On acassion of Photokina, Nikon Germany has asked if any of us owns a 1200-1700mm Nikkor monster that they could place on their booth at Photokina. They would of course pay for shipping and insurance. This lens was only made to order and very few were ever produced.
If you do own it and would be interested in having it shown at Photokina, please let us know.
FYI, below the specs and an image
AI-S 1200-1700mm f/5.6-f/8 P ED IF Zoom Nikkor Lens formula: 18 elements in 13 groups (3 elements are ED's) Diagonal Picture angle: 2°-1°30' (on 35mm film cameras) Diaphragm: Automatic. Built-in CPU Aperture scale: f/5.6 ~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale Focusing and zooming control: via dual rings. Two removable quick zooming handles provided. Dual focusing/distance indexes provided: Orange (1700mm) and Green (1200mm). Metering: Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge NOT provided. CPU integrated for Matrix Metering with applicable Nikon SLRs. Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 10m (33ft.) to infinity Focal Length Markings: 1200mm (green), 1700mm (orange). Depth of Field Scales: Orange for f/22 Attachment size: 52mm rear drop-in Tripod Mount: Tripod Lens Collar Weight: 16Kg - 7.27 lbs Dimensions: 237mm diameter x 880mm long (overall) Filters: 52mm rear drop in Front lens cap: Slip-on type Lens hood: Built-in Tripod mounting/carrying: Via socket in a Fixed tripod mounting collar. Built-in handle on top. Lens case: CT-1217 metal case included. Usable Teleconverter(s): Not advisable. Note: Serial number for this AI-S ONLY Zoom Nikkor lens may have started from 200001. Source: Nikon System Hand Book. Nikon USA product code: 1448 NAS
Any chance they want the lens for a fantastic then-and-now comparison to show how the optics have been improved for a new lens design with similar reach or do you think it's just to get more foot traffic ?
I would like to send mine but I'm using it handheld with the 2x converter for pics of butterflies and such . But seriously, I wish I had one to send along. I've not seen one in person, but it seems to be absoutely intimidating.
According to The Complete Nikon System by Peter Braczko, the 1200-1700 is "built only upon special order and it costs about $78,500". No wonder there aren't many around.
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Well the non-VR version has more CA then the VR version but then again, many have reported BIG quality control problems with the VR version. I have asked the question if the vR version is worth the $400 price difference but I have gotten no responses.
I am waiting for the VRII version to come out but I am torn in getting the VR version and the MF version. Of course only REAL photography is done with MF lenses but then again, I may get the prime equivalents instead of the zoom. Everyone knows that orimes are better. I just need to find a HUGE bag to tote them around.
Does anyone know when the VRII version will come out and where is the cheapest place to get it? I do not want to buy the VR version just to have the VRII version come out. A noted reviewer of equipment he does not own or used reported that it is simply a piece of junk so I am tempted to just dump all my Nikon equipment in the dumpster and buy Canon . If Nikon would add a 3.0 HSC in the next firmware of the D2X, I wouldn't need this lens. Why can't Nikon do as I want!!!! I wish Nikon would get their act together!!!
Daddy had one in the press box of his stadium. Julio and I borrowed it to shoot some shore birds. Cadwalader (our butler) slogged it thru a salt marsh to a good birding spot. No tripod, he had to get down on all fours so I could rest it on his back. Then he quit.
I tried again the next day. This time I snagged a Magestic Tripod from the press box; The maid carried it out to the Rolls. When she saw the lens - she quit.
The Chauffer quit with the maid. The Cook chased me out of the kitchen with a really big rolling pin and Nanny gave me a spanking. Daddy took the lens and my Kodachrome away then sent me to the House of Detention. (Sorry Paul )
I would think that Nikon would know whoever purchased a lens that rare. Did they try Giants Stadium or NASA?
For one, even if I HAD the 1200-1700 and it was insured what would happen if it got damaged or lost? How long would I have to wait for repairs and/or replacement? Can Nikon even make this lens any more? Not sure i'd trust the airlines with such a piece of equipment. Maybe if I traveled via chartered airplane when i could have my sherpa carry it on.
On the Zeiss, I wonder how much the guy paid for that one? Also, what is 1700mm equivilant to in 35mm? Amazing lens, and i can only imagine the support system necessary to use it.
I tried the Kirk collar with mine but found it off balance just a little when a bird landed on the front of the lens and the whole rig tipped over. After that I just used it hand held but then tripped over a log while hiking since I could only see the forest and not the tree. I traded it for a 80-400VR and the RRS collar. But I am still strying to sell my 230mm UV filter
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I had this lens and dropped it. Lucky for me I had the lens hood on, or I would have smashed the front element. Now I am taking the precaution of putting on a protective filter just in case I drop it again.