MF lens recommendations for D200

Started May 18, 2007 | Discussions thread
Kent J
Kent J Senior Member • Posts: 2,378
Here's a list

Zebo wrote:

Now that I've moved up to a D200 from D80, and since I haven't
quite deciphered the alphabet soup of lens-letters, I'm wondering:

Which manual focus lenses can still be found, used, that are
considered classics, or at least excellent buys I could use on the
D200? I'd be interested in seeing what's available at all focal
lengths, and especially in macro.

Here are some of the highly rated (4.0-5.0) MF Nikkors from Bjorn Rorslett's site (not a complete list - check his site):

20 mm f/2.8 Nikkor [AIS]
28 mm f/2 Nikkor [AI]
28 mm f/3.5 Nikkor-H AI, AIS
35 mm f/1.4 Nikkor [AIS]
35 mm f/2 Nikkor-O [AI, AIS]
45 mm f/2.8 Nikkor P [AI-P]
50 mm f/1.2 Nikkor [AI]
55 mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor
105 mm f/1.8 Nikkor [AIS]
105 mm f/2.5 Nikkor (Gauss Type)
105 mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor
105 mm f/4 Micro-Nikkor
200 mm f/4 Micro-Nikkor
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135 mm f/3.5 [AIS]
75-150 mm f/3.5 Nikon Series E Zoom
Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/4.5 [AI]
85 mm f/2.8 PC Micro-Nikkor

Some of Thom Hogan's recommendations:

20mm f/4
100mm f/2.8 E
24mm f/2
85mm f/1.4
135mm f/2
180mm f/2.8 ED

Besides all the classic Nikkors, there are some other excellent MF lenses made for the F-mount. While they have been discontinued, the Voigtlander SL lenses are interesting. I have the 40mm Ultron Aspherical and enjoy it quite a bit.

Then there are the much discussed Zeiss/Cosina ZF series. I have the 25mm Distagon and the 50mm Planar, and they are both top-notch (not cheap though).

Life is too short for slow glass.

 Kent J's gear list:Kent J's gear list
Nikon Df Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.4G +15 more
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