What’s a nice 35mm or 50-ish mm lens?

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Son Of Waldo Contributing Member • Posts: 800
Re: Update. I think I found the one.

Pocket Lint wrote:

Looking at getting the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 S SL II and pair it with a period correct Nikkor 28mm lens to get both wide and short telephoto.

Great choices and some great suggestions here.

You can use Roland Vink's excellent site (serial numbers page) to get an idea of production run dates for older lenses. Later lenses with the SIC (Nikon's Super Integrated Coating) might be worth pursing for some focal lengths. Check out Marianne's comments here.

I'm willing to pay a little extra to the Japanese dealers on eBay for nice copies (even if they throw the "Mint" or "Top Mint" description around a little loosely), less chance of improper storage creating some haze or fungus issues. These lenses will last a lifetime if stored properly, give them a semi-dry storage environment and a little UV light occasionally. A camera bag would not be my choice, I use woven storage boxes I bought cheap and keep one of the small, modern, efficient dehumidifiers close by.

And remember, whatever you buy will work on digital cameras too. I've found the D750 to be an excellent match for image quality with older lenses.

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