The best 3 Nikon film lens

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by henry_ting|2, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. If you are only allowed to keep 3 Nikon lens, what ones would you
    prefer ?
  2. Here's the "best" question again.

    What do you want to photograph?
  3. 35/1.4 AIS; 50/1.2 AIS; 85/1.4 AIS

    Speed rules.
  4. I have every focal length from 20mm to 300mm in AI / AIS versions, and many focal lengths replicated in many different aperture speeds.

    I could live quite well with only my 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4 and 105mm f/2.5.
  5. EricM

    EricM Planet Eric

  6. If your photographing landscapes or want depth of field, how does speed rule. I never use f2.8 or even f4. How about the 50mm 1.2?
  7. 24/55/135
  8. 80-200 AFD 2.8, 28-70 AFS 2.8, 35 AI 1.4.
  9. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Moderator

    Didn't we discuss this recently? This guy had a 6mm fisheye, a 2000mm/f11 reflex .... For the 3rd lens, let's go for a 200mm medical.
  10. gib


    AI ---- 20mm f4, 50mm f2, 105mm f2.5
  11. EricM

    EricM Planet Eric

    good catch Shun...
  12. 85mm f/1.4 AIS Nikkor

    85mm f/1.4 AF-D Nikkor

    85mm f/2.8 PC Micro Nikkor
  13. Could the elves - somehow - put a filter in, so that all queries with BEST in them are chunked before they see the time of day?
  14. 24/50/105 - my regular "walking kit". I could live with just a 50/1.4.
  15. OK Shun I rescind my comment directly above, lets say an AI-P 1200-1700 f/5.6-8.
  16. 20-35/2.8
    80-200/2.8 with tripod mount
    300/4 AF-S
  17. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Moderator

    Ok Mike, I agree on your 3rd lens. Let's go with the 6mm fisheye, 2000mm/f11 reflex and 1200-1700mm/f5.6-8.

    As far as banning the word "best" in the subject; people would simply use other subjects. Yeah I agree these threads are not very useful, so we just have some fun with them.
  18. Three out of the four I have. 28-2.8, 50-1.4 105-2.5. I have a 200 mm f4 I could get rid of because it is used so infrequently.
  19. MF or AF?

    (African or European swallow?)
  20. Call me crazy, but I only use two now, as it is: 28mm/f1.4; 85mm/f1.4
  21. 20-35/2.8D, 80-200/2.8 ED (any version), and a 50/1.4D would keep me pretty happy on either autofocus or manual bodies.
  22. After 40 years... I still say the old (what I choose to refer to as) Leica advice regarding "kit" can`t be bettered, namely 35, 50 and 90mm lenses. My own version : ais 35/2.8, 50/1.8 and 105/2.5.
  23. For wildlife photography, I prefer the 6mm fisheye. This makes the hobby more challenging.
  24. 50mm f/1.1 Nocturnal: I want that extra half stop over my 55mm f/1.2 for indoor shots w/out

    Sigma 120-300mm HSM f/2.8: I tried it 2 weeks ago at B&H, and it's awesome... And so is the
    $1899 price. I'd use this for nighttime NASCAR & IRL from the pit lane;

    I'll leave the selection of a lens in the 24 to 35mm range to others.
  25. Hugh Sakols wrote this morning
    If your photographing landscapes or want depth of field, how does speed rule. I never use f2.8 or even f4. How about the 50mm 1.2?

    Hugh, not all lenses at, say, f/4 are equal: You need to look at light gathering ability (as well as other things like vignetting, chromatic aberration, spherical vs aspherical, yada yada yada)

    Specifically, let's look at light gathering ability. For this example we'll compare two 400mm prime lenses of f/2.8 and f/5.6 "aperture" when wide open. Of course, the f/2.8 will be a >10 pound monster, while the f/5.6 will fit in your hand.

    Now, let's set the f/2.8 aperture ring to f/5.6 & the f/5.6 wide open, so that the same amount of light reaches the film plane. [This is also why I put "quotes" around "aperture" above.]

    Because of the extra light gathering ability of the larger lens, the physical aperture blades will have a smaller hole... And this smaller physical hole will yield a larger DOF/shorter hyperfocal distance than what you get with the smaller lens.

    Dan Schwartz
    Cherry Hill, NJ
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  26. Dan, what are you on? f/5.6 is f/5.6.
  27. 20/f2.8 AI, 55/f2.8 AI Micro, and 80-400 VR. Mount any of them on my F100 and then bring me a case of Velvia!
  28. If you nmust litter the page with a bunch of italics and bold, please learn how to do a closing tag
  29. I recently went on a vacation and took my 24/35/105micro. This handled almost all the shots I needed to take.
  30. Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D ED-IF II Autofocus $7,699.95

    Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4D ED-IF II Autofocus $8,999.95

    Telephoto AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D ED-IF II Autofocus $7,199.95

  31. There go the forum police again!

    Shun, Frank and al, if you don't like this kind of thread, why bother? Just get to the
    next, and you'll be fine. No one forces you to read them, let alone reply to them. Live
    and let live, guys.

  32. 35mm f1.4 AIS, 105mm f2.5AI, 180mm f2.8 ED AI
  33. There go the forum police again!
    Shun, . . . No one forces you to read them,. . .

    Actually, that *is* our (unpaid) job. Shun and I are supposed to read all the stuff in the Nikon forum and make sure nobody burns the place down.
    You're welcome to disagree on *how* we do the job . . .
  34. Dan, I really would like clarification of your point. I've understand that, for a given image size and f-stop number, dof is constant. For example, if I'm filling the horizontal frame dimension with a tree trunk three feet across at f/11 with each of the following two lenses, a 50mm lens will yield same dof as a 200mm lens.
  35. 17-35 afs, 28-70, afs, 80-200 afs

    what's wromg with zooms?
  36. Those I already have:

    28/2.8 PC-Nikkor

    50/2 Nikkor

    180/2.8 Nikkor

    I think I've used exactly the same answer often enough to qualify for a hole punched in my Subway sandwich card or a free Krispy Kreme donut.
  37. I would never want to be in a situation where zooms were the only lenses I were allowed to keep. It seems that a few others agree with me.
    Ok, my list:
    • 28/1.4 AF-D (I wish)
    • 50/1.4 AF-D
    • 105/2 DC AF-D or 105/2.8 AF-D Micro
  38. Adrian nailed this one!

    Those three zooms the Nikon 17-35, 28-70 and 80-200 all AFS 2.8 pretty much have you covered. Accept for one 105 macro, zooms are all I have ever used. They're really all one would ever need nowadays....they're THAT good!!
  39. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Moderator

    Unlike Ilkka, I have no problems using all zooms. In fact, it would have been a severe restriction if I were limited to 3 primes. 3 is just some arbitrary number; there is absolutely no reason to limit yourself to 3 lenses of any type. Therefore, I find threads like this purely a waste of time. Ilkka did ask a good question up front: what kind of photo subjects are we talking about here? Without knowning that, any discussion is pointless.

    That is why I feel that this thread is more like a troll.
  40. I agree that this thread is a little troll-like ("If you could have three cars, any cars, which would they be?"), but there is some value. What would you buy if you could only buy a limited set of lenses (limited by expense)? What would you take if you could only carry a few lenses (limited by weight and space)?

    The subject matter is the most important factor affecting this kind of decision, and by avoiding to mention it, the person asking the question shows that he's not serious. But given that participants of this discussion group have different photographic interests, you end up with some idea of what people would have (filtering through the obviously insincere answers).

    Although I agree that zooms are nice for landscape photography, I have a shot which would have been a winner if it weren't for some flare. I had the appropriate prime with me but at -30 deg C, I just took the pics with the zoom and now I'm waiting for the natural phenomina to repeat itself so that I can try it again. This winter it hasn't, so I will try it again next year.
  41. Dan, once again you don't have the slightest clue what you're talking about.
  42. Most assuredly; the 20MM F2.8 AIS, the 28MM F2.8 AIS and the 75-150MM F3.5 Series E! And definately a case of Velvia!!

    Texas Tornado

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