How good are old lenses?

Started Jun 25, 2004 | Discussions thread
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Jo Lovell
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How good are old lenses?
Jun 25, 2004

Hi All,

I am about to buy a D70 - I think. I have a moderate investment in glass at the moment, but it's not 'top notch' modern stuff - question is, does that matter with image quality (sharpness and CA in particular)? The lenses I am talking about are the mid 80's Nikon 70-210 F4 AF, the 135 F2.8 E-Series MF and the Sigma 28-70 F2.8 AF, and a 50mm F1.8 MF nut I don't doubt the quality there. (the 'old' version with rotating front element).

Does anyone have experience of the lenses with the D70? Wide open especially, do these lenses cut it? (Its so hard to tell on a film camera sometime becasue of possible user error and forgetting what settings you used!)

I'm happy to meter manually and focus manually, in fact I'd prefer it! So compatibility is not an issue.

Big thanks in advance, any comments appreciated.

Jo

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