lenses

The eye

For many people is hard to understand that is this “piece of glass” that do the photo.
Walking on the street, every day you can see the most expensive bodies humiliated by non-glass cheap lenses (really! few lenses have glass aspherical elements), without any focus tag and with “apertures” like glances in the dark.

A luminous lens isn’t important for its widest aperture, but for the best results in average apertures.
Both in sharpness and flare resistance, shadows rendition and absence of every aberration.

The about ten lenses I use currently are the result of years passed to choose, try, change and finally keep the right.
Some are “weird”, most old, some unusual, but all have one own personality (or soul), and are useful for something particular.
Because what it don’t exist on film (or original file)… Is impossible to have in the final print.

Nikon AF 16 mm f2.8 D

Diagonal Fisheye, for new perspectives.
It needs a particular care for the horizon, and no more.

Nikon AF 20 mm f2.8 D

“Light wide”, a gift for FF.
Fantastic lens for exagerate perspectives, one of the best wides ever.

Leica 28 mm f2.8 Elmarit (III)

Old style wide lens, perfect companion for the 50mm.

Leica 35 mm f2 Summicron Asph.

High contrast, well balanced classic lens. A perfect parthner for the mirrorless cameras.

Nikon AI 50 mm f1.8

Little, sharp manual lens.

Nikon AFS 50 mm f1.4 G

With no rivals, with an outstanding bokeh.
A mere update of the old AFD, the linearity and the rendition at AA are strongly enhanced.

Voigtländer 50 mm f1.5 Nokton Asph.

A great Leica M mount lens. The best bokeh ever seen in a 50mm.
For slow photos.

Meyer 100 mm f2.8 Trioplan

A peculiar old lens, born for Exakta cameras. At full aperture the rendition is awesome, closer is a pretty sharp lens.

Nikon AF 105 mm f2 DC

It’s back! (A new one, newer than the former)
An outstanding portrait lens, the only lens I really missed after I sold it.

Nikon AFs 24-70 mm f2.8 G

A bit of flexibility, for street, landscapes and perhaps architecture. A sharp lens with a pleasant bokeh.

Sony Zeiss FE 24-70 mm f4 OSS

A small zoom for the A7, to travel light

Nikon AFs 70-200 mm f4 G VR

The small telezoom, ideal for travelling.

Sigma HSM 120-400 mm f4.5-5.6 OS

A lighter tele lens, for long walks in the nature and for holydays.

And… all the lenses I used, tried, loved (and not)

Zuiko 50 f1.8
Zuiko 135 f3.5
Tamron 60-300 f3.5-5.4
Sigma AF 28-105 f2.8-4 (not)
Sigma AF 70-300 f4-5.6
Sigma AF 18-35 f3.5-4.5
Sigma AF 105 f2.8 macro (not)
Nikon AI 28 f2.8
Nikon AF 50 f1.8 (not)
Sigma AF 50 f2.8 macro (not)
Sigma AF 28-70 f2.8
Nikon AF 24-50 f3.3-4.5
Sigma AFs 70-200 f2.8
Sigma AFs 2X
Tokina AI 17 f3.5
Sigma AF 14 f3.5
Tokina AF 17 f3.5 (not)
Nikon AI 16 f2.8 fisheye
Voigtlander AI 75 f2.5 (one of the best manual lenses)
Nikon TC-14B
Canon AF 16-35 f2.8 (not)
Nikon AF 300 f4
Nikon AIs 24 f2.8
Nikon AI 35 f2
Tokina AF 12-24 f4 (DX) (positive surprise)
Nikon AFD 50 f1.4 (very good portrait lens, renewed with a even better new model)
Nikon AF 105 f2.8 Micro (a classic micro, perfect in its role)
Nikon AFD 180 f2.8 (very good on film, too many aberration on digital) (not)
Nikon AFS 70-200 f2.8 VR (probably born to be a DX lens, decent only for sport) (not)
Nikon AFS TC-20E II
Nikon AF-I 300 f2.8 (great tele, strong personality)
Nikon AFD 105 f2 DC (back, the best lens I ever had)
Nikon AFD 28 f2.8 (one of the best wide prime)
Nikon AFS 70-300 f4.5-5.6 VR (one of the worst tele I had) (not)
Nikon AF 60 f2.8 Micro (great for macro and still life)
Nikon AF 35 f2 (nice small lens)
Sigma HSM 85 f1.4 (great portrait lens, only not the right focal for me)
Nikon AFS 105 f2.8 VR Micro (good macro lens, very good bokeh… a litle CA)
Fuji XF 35 f1.4 (great street lens, no flaws)
Fuji XF 18 f2 (very good for street, ok for landscapes)
Samsung NX 18-55 f3.5-5.6 (below-average lens) (not)
Sigma HSM 500 f4.5 (lighter and smaller than the Nikkor, outstanding quality)
Sigma TC-14x (works great with the 150mm)
Sigma HSM 150 f2.8 Macro (great all-purpose lens for macro, portraits and even landscape)
Nikon AFS 17-35 f2.8 (the best in the “wide world”)
Nikon AFs 24-85 mm f3.5-4.5 G VR (good light zoom)