Monday, October 19, 2020

Keeping The Options Open, Nikkor Ai-S 35mm F2

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Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm F2

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Keeping The Options Open, Nikkor Ai-S 35mm F2

'Up close and cropped, five frames with the Nikon Nikkor AI-S 35mm F2'

I am keeping an option open as to which of the 35mm compact fast wide-angle primes (and a zoom?) I will likely retain as part of my minimalist collection of lenses. First up is the Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 35mm 1:2, which, as my resources mentioned, has been a favorite lens by photojournalists for decades, at least until zoom lenses came into the market, and diminishes manual focus primes to the mantelpiece.

Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm F2

For normal shots, peak performance is said to be from F4 to F11, quite usable below F4 with corners that are not always perfect. Close focus, on the other hand, is outstanding, with great results even from F2, even with the soft corners. For this test, I used the lens mounted on the 2x crop sensor Micro 4/3 ILC, which makes the lens the equivalent of a 70mm prime on a full-frame camera. Images, up close and cropped, are as you see posted here.


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