A new (secondhand) adapted lens put to the test (Nikon 20mm f/4 AI)

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by grebeman, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
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    I went for a walk this morning around my local lanes with my GH2 fitted with a Nikon 20mm f/4 AI lens.As with most adapted ex film lenses there is some fall of in resolution at the edges of the frame. However vignetting and distortion are not apparent and the lens would seem to require between 1/3 of a stop and 1 stop overexposure, hence it seems to control highlights very well, perhaps it's inherently less contrasty than the modern digital lenses.

    At the top of the first lane a look to the east towards the still relatively low sun, no flare evident here

    A slight diversion from the footpath across Great Luscombe field to photograph these windblown trees in the hedge

    On towards Furze Cross and Bowden. Despite all appearances this is a tarmaced lane

    Past Bowden Farm and this wooden skull (or is it the complete animal?) appears above a stone wall. (I may not have fully nailed focus with this one)

    Just in case I got lost, although perversely I was taking the fourth, unmarked route

    Nearing home as I pass under my favourite windblown tree

    The orchard barely 100 yards from my cottage

    Not too bad a lens for those of us who like our lenses to have information on the barrel that tells how far away it's focused and be made of good old fashioned brass.

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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    looks like a keeper. Beautiful natural colors, too.
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  3. tdp

    tdp Guest

    I think you and the lens did a great job. The landscape makes me think of Shaun the Sheep (which is a good thing, awesome children's show)
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Nice pickup Barrie and I like the soft colour tonings.
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  5. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    Very nice set of photos, Barrie.
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  6. PapaDee

    PapaDee SC Regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    Springfield, Virginia USA
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    What they said.

    I really like #3.

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  7. Fuddlestack

    Fuddlestack SC Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Alsace, France
    Very interesting... I have a bunch of Nikon kit, including a very nice Tokina f/4 12-24mm. Your pics encourage me to seek an adaptor. Thanks!
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  8. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
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    Gary Ayala
    Good Nikkor images. I had a 20mm f/4 way back in the film only days. Loved that lens. Back then 20mm was considered really wide.
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