Michael Benveniste

Michael Benveniste

Lives in United States New England, United States
Works as a Geek type
Joined on Aug 11, 2004

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  • The problem mainly lies with Nikon USA, which incorrectly lists a 0.25x reproduction ratio.  The main Nikon site does show 0.12x.
  • It's not build quality per se (the non-D 135mm f/2 DC is actually heavier than the D), but rather the accumulation of wear and tear over time.  The youngest non-D 135mm DC's are now 19 years old, ...
  • A couple of extra things to consider: (1) Specific to this model:  The 135mm f/2D has a flat protective element at the back of the lens, effectively flush with the mount.  The older non-D model does ...
  • Replied in price range?
    Tokina discontinued theirs due to poor sales.  The same story for both of Sigma's 50-150mm f/2.8's.  YGIAGAM why sales were poor, but Nikon and Canon were certainly aware of those lenses and ...
  • There are always rumors, often based on retailer sites or what the regional sales operations decide to import. Here's another such rumor from 2009 on the same lens: http://nikonrumors.com/2009/07/1 ...
  • Source, please?  Note that Nikon has two 60mm Micro lenses -- I doubt they are discontinuing the newer AF-S model.
  • If the original poster has a D5300, the 30mm lens may require "rechipping" to work correctly with that body.  All three of these have issues on a DF as well: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/215746 ...
  • For macro lenses, the primary effect of a longer focal length is to provide greater working distance. All of the macro lenses currently offered in F-mount require additional accessories to achieve ...
  • Replied in Travel lens
    Physics is not your friend.  While Tokina once made a 24-200mm lens, it was an f/3.5~5.6 design, and did not get glowing reviews optically.  Nikon once had a 28-200mm f/2.8 "on the drawing board," ...
  • Hysteresis occurs when the solution the autofocus system comes up with depends on the focus position it was in before AF was activated. I've seen it while doing controlled lens tests, but for real ...
  • Having used a D200 for close to 7 years, I too had lots of unusable and unprintable shots. Of course, the same is true of every camera I've ever owned, be it film or digital, including a D800. When ...
  • Quantaray was the house brand for Ritz/Wolf/Camera World/etc chain.  I believe this lens was a rebadged Sigma, but I'm not certain since there were at least two different versions at least ...
  • #FirstWorldProblems While hiking, do you frequently shoot perfectly flat targets that just happen to be parallel with the sensor plane? Me neither.  Nor do I always walk with a tripod.  So for ...
  • I can't speak to pricing in Israel, but in the U.S. an EX condition AF-D typically trades in the $325-$450 range, depending on condition and whether you are buying from an individual or a firm ...
  • Unfortunately, finding an xx-300mm zoom that will work well on both a Nikon FE and a D3200 is quite difficult. In order to provide autofocus operation on your D3200, you need a lens with a built ...
  • Quite true, which is mainly why I said "By the time you put all the pieces together it becomes quite expensive."  The LEINIK-NT is the part which makes it possible to use "G" lenses, which is why ...
  • Novoflex makes one, but by the time you put all the pieces together it becomes quite expensive: http://www.amazon.com/Novoflex-LEINIK-NT-thread-adapter/dp/B00K9O8RDE One can also "homebrew" a ...
  • Rubber hoods are pretty generic. As far as I know, though, Nikon has never made a rubber lens hood in 62mm or any larger size. Both the rubber lens hoods I own are of the "Telematic" variety. They ...
  • https://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/product/nikkor-lenses/auto-focus-lenses/fx/zoom/af-s-nikkor-24-120mm-f-4g-ed-vr "Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction system delivers outstandingly sharp ...
  • Replied in Half a backup?
    This one of those personal tradeoffs between carry weight, cost, and paranoia. Personally, I'd be just as worried about my camera failing as a lens.  So if I was travelling someplace where I ...
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