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Thread: Nikon primes.

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    Essential for me, if I have the luxury of many lenses, would be 50mm (or 55mm), 28mm, and 135mm, each on a different body. Next after the essentials would be a 200mm, followed by a 105mm (or maybe an 85mm). Everyone is different, however. I find 28, 50, and 135 to be my most used lenses, but someone else might prefer 24, 50, 105, or any endless number of combinations. Therefore, I would say that the pretty-much universally essential lens is the 50mm f/1.4. It gives you a good standard reference point, plus good speed. My fave is the early F version (pre AI), because I like the characteristics of the older single-coated glass, and also just love the cosmetic design of these lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukas_87 View Post
    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).
    It's a great lens. It's the reason I stayed with the F4 until the F6 came out and skipped the F5 - no matrix metering with AIS lenses on the F5, and I wasn't willing to give up either matrix or the 24/2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perkeleellinen View Post
    I knew it was a mistake to start reading this thread. I now have a 105/2.5 on the way...
    But you won't be disappointed. Waaaaay back, I'd bought the 105/1.8, ('cos I knew it had to be better - it was an 1.8; wasn't it?) Someone suggested I try their 2.5 and that was it. Nearly 30 years later and it's still my favorite lens on all the bodies - FE through F100) There's nothing like it for portraiture. Please don't ask me what it is about this lens - I don't know. It just is!

    Enjoy it!

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    The 105mm f2.5 AIS. If I only had one Nikon lens for 35mm, that would be it. The next on my list would be the 35mm f2.8 PC Shift lens. Between those two you can cover a huge range of images. Of course, I have many more Nikon lenses than that, but I have probably used those two more than any others.

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    I'm having fun trying out the 35mm f2 and the 105 f2.5. I found the lenses used for $30 and $40 respectively in mint condition. So look around, deals are too be had. My kit for walking around
    24mm
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    105 or lower light 85mm f2

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    today I've chance to shoot with Nikon D3x for a while so I put my 2/28 on it to see the results
    it's very nice, sharp, good bokeh.
    a lot better than 1.4/50G with it's longitudal CA and ugly bokeh.
    a really recomended lens.

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    Besides the ones mentioned; I'd cite 55mm Micro-Nikkor 1:3.5 AIS, 200mm Micro-Nikkor 1:4 Pre-AI, 85 mm 1:1.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumalite View Post
    Besides the ones mentioned; I'd cite 55mm Micro-Nikkor 1:3.5 AIS, 200mm Micro-Nikkor 1:4 Pre-AI, 85 mm 1:1.8
    Love your location. Mine, unfortunately is "There and Then"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Rahman View Post
    PhotoJim mentioned that the 50/2.0 AI is the sleeper. I concur but will go further - it is the sharpest of any of the 50 lenses Nikon ever made. And how often do you need the extra stop anyway?

    My choices: 28/2.8 AIS; 50 (any, but 2.0 if you can find one in good condition); 105/2.5. The 105/2.5 is the most incredible lens I have ever had the joy to play with.
    I agree 100%. I have a Nikkor AI 50mm f/2 lens, and I am totally sold on that lens. I also have a Nikkor AIS 105mm f/2.5 lens, and I have to say that it is the BEST portrait lens I've ever owned.

    If you can, you should also look into getting a Nikkor (AI/AIS) ED 180mm f/2.8 lens...An excellent lens for when you want to shoot a portrait, but don't want to get too close to your subject.
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