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LENS: D800 + 85/2.8D PC-Micro-Nikkor

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The Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-Micro-Nikkor is the older version of Nikon’s 85mm tilt/shift lens. The newer version has electronic operation of lens diaphragm, and somewhat improved lens coatings, but as far as the author knows, the same optical design.

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The Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-Micro-Nikkor offers very good but unexciting performance over most of the frame when stopped down. At ƒ/2.8 and ƒ/4, it shows fair to poor results as the edges and corners are approached, requiring at ƒ/5.6 - ƒ/8 to resolve.

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