Monday, 2016-08-22

28mm blues

I’ve managed to bang up my 1 Nikkor 10mm ƒ/2.8 lens[1], so now it’s severely decentered. I’m going to get a quote for a repair as soon as possible.

Considering I purchased this lens used for €110, and it’s available new for around twice that, the repair has to be quite cheap to justify.

Of course this leads to me planning on alternatives in case I have to ditch this lens. I really want to have a compact 28mm on hand.

The options are, in roughly order of expense:

  1. get the lens repaired - update the repair quote came to more than twice what I paid for this, so I’ve decided to let the repair shop ‘recycle’ this lens…
  2. get a Voigtländer Color-Skopar 28mm ƒ/2.8 in F mount, for my D700 - this combo, while compact for a FX camera, is still really bulky and heavy! And it would be my 3rd 28mm lens for Nikon F.
  3. get a used Ricoh GR or Nikon A - but then I’ll have to give up the EVF, or get an expensive, bulky accessory viewfinder
  4. get a Panasonic 14mm ƒ/2.5 Micro-4/3 lens, and a camera to mount it on - pro: new system to play with! Cons: new system to learn.

The wildcard option is to get a new iPhone. Even if it’s the most expensive option the phone has utility beyond photography, and maybe I need to get over the need of a dedicated camera for this.

[1] This lens has a field of view equivalent of 27mm on the Nikon V1’s 2.7x crop sensor.