Lives in France Hérault, France
Works as a retired
Joined on Mar 1, 2011

DAVID MANZE's current gear

Nikon D7100
Nikon D750
Pentax K-01
Pentax K-3
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
A magic gem of a camera built like a tank!
Nice wide angle lens very sharp stopped down struggles in the extreme corners.
Decent compact lens very sharp stopped down.
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Probably the least good of the AF-D range but still decent stopped down Corners need F8/11 but never sharp sharp.
Decent compact lens, light and very sharp stopped down, doesn't quite get there in the corners.
Tack sharp from F4 on.
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Another Nikor gem, only 6 elements in 6 groups but decently sharp wide open and tack sharp beyond
Slightly decentered, but gives decent results otherwise.
Bought faulty cheaply, VR bugs! Good on APSc till 250mm, very good on FF.
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Second copy, poorly centered not comparable to a Nikon kit lens!
At £150 pounds it's a super fisheye, very sharp at F8 and above with tremendous flare resistance! Pentax mount.
Well centered, this is a great budget super-wide zoom, needs F8 and above at 10mm for sharpness across the frame! Pentax mount.
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
A super sharp gem with few faults! Pentax mount.
Super sharp from F2.8 from 50-100mm @ 150mm needs F5.6. Great lens! This is the non-stabilised MKII version Pentax mount.
On of the best lens bargains out there, and good sharpness even at 600mm. Very hand-holdable! Even better on Full Frame! Nikon mount.
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
An all time Giant of sharpness, IMHO nobody produces a sharper zoom lens in the Pentax bayonet mount. Perfectly centered! Pentax mount.
Other gear:
  • Auto Revuenon 28mm 2.8 MC PK Bayonet ALL metal all manual sharp lens for K01
  • Micro Nikor AF 55mm F2.8 lens. NIKON'S SHARPEST EVER LENS!!
  • Nikon-S 55mm F1.2 Man
  • Pentacon 135mm F2.8 15 Blades The Bokeh Monster
  • SIGMA 75-210mm F3.5 KIII MF All metal lens aperture controled by body MF
  • Star D New York Tripod The Davidson brothers original Star D Tripod made probably in the sixties in the New York factory later the brothers sold the manufacturing rights to non-other than Leica,finally Leica sold the rights out to a Chinese co. who apparently are still making some models today.One the most sturdy tripods ever made! Fully extended it's 2 mtrs high.