The PC-E range: Nikon's forgotten primes?

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russbarnes
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The PC-E range: Nikon's forgotten primes?
Feb 7, 2011

I see a lot of people on here pouring over the merits of either Nikon's golden trinity of zooms or the low light specialists of the 24, 35, & 85 f/1.4s but my experience with Nikon's perspective control lenses taught me more about composition control and opened up a whole world of creativity after I bought the 24mm f/3.5 PC-E and 45mm f/2.8 PC-E. Don't believe anyone who tells you they are complex to operate because I was turning out shots I was happy with after an hour of using one for the first time - just because they look a bit weird and only do manual focus doesn't make them 'old school' either, I guarantee they will make you feel like a photographer all over again.

They are no cheap option of course but I thought I would share a few of my mono images from each lens because they offer a different view of the world that are not possible with the zooms or the G f/1.4 primes - all the shots below are taken with the D700.... More on my website at http://www.russbarnes.co.uk or my Flickr Stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/russellbarnes/

The most amazing part of shooting utilising the tilt function in particular is that the exposure is often very balanced (though can attract a fair bit of vignette, which I like a lot of time) that the need for an ND grad tends to be negated. And if you love perfect verticals, you're going to use that shift functionality a lot. If you're an auto-focus junkie you might not enjoy the experience too much but if you shoot landscapes much of the time, and before you jump in and buy one of Nikon's pro zooms or an f/1.4 G lens, I would urge you to look closer at these beauties. The 45mm in my view could be Nikon's finest piece of glass, period...

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