I've got an F100 and am thinking about going back to shooting film once in a while. I bought it used with the old 24-85mm zoom and I would like to upgrade to a better performing lens; I didn't find this lens to be that great a performer.
But I've got a question or two: 1) some of the newer lenses have quite a bit of distortion, easily fixed in digital but not so much in film. Which trans-standard zoom has the least amount of distortion? 2) will I get all the lens adjustment controls on a new G lens on this old body?
Has anybody tried some of the recent lenses like the 28-300mm Nikkor and what were your conclusions?
Tue 23-Oct-12 12:41 AM | edited Tue 23-Oct-12 12:42 AM by ZoneV
>I've got an F100 and am thinking about going back to shooting >film once in a while. I bought it used with the old 24-85mm >zoom and I would like to upgrade to a better performing lens; >I didn't find this lens to be that great a performer.
Assuming you mean zooms and miderately high cost isn't an obstacle: 35-70/2.8, 28-70/2.8, or 24-70/2.8.
>But I've got a question or two: 1) some of the newer lenses >have quite a bit of distortion, easily fixed in digital but >not so much in film. Which trans-standard zoom has the least >amount of distortion?
Probably the 24-70.
2) will I get all the lens adjustment >controls on a new G lens on this old body?
Yes. The D200, D300, and D700 basic controls are based directly on those of the F100. Not much has changed in that respect over the years.
>Has anybody tried some of the recent lenses like the 28-300mm >Nikkor and what were your conclusions?
Not me. I personally go for a fast aperture pro zoom when shooting film, because film has less high ISO flexibility than digital.
The new version of the 24-120mm has a pretty good reputation as well, and it's not too bulky. The fact it is also a VR lens is a plus. I'd be inclined to go to a camera stoer and try a few lenses -- see what feels good to you.
I use a 28-105 on my F100 as my main go to lens. However, I just picked up a couple months ago or so a used 28-200G lens and I have to say is that I like this lens for the additional reach.
I have found the distortion and the addition of the close focusing macro mode (50-105mm range) allowing 1:2 reproduction (sharp center, soft corners but acceptable for most macro save flat field reproduction).
I have no problems with the G lens on the F100.
While the 28-105 and the 28-200 overlap, I don't see myself dropping one in favor of the other, different tools for different uses.
When I shot film, I used the 28-105 on my N80. If/when I finally get an FX DSLR, I'll probably begin using that lens again to avoid having to buy a new normal zoom (my DX normal zoom is the DX16-85, which is no good on FX).
If I didn't already have the 28-105, and I were buying a "walk-around" zoom for film or FX, it would be the newer 24-120 f4 VR. I'd trade my 28-105 for it for the following reasons:
1. VR is nice to have when traveling and shooting inside buildings. 2. The 24mm wide end is noticeably wider than 28mm 3. 120mm is a little longer than 105mm 4. AFS focuses much faster and more accurately than AFD, and tracks motion better
The 28-105 has about the least amount of distortion of any Nikon standard zoom they've ever made, so it has an advantage there. AFS and VR (the only real new lens mechanical technology found in today's lenses) will both work fine on an F100. You can set the aperture on the camera with an F100, so G lenses work fine.
I will echo many of the other opinions here as well. One of my main lenses on my F4 and my F100 was the 28-105mm.
It's compactness, common (at the time) 62mm filter size, and range made it a very desirable lens. I've read that's it's the "Swiss Army Knife" of lenses... and with it's 1:2 Macro, it's easy to see why.
The only knock against this lens is the hood, which more resembles a Sombrero more than something you would attach to a camera
I have hundreds of slides that were shot with this lens. All are crisp and clear with good colour and contrast. You can't go wrong, and should be able to find one reasonably cheap these days.