BasiliskPhoto

BasiliskPhoto

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  • The 105 f2.8D lens will only auto focus on a higher end Nikon body. Assuming you are using a crop frame (DX) body, then there are some cheaper and more lightweight options that might be more ...
  • You don't mention whether you are talking about the AIS version or the AF version? The AIS version was highly regarded, and is probably a lot cheaper (Ffordes has one for £249) I imagine it is a ...
  • I don't know how the Sigma compares for quality, but it looks like a relative giant compared to the  f2 AIS version (though obviously the AF mechanism accounts for some of the extra size) One of ...
  • The f2 is definitely worth having if you can find it and have the extra cash. It focuses well on the D600 (using the green dot). It is the fastest manual focus wide-angle Nikkor (excepting the ...
  • Glad you like it. For the record the AI has a longer focus throw (I believe) than the AIS version. It also has (unfortunately) 7 aperture blades rather than 9, meaning bokeh highlights are more ...
  • Thanks Pete
  • f4 may give the best across-the-frame sharpness, I haven't really tested that. But my copy is perfectly sharp for portrait-style shooting at f2.5, for super smooth bokeh with the added benefit of ...
  • The current OVF on most DSLRs will not help you to focus at f1.2. I find I have to use liveview, and have a clip on LCD loupe (cheap one) that allows me to see where the sharpness is. You can see ...
  • Replied in Poor mans option
    Obviously not that poor, if you can afford a full frame camera, but I find the old MF 105mm f2.5 AI (or AIS) works very nicely on full frame. I can also focus by eye, without checking the green ...
  • Would be perfectly possible, you just rotate the lens and sensor together, rather than moving either the lens or the sensor.
  • Check out the Tokina wide angle zooms, they usually get a good write up and are cheaper than the Nikon equivalents. As you can already reach 28mm, I would not suggest buying another zoom that only ...
  • Great fly shot. Pretty sharp and pretty close. These old telephotos seem to work pretty well on tubes (I have tubes I use with my 105 f2.5 AI). I would be interested to know how much better the ...
  • Just a general observation on lenses faster than f2.8, try using them in liveview mode (assuming you are on a full frame body?) The AF may be slower, but it will be more accurate, and you will ...
  • In my experience the 50 f1.8D is super fast to focus on the D600, I guess because the elements are almost weightless. Ok it is a bit short for a sports lens, but sometimes it is the right length ...
  • Most cars are worn out after ten years. Lenses only have a couple of moving parts, and the critical elements are made of glass, which aren't effected by photons hitting them, so long as they ...
  • As PSCL1 says, this is an easy lens to get right, as many manufactures did. If you want to try MF lenses, it is a good place to start, but an even better option might be the all time classic 105mm ...
  • My curveball set is here. What I actually have and use rather than my dream set. It has the advantage that I bought the lot for less than £500, they are all great lenses and they fit in my coat ...
  • Excellent buy; I am happy buying well used lenses, so I might consider a bargain like that if I can find one.
  • Thanks - I will keep my antennae out for one!
  • If you are going to stop down anyway, you may as well use a zoom lens. The differences between lenses get smaller as the aperture gets smaller. The 24-85mm kit lens could well be good enough for ...
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