|Backyard - Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5, Kodak Gold 200|
|Apalachicola Cemetery - Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5, Kodak Tri-X 400 - 2011|
|Two Shadows - Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5, Kodak Gold 200|
|Architecture Studies - Nikkor 2.8cm f/3.5, Kodak Portra/Tri-X - 2011|
The other lens is one I've wanted since first reading about it - the 50mm f/1.4 "Millenium" Nikkor. This special lens was released with the reissue Nikon S3 cameras in 2000 and is supposedly a copy of the 1962 Olympic model, itself an improvement from the venerable 5cm f/1.4. It is a bit larger than the older 5cm but still compact, especially for such a fast optic.
|Smooth Tree - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Millenium, Kodak Plus-X|
The older lens was never my favorite. It's renowned for being corrected for up-close shooting. While it definitely seemed to work well up close, it was definitely lacking at other distances. In contrast, the Millenium is fantastically sharp at pretty much every aperture and distance. I have seen a direct comparison to the Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH, a $4,000 lens, and it pretty much matches its performance. That's quite good! I shot the lens with a variety of apertures and it performed superbly in all the photos. Being a big fan of 50mm lenses, I love this lens!
|Orange in Green - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Millenium (wide-open), Fuji Superia 200|
|Vine - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Millenium, Fuji Superia 200|
|Kitchen Window - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Millenium, Fuji Superia 200|
|Japanese Magnolias - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Millenium, Fuji Velvia 50|
|Backyard Fence - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Millenium, Fuji Velvia 50|