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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 45PC-E

02.15.10 This is one amazing lens and I’m probably the one photographers who owns one. The combination of focal length and design just makes it too far out there for the vast majority of photographers. It is a manual focusing lens with the ability to tilt and shift and while doing so permitting aperture control (that’s what the E stands for). You can use this lens as a standard 45mm manual focus lens but in these days, most are lost without AF. The purpose of the PC-E series is two fold: corrections for doing architecture, straight line photography and extended DOF control. This combination of quality and flexibility puts the price of the 45PC-E up there and out of the reach of most shooters (but you can rent it easily). “Why do you have the 45PC-E?” That’s a really common question and the simple reason is, it’s the corner stone of my Ultra Wide Pano kit. The 45PC-E is a stunning lens for landscape photography. In this role, it’s...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 85PC-E

02.15.10 The 85PC-E is a 2nd version of this lens, the firs being very sharp just not simple to use. No longer is that the case. It is a manual focusing lens with the ability to tilt and shift and while doing so permitting aperture control (that’s what the E stands for). You can use this lens as a standard 85mm manual focus lens but in these days, most are lost without AF. The purpose of the PC-E series is two fold: corrections for doing architecture, straight line photography and extended DOF control. This combination of quality and flexibility puts the price of the 85PC-E up there and out of the reach of most shooters (but you can rent it easily). “Why do you have the 85PC-E?” That’s a really common question and the simple reason is, it’s part of my Ultra Wide Pano kit. The 24PC-E is a stunning lens for landscape photography. The 85PC-E is not so much a landscape lens as it is a macro lens....

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 24PC-E

02.15.10 This is one amazing lens wrapped in a lot of perceived complication. It is a manual focusing lens with the ability to tilt and shift and while doing so permitting aperture control (that’s what the E stands for). You can use this lens as a standard 24mm manual focus lens but in these days, most are lost without AF. The purpose of the PC-E series is two fold: corrections for doing architecture, straight line photography and extended DOF control. This combination of quality and flexibility puts the price of the 24PC-E up there and out of the reach of most shooters (but you can rent it easily). “Why do you have the 24PC-E?” That’s a really common question and the simple reason is, it’s the corner stone of my Ultra Wide Pano kit. The 24PC-E is a stunning lens for landscape photography. In this role, it’s manual focus and tilt capability give you complete control of the DOF and point of focus. Having a 77mm front elements means...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 28f1.4 AF

02.15.10 This is a lens you might not even be aware Nikon made (it’s now discontinued) though it was released in 1994. The 28f1.4 is an “older” AF lens, but because of its original price tag ($1700) and not being a zoom, it pretty much went unnoticed. Few photographers had a need for ultra fast wide angle, still don’t. I have to admit that while I thought it is a sexy lens (it’s a meaty sucker) the price scared me off as well. But then it went nuts on the used market. And now with the 24f1.4, what will happen to its price? It won’t change that fact the 28f1.4 is one freakin sharp lens! I got mine when I started to explore techniques to do star trails with digital. In pursuing that end, the 28f1.4 came back on my radar screen but I was too late, the used price for the lens often is higher than the old, new price. I lucked out, first by having one loaned...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 14-24 AFS

02.15.10 I have been very fortunate to shoot with the 14-24AFS since their announcement with the D3. While I’ve had the most time with the 24-70AFS, it’s the 14-24AFS I have fallen head over heels for. Yeah, that’s not really a technical review or any type of user report comment, but having a 14mm in the arsenal again is like having your cake and eating it too! This is one sweet, versatile lens! It feels so good in the hand, very well balanced and a barrel diameter that easily slips into the palm. The lens barrel is all metal with the scalloped lens shade sounding like the same dense material as the shade on the 24-70AFS. Both the zoom and focusing ring have that stiff, smooth feel Nikon lenses of old were known for. The 14-24AFS is a IF lens, but the massive front element travels back and forth between 14-24mm. When zoomed to 14mm, the front element is extended out all the way to the front of the...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 24-70f2.8 AFS

02.15.10 The is one sharp, solid, workhorse of a lens! I’ve shot with the 24-70AFS the longest and have to admit, it’s not a lens I thought I would end up going nuts over or buying. I was wrong. This is a fine lens delivering the image quality we’ve all come to expect from Nikon glass. The first thing I thought when I picked up the lens was, “it’s much smaller than I thought.” While it’s has a 77mm front element, the lens barrel itself is smaller in diameter than that. It feels really good in the hand; a powerful, stubby, bright, fast lens. The first thing I noticed about the 24-70AFS is it has a much beefier lens shade. I mean, beefed up! You’ll notice that it is much thicker, the density of the shade itself is half again what we’ve been use to. It’s also one deep sucker. If you have a polarizer attached to the lens, you won’t be able to rotate it if the lens...

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