Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

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D40, 60mm f/2.8 AF-S, curtains.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI-S IF micro

Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI-S IF micro (AI 1978-'82, AI-S '82-2005)
This sample from the 2000s?





Filter size: 52mm
Close focus distance: 2.34 feet or 0.71 meters. 1:2 maximum reproduction ratio. 19.5 inches working distance.
Aperture range: f/4 - f/32
Aperture blades: 9
Depth of field scale for f/32, IR focusing index.
Design: 9 elements in 6 groups.

Comments: I need to take more photos with this lens. Maybe over the summer I will have time to use it more. It is a big enough lens that I feel very conspicuous using it. Has the the most depth of field isolation of any lens I own currently, despite its modest aperture.

Surprisingly long, but not terribly heavy. Internal focus, so it does not get any longer. Has a built-in hood, although interestingly is is not as nice as the one on the 135mm f/2.8. It waggles a bit as you pull it out, doesn't have the nice felt interior. Supposed to include a removable/rotatable tripod collar, but mine didn't come with one. I am hoping it is the same as one of the 300mm f/4.5 variants (namely the ED IF AI-S variant). It is noticeably more difficult to hand hold compared to the 55mm and 60mm micro lenses (which I hand hold even under less than ideal light), and the 105mm micro (which I can handhold under good light).

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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D40, probably 55mm f/2.8 micro.

Monday, April 18, 2011

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D40, probably 55mm f/2.8 micro.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

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D40, probably 55mm f/2.8 micro

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 AI

Nikon 135mm f/2.8 AI (non-AI 1976-'77, AI '77-81, AI-S '81-2005)





Filter size: 52mm
Close focus distance: 4.5 feet or 1.3 meters (marked)
Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/32
Aperture blades: 7
Depth of field scale for f/ 8, 16, 22, 32, IR focusing index.
Design: 5 elements in 4 groups

Comments: Very nice built-in hood. A nice portrait lens, I am sure, but it doesn't focus close enough for me, so I will stick to the 105mm f/2.8 micro lens.























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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI-S micro

Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI-S micro (1983-present)





Filter size: 52mm
Close focus distance: 1.34 feet or 0.41 meters. 9.5 inch working distance.
Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/32 (gets slower as you focus close)
Aperture blades: 7
Depth of field scale for f/16 and f/32, IR focusing index.
Design: 10 elements in 9 groups

Comments: Has a focus drag screw that does not seem to do anything on my sample. Unlike the 200mm and 55mm, might need a hood. I really should use this lens more, but my sample is a bit of a beater, so the focus ring is somewhat stiff.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-S micro

Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-S micro (1979-present)





Filter size: 52mm
Close focus distance: 9.86 inches or 0.25 meters.
Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/32 (gets slower as you focus close)
Aperture blades: 7
Depth of field scale for f/11, 22, 32, IR focusing index.
Design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Nikon Thousand and One Nights part 1
Nikon Thousand and One Nights part 2

Comments: If I were to only have one lens, I think this would have to be it. Sometimes I could use a longer lens or a faster lens, but I rarely shoot wider than f/2.8 anyway. Has a deeply recessed lens element - will never need a hood.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI-S

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI-S (non-AI 1976-'77, AI '77-81, AI-S '81-present)





Filter size: 52mm
Close focus distance: 1.5 feet or .45 meters (marked)
Aperture range: f/1.4 - f/16
Aperture blades: 7
Depth of field scale for f/5.6, 11, 16, plus IR focusing index.
Design: 7 elements in 6 groups

This is probably my most used lens.  It's a little grotesque at f/1.4, especially the out of focus areas, but at f/2.8 or so this lens is great.  If you are only going to have one lens, this is not a bad choice.

Here's a shot at f/1.4:


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