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Old 04-03-11, 04:13 PM   #51
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I have a Nikkor 1.2 on the way via UPS. Manual focus, of course. Not sure, yet, whether to add a Nikon body to what is becoming a herd, or buy a Novoflex EOSNIK adapter. The combo would be half the cost of a Canon 50/1.2L, and I want to see what all the fuss over Nikkor is all about.

I saw one of those Canon 50/1.1 or 1.0 lenses, pre-owned, at Houston Camera Exchange. "Expensive" is an understatement!

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I'm reading lots of talk about 50mm primes. How about some images? The following were shot with the Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D on a Nikon D80, which uses an APS-C crop sensor like the OP's camera.

First an illustration of the field of view. This image of was shot with me holding the camera's at arm's length. Clearly useless for self portraits.


Here's an illustration of the shallow depth of field possible at F/1.8:


Now some portraits. Day time portrait with context. This is as much background one can fit into the frame at this focal length without being unpractically far from the subject, especially in a crowded environment.


Day time close portrait:


Outdoors group portrait, camera four metres away from subjects:


Night time portrait:


This was shot under very low light under a bridge:


Indoor portrait under window light:


Closeups (This is as "macro" as you can get at this focal length):



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Low light street photography:




Hope that helps.
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Yan, that totally helped! Thank you! It gave me a good idea for you gave me images in different lighting as well as how far the subjects were from the camera.
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Since we are posting photos. Here are some shots from the 35mm 1.8G on a D40. Its a lot sharper than the 50mm 1.8D on a DX camera when shooting at f1.8 - f2.8 and the reason why I never used the 50mm 1.8D much until I went full frame.

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outside in the shade @ f1.8 1/800sec Iso 200


inside Low light.. @ f1.8 1/25 sec iso 1600


outside really low light. @ f1.8 1/13 sec iso 1600


the Bokeh shot. @ f1.8 1/30 iso 200
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I have a Nikkor 1.2 on the way via UPS. Manual focus, of course. Not sure, yet, whether to add a Nikon body to what is becoming a herd, or buy a Novoflex EOSNIK adapter. The combo would be half the cost of a Canon 50/1.2L, and I want to see what all the fuss over Nikkor is all about.

I saw one of those Canon 50/1.1 or 1.0 lenses, pre-owned, at Houston Camera Exchange. "Expensive" is an understatement!

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I'm lovin the Fuss over the classic Nikkor Lenses. Recently all the interest in shooting video has driven interest to the classic Nikkor glass driving the prices up of some of them. I sold a 28mm 2.8 AIS lens for 2x the price I paid for it a year ago. I didn't want to sell it but the guy just had to have it for DSLR Video.
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What's the desire for old lenses about when it comes to video?
Well for SLR video they want a very sharp image corner to corner with no vignetting at any aperture and silent smooth precise manual focus. The new lenses may have the old glass beat on sharpness and no vignetting but the manual focus rings are rough undampened and loose compared to the Classic Nikkor AI and AIS glass. Zeiss has already released a line of Manual focus SLR Video Lenses and I imagine others will follow if the trend continues. Basically they just have to start making really good manual focus lenses again.
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Well for SLR video they want a very sharp image corner to corner with no vignetting at any aperture and silent smooth precise manual focus. The new lenses may have the old glass beat on sharpness and no vignetting but the manual focus rings are rough undampened and loose compared to the Classic Nikkor AI and AIS glass. Zeiss has already released a line of Manual focus SLR Video Lenses and I imagine others will follow if the trend continues. Basically they just have to start making really good manual focus lenses again.
Agreed. Even though video with a DSLR is not important to me, at least not yet, noisy autofocusing lenses would intrude into the video sound, and moreover, when in video mode, at least some DSLRs will not autofocus, if I remember reading the reviews correctly. For me, not shooting video, I thoroughly enjoy the superior feel of the older AI-s lenses' focusing ring, and the heft of a mechanically beautiful piece of equipment, as I focus manually as is so often necessary at night, anyway.

My present cameras are Canons. Canon effectively orphaned its older manual FD lenses in 1987 by introducing the EOS EF system. Converting FD lenses to EOS cameras is quite problematic, whereas Nikkor AI-s lenses are rather easily fitted to Canon EOS cameras with an adapter. Now that I am able to afford a Novoflex adapter, however, I am wondering whether it would be wiser to spend just a bit more for a somewhat older, pre-owned Nikon body, instead.

I apologize for making the thread drift even farther off-course, as Nikkor AI-s lenses will not meter on Ms. Gio's nikon D3100, anyway.

Yan, I love our images! Thanks! The image of the flowers shows what I wanted to show with my wisteria images, but you are an artist; I am a beginner.
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