Day 1 - Sweet Nikkor Tool Kit

My Best Lens, Sweet Nikkor Tool Kit
lens used for image above - AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 D - 1/100 second - f/5.6 - 100 ISO


Here we see six of Nikon's "Nikkor" lenses. (left to right) The 400mm f/3.5, 300mm f/2.8, 200mm f/2.0, 180mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2.0 "DC" and the 85mm f/2.8 "PC".

Although expensive, when used right all of these lenses will create outstanding images. The 180mm & 135mm lenses are auto-focus. The 85mm is only offered in manual focus. The other 3 lenses are manual focus, however they are nowadays all made only as autofocus lenses.

With the speed and superior optics of these lenses above they are some of my very best. They're all great for portraits; good color, very sharp, nice contrast, shallow depth-of-field (DOF) and good to great bokeh (depending on the lens, F-Stop and subject matter).

The 400mm f/3.5 lens, although not the fastest 400mm Nikon makes, is great for those on a budget needing a fast long lens. At f/3.5 it's less than a stop slower than the 400mm f/2.8.

The 300mm f/2.8 lens is legendary, and for good reason. It's very sharp, even wide open, fast and gives a good amount of reach.

The 200mm f/2.0 lens is not as common as the 300mm f/2.8 but is a great choice when 300mm is to long for your needs or space.

The 180mm f/2.8 lens is often overlooked, but it is, in my opinion, one of the best buys for the money of all Nikkor lenses. Here I show my earlier version, which I use to this day. I have the newer version, still in the box, just in case they stop making them and this one breaks. I have the AI-s manual version as well. it should be a legendary lens!

The 135mm f/2.0 DC is a unique lens. Defocus (DC) allows for tweaking the background or foreground Bokeh. Nikon also makes a 105mm f/2.0 DC lens.

The 85mm f/2.8 PC is another unique lens. This lens allows for tilting and shifting, much like a view camera, which allows for images only possible with such a lens. Nikon makes a 19mm, 24mm, 45mm and the 85mm in the "PC" type lens. Of these, the 85mm is best suited for portraiture.

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