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Old June 10th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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I have an XHA1 & Letus Extreme. I am currently using a Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI. I'm looking at the following lenses, please let me know if you guys think they would be good additions for commercial video production with the Letus. Also if you have these lenses or similar for sale please let me know!

Nikon 105mm f2.5 (NON-AI)
Nikon 85mm f2.0 AIS
Nikon 24mm f2.0 AI
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Old June 10th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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I'm sure those are great, but I can't say enough about the focus play of a manual Zeiss lens. I think 35mm adapter users are their main customer. For rack focus shots, or just to be able to focus more easily, they can't be beat. Good glass too.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 05:32 AM   #3
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Which exact model Zeiss are you talking about? I have a full set of Nikon primes, but I'm having trouble focusing with the 24mm, and was thinking of going the zeiss route.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #4
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I have the 50 f/1.4 and would love to add the 28 and 85 (currently have those on a Sigma and Nikon). I've also used the 18 f/3.5, which is very nice.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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What I was asking is which model Zeiss lens. For example there are different models-planar, distagon, erc. Is there an internet site that explains the different models?
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #6
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This is what I have: Zeiss | 50mm f/1.4 ZF Manual Focus Lens | 1405-174 | B&H Photo

And these are what I want:

Zeiss | 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Manual Focus Lens | 1405-176 | B&H

Zeiss | Wide Angle 28mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF Manual | 1486-409

And here's the Zeiss product page: Welcome to Carl Zeiss Camera Lenses
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #7
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I just completed my set of Nikkor primes last week. (28/50/85/105 for SGblade)

Let me tell you, a great lens is the Nikkor 28mm F2.8 AIS. Extremely sharp. The 85mm F2.0 AIS you're looking at is a great deal too, I especially like it for interviews. The 105mm and 85mm are pretty close in my opinion, as in you don't get that much closer with the 105. I'd say the 24/28 and the 85 are the first ones to get.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #8
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Thank you guys, as always your input is greatly appreciated. I believe I will start with the 85 & 28 mm lenses. If anybody has or knows of a good deal on the lenses please let me know!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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How do you guys feel about using "non-ai" nikon lenses?
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #10
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Maybe I'm just a little anal but I like my set to match (i.e. AI/AIS, etc) :)

I got an incredible amount of information from Ken Rockwell, I highly recommend you check him out.
Nikon Nikkor Lenses

B&H and Adorama have good prices on used lenses if they're in stock, also check out Keh. I got all mine off ebay. At most of the vendors, the 28mm AIS 2.8 costs about $250-$275 in great condition, the 85mm AIS F2.0 is about $200-$250.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 02:10 PM   #11
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All true, just keep in mind that we're talking about using lenses on the Letus. A full manual Zeiss would not be most people's choice for still work with today's DSLR's. But AF lenses are not that much fun to manual focus (as, of course, you must do with 35mm adapters).
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Old June 13th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #12
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Andrew,
Here's what i've been able buy at fairly good prices:
Older Niikon manual primes-
24mm 2.9- Hard to focus ( unfortunately I sold a 28mm 2.8 that was a really nice lens).
35 mm 2.0- Nice lens!
50mm 1.4- Excellent.
85 mm 1.4- I bought this af/manual lens to use for still portraits and it looks really nice on the letus. very expensive lens-$1000. Beautifull bokeh.
105mm f 1.8- Great classic lens.
135 2.8- Good also.
TC for the 135. Good out side . Turns it into about a 170mm but you lose a couple of stops.

Rob,
Thanks for the info. Boy those wider zeiss distagons are expensive. Where do you find the biggest difference between say nikon manual primes and the Zeiss?
My biggest pronlem I'm having is with the 24mm. With wide lenses outside it's really hard to judge focus, because i can't zoom in close enough to tell. Would the Zeiss wides be easier in that regard? ( I'm having an easier time with the 35mm).

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Old June 13th, 2009, 06:17 AM   #13
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Forgot to mrntion- I bought a used Tokina 28-70 f 2.8 zoom used at bh. It's ok but I'm not crazy about the color. It was about $175.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #14
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Where do you find the biggest difference between say nikon manual primes and the Zeiss?
I don't have any experience with Nikon manual primes.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 06:52 PM   #15
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My lens collection is pretty much complete, although I was thinking of buying an old 300mm lens, then again I was thinking the only possible use for it would be very long distance shots, for example a shot to the road from a tall building or some such... Might be a waste of money.

I would love an ultra-wide lens, but I don't know which one to go for. Any suggestions? My widest at the moment is the Nikon 24mm, but it's not wide enough for some shots.

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