Thanks. I had seen his web site and quickly decided he's the man. It just seemed too good to be true. Good lenses can be pricey, and to think I have a bagful at $35 a pop is pretty tempting.
My real dilemma is that I am weighing the 700 against the new Canon 5D Mark II. If I decide these lenses are not useful, then the game is still up in the air. It sounds like they would be useful.
The other factor in the mix is that I plan to put it into a housing to dive with. The downside with using these converted lenses is that I will not be able to change the aperture under water, only the focus. That makes them of limited use for diving.
Wed 15-Oct-08 02:24 AM | edited Wed 15-Oct-08 02:30 AM by PaulBennett
Beg to differ about AI lenses being heavy. Mine are substantially lighter than the motorized equivalents and my D700 likes them having special non-cpu lens settings just for them. Plus they just 'feel' nice compared with the plasticized big barrel honkers.
Re:JWhite. Did I read somewhere he was ill and slowed his conversion efforts? I started in the direction of having a CPU chip to my adding 1965 AI'ed 105 2.5 but saw a post about JW which stalled it for now.
Re White -- I exchanged emails with him over the last couple days, and his responses were prompt and positive and encouraged my business. Other than that, I know nothing.
On the weight issue, the answer appears to vary but probably has a lot to do with the silent wave motor and vibration reduction technology. My 20mm weighs 17 oz., about twice as much as today's no-frills AF 20. By contrast, my 300 at 39 oz. is a lightweight compared to the 51 oz. AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED.
One lesson here -- one I wondered about but wonder no longer -- is whether the 700 mount can take it. I thought my lenses would on average be heavier across the board. It's clear weight is not an issue.
John White does not chip lenses; he performs the AI conversion, an entirely different process.
You are thinking of someone else.
When I sent my four lenses to Mr. White in 2002, a large blizzard was moving into the Midwest, where he is situated. He received my lenses in the late afternoon and worked into the night to get my lenses out before the storm hit. That storm disrupted transportation in the Midwest for several days, but I had my lenses. I did not know Mr. White, nor am I a pro photographer or anyone important. But I was his customer, so he took good care of me. That type of customer service, and the fact that his work was first rate, is the reason I recommend him.
John White has a pretty long history of excellent service. I honestly can't remember anyone EVER complaining about his service, and everyone I know who's used him (including me) has gotten perfect service.
> can the 700 mount take it
It's the same part that's been used in every other Nikon since the F2 or so. D700's and D3's are commonly found with all manner of heavy lenses.
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