Nikon Lenses: Sharp and Soft
- September 10, 2009
- Shane Hurlbut, ASC
I love lenses and examining the subtle differences with each one so I am confident in the resulting image.
Nikon lenses are sharp with a little softer contrast than the Zeiss lenses. The older A lenses are nice because they have a wider focus barrel which makes it easier to mount your Zacuta zip focus gears or Red Rock Micro focus rings. 32 pitch focus rings for the still lenses are made by both Zacuta and Red Rock Micro and the choice is one of personal preference.
Be wary of the Nikon AI lenses because it is difficult to mount any gear system to the lens which makes it very tricky for your focus puller.
The 28mm is an amazing lens. It has low distortion and focuses to 18 inches. The old Nikon glass is exceptional. Great contrast, very sharp. The Nikon zooms are much sharper than the Canon’s. Sharpness is your friend with HD because it gives you the 3 dimensional quality of film. By using the 65mm depth of field that you get with the 5D Mark II camera you are able to pull your subject out of the background.
What have you noticed with the different Nikon lenses? Which one is your favorite and what makes it your number one choice? I will share your experiences with the other blog readers and the film community, so please leave comments.