Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G ( Shot as Full Frame )
The 40mm 2.8G DX is an amazing lens. Its a shame its DX and not Full Frame. But, it can be used on a Full Frame camera with alot of lens vignetting. Color on the film photo has more contrast and more saturation. I left the digital Raw file as is, looks a bit dull but I like it.
I'm not a fan of expired film or the look it gives but my Mom found an old Kodak MAX 400 roll in a box somewhere. I wasn't sure if it had photos on it but the film leader was out. I decided to try and develop a couple frames to see. No photos, the roll was unused!
I then went to the most 1990's place I could think of... Town & Country Mall and took some shots.
Is Kodak MAX 400 just Kodak UltraMax 400? I'm not sure. It just had MAX in big bold letters on the cassette.
Lens Review: A practically perfect Manual focus lens
I've had this lens for about a year now and it's virtually perfect. I mostly use it for film photography and it looks great on my Nikon FM2n. It also works well on my Nikon F80s, and I can even use the aperture ring when it's on my Nikon F6.
Since this is a manual lens, I've found that the best way to use it is to set the zoom to infinity and zone focus. When I want to take a photo, I turn the focus ring in the opposite direction to where the lens is already focused. The focus is smooth and fun to use, but the focus throw is quite long for close-up shots. The lens can focus at a minimum distance of less than 10 inches, which makes it great for close-up shots.
I really love the 40mm focal length, as it feels more natural to me than the tighter 50mm length.
The build quality is impressive, with an all-metal construction that feels premium and substantial. The aperture ring is smooth and clicks into place nicely. The lens is smaller than the Nikon 50mm 1.8D, and that’s saying a lot. (See image below).
This lens has CPU electrical contacts, so it can be used on digital Nikon cameras. I use it with my very old Nikon D70 and it works perfectly, allowing me to use matrix metering and providing a circle indication in the viewfinder when I hit focus.
This is an expensive lens but I think it’s excellent and worth it. Its a retro look & feel and the lens is very sharp!
50mm f1.2 AIs
size comparison to Nikon 50mm lens
Sharp, Fast & Cheap
This Voigtlander 40mm f/2 lens is actually the second version. The first version had a different design and was even smaller. I think about half the size and weight. I originally wanted that one but it was discontinued by Voigtlander when this current one was released.
Film Photo Samples Shot on Kodak Ektar 100
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The lens has CPU electrical contacts and can talk to digital Nikon cameras.
My brother told me of something he saw on social media. Though I wanted to check it out, I forgot about itFortunately, I managed to see it on the last day when my brother drove by and reminded me. It was already 9:30 pm and the event was scheduled to end at 10 pm, so we hurried to get there.
I took some film photos of it, and it was amazing. The sight was like augmented reality, but it was there in from of me, not on a screen. A self-suspended sphere, suspended by cables, with a light inside projecting outward, and the surface of the moon printed on the outside. Although I could discern the lines that made it up, it was still impressive to see.
My brain was confused in a way. I knew it wasn't the actual moon, but my senses suggested otherwise. The illusion was cool, and my brain struggled to make sense of it.
Also walking around it made it even more intriguing.