How Many Lenses Have You Owned?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by hayward, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. An earlier thread on how many lenses do you own started me thinking
    about how many I've had. Today I have the Nikon 24 2.8 AF, 35 2.0
    AF, 50 1.8 AF, 70-200 G VR AFS (on order), 300 4.0 AF, and Tamron 90
    2.8 AF and 1.4x SP TC.

    In the past I've owned a Tokina 19-35, Sigma 24 2.8 AF (x3), Sigma
    28 MF, Canon 28 EF, Tamron Adaptall 28 MF, Nikon 28-80 G, Tamron 28-
    200 Super LD, Kiron 28-80 MF, another Nkon 35 2.0 AF, Nikon 35-70
    AF, Canon 50 1.4 EF, Canon 50 1.8, Nikon Series E 50 1.8 (x6), Nikon
    30-60 (for APS), Nikon 85 1.8 AF, JC Penney 135 MF, Nikon 180 2.8
    AF, Vivitar Series E 70-210, Nikon 70-300 AF G, Sigma 70-300 AF,
    Nikon Series E 75-150, Nikon 75-300 AF, Nikon 80-200 2.8, Tamron 100-
    300 AF, Tokina 400 5.6 plus various Kenko extenders, Nikon diopters,
    and the odd filter or two.

    That's approaching 40 lenses. Maybe that's why I'm working on paring
    down to three or four top quality zooms.
  2. Hi John,

    >I'm working on paring down to three or four top quality zooms

    Why? That is a list of pretty good quality optics you have now and have had before. It is highly unlikely that you will get the close focusing, sheer optical quality and easy handling from zooms, certainly not for macro.

    The important thing is that when you want some glass, you have something on hand that will get the effect and quality you want.

    Regards, Ross
  3. I thought John Irving was an American novelist, not a Nikon glass fanatic. ;)
  4. This goes back a long way!<p>Canon FL 58mm f/1.2, Canon FD 50mm f/1.8. There was a Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 that still belongs to my brother. I recall a 70-210mm f/4 third party zoom in FD mount too. I wonder if the family still has it? That's at least 2 lenses in FL/FD mount that have been sold off.<p>Then onto Nikons:<p>24mm f/2.8 AIS (had a scratch on the rear element), 24mm f/2.8 AI (I never should have sold this one). I'm now on my third 24mm f/2.8, an AI version as I like the longer focusing throw.<p>28mm f/2.8 AIS. I hate it when people ship lenses to me without a rear cap. The rear element gets scratched! Otherwise, I'd still have this lens. I now use a 28mm f/3.5 PC Nikkor instead.<p>35mm f/2.8 AIS - the first Nikkor that I ever owned. Sadly, it was really fuzzy and bad.<p>35mm f/2 AIS - actually a very nice lens. I sold it in order to get the f/1.4. I do miss it's compact size.<p>50mm f/1.4 AI, 50mm f/1.8 Series E, 50mm f/1.4 AIS. Yes, I actually cycled through all these in the quest for the perfect 50mm lens. At one point I owned 6 x 50mm lenses. I still have a 50mm f/1.4 AIS (another one), and my original 50mm f/1.8 AI. Yet, I'm still contemplating getting the 45mm f/2.8 AI-P. I have an obsession with 50mm lenses, it seems. I see that John has gone through 6 Series E 50mm lenses, so I'm not alone! Yes, it is probably only a matter of time before I start lusting after an f/1.2 lens. After all, that's what I started photography with (the Canon 58mm f/1.2).<p>I almost forgot the 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor. It was a great lens. I sold it when I got a 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor. Sometimes I wish I'd kept the 55mm - it was great at infinity too.<p>85mm f/2 AIS - gave one away, then had to buy myself another when I missed it.<p>Kiron 135mm f/2.8 close focus, and Vivitar 90mm Micro. They were nice lenses, but I already had the 70-180mm Micro Nikkor.<p>200mm f/3.5 Vivitar. The seller purchased it back in exchange for a 200mm f/4 Nikkor. I used the Nikkor for a while, then the high speed bug caught me, and I sold it in favor of the 180mm f/2.8 ED AIS.<p>Let's see - I count about 16 lenses.<p>Some of these I'm glad to get rid of (the ones with rear element damage, the 35mm f/2.8, and the Vivitar 200 - it focused the wrong way). However, I do miss to varying degrees the rest of them. Now I know why David Hartman always condemns Nikon Liquidation Syndrome (NLS) as evil!
  5. Yikes, you guys really have me beat by a long country mile!

    My Nikkors are: AF 50mm f/1.4D; AF 20-35mm f/2.8D zoom; AF 35-70mm f/2.8D zoom, AF 80-200mm f/2.8D zoom; AF 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6D zoom; AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6D zoom; and, AF 85mm f/1.8D.

    (I got rid of the Tamron 70-300mm after using it on one occasion, before I finished one roll of film)(I gave my 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D to one of my students when I got the 35-70mm f/2.8D).

    So, I have only seven lenses.
  6. I don't remember but I've sold more lenses from other camera systems I owned before switching to Nikon. I don't have many Nikkors and probably won't buy many. I tend to stick with what I absolutely need and consider each purchase carefully.

    I don't really count the couple of Tamron Adaptalls and handful of T-mounts. They fit almost any camera I've owned or am likely to own.
  7. I only got 3 since I dont keep junk.

    20 lenses if you include the junk I don't admit ever buying...but no longer have.
  8. Nikkors and Nikons, about 10.
  9. About 250.
  10. About 3.
  11. 38 that I can remember, over the past 33 years.
  12. Nikon only -
    AIS 20mm f2.8
    AI 25-50mm f4 EXECELLENT lens,
    AIS 105mm f2.5,
    AIS ED 180mm f2.8,
    AIS 80-200mm f4,
    AFD 24-85mm f2.8/4,
    AFD ED 80-200mm f2.8 (two rings),
    AFD 300mm f4.
  13. Too many;starting with what I have in MF.. 16mm F2.8,24mm f2.8,28mm F2(aid'd,35mm F2,50mmm F2,50mm F1.8,55mm F2.8,85mm F2,105MM F2.5 ai'd, ,300 EDIF F4.5.In AF 28-70 Tokina F2.6/8,24-120 F3.5-5.6,70-210 F4 AF,180 F2.8 IFED,85mm F1.8 AFD,50mm F1.8....Sold,Vivitar 90-180,good lens too much weight,35-105 ais,80-200 F4.5,two samples,not so good.300 F4.5 non ED,magnificent build not so good optics.500mm F8 mirror,180 f2.8 ais...Not exactly a lens but I have a Vivitar 2X multiflier which doubles as an extension tube & is of good quality.
  14. Auto Focus:

    Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8, Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5, Nikkor 70-180mm f4.5-5.6 zoom micro, Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 ED two touch, Kenko 3x Pro AF Converter.

    Manual Focus:

    Penling 8mm Circular Fisheye, Zenitar 16mm f2.8 Full frame Fisheye. Cal Zeiss Jena 24mm f2.8 AIS, Vivitar 24mm f2, Vivitar 28mm f1.9 Series-1, Nikkor 28mm f2 AIS, Voigtlander SL 40mm f2 pancake, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AI, Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AIS, Elicar 90mm f2.5 V-HG 1:1 Macro, Hartblei 35mm f2.8 Shift-Tilt w/Olympus W-Con converter to make it 28mm Shift Tilt lens, Nikkor 75-150mm f3.5 Series E lens, Nikkor 500mm f8 Mirror lens. Nikorn TC-16 AF, Nikon TC-200.
  15. Dang, Vivek...

    I can't even do that if I look at all the collectables I've bought and sold over the years. I don't know if I can hit 125...
  16. Nothing to envy about, Joe. I am ashamed to have quite a few lenses taking up space and not seeing any action.

    All my lenses (almost all that is) were bought for actual use, be it a museum piece like the 62mm f/2 UV-Planar or a Spiratone lens.
  17. Gee.. I thought we had alot, but maybe because I seem to try to take most of them with me at one time!

    Pentax: 1 50mm 1.4 for my Spotmatic

    Nikon: 4 AF 18-35, 28-105, 70-300 ED and 80-200 2.8.

    Tamron: 28-105 3.5-5.6

    We have 2 Nikon AF bodies and my husband and I were always both wanting to use the Nikon 28-105, he didn't want to spend more and get another Nikon lens so he got the Tamron. Now we have "discussions" over who's gonna use the *Nikon* 28-105! (My N90s focuses fast with his Tamron, but his N80 hunts like mad with the Tamron).

    If we're shooting at the same time, he prefers the 70-300, and I like the 80-200.

    I'm the only one who uses the 18-35 tho. He hasn't gotten into the whole wideangle scene.

    Next lens? If a good DSLR comes out between the D70 and the D2X/D2H that has a viewfinder I can live with, I'll look into getting the kit lens. Can't spend too much - I'll need a new flash to go with that DSLR....


  18. I only buy Nikkor glass. With the exception of what I've given my son (and then replaced for myself) I still own every lens I've ever bought.

    I've one zoom, the rest are primes.

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