My spankin new FM3A is naked. I'm new to the Nikon world. I'm a videographer whose last still camera was stolen five years ago while I slept on a plane. I've always enjoyed wide angle lenses and I am looking for something that is worthy of and will last as long as my new camerabody. I was recently in JandR in New York and they had a 24 - 85(???)mm lens, i think it was f2.8, for about $500 that both of the guys behind the counter seemed to think was the bees knees. Now, I'm back in California and can't find it anywhere locally.
I guess my question's are ... does anyone know where I can find this lens ... is it a good one ... and would I be better off getting primes?
#1. "RE: My Body Needs a Lens" | In response to Reply # 0linuxizer Basic MemberMon 11-Feb-02 11:34 PM
The lens is the AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF. You'd be better off than a prime if you plan on using it at 24mm all the time. A 24mm and a 50mm would run you about $400 I believe. Plus the image quality would be better. But not too much better, and the flexibility of a zoom can be useful. If you are truly interested in wide-angle shots (and ONLY wide-angle shots), you might want to consider the 18-35mm Nikkor at about the same price.
B&H has it:
I'm sure Adorama has it too. http://www.adoramacamera.com
#3. "RE: My Body Needs a Lens" | In response to Reply # 0
I don't have a FM3a but like every other Nikonian I've thought about it a lot. A whole lot.
Before my current N70 with three meters and three auto modes I had a simple manual Pentax K1000 with a center-weighted meter. I long for the day when I can afford a manual focus Nikon to replace it.
I would be more inclined to use manual focus fixed focal length lenses on a FM3a instead of variable aperture AF zooms for several reasons. One reason is feel, I've never used an AF lens that was as nice as a MF lens in that regard. Another reason is how I would normally operate the camera. With 60/40 center-weighted metering I would use exposure compensation more often than not. Because I would use exposure compensation more often I would tend to use the camera in full manual and not in aperture priority. Because I would tend to use the camera in manual I wouldn't want to make the additional adjustments to shutter speed and/or aperture needed to compensate for the changing aperture as I zoomed. I don't want the shutter speed changing on me as I'm hunting around metering, I don't want to be pressing or holding any buttons, I want what I set.
I hope that made sense.
I’m not saying I’d never use variable aperture AF zooms, I would because I have a few. Just that I would be more inclined to use a manual focus fixed focal length lens on this type of camera because I would work in a different way then I do when using an AF camera with matrix metering.
#4. "RE: My Body Needs a Lens" | In response to Reply # 0
I tend to agree about using a MF lens with an FM3A.
Why don't You try to find an older Ai-s Nikkor like the 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 ? I think they're pretty decent optically and made of metal (tough).
"Everything is a set of circumstances"
"Wszystko jest zbiegiem okoliczności"
#5. "RE: My Body Needs a Lens" | In response to Reply # 0
my usual advice... go for MF classic primes. You will never be disappointed by performance, and they are so robust that you will not need to buy them new complete with a warranty.
If I was in your shoes, I'd look for AI-s 24/2.8 or 28/2.8, 50/1.4 or 55/2.8 micro, 105/2.5. If you like wides, it could be 20/2.8, 35/2 or 35/1.4, 85/2.
Your camera is a classic MF camera, and owning and using those classic MF Nikkors is part of the pleasure of classic MF photography.