Nikon AI-s lenses - quality tests

Started Jan 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
chooflaki Regular Member • Posts: 397
Re: Nikon AI-s lenses - quality tests

gear1box wrote:

anotherMike wrote:

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.


Mike --

As a lover of the sensuous mechanics of the AIS line, as well as an owner of more than a dozen examples, your advice concerning 50mm and up AIS lenses being more usable on dSLRs precisely matches my testing of my own samples.

Even some of my film faves -- the 24mm f2.8 and 35mm f2 in particular -- are, frankly, disappointing in the corners until you get to f5.6, at which point they about equal a current kit zoom. Ouch. Actually the only exception in my lot is the 28mm f2; it is great on digital.

But north of 50mm things are mostly very good, actually. Some old war horses like the 105mm f2.5 and 200mm f4 are surprisingly practical on digital and, frankly, are quite small and handy compared to current glass. The 75-150mm f3.5E is a winner too.

I find that going out with my 28mm f2, 50mm f1.8, and 105mm f2.5 makes a nice "classic" kit for my d600 body. These FOVs parallel 60 years of Leica street shooters too. I miss the 35mm though. I can sort of imagine that i am that guy in the Nikon Df commercial . . . cheaper, with better ergonomics . . . but that is another story . . .

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Semi-professional in early 1970s; just a putzer since then. interests: historical sites, virginia, motorcycle racing. A nikon user more by habit than choice; still, nikon seems to work well for me.

I tend to concur. I also own the 105mm f2.5, 200mm f4, 75-150mm f3.5E.  I will add the Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5, 28mm f2.8(close to medium  focusing only) and the 50mm f2 of most vintages as worthy old lenses IMO to use with modern DSLR's.

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