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Monday, 05 June 2023


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I am unfamiliar with the Nikon Z system, but noticing no aperture ring on the lenses is a turn-off. If Fuji did not offer them, I might be tempted due to my prior Nikon satisfaction, but as long as I can have my cake and eat it, I will buy it and enjoy it. YMMV, of course. It is nice to see Nikon coming alive in the mirrorless realm.

I already have the Z 28/2.8 so I have no excuse to get the 26/2.8 but it’s soooo tempting because of its size.

As for 50mm-e for Nikon Z, it would be cool if Nikon made a compact 33mm f/1.7 or f/2.0.

Viltrox makes an AF 33mm f/1.4 in Z mount. It’s almost too much lens (I have the 23mm f/1.4 version, it’s a fine lens optically, but I find I dislike it’s relatively high weight more than I like/need the f/1.4, and I actually hate the aperture ring because it’s so easy to accidentally move).

Sigma’s 30mm f/1.4 is also soon to be available for Z mount, but my experience with it in Canon M mount was “well, it’s better than nothing”.

I also have the 40mm f2 "muffin" Nikkor for Z mount. I enjoy it the most with my bw converted Z6.

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I am a mostly film shooter and love 40mm lenses. I mostly shoot a Leica M2 and have both a Rokkor 40/2 (filed down to bring up 35mm framelines by the previous owner) and the delightful LTM [Leica thread mount, a term for M39 screwmount coined by Marc James Small —Ed.] Rollei 40mm f/2.8 that I have on a 35mm LTM to M converter (same framelines). In my experience, when using the M2 and wearing glasses, what you can see is about 40mm. I also like to carry around a 1972 Olympus 35EC that belonged to my late father. It has a gem of an Olympus 40mm f/2.8. All good at 40 over here.

e-40mm is more or less the Goldilocks lens, just right for the majority of circumstances. I find that my 20mm/1.7 Panasonic prime (e-40 for M 4/3) has been, and remains, the preferred lens for my Micro Four-thirds Olympus Pen-F. Over at VSL, Kirk Tuck is touting e-40 lenses today as well.

I am 100% with you, Mike, on the 35mm field of view. My AF walkabout prior to digital was an N6006 with the beautiful 35mm ƒ/2 AF-Nikkor. What a lens!

I switched to Pentax in the digital era, and I've enjoyed the DA 21mm F/3.2. The 31.5mm-e view is lovely in its own right. I don't miss the extra stop and a half in low-light thanks to modern high ISO, but I do miss the depth of field.

Eons ago, I bought my first Pentax Limited lens. The 40mm 2.8 pancake. Easily the worst lens I've ever had the misfortune of using on any camera.

Mind you, 40mm on APS-C (K10D body) gives you the no mans land 35mm equiv length of 60mm. So it was just as well that it was an optical fail. Ah, the money we've all wasted on this little journey or ours.

Fun fact. Between 1967 and 1984 over TEN MILLION cameras of a particular brand were sold sporting a venerable 40mm f2.8 Tessar style lens and they're now commanding outrageous prices on the enthusiast market because they're almost bullet proof and so much fun to use. I refer , of course, to the Olympus Trip. I repaired Olympus cameras for thirty plus years, and can pull one apart in my sleep. Hahaha, almost- you still have to collimate the lens to infinity upon reassembly. A competent handyperson can repair almost anything that goes wrong with a Trip- the most common fault being a loosening and subsequent disappearance of the main board retaining screws, which inevitably find themselves conveniently caught in the meter magnet assembly. There are enthusiast websites dedicated to both the performance and maintenance of the Trip, but almost all confirm the sharpness of the four element 40mm lens which has a hyperfocal setting to ensure a satisfactory result in almost any conditions. No battery, and utter beautiful, simple design. Long live 40mm Trips! Darn it, I've just added another $25 to an already over-the-TOP price.

"I belatedly learned yesterday that Nikon also has a ~40mm-e "pancake" for its APS-C cameras in the Z System!" In the link you provided, B&H says this lens is for Full Frame, not DX. So, even better, I think.

I'd say the Pentax-DA 21/3.2 is pretty close to a 35mm effective for APS-C. (Really 32mm equivalent.)

[True. I tried one once, and I know people who like it. But for people like me who really prefer lenses a little longer than 35mm, it's close to 35mm in the wrong direction. It all depends on your preferences, is all. --Mike]

> Pentax still doesn't have a 35mm-e prime or something close to it

What about that 21mm f/3.2 of theirs? That’s not much wider than 35mm equivalent. I used to love that lens, and I took some nice photos with it, I think.


I have the Nikon Zfc which is the retro DX camera and like wide angle lenses. There are many choices.
I have the Nikon 28/2.8 - close to 40mm and a nice lens with AF.
I also have a 25/1.8 Meike manual lens which is great with the Zfc in manual B/W mode. Pure retro. It's "feel" is really nice and takes fine photos - much better than expected for the $75 I paid for it!
Being a zoom person, I also ordered the new Nikon 12-28 zoom for the Nikon DX Z cameras. It's similar in range to the Olympus 9-18 I had with my M4/3 Olys and the 10-20 I had with my Nikon D100/200/300s.
Too many choices/temptations.

We enjoy these history lessons. We may have owned some of these lenses years ago, but were never aware of their place in history.

The vast majority of my shots have been taken with 50mm lenses or their equivalent FOV.

I might buy a Z50 or Zfc to replace my elderly D7100 if Nikon produces a 35mm 1.7 to go along with the 24/1.7 they just announced. I see in 50. My EDC is 28/50/90 on my Leica M 240 or 20/35/50 (30/50/75e) on my D7100. Until I can replicate that, the Z's are pretty curiosities for me.

The 26 is just amazing - oh, it's nice, optically - nothing super special there, but competent - but it's makes the Z cameras small again! My Z6 with the 26 is a nimble, casual camera, in a way that any of the S glass or FTZ adapted lenses simply can't match. Sometimes, the form factor wins. I sold the 40 as it wasn't;t terribly small, and compared the the 50 1.8S, not at all interesting, but tiny decent lens, with a wonderful press on lens cap and a great FOV for working up close? So excited.

I just received my Nikon Z DX 12-28 zoom today and it is a very nice gadget with one super feature. We've gotten use to electronic focus but this lens adds electronic zoom. It is smooth, fast (<1/4 turn for full range) and quiet. The lens has internal focus and zoom so it doesn't move at all. Takes nice pictures too!
Sometime back you discussed manuals. The paper manual provided is in tiny print on tissue thin paper and has nothing specific about this lens - just generic to all Nikon Z lenses. Guess I have to download the real manual.

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