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  1. #1
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    Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    Ok, the combination of GAS and Black Friday hype proved too hot for me to handle and I pulled the trigger on the following vintage prime lenses:

    100mm f2.8 Series E: Nikon Series E lenses -100-135mm focal length

    300mm f4.5 AI-S: http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/ais30045.jpg

    Just wanted to see if any of you own these lenses and can share some insights on their performance and shortcomings. Thanks in advance!


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR



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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    I've still got the 300 f4.5 I bought 30+ years ago, and even though I also own an AF-S 300 f2.8, I'm not getting rid of the 300 f 4.5. Does that say enough?

    WM
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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    @Whiskeyman, that's great to hear. Do you have a preferred range (aperture, shutter speed, etc.) where you feel it performs best? Any other tips on shooting with it?


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR

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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    @480sparky might also be able to offer you additional info. I think he has some of the Series E lenses if I am not mistaken.
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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    @480sparky might also be able to offer you additional info. I think he has some of the Series E lenses if I am not mistaken.

    I just have the 50.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    I just have the 50.
    But do you know anything about either of these lenses?
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  7. #7
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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    But do you know anything about either of these lenses?
    All I know is what I've read & heard: They're good lenses for the price. Certainly not top-shelf glass, but good performers for the dollar.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    Both should give decent results,i used the 300mm for hide feeding station work on film but needed a small ext tube in for close work,you may have to adjust your PP style to get the best.
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    Mike

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  9. #9
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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    @mikew that's my use scenario. I plan to mount the 300mm on a tripod and use it to shoot photos of critters in the backyard.


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    D3300: 18-55 DX VR II, 55-200 DX VR II, 35 f/1.8 DX
    D7100: 200 f/4 Nikkor Q.C Ai'd, 180 f/2.8 P.C Ai'd, 135 f/2.8 Q Ai'd, 105 f/2.5 Ai-s, 100 f/2.8 E, 75-150 f/3.5 E, 55 f/3.5 P.C Micro Ai'd (w/ PK-13), 50 f/1.8 AF, 50 f/1.8 E, 28 f/2.8 Ai-s, 28 f/3.5 H Ai'd, modified TC-16A, 18-55 DX VR, 55-200 DX VR

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    Re: Need input on 100mm and 300mm manual primes

    Quote Originally Posted by gustafson View Post
    @mikew that's my use scenario. I plan to mount the 300mm on a tripod and use it to shoot photos of critters in the backyard.


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    Dont be surprised if you need to put a ext tube in the 300mm didnt focus very close by todays standards
    Mike

    Olympus EM1MK11,Olympus40-150 f2.8 and 1.4 TC, Olympus 60mm macro

    Olympus EM10 MK11,14-42

    Nikon 1 V2,FT-1,10-30mm 30-110mm Viltrox extension tubes














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