photonut2008

photonut2008

Joined on Dec 24, 2008
About me:

Lost in the weeds at DPR.

photonut2008's current gear

Nikon D500
Nikon D800
Nikon AF Nikkor 105mm f/2D DC
Other than a D850, the best all-around camera, at least in my opinion.
It seems that only at DPR could this camera be underrated.
A charming lens with great bokeh (even when stopped down). Definitely my favorite when it comes to tight shots and shallow DOF
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G
Excellent sunstars and a competent lens when not used at its widest apertures.
A cheap lens in every way, but surprisingly good nonetheless.
It's small and it cost me less than $100. An easy choice for landscape photography on either my D500 or my D800 in DX crop mode.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
At under $200 this is probably the best value lens I've ever owned.
Every DX lens should aspire to be like this one. Small, inexpensive, and competent.
My copy is a bit flawed, but this is the lens I turn to when I'm doing shots that demand the best AF performance and I want a more involved (i.e., closer) perspective.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II
It's a good lens, but I should probably sell it.
My other AF "must-have" lens. It also works well with Nikon's 1.4x teleconverter.
Nikon's 1.4x teleconverter.
Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC / Rokinon 14mm F2.8 IF ED UMC
Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II / Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II
Samyang T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC / Rokinon T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC
I've tried three copies of this lens. Two good ones (including the one I currently use) and one dog. For landscapes it needs a little stopping down, and for architecture/cityscapes it needs its radical distortion corrected.
An excellent value and a good choice for my D500.
It's mostly an f/11 lens. I returned a poor copy but the second one does what I want. What I really like is that at f/11 it stays sharp fully shifted on my D800 and I can apply the tilt and/or shift independent of one another on any axis.
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD
A relatively inexpensive option when I want to zoom in more than 300mm (otherwise the 70-200 and TC-14eII is the better choice).
Optically better than the 50mm NIKKOR lenses I used, it does well at wide apertures and it has image stabilization. It's biggest flaw is its size and weight.
My copy is a little weak at f/1.8 but sharpens up nicely at f/2.2, and works nicely on both my D800 and D500.
Tokina AT-X 14-20mm F2 Pro DX
This lens is great in spite of its size and weight, limited zoom range, occasional CA, distortion, vignetting at wide apertures, sluggish AF, and field curvature. It fits my D500 nicely and I've figured out how to deal with all its quirks, and it's really sharp even wide open across its somewhat limited range of focal lengths.
Other gear:
  • SMC Pentax 67 55mm f/4 with a Mirex T/S F-mount adapter It's an enormous lens for 55mm, with mediocre sharpness, but it delivers decent results even when shifted 15mm on my D800 (which is radical).
  • Tokina AT-X Macro 90mm f/2.5 Smallish by modern standards, this lens has excellent resolution and decent-enough bokeh. It exhibits a hot spot at smaller apertures when used for IR or with the sun in the shot due to the lack of anti-glare coating to cope with the reflection coming from the digital sensor.

photonut2008's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Nikon D850
Venus Laowa 15mm F4.5 Zero-D Shift
Nikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D
Added Feb 9, 2021
Probably the last camera I will ever own. Lenses first though.
Added Dec 22, 2020
So far I've tried two copies and I still haven't found what I'm looking for, but I have great hopes for this lens one day.
Added Dec 3, 2020
When I owned and used this lens on my D300 it was a favorite. I'm looking forward to reuniting with this lens one day.

photonut2008's previous gear

Nikon D70
Nikon D200
Nikon D300
My first DSLR.
My second DSLR.
My third DSLR.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
My fourth DSLR.
I used it on my D300. It's a great lens but I'm happier with the Tokina I now own.
Another lens I used on my D300. My biggest complaint is that I had to choose between shifting and tilting unless the 90° offset from one another happened to be useful (usually that isn't the case).
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Another lens I used on my D300. My biggest complaint is that I had to choose between shifting and tilting unless the 90° offset from one another happened to be useful (usually that isn't the case).
Overpriced given its poor corner performance. I tried two copies before giving up on it.
Too big, and its build quality was bit suspect. Great image quality.