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Nikon 100mm f2.8 Series E - Share your pictures
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:32 am    Post subject: Nikon 100mm f2.8 Series E - Share your pictures Reply with quote

There is a thread running currently asking for the best lens between 100 and 150mm for a specified budget.
Now there are plenty of 135mm lenses that will fill the bill, but the best bang for buck might very well be the humble 100/2.8E-Nikon Lens.
These regularly sell for well under $100 and they produce outstanding results.
Here are a couple of mine. We have had our first rains today for months and the air is clean, the bushfire smoke has dissipated and the air is cool.
Some bella donnas:


Nikon D300 f8

Nikon D300 f11

100% crop:



OH


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the later barrel one but I don't use it as I should... Sad

I took this snapshot to my cousin when I received the lens some months ago.
I think it was wide open with a Nikon D80 (no meter with this lens). Missed the focus a bit.



I like the smoothness of the rendering of this lens.
It isn't the sharpest lens around, but I wouldnt call it soft. Wide open the is some smear of fine details, but closed down by just 1 stop it cures it.
The only thing I don't like is the feel of the aperture ring. It's too "plasticy".


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have first or second series?

I have the second series (with chrome ring) but I still prefer its brother 135mm f2.8 E.


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ema90 wrote:
Do you have first or second series?

I have the second series (with chrome ring) but I still prefer its brother 135mm f2.8 E.


First series I think.
This one anyway:


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really love the size of the lens .

Some pictures I recently made with it http://www.flickr.com/photos/emanuelepoggix/tags/nikon100mmf28e/


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to be a very capable lens!


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caspert79 wrote:
Seems to be a very capable lens!

I think the main differences between this 100mm and the Nikkor 105mm f2,5 are focus precision , color , contrast and bokeh.


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ema90 wrote:
caspert79 wrote:
Seems to be a very capable lens!

I think the main differences between this 100mm and the Nikkor 105mm f2,5 are focus precision , color , contrast and bokeh.


So, nothing significant then ............ Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
OH


PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great samples!!


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:
Ema90 wrote:
caspert79 wrote:
Seems to be a very capable lens!

I think the main differences between this 100mm and the Nikkor 105mm f2,5 are focus precision , color , contrast and bokeh.


So, nothing significant then ............ Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
OH

They are probably the same lens but relabeled Smile


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio wrote:
Great samples!!

+1


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Ken Rockwell it should be pretty damn good:

'In direct comparison tests at infinity at f/2.8 this lens was a tiny bit sharper than my 85mm f/2 AI-s, 80-200 AF-S and my AF 105mm f/2.8D micro. So there.'


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how it compares with the very best 100/105mm lens out there, but it is a really fine lens with excellent resolution in the images that I have taken.
It may very well be the best value in lines/mm per dollar spent.
It would be nice to see some more examples of the images that it produces.
OH


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a couple of mine with the 100mm. It can indeed take very sharp images. I would say the difference between it and the 105mm Nikkor are image contrast, not sharpness. Also, if I had to drop one onto a concrete floor ...

Here's a three-frame panorama with the 100mm:



Semi-challenging light conditions:



A close-focus sample:



More samples in this tag set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaeger2/tags/100mmf28e/


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gaeger wrote:
Here are a couple of mine with the 100mm. It can indeed take very sharp images. I would say the difference between it and the 105mm Nikkor are image contrast, not sharpness. Also, if I had to drop one onto a concrete floor ...


Pictures seem pretty contrasty to me though. I'd love to see a side-by-side comparison of the two lenses.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I've made a shot for this thread Wink

At f11 in a cloudy day .



PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice picture, thanks for sharing!


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All really nice results. Looks like a bargain at under $100.

OH, your #1 shot shows some nice pop. Nikkors have always handled the reds well.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any one selling theirs? Laughing


PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you everyone for sharing these images.
Thanks frenched for the compliment - yes they seem to handle reds very well.
Gaeger's second image of the two singing ladies shows other colours well, and the contrast looks spot-on to me.
I have seen these sell for as little as $33, and their is a common sales price of around $70 on Ebay.
A bargain lens indeed.
More images welcome.
OH


PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Port Macquarie Half-Ironman today:

Re-size only - no PP





PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gaeger wrote:
Here are a couple of mine with the 100mm. It can indeed take very sharp images. I would say the difference between it and the 105mm Nikkor are image contrast, not sharpness. Also, if I had to drop one onto a concrete floor ...

Here's a three-frame panorama with the 100mm:



Semi-challenging light conditions:



A close-focus sample:



More samples in this tag set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaeger2/tags/100mmf28e/


Nice panorama, congrats!