As many of us have the Nikon Acquisition Syndrome, we sometimes purchase new equipment which does work better than some of what is in our kits already, but the question remains, is the improvement absolutely necessary or is it possible to do the job with what we may have already?
Thus, this discussion is to offer our experiences with the utilization of older equipment, demonstrating how well it works, and to discuss our frustrations or shortcomings of the equipment, rationalizing our purchase of better stuff. My first example is in using the Nikkor lens from the mid 1990's, a 28.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-4.5, sharp but with some real performance issues in terms of focus speed and potentially focus accuracy.
D800E, ISO 5600, 1/250 sec, lens at 85mm, f/5.6
Larger version shows acceptable sharpness: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fantinesfotos/24331369233/sizes/o/
The issues with this lens are primarily in the ability to focus quickly, most likely related to the fact it requires the motor in the D800E to drive the focus, much slower than a lens with a servo motor internally. The ability to follow focus in continuous servo is very much handicapped, as it has no real relationship to what is going on and fails miserably in this respect.
But, as one can purchase these for about $50-70 on eBay, what a deal. Huge sharpness for the money. And, this lens has a "macro" function, albeit at the short end....shown here:
D800E, ISO 5000, 1/250 sec, lens at 28mm, f/5.6, focused in macro range
And reasonably share here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/fantinesfotos/24590592989/sizes/o/
If anyone wants to demonstrate older equipment this is where we can do this.... I am anxious to see what some of us have in our kit from the old days.....