Customer Reviews for PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D
Review 1 for PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D
PostedSeptember 22, 2010
Location Northern Virginia
Nikon Family 6-10 years
Experience More than a year
Role Semi-professional photographer
I love this PC-E lens with my D700. I've owned it for over a year and it gives me just what I need. However, I did send it into Service to have the Tilt & Shift knobs co-aligned, instead of at right angles, as for architecture. Now, there is not much space between all the knobs and buttons. With the Tilt & Shift in-line, I get exactly what I need every time. So I am a happy camper.
This is obviously a specialized lens, not something that the casual shooter would consider getting. That said, for some very interesting in-camera effects the tilt and shift become quite interesting. It is a bit of a pain to work with - having to open the aperture in order to focus, then stop down to take the shot. Add to this the need to take either handheld meter readings with an external light meter or use manual mode in the camera and take the reading with the lens in zero position (i.e. - no tilt or shift) and you see that this is a lens that absolutely requires the use of a tripod. That said, though, it can do things not possible without a lot of post-processing - by tilting the lens appropriately you can keep the surface of a stamp or flower, say, that is not perpendicular to the CCD and not have to use f45 with the requisite ISO 12800 or huge lights. I use the 105MM f2.8 VR when I'm in botanical gardens or places where a tripod would be cumbersome (or not allowed), but if I am in a situation where the tripod and lengthier time to compose the shot is not an issue, the 85 PC comes out.
I don't know why it took me this long to get this lens!! I don't know how I ever survived without it!! This lens practically turned my D3 into a View Camera. This lens is my number one lens in the studio for Table Top Product Photography.