Eric L. Woods

This Old Lens: Nikon NIKKOR 100mm f/2.8 Series E AIS

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Trying to hijack my mind with activities not directly dealing with current events to try and give myself a measure of peace through distraction for some moments. Here we go.

Recently wrote a piece on the Nikon FG and the 50mm f/1.8 AIS.

Nikon FG

I had previously been infatuated with the FE

Nikon FE

…then F3

Nikon F3

…with more prestigious lenses like the 50mm f/1.4.

Nikon F3

For my third visit to Nikon land I went with the FG. I wanted to see how much I lost by going lower tier. In my opinion I lost little or nothing. As far as lenses go I gladly traded the brighter 50mm f/1.4 for the much smaller and solid performing near pancake Series E 50mm f/1.8.

Nikon FG

The Series E f/1.8 was far better than I expected. When I like a film camera and score a good 50mm lens for it I sometimes follow this up with a good portrait lens. Previously I had gone with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8.

Nikon FE

Great lens and great results. With the 50mm being so good I decided to go for a Series E portrait lens. More specifically the 100mm f/2.8. A pancake 50mm was a surprise. A 100mm lens the size of a typical 50mm was also a surprise. Just like the 50mm this is a good looking lens that pairs perfectly with the small silver and black FG.

Nikon Nikkor 100mm F/2.8 Series E AIS

Result? I love it. Bought from KEH it looks like it just came from the factory. An amazing price at less than $100. Feels very solid in hand and of high quality. And I am a sucker for a lens with a shiny PASSED sticker.

Nikon Nikkor 100mm F/2.8 Series E AIS

None of that matters if it does not provide solid images. Well it does.

Nikon FG/Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E
Nikon FG/Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E
Nikon FG/Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E
Nikon FG/Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E
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Nikon FG/Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E
Nikon FG/Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E

Here is an ongoing gallery.

More than sharp enough. Nice flare control since many shots were taken in broad daylight. Nice contrast. As much as I liked the more expensive 85mm f/1.8 and it’s brighter aperture this lens performs near as well and I prefer the size, weight, and price. I really like this lens and highly recommend it.

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