Nikon F801s – 20mm af Nikkor

Thought it was about time the Nikon F801s had a workout with the 20mm Nikon af lens which had just been repaired as it had decided it wasn’t going to stop down. I have never been impressed with this lens’s performance. So I loaded up the camera with some Ilford HP5+ rated it at 1600 asa and set off on a walkabout. Of course it was very bright and sunny, I alternated between a red filter and a polariser, the Nikon has a top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second and it easily dealt with the 1600 asa (and I really wanted to try push processing) The photo’s are nothing special but achieved what I wanted, to see if that 20mm lens was worth keeping.

Victoria Park War Memorial , designed by Edwin Lutyens


Statue of Robert Hall – Baptist Minister
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Around The Town


King Richard and the cathedral

Well I’m not impressed with the Nikon 20mm lens, very soft edges, I have a Vivitar 19mm 3.8 which I use on the Olympus OM’s and it’s almost as sharp but with slightly more distortion, and was considerably cheaper. I don’t make many adjustments to my neg scans, a little bit of gentle sharpening and a very small curves adjustment to counter the digital fuzz. Had to work on these a lot more, so I think it’s going to be traded in, probably for some lovely Olympus glass.

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