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    Best Nikon lens for 35mm adapters?
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    Coffee Member Jay Rodriguez's Avatar
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    Anyone have any advice for me?

    Thanks


     

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    Here's a good resource to get you started.

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/nikkor.htm#mf

    Edit: You might have better luck compensating with light instead of getting the fastest Nikon lens you can find.
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    Thats a big list!

    This is a noob question..but wat does the f stand for? like f/1.4

    i never did quite get that...


     

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    F-stop refers to how much light is allowed to pass through a lens. When you decrease the f-stop it allows more light through the lens, so f1.4 is considered a fast lens because you're letting in more light.

    You lose a couple stops of light with 35 adaptors so most people are looking for faster lenses to compensate for the light loss.
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    How can you tell if a lens is fast or not?

    like wats the highest and lowest f stops?


     

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    Quote Originally Posted by blckhawk542
    Thats a big list!

    This is a noob question..but wat does the f stand for? like f/1.4

    i never did quite get that...

    uhhhh.... no0b plz red independent filmmaking by lenny lipton k thx

    just kidding. but you really should read up on actual "film" making. a fast lens has a wide apeture opening (or a small f-stop number) a fast lens is usually considered around the 1.8-1 f stop range. take a photos class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blckhawk542
    How can you tell if a lens is fast or not?

    like wats the highest and lowest f stops?

    I had this same question too but Barry's book has an incredible explanation regarding it that is full and complete, not to mention easy to understand.
    Before you ask use the DVXUser Search function


     

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    Coffee, I've been playing around a lot with different ones. To tell the truth, what I've found is that the ken rockwell list is useless unless you are buying brand new lens.

    Ken's list is a great detailed list. I've spent a lot of time reading it....but going to the camera store and testing out lenses is an eye opener. I've been looking for a good used 28mm and have found such a huge inconsitency in sharpness often in the same model lens.

    It depends how it was treated and cared for, and I guess if it was made on a monday or a friday.

    Go to the camera store on a slow afternoon, bring your camera and try out every lens until they chase you out.

    It helped me a lot. Until I get some more bucks I'm shooting with a crisp Nikon 50mm 1.8 and a hazy as s*%t 28mm 2.8 (vivatar).

    As a side note, anything ultra wide wouldn't work with my adapter.

    -rook


     

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    You also have to keep in mind that all these lenses were created for still cameras and dslrs. Some work well for 35 adaptors, but they weren't created to be put in front of minidv camcorders.
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    as a slide photographer i can tell you my favorite two nikon lenses; the nikkor 50mm f1.4/1.8 and the nikkor 85mm f1.8. the 85mm is hands down my favorite lens that i own.
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