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I can second Michael Houghton’s comments about the Nikkor 85/1.8D. Great, imperfect lens. I recently tried to put together a 35mm outfit and realized I didn’t need any new lenses: the 20, 28, and 85 AFD lenses will work quite nicely.
On an APS-C digital camera I fell in love with 50mm lenses for portraits. I use a Nikon f/1.4 AFS, and like it so much for what I use it for (portraits at f/2 to f/5.6) that I have put off moving to full frame. On film, the old chrome 90mm Summicron is pretty fantastic.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2019 on Portrait Photographer? at The Online Photographer
M4/3 should be awesome. It had so much going for it when I picked up a GF3 and the 14 and 45 lenses. And then... Huge bodies. No 10mm lens from anybody. Sensor development essentially paused with bodies costing more than seemed rational. So I’m in APS-C. Probably forever.
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2018 on Northrup vs. Thorpe at The Online Photographer
The Fuji. It has the right prime lenses in the right focal lengths. What else matters? M4/3 still doesn’t have a wide angle primes in several needed focal lengths and some of the available lenses are pretty wonky.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2018 on Weigh In at The Online Photographer
OK, I’ll bite. I bought an F5 this year and I think it’s great. It is the real hipster camera of the moment. I have a bunch of G and VR Nikkors and want to shoot film, including my frozen HIE. My F3 died. What do I do? I buy an F5 and enjoy myself. I have about 7 rolls through the F5 so far and the only disadvantages are 1) it is heavy and 2) it is a bit finicky in loading a cassette. But otherwise it is fabulous. Dragged it around DC for days on a wrist strap, took shots I’m happy with that already have the color filtration applied so I don’t spend forever on the channel mixer in PS. So freeing. And the VF is a thing of beauty/joy forever. Huge and clear and bright. Beats the N80 for actual use hands down, because you can manually focus a wideangle on it. No, I don’t need 8 fps but 4 is quite nice. And MLU to use with the new (excellent) micro-Nikkors! I think people are insane for not snapping these up.
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