Nikon AI-s lenses - quality tests

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chooflaki
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Re: Nikon AI-s lenses - quality tests
In reply to a_c_skinner, 8 months ago

a_c_skinner wrote:

The 55mm 3.5 micro is often said to be very sharp close up and less so at infinity the 2.8 throughout the range but check for oil on the diaphragm blades. The 200mm f4 non micro never seems anything but very good as is the 70-150 Nikkor E. The 28mm comes in different versions some very good, others mundane. The 24mm 2.8 gets good notes but does show colour fringing that can be noticable. I've got a 35mm 2.8 which is very sharp, unlike the reviews of this series of lenses, of which there are about half a dozen iterations. The numerous versions of many lenses make this tricky. I was ostracized on another Nikon forum for saying we look at lenses not pictures (I said it about the Noct lens, owners of which brook no reservations). The 20mm 3.5 is said to be very flare resistant and superb close to, less so at infinity.

All lack modern coatings (obviously) and will flare worse than modern coated lenses.

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Andrew Skinner

The early non Ai  versions of the Micro 55mm f3.5 compensating type are reputed as outstanding close up. The later  AI versions are not as great close up  but just as outstanding at the other extreme. These are better as a general purpose lens rather than for micro with great sharpness at infinity. I have read that the oil problem is an issue with the later f2.8 version.

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