AI-S lenses

Started Sep 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: AI-S lenses
In reply to marco1974, Sep 20, 2013

This thread has become a who's who of Ai-S, so I can't leave it without mentioning the King of Big Lenses, for the record: 400mm f3.5 IFED.

Not a general-purpose lens by any stretch so not relevant to the original post, but if we're listing top lenses (by anyone anywhere ever), then this gorgeous example of the lensmaker's art needs to be on it.

Agree exactly with Marco, on those I'm familiar with (all except the 50mm f1.2 and 105 f1.8). The little 24mm f2.8 is a treasure on film but it doesn't translate to digital that well, like many wides, unfortunately. Too much micro colour fringing and slur.

Another one that disappointed me on digital was the old 600mm f5.6 IFED, which is also a pity, given it's so much more compact than the current offerings. Put a TC14b on one of those magic 400mm f3.5 IFEDs instead, and be happy.

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