One ping...one ping only... While having The Hunt for Red October on in the background while purusing the Nikonians site ( I have not been online for a few months. What nice changes to the website! ) I have the following questions:
1. If you had one lens and one lens only to use what would it be?
2.If you could have Nikon build you a lens what would the specs be?
The one lens is the 500 F4 AF-S. (my wife and baby would hate me for not choosing the 35-70 F2.8 AF-D)
The lens I could dream about is a 300-600 F4 AF-S of about the same weight and optical characteristics (bokeh?) of the 500 F4 mentioned. (I don't think it is any realistic to ask for a 400-800 F4 AF-S). I would love to put it on a d200 or d2x, but as it is, I use a broken d70 with lots of fun (when there is any light at all).
If I had to take one of the current lenses with me, it'd probably be a 17-55mm, not the best lens out there, but certainly the most versatile on digital, while still having decent close-up abilities and low light abilities. The other choice would probably be either the 28mm f/2.8 AIS with film, or the 85mm f/1.4D, again, with film.
The one lens I think the Nikkor lineup needs right now more than anything is a 50-135 f/2 VR, with the bokeh characteristics of the 70-200 VR... This would be a big heavy lens, but it'd be great!
The other lens I'd like to see, would be a revisit of the 58mm f/1.2 NOCT, with metering on the current bodies... But I doubt this lens would be brought back to the light... This would make a PERFECT portrait lens though... I probably wouldn't take it off my camera.
The last lens I'd like to see updated, would be the 12-24... Maybe with a 10-20 f/2.8 AFS.
Since I only shoot film now, the 28-70/2.8 AFS would be my one lens. As to a dream lens, 10-600/2.8 AFS VR with 77 mm filter threads and weight of 2 pounds or lighter (since it is a dream lens, it doesn't have to be physically possible).
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If I could have Nikon build me a lens it would be similar to Leica's Tri-Elmar. The Tri-Elmar is not a zoom. It has three fixed focal lengths in one lens body and each is as good as an equivilent prime.
My "Tri-Nikkor" would be 28-50-105mm and no slower than f2.8 instead of the Tri-Elmar's 28-35-50mm f4. No need for autofocusing or VR or anything else electronic. It should be all metal with an AI/AIS mount (P if absolutely necessary)and take filters no larger than 62mm.
It would also have to cost no more than half of the $3000 or so that Leica charges for the Tri-Elmar.
Mounted on an FM/FE class body it would make one great travel lens.
1) If I could only have a single lens, it would be the 28-70/2.8. All-in-one, long zoom range, lenses have never appealed to me for the inherent limitations that come with them. I can learn to adjust to only using a single lens. I have done it before.
2) I guess it would be a 70-200/4 AFS VR lens with premium optics and is well built like the Nikon 2.8 zooms that are available. If one was built like the 70-200/2.8, I would pay a premium price for it. I would like access at times to something smaller then the 70-200/2.8.
I agree a fast midrange zoom would be it if I could only carry one lens. About 70-75% of my film photography has been with my 28-80 f2.8 (Tokina). My "light" bag would include that along with my 20mm and 105 macro.
But that was the film era. I would probably pop for the dx version of the 2.8 midrange zoom, but am waiting for Nikon to bring out a VR version of it. Canon just announced an IS mid-range f2.8 for its small-sensor SLRs, so I would expect a Nikon VR mid-range f2.8 before too long.
>1. If you had one lens and one lens only to use what would >it be?
If I were forced to limit myself to only one lens and one 35mm SLR body, I would select one of the following lenses: a. 28-200mm auto focus zoom (select when emphasis is not on quality images) b. 35-70mm f/2.8 auto focus zoom (select when emphasis is on outdoor shooting) c. 35mm f/1.4 moderate wide-angle (select when emphasis is on low-light shooting) d. 50mm f/1.4 auto focus normal (select when emphasis is on low-light shooting) e. A normal macro (select when emphasis is on close-up shooting)
>2.If you could have Nikon build you a lens what would the >specs be?
For a 35mm SLR body, I would have them build either: 1. An auto focus version of their 400mm f/5.6 manual focus lens 2. An auto focus version of their 35mm f/1.4 manual focus lens 3. An updated version of their 28mm f/3.5 perspective control that offered not only a shift feature but also a tilt feature.
2 - dream lens - 50 or 60 afs f1.4 that was sharp at 1.4, maybe some ed glass thrown in. don't care if it has vr or not. a sharp f1.2 would be nice, but the size and cost would increase a good bit. if they tell me no on short afs primes, then a midrange f2 or even f1.4 afs zoom (again, sharp wide open).
I can tell that you take great delight in mentally torturing people. OK I'll bite.
I would be tempted to make the 85mm f/1.4D AF that lens because of its 1.) unmatched portrait ability with its creamy bokeh in shooting sharp images wide open, 2.) great available light ability for use without flash on MOVING targets with good shutter speeds, and 3.) its jaw dropping sharpness, color and contrast when stopped down to its optimum focal length of f/2.8 to f/4!!!!! But if this is going to be ONE LENS then I want the versatility of a great zoom.
The zoom of my choice would be the 70-200mm VR. Its has great imaging qualities and with VR it can shoot relatively stable subjects in low light. It is a fine portrait lens and could cover an equivelant film range from 70mm all the way to 300mm with the D2X....AND the F5. Unlike DX lenses it can shoot on digital and film cameras and you limited us to ONE LENS, not one camera.
For 10 years a 70-210 was my only lens apart from a 50mm (and that one was rarely used).
Though it would be a big step back, I guess the 70-200 VR would be it for me.
Dreamlens would be a 10-600 f/2.8 AF-S VR (if and when it would from then on have to be my only lens), though it would likely be completely impractical to use unless some magic came along to make it light and small enough to handhold down to 1/30 or so.
any size is fullframe for a given definition of frame
Dream lens, the 1200-1700.....To build a lens, a 10-70 AF-S VRII 2.8 but how would you not have distortion with the fisheye front? Realistically though, an 18-400 f1.4 ED-IF AF-S VRII Micro PC W/ tripod collar.
1. 50/1.2 or 35/1.4 (zooms are way too slow to be stuck with indefinitely) 2. 8-800 f1.0 AFS VR PC Macro, with built-in yellow, orange, red, ND and CP filters. Size: Same as 45/2.8P. Price: 100 Air Miles.
Like many it would be the inexpensive 10-400 f2.0 AF-S VRII, but I would add a feature to the AF and VR: AC or automatic composition. It would look at your composition and have a little voice that would say "get that guy's nose out of the background" or "don't even bother with that one...."
1) Pick one lens...the upcoming 50 mm from Zeiss. No, it's not auto focus, but it's a Zeiss 50 mm prime.
2) Hmmm. It's like asking Ferrari to build your dream car and giving them a blank check. Probably Zeiss designed (an built) zoom 12-200mm 2.0 zoom AF that will work with matrix metering of F5. Must have the bokeh and sharpness of Zeiss primes and have some sort of a VR system. Also must weigh less than 3 lb (is that possible?) and have a converter that makes it usable on my Contax G2.
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18-200/f2.8 (or better f2) constant aperture, AF-S, VR, internal focus and zoom, PRO grade, carbon fiber construction for less weight in what would otherwise be a HEAVY lens, good optics. And like others said...make it affordable to us mortals
1)Don'wanna have just one lens...but, if it had to be it would be:
2)Of VariFocal design, able to see in the dark...linked telephatically to my inner child...able to respond to,re-visualize, and faithfully record the images contained therein...not only in real time but also in the imaginary world. It would also have to be in of itself a Photoshop Plug in.
I ran this idea past my wife and she liked it...she also commented that her lens of the same design would require much more memory to operate where as mine could probably get by on a 64K card.
Gotta love it!
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