Lives in France Hérault, France
Works as a retired
Joined on Mar 1, 2011

DAVID MANZE's current gear

Nikon D500
Nikon D750
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nice wide angle lens very sharp stopped down struggles in the extreme corners.
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Decent compact lens very sharp stopped down.
Probably the least good of the AF-D range but still decent stopped down Corners need F8/11 but never sharp sharp.
Decent compact lens, light and very sharp stopped down, doesn't quite get there in the corners.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Tack sharp from F4 on.
Another Nikor gem, only 6 elements in 6 groups but decently sharp wide open and tack sharp beyond
Slightly decentered, but gives decent results otherwise.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED-IF II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical
MKI model. A monster lens...3.8 KGs fast focus and sharp even at F4
Bought faulty cheaply, VR bugs! Good on APSc till 250mm, very good on FF.
Probably the best optical bargain on the planet! Nikon F mount.
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye
Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
At £150 pounds it's a super fisheye, very sharp at F8 and above with tremendous flare resistance! Pentax mount.
Good 150mm F2.8 macro telephoto lens, sharp wide open, silent focus and built like a tank. Nikon F mount.
Super sharp from F2.8 from 50-100mm @ 150mm needs F5.6. Great lens! This is the non-stabilised MKII version Pentax mount.
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
On of the best lens bargains out there, and good sharpness even at 600mm. Very hand-holdable! Even better on Full Frame! Nikon mount.
Other gear:
  • Auto Revuenon 28mm 2.8 MC PK Bayonet ALL metal all manual sharp lens for K01
  • Helios 44-2 58mm F2 Modified fi=or the Nikon F mount.
  • Helios 44-4 58mm F2 lens Reversed front element!
  • Nikon-S 55mm F1.2 Man
  • Pentacon 135mm F2.8 15 Blades Adapted on a lathe to mount on a non optical Nikon adapter.
  • SIGMA 75-210mm F3.5 KIII MF All metal lens aperture controled by body MF
  • Star D New York Tripod The Davidson brothers original Star D Tripod made probably in the sixties in the New York factory later the brothers sold the manufacturing rights to non-other than Leica,finally Leica sold the rights out to a Chinese co. who apparently are still making some models today.One the most sturdy tripods ever made! Fully extended it's 2 mtrs high.