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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    But it is in common usage in the Photographic community and has been so for at least thirty years.
    It comes and it goes.
    Hadn't heard or seen it for a while now, and thought it had gone away for good.

    Anyway, it is also common in the photographic community not to use the term incorrectly. From what i've seen the last couple of years, i'd even say most people do indeed not use the term incorrectly.
    And it's never too late for the ones who don't to start using terms properly.

    Next on the list of inpropery used terms is MLU.
    Rarely ever used to describe mirrors that are locked up.
    We'll get rid of that too!

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    from my own experience (and experience of my friends):

    2/24 is bit better than 2.8/24 (not so much, but the images feel different)

    2/28 is better than 2.8/28 (there is a significant difference - not in sharpness, but in overal look and "plasticity")

    1.4/35 is far better than 2/35 (in every respect)

    in the 50mm range there aren't any big differences (and I'm not interested in this focal lenght actually)

    1.8/85 (pre-AI & early_AI) is FAR better than 2/85 (there is really big difference)

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    I'll just say, if shallow DOF is your groove then you might as well look into medium format slrs. There are plenty of inexpensive f/2.8 options in various 645 systems. Generally speaking, for very versatile DOF field control, you'll want to look into larger formats. The OOF transitions will be generally smoother IMHO.
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    20/3.5... the 52mm version
    28/2
    50/1.4
    105/2.5
    80-200/4 or 2.8 (the AF version used manually)
    300/4.5

    All AI or AI-S

    Love em all!

    Best,
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    Last edited by tomkatf; 02-09-2009 at 01:00 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukas_87 View Post

    2/24 is bit better than 2.8/24 (not so much, but the images feel different)
    still the 2.8 is superb and the favorite among my lenses... When was the f/2 made?

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    My three Nikon Ai(S) lenses of choice are the 28 f2.8, 50 f1.4 and the legendary 105 f2.5. This trio do me well and I get great results.
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    24mm for land/city scapes. 85mm for portraits. If you are shooting street scenes a 35mm or possibly a 28mm. 50mm is a standard lens and for the most part I, personally, have moved away from it. Now to move on: Zeiss has come out with a 50mm Sonnar f1.5 which I do have for another system. In B&W it is no less than awesome and the price is high. Therefore for a kit of three lenses if starting out with a Nikon F2HP I would recommend the 24mm f2.8 going down to f2.0 for a landscape or cityscape is normally not necessary as you are out of doors. 85mm f2.0 very good lens. Pair it with a motor drive for those portraits, bargain about $89 more. And, if you are doing B&W and want a 50mm go for the Zeiss Sonnar f1.5.

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    I knew it was a mistake to start reading this thread. I now have a 105/2.5 on the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Petersson View Post
    still the 2.8 is superb and the favorite among my lenses... When was the f/2 made?
    looks like 1977 - there's no non-AI version of 2/24 - it's quite "new" and complicated design - 11 lens in 10 groups compared to 9/9 construction of 2.8/24.
    both Ai and Ais are the same (except for better coating on Ais lens).

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    Your budget and typical subjects will determine which lenses you need. On the low price end there is the 35/2.8 'K', the 50/2 'K' or AI and any of the 135/3.5s. Next would be a 35/2 (all good), 50/1.4 SC or later and a 105/2.5 (all good). After that you have the 35/1.4 (any model), 50/1.2 or 58/1.2 and 105/1.8. I don't like skipping the 28mm focal length but some do. All of the 24m lenses are good. The 28/3.5 AI is very good and not very expensive. Any 55/3.5 Micro Nikkor from the P on is a good value and a good peformer. The 55/2.8 is also excellent but most need service for oil on the blades or stiff focusing. When you get past 105 or 135 I would recommend a 200/4. I actually like the 200/4 QC better than the 200/4 AI. It's longer but still light, sharp and well balanced. There are various versions of the 180/2.8 including the famous ED model. If you must spend more there is always the 200/2. If you can find these basic lenses in good condition or in repairable condition you will have a good start and will be able to handle many different subjects. Anyhting shorter than 24mm or longer than 200mm will be more costly so you have to see whether you need them.

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