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I love Nikon E-Series lens!

I know alot of people complain about the lack of auto focus but I love the E-Series glass from the old days of Nikon. They offer some great optic, at amazing apertures and they don’t cost much. Some may call them “poor man’s lenses” but I will take a similar image quality for 90% less anyday.

I have owned many of them over the years. I loved using the Nikon E-series 100mm (2.8) even if the focal length is a challenge to work with. I also have used the 50mm and 35mm versions as well. In fact, I was using the 35mm one as recent as a week ago.

Nikon made many of these to sell cheaply back in the days of film. I know of the following:

-Nikon 28mm (2.8)
-Nikon 35mm (2.5)
-Nikon 50mm (1.8)
-Nikon 100mm (2.8)
-Nikon 135mm (2.8)
-Nikon 36-72mm (3.5)
-Nikon 75-150mm (3.5)
-Nikon 70-210mm (4.0)

Personally, I do not own very many zoom lenses. (I am a prime guy) However, I have used most of the primes in the series and I have to say that they are some of the best bang for the buck that I have seen to day. They clearly give Samyang some competition for people who can find these golden oldies.

Nikon E-series using practically

I used them mainly for street photography in Manila, Philippines and with moving parts, no auto focus, and dialing in the settings; you will blow exposure and focus. For a beginner (that is broke) using them, my suggestion would be to worry about focus more than exposure. The reason being when you are shooting raw; you can bring alot of information back. In my opinion, shooting dark (under exposure) is better to work with in Adobe Lightroom for someone just starting to shoot.

Another simple hack for someone who has not used manual focus lens before would be to set the aperture to around 5.6 to get started. Learn how that focal length and the depth of field relate to what you are shooting. Once you realize what the hell you are doing, start trying the 2.8 aperture for that amazing bokoh.

That leads me to the next piece of advice, always shoot aperture priority when you are not in a controlled environment like a studio. To be honest, I probably shoot in it more than I shoot in manual still to this day. I do not mind shooting fully manually at all but doing it just to pet my ego that it was manual doesn’t really make me get my rocks off.

One other practical tip that I would give people would be to make sure if you are using liveview on your camera, have it attached to a mono pod unless you know how you camera reacts to movement pretty well. If you are shooting traditionally using the viewfinder, this should not be a concern for the most part.

Remember, saving money on lens normally means manually overcoming challenges that newer and more expensive offering was made to fix!

Nikon E-series lens are great for studio work!

If you have them on a solid tripod, where you know the focus and the aperture; they can be real beauties. I personally have not used them in the studios. I am not much of indoors photography guy to be honest. However, they do work great for those who are.

Here is some of the shoots with each focal length from Flickr that I liked. Note that these are not my images and you can click through to see the original upload from the person that used the Nikon E-series lens.

Nikon 28mm (2.8)


Nikon 35mm (2.5)

Have a colourful 2016 y'all!

Nikon 50mm (1.8)

Christmas Spirit

Nikon 100mm (2.8)

... rentre bredouille... (3/3)

Nikon 135mm (2.8)

Street music

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Nikon Philippines is broken!

It is no secret that there is no love lost between myself the the national team at Nikon Philippines. When Columbia ran it; things were great. Think Dharma took over and it has been nothing but hell on earth for Nikon users. It has fundamental problems in communication and in support. No two ways about it.

If you can’t serve the community, you should not be the supplier. The truth of the matter is most camera shops only sell grey market models because working with Think Dharma would run them completely out of business.  To think that Herny’s Camera, the largest camera shop in the Philippines with a half a dozen locations only deals in the grey market is concerning. It is concerning for everyone.

I do not know if Nikon Philippines will ever get their act together and if they do not, I see no logical reason anyone would buy locally when prices in the United States are at least a quarter lower. If I have to go grey, I will go as cheap as I can. Best sale or promotional will win my business.

Nikon Philippines has a communication problem

Below is a facebook message from me to Nikon Philippines’ facebook page. Notice the date? Nikon D7200, the system in question was officially released March 19, 2015. What does it matter? They very likely had the camera in the country to have to ready to sell on the release date but the marketing team, the very one that should know did not.


If Nikon really did not know they was releasing the new body in a few weeks, it is a communication problem between them and Nikon Corporation in Japan. If they did know but the marketing team did not, it is a communication from inside of the Nikon Philippines. No matter how you look at it, it is concerning for good reasons.

If they can’t fix this, I would hope Nikon Corporation would change their warranty agreement so we could get our models serviced in Hong Kong, Singapore or Japan. To be honest, I trust the team in Hong Kong over the Filipino team anyways.

Buying Nikon USA makes sense for Filipinos

The market in the United States is very tight and the quality control is very high. Only the best quality can be sold and in America, your brand name actually means something.

Buying gear in the United States (and shipping it to the Philippines via Johnny Air) just makes sense for now. We have nothing to gain from buying it locally in Manila. Filipino pride only goes so far when it becomes dollars and cents. No need for pogi points!