D800, don't dump your AI/AIS lenses ;)

Started Apr 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jeff Morris
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Many AIs lenses are wonderful... But...
In reply to Hugo First, Apr 18, 2012

In an effort to gather a pack of lite travel lenses I looked at MF AIs lenses. Over the last few months I purchased two 20mm f2.8 AIs lenses. One was defective and one was just a mess contrast and sharpness wise.

I really love wide and I purchased a 18mm f3.5 AI-s. In fact the lens hood came in today. Well let me tell you what a pile of dung that lens is. I read all of the reviews I could find. I have come to the opinion that Nikon and Canon could not make a ultra wide to save their lives. This 18mm is blurry in the corners! The 20mm were not much better. I tried controlled shots outdoors handheld and it was not my technique. These older wide angles stink! Now around 35mm and longer that's a different story.

No wonder people went ape over the 14-24 AF-s! I do have a 14-24 and I took some comparison shots and It confirmed how good the D800 and the 14-24 really are. I will just have to lug round the beast and know I have the best available UWA available.
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