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    Red tights at the country fair

    Great shot, excellent timing and color
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    Ashley with Seashell

    Wonderful image.
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    Photography Systems

    I use a Leica M system because RF's are great for street work when you don't want to carry a bulky SLR. I have a 21, 35, 50 and 90mm lenses for that I also have a Leica R system which is similar to Nikon film bodies with lenses that have a different rendering and operating style. For this system I have primes in the range of 21 to 800mm. I also have a Minolta, and Pentax cameras and a few lenses, but I never use them. I was given both systems. JCA
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    Sigma TC's Suck!

    A bit OT, but my Sigma 1.4x TC mates quite well with my Sigma 120-300 f2.8 lens. I am quite happy with it. Of course the zoom is supposed to be better than the 300 f2.8 prime. JCA
  5. You should be able to use a Kenko tube which has contacts, although I don't know if it has all of them to transmit the signals. I have the 85 PC-D and it vignettes pretty heavily with extension, especially if you start shifting. The issue you raise is one of the reasons I opted for the D lens instead of the E lens. JCA
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    AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED

    Optically, this is the best lens in my Nikon arsenal. Sharp, fast focusing, well built, and the best BOKEH of any Nikkor I have. I also have a Leica APO 180mm f2 Summicron and it has a far better tripod foot. The Nikkor's just isn't as solid. Fortunately I am either hand holding or using a monopod for the work I do with it, so this isn't as big a flaw for me as others. Despite the foot, its a 5-star lens and worth the money if you are willing to lug it around with you. JCA
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    The PC SUPER-ANGULON or not?

    If you are looking for reviews of this lens. You can look at the "Leica" 28mm PC Super Angulon. They are the same lens with different mounts. JCA
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    Nikon 55mm f/1.2

    It's a decent fast prime, but should be used only in darkness as f1.4, f1.8 or f2 lenses offer better optical performance if light allows the use of these lenses. The lens suffers from coma, especially wide open, and doesn't have a very flat field. The contrast also isn't as nice as more modern optics. As mentioned above, it can be fragile, and it also can't be mounted on an F4. Still, it's fairly cheap for such a fast lens and will get you the shot at f1.2 if you really need it. JCA
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    Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50

    The Zeiss has a nice construction with a feel like the old MF Nikkors. Color and contrast are nice, especially stopped down a bit. The biggest negative is that it can have a weird, harsh BOKEH wide open.
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    Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM

    I've had good luck with my copy of this lens. I have a fairly early S/N of the original incarnation of this lens (no DG coatings, smaller tripod foot). The biggest complaint for me is that the zoom ring is very stiff. Also, be aware that this is a parafocal zoom, which means that the focus will change when you change the focal length, so be sure to zoom then focus as if you zoom after getting focus locked, your image will immediately go out of focus. There is no filter slot, and if you want filters (105mm front thread), you had best order them directly from Sigma as it is a bit tough to find filters of that size. The small foot isn't the best but I have used it effectively with a monopod. I have no issue with the sharpness or BOKEH from my lens, and both are quite nice for me. I also have the 1.4x Sigma Tc which works great and is a really nice 420 f4 lens. The contrast isn't up to the 300 Nikkor primes, but this is a zoom, so it isn't exactly a direct comparison. I have no focus motor issues and the AF works quite well for me on all of my Nikon AF bodies. HSM isn't quite as fast as AFS, but then again, it's a lot of glass to move and focuses fast enough for then field sports I use it for. JCA
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    Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF

    I have the slightly rarer "D" version of this lens that KR goes ga-ga over. I got the lens in 1993 and it has served me well over the years. IQ is decent and the focusing (apparently much improved over the non-D version) is fairly quick for a screwdriver lens. This is a one-touch/push-pull zoom and it suffers from a bit of lens creep when pulled out to 210mm and aimed skyward, but I've seen worse. While it can't offer the same IQ as my 70-200 VR, it does well for its price and is a heck of a lot more portable. JCA
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    Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR

    One of my favorite lenses on DX bodies. Handles well and gives excellent color, BOKEH, and contrast. I tend to use this lens stopped down a bit (f5.6 or so) if I can get away with it. I have also used it at night sports games wide open to get decent pictures (The high ISO was far worse on the IQ than the lens). A few gripes though: VR slows the shutter reaction time enough so that I turn it off most of the time when I can, except for panning where it works wonders. The tripod collar isn't all that great and I really wished the whole thing came off instead of just the foot. On my D700 you can see the vignetting even in the viewfinder as you zoom. Capture NX compensates for this nicely, but still, it doesn't help at all when I shoot film. Lastly, it's a "G" lens and isn't too useful on my older film bodies. JCA
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    Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S

    Great lens, beautiful color and contrast, distortion is fairly well controled and quite resistant to flare. It also handles well. My only gripe is that it is a "G" lens and therefore can't be used on my classic film bodies. JCA
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    AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

    Great lens for portraits, well built and a joy to use. Things I want for a newer version, perhaps some nano-coating and AFS so that I can use this with better effect for indoor sports. Even on an F6 or D2x, I've notice that it is a bit slow to focus for some of my sporting events. JCA
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    Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AF Micro Nikkor

    I have been generally happy with this lens for optical performace in the close focusing range. It has good IQ and a nice flat field. Performance at distance is also quite good although I rarely use it for this application. Draw backs are a cheap feeling plastic barrel, and since it was of the 1st generation AF lenses, (excluding the F3AF lenses) it has a very narrow focusing ring that is a real pain to use when the lens is near infinity. Given that you often MF this lens at close focusing, this can be a problem. AF is by "screwdriver" and it takes forever to focus near to far given the number of turns it takes to cycle from 1:1 to infinity. This lens also has a reputation for oily aperture rings. Thankfully, I have not run into this problem with mine. I bought mine used and the previous owner had machined (scalloped) the focusing ring that is slightly better than the original ring. JCA

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