With the new Df accepting even pre-AI lenses, what pre-AI lenses does this make more interesting in a 16mp digital context? Of course most of them could have been AI'ed, but more generally which pre-AIs are the ones that folks might want to consider now, that they might not have previously?
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The lowly 50/2 Nikkor-H, 85/1.8 Nikkor-H, 35/2 Nikkor-O, possibly the 28/3.5 Nikkor-H, maybe even the worst Nikkor ever made, the 1st generation 43-86, which, except for a lack of contrast, was surprisingly sharp on a D600...
Same as the H lens. Only diff is that the K (and AI) version has a black barrel with a focusing ring that has a rubber grip and that focuses down to 1.5 feet. It's optically identical to the H.C version.
>Same as the H lens. Only diff is that the K (and AI) >version has a black barrel with a focusing ring that has a >rubber grip and that focuses down to 1.5 feet. It's optically >identical to the H.C version. > >-J > >D200, F5, F4, F3P, F2AS > >John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer > >My Flickr account >My Facebook page
I like all the pre-AI K lenses. They are beautifully made lenses and while most were probably factory converted to AI you can still find them untouched for lower prices. I also like the original lenses marked in cm. They could not be factory converted so most of them you find are still pre-AI.
The Df opens up a lot of possibilities. I can now use my original Nikon F lenses marked in cm and have metering. They could not be factory AI'd and they deserved to be kept original. My favorite is the 5.8cm f1.4 S from 1959 and 1960. It's only $199 at KEH.
As a series I like the K lenses the best. Nikon made two of the 50mm f1.4 K models, the original 7/5 formula and the "new" which is smaller and now has a 7/6 formula. The original is a beautiful lens. If you can find one in nice shape and with the factory AI kit, or not, that's a nice lens to have.