about 1/200-4000.

    Yeah, a spilt focus screen is a necessity haha.

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