OK, gang - opinions, please...
What's your favorite (not best - favorite) Nikkor for wide-open available darkness shooting? A Noct-Nikkor? A 85/1.4? A 35/1.4? One of the 50s or 55s?
I was spoiled years back by owning a Leica with a Noctilux 50/1.0, which is long gone. What's decent in the Nikkors? My fastest glass is f/2.
I'm most interested in performance at maximum aperture, in no case stopped down beyond f/2.8. It can be mud at f/8 for all I care.
(I originally posted this over on the Yahoo NikonMF list, and thought I'd put it here to gain a different audience.)
#1. "The light, the heat..." | In response to Reply # 0richardbarron Basic MemberMon 25-Jun-01 06:20 PM
As an affirmed lifelong fast glass addict, I can name a few rarities that make my viewfinder sing.
-24mm f/2.0 Nikkor
-105mm f/1.8 Nikkor
-200mm f/2.0 IF-ED Nikkor
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#2. "RE: The light, the heat..." | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberMon 25-Jun-01 09:26 PM
I fully agree with the above, but would recommend to add the 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor
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#3. "RE: Fast Glass" | In response to Reply # 0
I am using both Nikon and Leica M systems now. My favorite lens for low / no light with the Nikon is the 35mm f/1.4 AIS. It matches the view that I see the world in, (my other favorite is the 35mm on the M6). I choose the 35mm over the 50mm f1.4 because of the hand holdability factor. I can get one more shutterspeed out of the 35 over the 50 before camera shake takes over. Additionally, the apparent DOF will be greater with the 35, which can get pretty narrow with a 50 or longer.
I also have longer fast lenses, (85mm f/1.4, 135mm f/2.0), but if the desire is to work in the dark longer, then the medium wide angle keeps you in the game.
When comparing the AIS 35mm f/1.4 to the AF 28mm f/1.4 the size and weight difference quite pronounced. Part of doing the low light thing without flash is to remain stealthy... here, the old AIS lens wins.
One other thing... when you have to go out into the light and close down the lens, there is no sacrifice with the 35mm f/1.4 closed down to f/5.6 like some nocturnal lenses... it is razor sharp and plenty contrasty.
#4. "RE: Fast Glass" | In response to Reply # 3photobri Basic MemberTue 26-Jun-01 04:49 PM
I just labored over the choice of 50mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4. I am amazed with the 50 1.4 (I bought it!)
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#5. "RE: Fast Glass" | In response to Reply # 4Adesso Basic MemberWed 27-Jun-01 04:04 AM
I'd have to say that my favorite lens, which also happens to be my fastest lens would be my old 50mm f/1.2. While extremely quick, it also brings me back to basics! Always useful.
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