Nikon AI-s lenses - quality tests

Started Jan 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
anotherMike Veteran Member • Posts: 8,918
Re: Nikon AI-s lenses - quality tests

In general, the older AIS wides will be weaker in the corners compared to their modern (G) counterparts. Lens design for film is different than lens design for digital. Once you get out of the wide angles, you can still find a nice performing older AIS lens, although it still might lose the battle to a 70-200/2.8G VR-II on modern high rez sensors.

The 35/1.4 AIS was designed NOT to be super top quality best in the world, BUT, rather, to be a 35 F/1.4 lens that still took 52mm filters. The 35/2 AIS of the day was a bit better, and a modern 35 like the Sigma 35 F/1.4 Art or the Zeiss 35's still smoke it in the corners. Don't know yet how the new Nikon 35/1.8G FX lens will be as it's not out yet.

So to summarize, if you want to think about AIS lenses, think the moderate and semi telephoto's instead of the wide angles and you'll probably do better. Wide angle glass is tough on these modern high rez sensors - even the very best aren't perfect, so it shouldn't be too much of a mental stretch to realize the wides designed in the film era won't be anything special.


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