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)
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Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Coca-Cola

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

Compare:Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D vs 24-85mm f/2.8-4D

I finally made a little time to do the compare test. But I was a bit rushed and was not really able to swap the 2 lenses to the 2 Camera Bodies. Instead I only had the 85mm f/1.8D Prime on the Nikon D80 and the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D Macro on the D300 body.

All 4 pair of the shots were taken at the Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on Christmas Day. I was really hoping / expecting the place to be way less crowded ūüė¶

Lake
Lake Lake
Aperture f/5.6, ISO 200, Shutter 1/100s

Sunset
Sunset Sunset
Aperture f/5.6, ISO 200, Shutter 1/100s

Holiday Lights
Holiday Lights Holiday Lights
Aperture f/5.6, ISO 400, Shutter 1/100s

Holiday Light Gate
Holiday Light Gate Holiday Light Gate
Aperture f/5.6, ISO 400, Shutter 1/100s

Dec 28th – Not sure I can call it a session, but I did take a few more pix this morning in front of the Apple Store at the Domain. My subject was the “trash can”. This time I did switch the 2 lenses onto the 2 cameras. The pix in the first / left col are taken with the 85mm and the ones in the second / right column are taken with the 24-85mm. The first row is the D80 and the second are the D300.

D80 85mm D80 24-85mm

D300 85mm D300 24-85mm

Aperture f/4 , ISO 200, Shutter 1/200s

D80 85mm Trash Can

D300 85mm D300 24-85mm

Aperture f/5.6 , ISO 200, Shutter 1/100s

On Top of the Trash Can

On Top of the Trash CanOn Top of the Trash Can
On Top of the Trash CanOn Top of the Trash Can
Aperture f/4 , ISO 200, Shutter 1/200s

– manzoor

Nikkor f/1.8D 85mm

I have borrowed my friends 85mm f/1.8D a few times but have never really played with it enough. I have used it on both my D300 and my D80 and while I am sure the D300 images are better, I have not really tried an apples-to-apples comparison.

Since I have been using my Nifty Fifty on my D700 quite heavily, the one thing I have noticed with the 85mm is that I have to stand quite far to get a decent composition. Which is really interesting because when I first started using the 50mm I was having to move closer ;~) Of course that was because before the 50mm I was mostly using the 18-200mm or the 24-85mm or the 24-70mm (much less than the first 2). When ever I use a zoom lens, I always tend to zoom in to get a really tight composition. Using the 50mm and the 35mm forced me to make my composition more wide.
Winter Tree
Nikon D80, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 200
Holiday Lights
Nikon D300, f/4.0, 1/80s, ISO 800
Holiday Lights
Nikon D300, f/8.0, 1/80s, ISO 800
Day of the Dead Skull
Nikon D300, f/4.0, 1/80s, ISO 800
Austin Coffee Mugs
Nikon D300, f/4.0, 1/80s, ISO 800
Portable Turntable??
Nikon D300, f/4.0, 1/60s, ISO 400
Bokeh
Nikon D300, f/4.0, 1/125s, ISO 800
Bookshelf
Nikon D80, f/1.8, 1/8s, ISO 800
Table for 1
Nikon D80, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 800

– manzoor