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William Lewis

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Feb 10, 2020
Hayward WI
William Lewis
New to the forum, found it looking for Nikon info because I recently switched from m4/3 to a Nikon D3200 (and probably an F90x just because). Back in film days I mostly did either rangefinders (Kiev & Canon) or SLRs from Canon with the T-90 & A2E remaining my favorite SLRs though I did use an F2 for a short time before giving in to digital. That F2 probably was the big influence that made me search for a cheap enough Nikon rather than Canon DSLR.

I am doing a Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) inspired One Camera/One Lens/One Year project with the D3200 and a 35/1.8 DX though I'll probably end up breaking that project if I do get that F90x & stick my 50/1.8 on it.

Goals: get a set of Series E manual focus primes (I have the 50/1.8 and am fascinated by them) and a DX format wide prime (probably 20/2.8 AF that is MF only on my body but I would still prefer over a zoom even though the 18-55 VRII I have is really quite good).

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Jul 24, 2013
Memphis, TN
Brent
Welcome William. The D3200 has, I've read, sort of a cult following with its excellent sensor and light weight. I like the tonal range in your image. Make yourself at home and hope you enjoy it here.
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
Welcome Aboard!

Feel free to ask any Nikon question you want.

Such as, "Which are the first 20 Nikkor lenses I should pick up?"...

The E-Series 70~150/3.5 Zoom is highly regarded.

These days, many of the Ai and non-Ai Nikkors are going at great prices. Zoom lenses are especially cheap these days. The Nikkor 80~200/4.5 was an $800 lens "in the day". These days: $40.
 

William Lewis

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Feb 10, 2020
Hayward WI
William Lewis
Such as, "Which are the first 20 Nikkor lenses I should pick up?"...
:laugh:

I am kicking myself for selling the pre-ai's I had with the F2 prior to going m4/3 but that's a typical foolishness.

Right now I have a 50/1.8 Series E, 35/1.8 DX, 50/1.8 AF-S G Special Edition & a 18-55 VRII kit lens that is good enough that I'll actually use it rather than get too worked up about the lack of a cheap DX wide angle solution. I am planning to buy a F90x tomorrow (assuming it doesn't sell first & since the F100's & F4's are out of my budget range) I'll have to start looking for AI lenses. Pity the 45/2.8 AI-P is so bleeping expensive since a Nikkor badged Tessar would make me unreasonably happy.
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
Pity the 45/2.8 AI-P is so bleeping expensive since a Nikkor badged Tessar would make me unreasonably happy.
I have the original 45/2.8 GN-Nikkor, "it's good"- but not as good as the Nikkor-H 50/2. The latter was also made in Ai mount... would be great on the F-90x. I still have the N-8008s, which used to be a Digital SLR... a dead DCS-200c. Same finder as the F-90x, 4-AA batteries. a bit smaller and lighter. I had the N-90s in the form of a Kodak DCS-420 "Digital SLR"...
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
35mm: Look for a Nikkor-O or Nikkor-OC that has been "Ai converted", or a Nikkor 35/2 Ai.

Random Ebay Example:


For a 100 range: The Nikkor 105/2.5 Ai version - so many of them, you can usually find a bargain.

Random Ebay Example- but I have bought from this seller, they were very conservative in rating.


And the 28: "In Nikon Land" you are better off getting the 24/2.8, which features close-range-correction. The 28/2.8 did not add this until the Ais series, and it is way too much.

I prefer the older version of this lens, have this version. The one shown here was Ai converted by cutting the aperture ring.


Factory Ai converted:


ALSO on the list to look at: 135/3.5


As far as I know- Nikon's last Sonnar formula F-Mount lens.
 

William Lewis

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Feb 10, 2020
Hayward WI
William Lewis
Thank you! I just hosed this months toy budget (F90x & MB-10 on the way) but that's a list of lenses that will remain helpful. I should have just stuck with Nikon rather than that detour through m4/3 land. Don't get me wrong, they were good cameras and I got some very good images with them. I'm just finding myself reminded how nice Nikon & Nikkor are to work with.
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
I bought an EP2 when they were first out, and had one modified for "full-spectrum". Got a lot of use out of the latter. I keep an E-PL2 for my P&S.

But- there is something about the Nikon. I just pulled out the N8008s to test a 28/2.8 AF-Nikkor first series. Almost 30 years old, all working.
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