Just received my first prime lens for the D80-body! Boy, this is a complete reversal of my old Olympus OM1/2-days, where the standard 50mm/f1.8 was the first SLR-lens ever, that I had...
But some things don't change. The package the lens came in, was minuscule
I immediately unpacked it just to be sure, that there really is a lens in
Sooo small! In the days of zooms for everything, this little bugger is even smaller/shorter than my 10.5mm/f2.8 fisheye. When you mount it the D80-body seems HUGE
, dwarfing the little glas at the front. I will call this lens "Sam": "Small and mighty"
For the uninitiated: The Nikon primes are all screw-driven AF
, so no play for D40/x-owners
and they don't come with either a lens-shade
nor a pouch
plus they have some lens-cap for the back that is not screw-on, but push-on
Well, at least you don't have to find on of the three positions, to fit the lens-cap. The front-lens-cap is Nikon-standard 52mm
First thing, I fired up my test-pic on the monitor and shot the cam at it. WHAT!?!?! It focussed and beeped at a totally
unsharp position - couldn't believe my eyes. Tried again, but the D80-AF-system was content with this and didn't budge. So I had to point somewhere else, focus was ok and come back to my test-screen to get the system to focus right. During the test-shots of the screen, I had 3 out of 19 shots that were clearly out-of-focus. So perhaps the crazy pattern on the screen makes the D80-AF dizzy
Will see, how this story continues with real-life shots...
Here are some data from the fact-sheet for this lens:
size: 65x43mm = very
weight: 230g = very
optics: 7 elements in 6 groups = low count is always good
closest focus distance/max. magnification: 0.45m / 1:6.8 (measured 1:6.4)
Well, certainly not a macro, but a Canon 500D close-up lens could bring this baby near 1:3.
Why couldn't they put at least 55mm on it? Or 62mm like my 105mm macro
Now onto the first quick test-shots just to see whether the lens was decentred
and how color-fringing and centre-/corner-sharpness
was wide open. I'll feed you some Siemens-stars later for fuerther investigation of the finer details of this lens.
I just wanted to be sure I had a valid copy of this lens. If you've read my other tests, you know how many zooms have problems with quality control / decentering. But what I had hoped for, seems to be true: the easiest thing to build perfectly are fixed focus lenses (just like my 10.5mm/f2.8 fisheye and the 105mm/f2.8 macro/micro).
Because the challenge is the IQ at f1.4 the first shot you'll see is a at f1.4
followed by a 100% centre-crop and a 100% crop from the lower left corner. My position towards the monitor was not ideally perpendicular, so don't fret over the results in the lower right
Btw: the smallest "dots" on the monitor are 2x2 monitor-pixel wide, the lines in the centre-squares and the lower-left corner are 1 monitor-pixel size.
Now at f2.0
and finally at f8.0
My take on the results so far? I'll keep
Stay tuned for Siemens-stars
and some real-life photos in the next few days!
Oh and btw: the aperture ring
of this lens is of no value at a D80 (unfortunately). Just keep the ap. locked at f16, otherwise the D80 will display an error
I had faint hopes that in aperture priority (a mode that I quite love!) the aperture ring could be functional. That would have been much
better than turning that index-finger wheel.
And don't forget, there's also a user-review from Cr4zYH3aD of the f1.8-variant here