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PatMann's current gear

Nikon D500
Nikon D810
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
This would be the perfect system core if Nikon would just fill in the lens lineup for DX.
Just needs a global shutter, and, move the ISO button to where it is on the D500, please. Resolution and quality of raw images are just amazing.
Lots of CA at the limits, needs an update.
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR
No faults here. High resolution and low distortion. Use this for copying old slides, and as a short tele or portrait lens on DX.
High CA at the edges and corners. This lens is in retirement now that the 19 is here.
Very nice bird lens to have close at hand when the 200-500 is not practical. Big improvement over old 70-300 G ED VR at the long end and extremely light and compact.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Second choice as the walk-around on the D500. Excellent design with the filter protecting the moving parts, very good results at all focal lengths. Light and compact.
Really like this range for walkaround snapshooting with the D500. Much lighter and more compact than the 17-50. Haven't stress tested for resolution - those shots go to full frame.
This lens has performed well beyond my expectations as a birding lens when paired with the D500. Only fault in use, excused by the affordable price, is the slow zoom rate.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED
Basic walk-around for the D810 when shooting primarily indoors or in tight urban areas. Seems very good across the frame. I have found the 24 either too wide or too narrow most of the time, so this doesn't get much use.
28 is my Goldilocks focal length. The f/1.8 wasn't good enough across the frame. When this came up refurb, I couldn't refuse. Has taken over as my primary walk-around lens on the D810.
My current alternate walk-around for the D810 outdoors. In general, the results from the 35 are excellent. I loved 35 with the 35 Summilux on M4, but this seems too narrow most of the time for a street and interior walk-around.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
My still-life lens when used at f/5.6 to f/8. Very high resolution across the frame on FX at these stops.
This has proven to be a fine lens paired with either the D810 or the D500. Good resolution throughout the range. Replaced the 70-300VR as a bird ID lens on either camera because of better AF and speed.
Nice lens for live performance, which I don't get enough chances to use.
Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED
Spectacularly useful image circle, particularly for interiors and for framing landscape shots. Extremely high resolution across the frame. Strange broad and visible but comparatively faint lateral CA on trees against bright sky. Distortion seems very low, resolution extremely high unshifted. A matte box or hood would be nice, even if the hood only deals with the unshifted field of view.

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Fujifilm X100V
Nikon D850

PatMann's previous gear

Nikon Coolpix 5000
Nikon D70
Nikon D200
A great tool for its day. Very slow to shoot. Very versatile with wide adapter. Nikon should have kept active in this space.
What a thrill to have a DSLR for under $1000. Just barely made the mark, but saved me lots on film.
A great camera for its time, I considered it the F100 of digital. A Tri-X camera. Only fault - it used batteries quickly - 400 shots or so typically
Nikon D300S
Nikon D800E
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
A great move up from the D200, but Nikon missed the upgrade calendar and never filled in the lens lineup with wide primes and appropriate DX pro zooms, let the APS-C market potential go to others.
Just needs a global shutter and would be perfect.
Very nice walk-around lens on D300s, also used for a while on D500. Passed on to someone who uses DX only.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Very vulnerable to physical damage
Resolution dropped past 200mm, which is where I needed it.