Why Stock Photos?
The short answer is that we use stock photos on some listings to save us time and to save you money. The longer answer is that we love to take photos of each and every lens, camera, and accessory, but doing so takes a lot of time and makes it difficult to get everything listed. So, we decided to compromise: take gorgeous photos of some things and charge a little more for them, and use stock photos for other items and charge a little less for those, all else equal.
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Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF
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The Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF
If you saw this and went "NO WAY!" you’re in the right place. If you stumbled here while looking for a wide angle lens for vacation, this isn’t it. Move along, nothing to see here.
This is one of the few classic lenses that we stock as specialty items. It is widely regarded as one of the sharpest wide-angle, wide-aperture prime lenses ever made. There were only 7,333 units made and probably less than half of those are still in excellent condition (as this one is, it was purchased from a collection). Each of these units was comprised of precision molded hand-ground glass, hand assembled with layers of super multi-coating. It is nearly as sharp at f/1.4 as stopped down, and probably reaches maximum sharpness by f/2.0.
These days, because of its expense, it is often used for specialty shots: astrophotography and Aurora photography, video special effects shot on an adapter, etc. It does autofocus on D300 and up bodies, but many people are using it as a manual focus lens for video work.
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