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    Jul 2004
    Monterey Bay

    Ai and AiS Lenses

    Since I now have a grand total of 2 AiS lenses... i.e. the infamous Nikkor 43-86 f/3.5 and the newly acquired Vivitar Series 1 28-90 f/2.8-3.5. I thought it might be nice to get some discussions going on these old, but still very useful, lenses.

    The 43-86 works ok, but is pretty limited, especially for a DX camera. It may end up being a good portrait lens down the road, but I don't do a lot of portraits. And with a min focal distance of around 1 meter...

    The Vivitar S1 28-90 f/2.8-3.5 (Macro) on the other had seems to be a damn fine lens, and, at first blush, in many categories, better than my AF lenses. In particular color and contrast even wide open (but not into the sun). The Macro capability pretty much focuses down to a couple of inches at 28mm, and I've been very pleased with the images so far.

    Now that I'm getting the hang of manual focus again it's kinda fun, and the first couple of 11 x 14 prints are pretty impressive.

    I'm considering the Vivitar 70-210 f/3.5 Macro at this point. So e-bay here I come.

    What say you Nikonians?
    Last edited by D70FAN; 07-04-2013 at 07:01 PM.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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