Resurrecting an old friend

March 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The 24mm f/2.8D is the oldest Nikon lens I currently own, purchased in 1993 but it has not seen much use in the digital years, what with high quality zooms and auto focus.  However, this morning, it seemed like the perfect companion for a walk at Colliery Dam.  It only took a moment to set up the non-CPU lens data in the D800E menu and I was good to go.  It did feel awkward at first adjusting the aperture and focus on the lens but my old habits from 20 years ago quickly resurfaced.

I was curious about what the images would look like.  Digital camera like the D800E find all but the best lenses wanting and the 24mm was designed in a film era and not optimized for a digital sensor.  Also, how would the colour and contrast compare to the latest lenses?  As it turns out, not too badly at all thank you very much.

Here are the original pixels from the crop area.

I think the old girl still has it.  

 


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