Most of the lenses that I use cost from about £1,500 and to be fair that’s a chunk of money. Recently I’ve started trying to carry a camera with just a 50mm, as I used to do. Yesterday I went on a Gumtree walk to buy an old Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5D, at £69 a bit of a cheapie too.

I’ll be honest I was originally looking for an AI or AIS 50mm to ‘de-click’ for video but I came across this one; I may still pull the clicker out of it though. I had read good things about the lens and it seemed worth a look.

Vlad the volleyball player was selling it, he’d moved on to another macro lens so, after a long walk from Temple Mead on the hottest day of the year the deal was done. Given that no-one seemed to know of any busses traveling to this part of Bristol it was time for the long walk back, with camera and new-old lens. Probably an unfair test but I was walking into the sun which was very harsh. OK so it doesn’t have a ƒ/2.8 or less max aperture but it sits very comfortably and just seems to get the job done.

You can be the judge but I am very pleased indeed.

For the record the shot of the lens was taken with a 50mm ƒ/1.4; I actually prefer the 1.8, it focusses faster but the point is these again are lenses that people now overlook. I was pleased to see that Vlad had a 50mm on his D610 though, he seemed to be enjoying it too.

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