Is still on. Tomorrow, on the other hand, I will give a hint at sunday`s surprise. Next lens for closer inspection, and to which this blog will pay homage the entire month of february. Tomorrow`s post I will then later replace with my summarized review of the Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AIS. I need a bit of time to type it up. And as to the rest of year in the light of photography, each month will have imagery specially produced with the respective lens, and I will then post my observations and lens overview at the end of it. Next to it, the visual companionship; there will be a sample gallery of work I do with the various lenses, and it will (most likely) not put on display the shots performed in test mode. If something particular noteworthy springs to mind during the month, I will not forget to sprinkle the garden with some less review-ish reflections. Finally, I`ll add a grading system to it all. It will be structured in “optical performance”, and as something new, the system will now enjoy a “play grade” as well. How much fun is it to work with the lens? I miss that a lot when I read discussions and findings in optics.
I think my mojo has returned. I now know how I want to do this. We can ..finally play. Much love to all of you out there.. somewhere.
Anything quick on the 20mm today? It performs marvelously in the range from f/4-f/11, really gets going by f/5.6, having f/16 very usable for those high-light star shots, but with a f/22 setting that should be avoided. All sprinkle to the image has now left the party. There things get a bit fuzzy (key word: diffraction). Otherwise the lens is a sharp performer with a bit of vignetting at the opening aperture – @ f/2.8 sharpness is still plentyful there, but the edges don`t bite (if you want to be a brag). Curiosity may have killed the cat, but light, too much of it, killed sharpness in photography. Remember that when you examine your shots for sharpness.
Of course, both “vignetting effect” and “distorted sharpness” can be stressed into existence, thus become an expression of creative exploration.
“not a thread in sight”
There is a final thing I`d like to add today: If you have any questions on some of the lenses up for review, don`t hesitate to ask. I`ll give an answer if I have one, and otherwise I won`t give off as wise and I`ll just be honest about it. All shots done with the Nikon D3s, in-camera. And for über-nerdy purposes only; “beyond vignetting” had a helping hand from the Nikon Speedlight SB-80dx.