I've come across this 600mm lens mounted on a F2 body. I don't know if this lens is pre AI,Ai,AIS or what it is other then it's 600mm and on a F2 body. I have a chance to buy it and the camera body - seller claims that both are in good working condition - and I don't know what I would be buying or what it might be worth. I already have a F4 body but I wouldn't say no to a F2 if the combo price is right. Any help is appreciated. TIA
It's an early Nikon lens that was made in the mid-sixties, so it's well before the AI mount came out. Personally, I'd skip it if you want something to actually use rather than sit on the shelf; its design is pretty cumbersome.
Thanks for the info. I didn't know that Nikon had ever made a lens with two pieces. Oh well I'll keep looking possibly an AI will come up on all-bay that will fit into my retired guys budget. I was thinking seriously about buying this but have changed my mind. I don't mind the manual focus and metering but the two piece construction spooks me. Thanks again.
Cold weather photography makes a VR lens your best friend. Think violent shivering. :-)
>Thanks for the info. I didn't know that Nikon had ever made a >lens with two pieces. Oh well I'll keep looking possibly an AI >will come up on all-bay that will fit into my retired guys >budget. I was thinking seriously about buying this but have >changed my mind. I don't mind the manual focus and metering >but the two piece construction spooks me. Thanks again.
A two-piece design isn't a flaw.... these were designed that way to allow one to carry three lenses in half the space as normal. And some long teles, even with only one focal length available, are made in to parts.
I hate when people ask me what I see myself doing in 5 years...... I don't have 2020 vision!
Actually Nikon made four heads for the aperture tube, including a 1200mm. Even though the mount is pre-AI it still might not interfere with current AI mount bodies. If not it would still work on a D5200/D3200 body in stop down mode. However I expect the performance will be poor, especially with severe CA.
As has been pointed out the focusing unit had 4 lens that would go on it, it was state of the art in the 60's. I had this lens but with a Bronica mount, while it was a definite conversation starter, it was heavy, cumbersome and not near the performance level of more modern lenses. While it would work with your F4 I think you could do better. I sold mine last year, it was fun for awhile, good luck.