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LENS: D800 + 45mm f/2.8P

The reader is strongly advised to read the lens evaluation notes.

The manual focus Nikon 45mm f/2.8P is a pancake-style lens based on a Tessar (Zeiss) design of 4 elements in 3 groups— extremely simple, yet in truth quite well corrected for such a small number of elements.

In short, it cannot be expected to perform particularly well without stopping down, and it can be expected to have a focus shift, due to uncorrected spherical aberration, in spite of its ƒ/2.8 aperture.

With lens hood and lens caps, it weighs only 156g, making it perhaps the lightest lens one can find for a Nikon DSRL. It is of course very compact as well.

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