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Nikon FM2 needs a forever lens
Old 07-25-2017   #1
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Nikon FM2 needs a forever lens

Hey, my FM2 is sitting unused and it's a shame. This camera is in near mint condition and I like using it. But I was using it with AF 50mm 1.4. I don't like that lens. When I did I side-by-side comparison with Konica AR lens, I much preferred the rendering of the latter. More contrast.

I want to get a good 35mm or 50mm manual lens and leave it on the Nikon. 28mm is not a focal length I enjoy. If you had to pick one good lens, which one would it be? This would be for walking about, street photography etc.

Thanks - really need your help in focusing my selection.
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Old 07-25-2017   #2
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Old 07-25-2017   #3
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Maybe the 50mm f1.4 ais?
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Old 07-25-2017   #4
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Maybe the 50mm f1.4 ais?
That, or the 35/2 AiS.
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Old 07-25-2017   #5
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or the 105mm f/2.5
sounds strange, but that is my recommendation for a one camera one lens one year project.
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Old 07-25-2017   #6
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I have the 50 1.4 S factory AI'd

The e- series 1.8

The 50 f2

The 50 f2 is the best lens.

The lens I used the most is the e-series 50 1.8 because it's so much smaller and almost as good as performance with the f2.

The 1.4s only get pulled out when the 1.4 is needed and possibly for portraits.

Sadly the 1.4 SLR lenses are very poor compared to the real legend that is the 5cm 1.4 rangefinder glass.
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Old 07-25-2017   #7
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or the 105mm f/2.5
sounds strange, but that is my recommendation for a one camera one lens one year project.
I second the 105 f/2.5
Seems long for an everyday lens but its an awesome performer.

Also the 35 f/2.5 E series is amazing as well, if you can find one.
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Old 07-25-2017   #9
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my forever lens on the FM2 was supposed to be the Voigtlander 28mm as it was really small.
another compact lens would be the Voigtlander 40mm f/2, good compromise between 35 and 50.
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Old 07-25-2017   #10
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If you had to pick one good lens, which one would it be?
I would pick a Zeiss 35mm lens.
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Old 07-25-2017   #11
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Old 07-25-2017   #12
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my forever lens on the FM2 was supposed to be the Voigtlander 28mm as it was really small.
another compact lens would be the Voigtlander 40mm f/2, good compromise between 35 and 50.
I have the 50mm f1.8 and recently picked up a Voigtlander 40mm f2 for my F3. I was surprised to see the glass was the same size. I expected the 40mm to be more of a pancake than the 50. Good glass
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Old 07-25-2017   #14
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Old 07-25-2017   #15
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Wow - now I need 3 or 4 one lens(es) :-)

I did not know about the 50mm 1.8s. That looks really good. Thanks.
I remember now, I almost picked up a 105 from ffordes in Scotland. I regret that I didn't.

I truly had forgotten all about the voigtlander for Nikon.
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Old 07-25-2017   #16
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That, or the 35/2 AiS.
Agreed, the 35/2 is an excellent all-rounder although not particularly compact. I prefer it to the 35/1.4 as that's even bigger and with too much distortion.
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Old 07-25-2017   #17
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Another vote for the 40 ultron.
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Old 07-25-2017   #18
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The Voigtlander 40mm is a superb lens.
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Old 07-25-2017   #19
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That, or the 35/2 AiS.
Yes! +3 I recently purchased a 35/2 K from the Leica Shop. Currently my favorite lens and I have some cool ones.
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I have the 50mm f1.8 and recently picked up a Voigtlander 40mm f2 for my F3. I was surprised to see the glass was the same size. I expected the 40mm to be more of a pancake than the 50. Good glass
that is good to hear, have a 50mm 1.8 ai-s and was lusting for the CV 40mm.

had the CV 28mm 2.8 and was smaller than the 28mm 2.8 AI-S but funny thing is that the Pentax MX + 28mm 2.8 M was the same size as FM2 + CV 28mm 2.8, so I sold it and have a 24mm 2.8 AI-S as wide angle for Nikon.

I also sold the 105mm 2.8 AI-S and grabbed a 100mm 2.8 E instead as it was alot smaller.
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The 100 series e would also be a very good match.
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Old 07-25-2017   #22
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55 Micro-Nikkor, 2.8 or 3.5.
I'd agree, as my Micro-Nikkor 55mm 2.8 is the sharpest Nikon lens I've used.
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Old 07-25-2017   #23
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Old 07-25-2017   #24
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I like C-V lenses as much as the next guy, but for me a major part of the appeal of shooting Nikon is the Nikkors.
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35 F2 Nikkor-O.
Crazy good.
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If you dont mind sketchy bokeh, zf 50 1.4 Zeiss. The 1.2 50 is cool, too
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Old 07-25-2017   #28
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50mm 1.2 ais.
Sharper as all hell at f2 and above, with the option for occasional wide-open loveliness/lunacy at 1.2.
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Old 07-25-2017   #29
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Old 07-25-2017   #30
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Hey, my FM2 is sitting unused and it's a shame. This camera is in near mint condition and I like using it. But I was using it with AF 50mm 1.4. I don't like that lens. When I did I side-by-side comparison with Konica AR lens, I much preferred the rendering of the latter. More contrast.

I want to get a good 35mm or 50mm manual lens and leave it on the Nikon. 28mm is not a focal length I enjoy. If you had to pick one good lens, which one would it be? This would be for walking about, street photography etc.

Thanks - really need your help in focusing my selection.
I've sold most of my Nikon gear now. What I kept was the Nikon F plain prism body and the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5. I tend to prefer macro lenses for the kinds of subject I shoot.

If you want a good, fast 35mm lens, you cannot go wrong with the Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S. If you want a fast, standard 50mm, the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI-S would be my choice; if you prefer a macro like I do, the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-S would be the one.

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Summicron-R 50mm II. My FM2 looked like little tank.
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Maybe the 50mm f1.4 ais?
My choice also!
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I would also support the 35mm 2 AIS for a combination of quality and versatility. I also have a 50mm 1.8 AIS, and it is sharp, sharp, sharp, but I have taken some photos with it that have truly jarring bokeh. Mine is a bit of a pancake lens, also, and I prefer a larger focus ring.
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While you said you don't like 28mm glass, I still come back to one of the best Nikkors made, the 28/2.8 AI-S. That version is frankly wonderful, fun, and flexible. Focuses close, sharp, low distortion and fits the era of the FM2 perfectly.

Before I found the AI-S I never liked 28s either. I loved my 25 and all of my 35 felt natural, but I fell in love after a role. And as you never will take it off, I think it's your best bet for an overall all-around great lens.

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The superb CV Ultron 40/2. It's just perfect...I like the SL II version with rubber focus ring best.
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In / around the classical 35,50 FL, have the 50 1.4 AIS, 50 1.8 E, Zeiss ZF 35 f2 and CV Ultron 40mm.

WHile I like the idea of Nikkors on Nikon, and the pop and quality of the Zeiss, I think I would go with the little CV 40. Partly this is because it is closer to an RF in a package - light weight and smaller than most except the Series E, partly because it splits the 35 and 50 but also because with the accessory close focus filter you get that capability too.

Then of course I'd need a 28mm 2.8 AIS and one of the 105 Nikkor legends....
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35 F2 Nikkor-O.
Crazy good.
Very true - my first Nikkor, purchased used in 1977. I AI'd it using the factory kit in the early 80s after I bought my first F3.

How about a 43-86? (Ducks)
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I agree with everyone...
For a zoom I really like the 35-105mm, compact, sharp, even has a micro option.

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The superb CV Ultron 40/2. It's just perfect...I like the SL II version with rubber focus ring best.
Yes. But the first version looks better on my FM2.
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