Lives in Ookay
Works as a unlucky enough to employ photographers
Joined on Aug 16, 2012
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MisterHairy's current gear

Nikon D700
Nikon D810
Nikon Df
The old faithful. Keeps on going and never misses a shot. Had two but we replaced one recently with a Df.
We have now replaced both of our D800Es with a pair of these. Much much better all round.
Bought it for a laugh while in Hong Kong. Still looking for a pair of shoes to go with it. It is an extremely likeable camera though, and when paired with manual lenses, it feels like it gets in the way less than our other cameras. I just wish that it had no metering or AF systems so that the mirror could be fully opaque, and thus allow for a brighter viewfinder with a better screen. Then, it would have 5 stars.
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25
Absolutely love everything about this lens except the weight. It's a brick! The sheer amount of detail that this lens projects onto a high resolution sensor makes for images that you can spend hours reading and still find more each time you return to them. Fringing is still shocking at large apertures, presumably to promote smoother boke but once stopped down a bit, the images are very clean and crisp. Just amazingly so really. This lens is often described as a disappointing bigger brother of the popular 35/2 but it beats that lens (at least mine does) on every objective and subjective quality. An amazing lens.
Not perfect but still very good. Excellent clarity and realism are almost guaranteed with this lens and with a high resolution camera, it rewards the user with images that almost invite the viewer to walk in and interact with.
Really want to love this lens. It reminds me a great deal of a wider version of the ZF 35/1.4 lens but is essentially free of CA at all apertures, unlike the 35. Focusing can be "challenging" at mid distances as the viewfinder image has less "snap" than other wide lenses seem to.
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Not so thrilled with this one. Pretty good for its intended purpose (not surprisingly) but it fails to blow me away at longer focal distances.
Small, light and generally good enough for the Df. Not great below f/8 and suffering from field curvature which will normally spoil corners, it is still a good choice as a travel lens.
About as good as any other fast fifty. Maybe a smidge softer than the new G version but a lot smaller. Interestingly, CA seems better controlled with this lens than the G (1.4 or 1.8 versions) and by f/5.6 or f/8, I think that this lens is pretty convincingly better.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
This is the third one of these that I have had. The first got stolen in China and then I sold the second after hardly using it for a year. The thing is though, there's nothing quite like it and if you need the wide end, this is the only game in town. Field curvature imposes the need for careful focusing but for interior work, which is how I use the wide end, the curvature normally works in one's favour. At 20mm and 24mm and stopped down to f/8, I actually prefer this lens over the Nikkor 20/1.8G and the 24/1.4G primes. It is a very heavy, niche lens though so it still doesn't get used so much. Resolution wise, it is still just about up to the job, even on the D810.
Pretty much the best 200mm lens ever made. And heaviest. Basically free from all optical imperfections. Rather wasted on me as I most often find myself using it as an outdoors portrait lens where all of its optical excellence is not really necessary but when it occasionally gets lugged out for a landscape shoot (not often because of its formidable weight) it is an absolute knockout.
My favourite lens on the D700, I quickly fell out of love with it when I moved to a pair of D800Es. Terribly unreliable AF meant that no matter how good the optics could be, if it couldn't take an in focus image, it was useless. Then came the D810 and so I hoped that AF issues had been ironed out. They had not so back it went. I've been using the new f/1.8 lens since it came out but it just doesn't light my fire so I finally relented and bought yet another 35/1.4G. Glad that I did because this one is excellent. Accurate, reliable AF and excellent sharpness, even wide open. Such a great lens when you get one that works for you.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
A fine, lightweight, sharp and snappy lens. Flatter field than its bigger 1.4 brother and reliable AF make it a very useful lens but the images that it produces just don't do it for me for some reason.
Much to my surprise, this might just be one of Nikon's greatest lenses ever. Shame it's so big but dear god, the images it produces, seemingly with the minimum of effort, are beautiful.
Solid and reliable although I can't help feeling that I preferred the first version. If I am travelling in Asia, I often leave this one at home and take the 80-200 AI-S which is a LOT lighter and is just about good enough for most things.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Funny lens. Gives about 95% of the performance of the f/1.8 lens for three times the cost but with less reliable autofocus.
Bought before the D800Es and kept after finding that it had more reliable AF on those cameras than its 1.4 big brother. This lens has critical sharpness across the frame and is ideal for telephoto landscapes or cityscapes. Awesome value for the money.
Great great lens. Mine is very sharp although it needs very careful zeroing of tilt/swing to be used as a "conventional" lens.
Voigtlander 28mm F2.8 Color Skopar SL II
Voigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron SL II
Small and light which makes it great as a travel lens but field curvature makes for some difficulties getting side to side sharpness even at infinity. The infinity stop is a little off which makes distant focusing a game of guesswork given the relatively small starting aperture.
Actually the N version After initially dismissing this lens, I now have a second copy which is excellent. Much flatter field than the 28 and a good bit sharper. The infinity stop is way off though, which means that extra care must be taken in those final fractions of a degree.
Other gear:
  • Nikkor Zoom Ai-S 80-200mm f/4
  • Nikon Ai-S 20mm f/2.8
  • Nikon Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 Ai-S
  • Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 105mm f/1.8