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

DAVID MANZE's current gear

Nikon D7100
Nikon D750
Pentax K-3
A magic gem of a camera built like a tank!
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D
Nice wide angle lens very sharp stopped down struggles in the extreme corners.
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.
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Decent compact lens, light and very sharp stopped down, doesn't quite get there in the corners.
Tack sharp from F4 on.
Another Nikor gem, only 6 elements in 6 groups but decently sharp wide open and tack sharp beyond
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED-IF II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Slightly decentered, but gives decent results otherwise.
MKI Version. A monster of a lens, 3.8 kilos, super rapid AF. Sharp even wide open, also rare and expensive!
Bought faulty cheaply, VR bugs! Good on APSc till 250mm, very good on FF.
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye
Second copy, poorly centered not comparable to a Nikon kit lens!
Probably the best optical bargain on the planet! Nikon F mount.
At £150 pounds it's a super fisheye, very sharp at F8 and above with tremendous flare resistance! Pentax mount.
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Super sharp from F2.8 from 50-100mm @ 150mm needs F5.6. Great lens! This is the non-stabilised MKII version Pentax mount.
On of the best lens bargains out there, and good sharpness even at 600mm. Very hand-holdable! Even better on Full Frame! Nikon mount.
An all time Giant of sharpness, IMHO nobody produces a sharper zoom lens in the Pentax bayonet mount. Perfectly centered! Pentax 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!
  • Micro Nikor AF 55mm F2.8 lens. NIKON'S SHARPEST EVER LENS!!
  • 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.