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May 18, 2018 07:25:08   #
f8lee (a regular here)
 
Obviously the best Nikkor lens ever was their amazing 6MM fisheye with a 220 degree angle of view - it sees behind the camera! Quite the piece of glass with which to impress your friends and the ladies!

https://petapixel.com/2012/05/08/160000-nikkor-6mm-fisheye-in-action-on-a-nikon-d800/

Too bad they're not making it any longer...

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May 18, 2018 07:30:11   #
Jerry G
 
rmacilroy wrote:
i want to find the best of the best. past and present what do you thin.


The ones I own.

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May 18, 2018 07:49:03   #
jsmangis
 
My two favorites are my AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f1:2.8G ED, and my old Nikkor 50mm f1:1.4 Ais

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May 18, 2018 08:24:21   #
JonClayton
 
As a former photojournalist (1972 to 1982) the best lenses in my bag were 28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and a 80-200 push-pull zoom used on an Photomic F and an ancient non-metered Nikkormat with a potato masher flash. The 2 lenses that rarely left my camera were the 28mm and the 85mm as they gave the views for the subject matter my editors expected, i.e. close-ups with lots of depth of field and lots of detail in the background, and "head-shots" with good modeling. The zoom was used for all of the sports that I covered with and without the flash. I started with small-town newspaper and moved on up to the regional papers but the editors that I worked with considered photographers as a necessary evil and did not want the photos to overshadow the text.

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May 18, 2018 08:56:40   #
Festus
 
rmacilroy wrote:
i want to find the best of the best. past and present what do you thin.


If you are looking for image quality or sharpness look at the 105mm F/1.4, 200mm Micro F/4, or the 200mm F/2

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May 18, 2018 09:39:29   #
camerapapi (a regular here)
 
The best is what you could be using right now. In general, the best and sharpest lens will not always render sharp subjects. Sharpness is something where the photographer plays a bigger role than the lens.
Nikon has manufactured excellent optics over the years. If what you are looking for and you did not say a word about what type of lens you want or what do you want it to do, is a 50mm lens any of the lenses in that focal length made by Nikon can do an excellent job. I do very well with a 50mm f1.4 S, single coated lens of the early 70's. I like the 50mm f1.8 but I had this one and I had it converted to AI to use it with my digital cameras.
Their 35mm f1.8 has excellent quality. Their 70-210 f4-5.6 D is very nice and the 105mm f2.5 is a legendary short tele that has been a fantastic lens for portraits.
Buy what you need, old or new and just remember that if you do your part the lens will not disappoint you.

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May 18, 2018 10:05:25   #
wingclui44
 
rmacilroy wrote:
i want to find the best of the best. past and present what do you thin.


The one you use the most and serves you good is the best!

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May 18, 2018 10:17:56   #
f8lee (a regular here)
 
wingclui44 wrote:
The one you use the most and serves you good is the best!


No, no, no! The one that impresses the most people is obviously the best, and what better than a rare awesome lens that costs in the 6 figures?

Use your cell phone to take pictures - cameras are the new jewelry (just walk into any Leica store).

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May 18, 2018 10:44:46   #
RolandDieter
 
By default, the best lens is always the one you have with you. Or conversely, it is the one you should have brought.

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May 18, 2018 11:31:49   #
wingclui44
 
f8lee wrote:
No, no, no! The one that impresses the most people is obviously the best, and what better than a rare awesome lens that costs in the 6 figures?

Use your cell phone to take pictures - cameras are the new jewelry (just walk into any Leica store).


I don't use cell phone camera and I don't own one, I use a simple flip phone only! A lens that costs in 6 figures is not necessary your best lens, if you don't use it!

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May 18, 2018 11:37:08   #
rmacilroy
 
thank you all for some great advice.

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May 18, 2018 12:39:24   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
rmacilroy wrote:
i want to find the best of the best. past and present what do you thin.


Hard to say but the 100mm original Nikkor has always been very highly regarded and the old 50mm micro Nikkor also has a stellar reputation

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May 18, 2018 13:03:00   #
henryp
 
whwiden wrote:
105mm f/2.5 should be on the list. An old manual lens. I think it was used to take the famous Afghan girl portrait.

While I probably used my 28/2.8 for more images, IMO the 105/2.5 is the finest lens Nikon has ever made and superior to almost any other 35mm lens from any brand.

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May 18, 2018 13:11:59   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
rmacilroy wrote:
i want to find the best of the best. past and present what do you thin.


If I were you, I would go to the Ken Rockwell site and look around at Nikon stuff - somewhere on his site he will tell you what he thinks are the BEST - he is a LONG time respected Nikon guru......

As for me, I can HIGHLY recommend the 300mm f4.5 ED IF especially on a Sony - and with the recent reviews I have seen for the 55 2.8 and 3.5 micro AIS - I could also recommend them.

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May 18, 2018 13:51:15   #
rmacilroy
 
had trouble trying to remove the 35 mm nikor h from my d7000 happy i didnt screw anything up dont think i will use it again.

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