$1000 for a 15mm AIS Nikkor!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Dallas, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    I see one on KEH for a grand. Looks like a stunner, but is that price
    worth it? Are there any alternatives?
    Dallas, Sep 2, 2004
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  2. See Ken Rockwell's review at <http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/1535.htm>.
    Brief synopsis:
    o it's probably wider than you need or want
    o it's very susceptible to flare
    o sharpness isn't bad.

    He also suggests several alternatives, ranging from Tokina to the
    Nikkor 14mm f/2.8 AF.
    Stephen H. Westin, Sep 2, 2004
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  3. These days, people may be wanting to run it on a D100/d70/Fuji S2,
    where it's not nearly as likely to be wider than you need or want. (I
    had a 17mm before I got a DSLR; I admit that I didn't have any strong
    desire for anything wider until after I got the DSLR.)
    And let's not forget the Sigma 12-24mm.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Sep 2, 2004
  4. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    Thanks Stephen.

    I will investigate the 14mm f/2.8 but I am looking for a rectilinear ultra
    wide angle. Isn't the 14mm a fisheye?

    BTW, I take everything Ken Rockwell says with a big bag of salt. Moreover,
    I don't even visit his site anymore since he started filling it with
    banners and other pop-up shit that lead to porno site and spyware loaders.
    Dallas, Sep 2, 2004
  5. Nope, that would be the AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D. See
    Rackwell claims very little distortion in the 14mm AF lens, and even
    less in the 15mm AI-s.
    Yeah, I meant to warn others that they were heading into pop-up heaven.
    Stephen H. Westin, Sep 2, 2004
  6. Dallas

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Definitely. If you really want better results, and lower cost, get a
    Voigtländer 15 mm (under $350). All you really need then is an old Leica
    body, a low cost Bessa-L body (under $100), or a Bessa-T (under $200). I
    have seen quite a few sample images from using that lens, and it is
    easily the best 15 mm results I have ever seen.

    Check out more information, and pricing at <http://www.cameraquest.com>

    That 15 mm has so much DoF, that see through the lens is not necessary.
    Using a shoe mount finder works quite well with such a wide view.


    Gordon Moat
    A G Studio
    <http://www.allgstudio.com/gallery.html> Updated!
    Gordon Moat, Sep 2, 2004
  7. Dallas

    Annika1980 Guest

    From: Dallas
    You jumped into that cesspool.
    Better learn to swim.

    Too bad you didn't get the 20D with the new 10-22mm lens. Bet you feel pretty
    stupid right now, huh?

    Annika1980, Sep 3, 2004
  8. The hyperfocal distance for 15/3.5 is more than 2 meters. The first test
    photos I took with a 16/3.5 fisheye made it very clear: dof is still an
    Philip Homburg, Sep 3, 2004
  9. Dallas

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Very true, so I should qualify my statement a bit. The Voigtländer 15 mm has
    distance markings on the lens barrel. Very good results can be accomplished by
    guessing the distance, or using an external rangefinder to set the distance by the
    lens scale. That ability to set the distance with a reasonable degree of accuracy
    is what I meant by not needing to look through the lens. In practice, setting the
    distance in that manner can give quite good results.


    Gordon Moat
    A G Studio
    <http://www.allgstudio.com/gallery.html> Updated!
    Gordon Moat, Sep 3, 2004
  10. Still got the F2? Only the Voigtlander 15mm is available in Nikon mount, but
    requires your mirror be locked up. The accessory finder simply replaces your
    prism. See-

    http://www.cameraquest.com/Voigt SL.htm
    Martin Francis, Sep 3, 2004
  11. Or, for a couple hundred more, there's the 12mm f:5.6!
    Stephen H. Westin, Sep 3, 2004
  12. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    I still got the F2. Will never part with it, although I need to find a new
    Dallas, Sep 4, 2004
  13. Dallas

    MXP Guest

    Is the 10-22 mm lens a full frame lens? ....does it cover 24x36mm?
    A true wide angle lens?

    MXP, Sep 6, 2004
  14. Dallas

    EDGY01 Guest

    << I see one on KEH for a grand. Looks like a stunner, but is that price
    worth it? Are there any alternatives?

    Go with the modern 14mm f/2.8 AF-Nikkor. The 15mm is physically larger due to
    being an older design and image wise on a par or less than the 14mm,--which is
    a rectilinear lens. By the way,--$1000 for a 15mm Nikkor is not really that
    big a bargain. You can find them on ebay in mint- condition with filters and
    case for less.

    EDGY01, Sep 7, 2004
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