Comparing Gears

I have rented / borrowed enough equipment over the years that I have come up with a template for comparing the borrowed / rented gear to something I already own. Even if the gear happens to be NOT in the same league as what I already have got.

Usually it is a new lens or camera that I am trying to “compare”, so I pick a similar lens or camera that I already have as the base.

I had rented the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4¬†recently and though I didn’t exactly take the time to take some comparative shots, if I had the time here is what I probably would have done (or tried to do).

  1. use my 70-200mm f/2.8 as the base, since 105mm is a setting that I can put my lens at
  2. use my D700 as the Camera (since my goal is to compare the “lens”)
  3. find some lowlight scenes to take the comparative shots

– manzoor


Nikon Df with Nikkor 105mm f/1.4

3 day rent starting this Friday.

Will definitely be using / trying the 105mm on my Nikon D700 and also my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G, 24-70mm and 70-200mm on the Nikon Df. Will only have these for the weekend so not a hole lotta time to use all the different combinations but will definitely try to make the most. Will see.

– manzoor

Prime Lenses

I personally own a Prime Lens, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G, but I have borrowed & rented a wide range of them over the years and they are simply the best.

Here are a few samples.

Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 (FX Format)
State Capital

Nikkor 35mm f/2 (FX Format)

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D (FX Format)
Front Door

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G (FX Format)
Fellow Photographers

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D (DX Format)

Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 (FX Format)

– manzoor

Nikon Df

Nikkor 35mm f/2 Manual.


Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G

Nikkor 105mm f/1.4
Flowers and Bokeh

Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR.
Bus Stop.

Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8.
Hot Sauce.

Bookshelf – Low Light.
Book Shelf

Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR.
Bus Stop.

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G VR
Nikon Df with Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G VR

– manzoor