Lenses lenses everywhere

Well not quite everywhere, but still...

I've just recently added a couple of zoom lenses to my kit (2nd and 3rd from left), both by Tokina and both found in a charity shop in Horsham! (hopefully on it's way via eBay soon is also a Nikkor 50mm f:1.8 prime)

The main reason I snapped the lenses up is that they're Nikon AI-S F-mount lenses and thus compatible with my Nikon D80, the older lenses I have (3 on right) are Pre/Non-AI lenses which are fine with my well old Nikkormat EL, but not so good for the D80 without being modified first.

The idea of me building up my SLR kit, is partly bringing still photography into the work side of things, for stuff I work on and also projects I'm developing, but also to have a collection of lenses to use with 35mm adapters such as the Letus, which while doesn't quite give you the quality of a set of DigiPrimes or similar, does lend an interesting creative turn to video filming that I intend to explore.

One of the first thing's I've done so far is to compare viewing angles of the lenses, or at least the D80 compatible ones (3 on the left up there), I'm also going to run off a few shots on film with the EL and the same lenses (with the exception of the Nikkor DX), plus the 3 non-AI lenses.

Left to right (and with the samples below, top to bottom), they are:-
  • Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G VR (kit lens)
  • Tokina SZ-X 270 28-70mm f:3.5-4.5
  • Tokina SZ-X 210 70-210mm f:4.0-5.6
For each lens I took two snaps out of my window, one fully wide, one fully tele. (Mouse over for alt text)

Nikkor 18-55 @ 18Nikkor 18-55 at 55
Tokina 28-70 at 28Tokina 28-70 @ 70
Tokina 70-210 @ 70Tokina 70-210 @ 210

So there you have it, 3 lenses' focal lengths compared with dirty, no frills snapshots. Bet you're looking forward to the others now eh? ;)



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