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As posted on another thread, I just got my very first Super Telephoto (or Big Boy). I'll probably call him Big John.
600mm F4 AI MF.
Can't wait to test drive it!
Of the MF lenses I have, I can't say enough for my Zeiss 85mm F1.4 (non-cpu). Simply the best bokeh I have ever seen from my images. It was previously the last MF lenses I bought, and when I can ever afford it, I'll probably splurge for another Zeiss.
>I just got an Ai'd 85 1.8 "K" lens. It's a real >beauty. Now my collection of "K" lenses include the >28 3.5, 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 135 2.8. > >I'd like to find "K" versions of the 20/4, 105 2.5 >and 200/4...but they'll have to come later.
I like the K lenses as well. I think the most handsome lens series Nikon made. They are beautifully made, have double coating and super optics. I have the 20/4, 28/3.5, 35/2.8, 50/1.4, 55/1.2, 85/1.8 and 300/4.5. The 300mm f4.5 was the last mf lens I purchased. All of them have factory AI conversions. I'm looking for a nice 35/2.0.
Last two were a pair of 50/2 Nikkor-H/HC lenses. One AI'd, one non-AI. Decided to do frankenikkor. Took the focusing ring and filter ring from the Nippon Kogaku non-AI H and put them on the AI'd HC. Probably had the only multicoated 50/2 Nikkor-H. Lens is now on its way, with the Nikon F that it was attached to, to jmooney. He bought both items.
At the moment, my only MF Nikkor is the 85/1.8 that I've had since early-mid 2007. Had a 24/2.8 NC until about 8 hours ago. Got rid of that due to the major CA when I used it with the D2x that I own.
D2x, F4e, FM2n - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Last fall I was given (coworker found in his dead father's apartment) a UD 20mm f/3.5, a PC 35mm f/2.8, and a P 105mm f/2.5 (the first and last are chipped). Aside the obvious use of the 20mm and 35 PC on my D3, I plan to use them on my D300s or my daughter's D60 (smaller form factor).
And on a sentimental level, forty-five years ago the 105mm was my favorite and most-used lens on my original F Photomic T!
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>Last fall I was given (coworker found in his dead father's
>apartment) a UD 20mm f/3.5, a PC 35mm f/2.8, and a P 105mm
>f/2.5 (the first and last are chipped). Aside the obvious
>of the 20mm and 35 PC on my D3, I plan to use them on my
>or my daughter's D60 (smaller form factor).
>And on a sentimental level, forty-five years ago the 105mm
>my favorite and most-used lens on my original F Photomic
>[font color=lime]Jon Kandel
>[font color=green]A New York City Nikonian and Team Member
>Please visit [link:JonKandel.com|my website] and critique
Hello all, For me that 105 is my most recent buy on E-Bay.
Most of my work right now is with rangefinders, but I keep
getting back to my FT2.What a camera!
I had some time to kill and stopped by my favorite camera store last week. I had no plan to purchase anything. I gravitated to the used bin where old film cameras of various condition are thrown in a pile. Looking through this I came across various Nikons: a FG, a Nikkormat, several EM's, and a banged up F3. One of the EM's had an E series 50mm f/1.8. I realized that fastest lenses I have nowadays are f/2.8's. Why not a cheap 50mm f/1.8? I inquired about any old 50mm's. The salesman came back with a handful. I chose a "mint" Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AIS. A front cap, a rear cap, and a scratched skylight filter were included. I paid $60 and was very happy!
>I had some time to kill and stopped by my favorite camera >store last week. I had no plan to purchase anything. I >gravitated to the used bin where old film cameras of various >condition are thrown in a pile. Looking through this I came >across various Nikons: a FG, a Nikkormat, several EM's, and a >banged up F3. One of the EM's had an E series 50mm f/1.8. I >realized that fastest lenses I have nowadays are f/2.8's. Why >not a cheap 50mm f/1.8? I inquired about any old 50mm's. The >salesman came back with a handful. I chose a "mint" >Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AIS. A front cap, a rear cap, and a >scratched skylight filter were included. I paid $60 and was >very happy!
I would love to find the name and location of that dealer. I am about an hour and a half from Kinston and would make the trip if he might have more like that.
No longer have the 85/1.8 K AI'd. Had to use that as trade fodder, along with my F2AS for my old F4e. I did just pick up a 35-135/3.5-4.5 AIS, though. Hardly any CA on the D2x. Much better than the 18-55 that it replaced, a 75-150/3.5 E, and about the same as an 80-200/4 AIS.
Two weeks ago i purchased a Voigtlander 180mm f4 and i find it hard to understand why it is not manufactured any more. In comparing it with my Zeiss 50mm it is just as sharp and has brilliant color i am rapt.
so i go in to drop off some film at my local camera shop and take a look in their used lens case... what do they have? A 28mm f/2.8 AIS is close to mint condition for $99.00! It is now my most recent MF lens!
Probably easier to get it milled by a tech. The #31 ring is very hard to find nowadays, as are most of the rings for the older lenses. And, since the 35/1.4 is valuable enough, it's not like you're going to find a junker to pilfer the ring from. If you do decide to get it modified, there's a guy in the Seattle area by the name of Doug Daley. Runs a shop called Camera Clinic. I've had a couple lenses modified by him, and, except for the lack of the second numbers and the prong remaining in the original orientation, it's hard to tell that it wasn't a factory job.
Anyway, last score was a 50/2 Nikkor-H with a #2 ring on it. Will be here sometime this coming week.
D2x, F2A, F FTn - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Got the 50/2 Nikkor-H a week ago. Now is attached to the F. Next to arrive, a 300/4.5 EDIF AIS with "fungus among us". Will likely have the fugus removed from the elements, so the lens is fully useable.
F5, F2A, F - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
I think this is the right place, I just found a Nikkor-SC 55mm f1:1.2. It's been modified, seems to fit my digital bodies. I get metering with manual focus, and can you say BOKEH BABY!!! From the little I have found on the web, it looks like a version IV, so I think it is multi-coated. I was wondering, because it was made around 74 and the rear elements are more reflective than more modern lenses, what scenarios will cause the reflection of the rear element to show up in an image? When shooting older lenses is the reflection problem a common issue or is it a rare thing, only turning up in the odd shot?
Off to shoot some cherry blossoms,
Will shoot for fame...fun...food... a heck I'll shoot anytime anywhere.
A 55/2.8 Micro-NIkkor AIS that was in BGN grade when I got it today at the local camera swap meet. Within an hour, it became BGN grade with "filter ring dent". Had it mounted to another new acquisition, a Nikon FM body. Since the camera had no strap, I'd stuck the wind side of the body in between my arm and my body, clamping it in place, so it wouldn't fall. Well, as I was checking a Spotmatic out, I forgot about that and proceeded to let the camera fall to the floor. Lens met hardwood floor, dented filter ring, and probably dinged the floor as well. Which means, some person playing basketball, in the gym that the swap meet was being held, may wind up tripping over the new ding in the floor.
Anyway, lens is going in for surgery on Tuesday. Other than the dent, there's nothing else wrong with it, so it'll be a $10 repair that'll probably be done while I wait.
F5, F2AS, F, FM - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
More recently, added a 28/3.5 AI in nice shape, except for the previous owner's engraving on the focus ring, and got a 300/4.5 EDIF AIS with some fungus on the rear element. Still takes great photos as is, but I will eventually get the lens cleaned.
F5, F4s, F2AS, F- John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Hello all, Took a cooler of soft drinks , my camera bag,and Josie to the beach this gorgeous day. The cooler was packed w/Pepsi ,the camera bag w/ a Bessa R, a Canon P, and a Nikkormat FT2.and extra film. Josie well ,she was pack'en her Minolta Maxxum 5000 ,my dads old camera, the only camera she uses. I took out the first camera I could feel. The heavy FT2 w/a 105mm mounted up front. What a dream to use! A great day of shooting, walking and just taking in the sun and sights. The Nikkor was flawless. I never did get to the rangefinders. Just could put down my new 105mm.Have some pictures soon. What a nice Easter day! Hope yours was as pleasent. RED R.
Hello All, It was not my fault! I didn't even want to go into that 2nd hand store. All I wanted was to go make groceries next door at the supermarket. Why don't we go polk-around in there first says she. What was I to do ? I went in with her.Off she went to look at books and chew-toys for our pups.I waited by the counter. .. ... and there, up up on a glass shelf I happened to see a black-shine leather never-ready case.I could just make out the letters Nik. .. ... ,well a look-see wouldn't- couldn't hurt. Opened it up and there it was! A pristine, Nikormat FTn, with a Nikkor Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm up front,a eye shade in back and a nice working meter inside! With a low-give-away tag of only 49.95 I knew at once it would be mine. I couldn't just leave it there for someone like its last owner,(an obviously unappreciative lout)to acquire and surely abuse. NO SIR! Well it's safe now. Just another classic saved from oblivion.
I purchased a Nikon 35mm f/2.5 Series E which I ended up returning because of sticking aperture blades and found a Nikkor 28mm f/ 3.5 Ai for a very cheap price. The quality of how its built amazes me! I still have a hard time believing that this lens is 25+ years old. This type of quality is why I moved over to Nikon.
Finally got my hands on it today. Popped the non CPU lens data into my D700 and it works like a charm. The body reads the aperture setting perfectly, and the metering works a treat. For a physically small lens it's incredibly heavy. It has tank like build quality and a buttery smooth feel to the focus ring. The image quality is superb too. This is my first ever manual focus lens and I'm most definitely hooked!
I have been collecting the original series "F" lenses with chrome barrels and the letter to identify the number of elements. I have only been looking for lenses that have had the Nikon factory AI conversion. So far i have 14. My last purchase was the 35mm f2.0 Nikkor-O. For some reason it has been one of the most difficult to find at a reasonable price or in decent condition above ugly. I got lucky as this one is mint. Performance is gorgeous.
Since I switched back to Nikon about a month ago I've been on an NAS binge. We called it LBA on the Pentax forums, Lens Buying Addiction. I wanted some basic AF lenses, but along the way I got a great deal on three MF lenses at once, 100/2.8E, 135/2.8E and AIS 200/4, all Ex+. My local shop had a decent AIS 105/2.5 and I had a moldy AIS 24/2.8 which just came back from getting CLA'd. Over the weekend I made the mistake (?) of searching ebay and found a bunch of lenses and a TC no one was bidding on. So now I'm waiting for an AIS 100-300/5.6, 50/1.8 (pancake), 50/1.8 (normal) and a TC-16. I'm planning to sell a few, then search for an AIS 20/2.8 and probably an 80-200/4 which I always loved on the FM, FE and F3HP.
I've got 9 Pentax MF lenses to sell soon to help defray the cost of all this.
Still refining my Nikon kit with D700, AF-S 24-120/4G, AF 35-70/2.8D, 85/1.4D, 80-200/2.8D and a pile of old MF lenses. "Since my wife left can I use her closet to store lenses?"
I have taken a large step and now have 4 MF lenses. They are all quite lovely and I'm excited to be using them. With my D700 and the green focus light, I am finding focus more easily than I thought I could.
Nikon 200 f4 ais with Built-in Hood
Tamron 35-70mm f/3.5 CF ais Macro BBAR MC (Adaptall-2) 17A BBAR = broad band anti-reflection (Tamron coating) CF = continuous focusing MC = ?? anyone know this??
Tamron-F Zoom 85-210mm f4.5 ai with Built-in Hood
Vivitar Auto Telephoto 135 f2.8 ai with Built-in Hood this is a Kiron (Kino) made lens
I sold my 20mm f2.8 AIS to Art, then I came across two other manual AIS lenses that I decided to purchase a couple of months ago. The first one is a 135mm f2.8 AIS and the second a 200mm f4 AIS both from KEH. I plan to use the 135mm for candid's with my D700, and the 200mm with my D300 as a very light compact equivalent 300mm f4 lens.
Latest acquisition will be something that I acquired over 20 years ago. Was hunting today (well, now, yesterday) for a 50-55mm Nikkor for a normal lens (and possibly a Micro-Nikkor). Hit up Camera Clinic in Shoreline, WA. One of the three lenses they had that were 55mm Micros was one that I'd purged in late 2005/early 2006 and had originally purchased in February 1991. Offered a C-note, and paid half down. Will pay the rest on Tuesday and be reunited with an old friend.
Now, just need to hunt down my first FM2n... hmmm...
F5, F2AS - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
The last mf lens I bought arrived last week and is somewhat unique. It's the 10.5cm f4 (Mountain)Nikkor-T three element telephoto. It's Nikon's first 105mm offering for the Nikon F. Mine has a 1960 serial number. The design and preset aperture are left over from the rangefinder S line and modified by the addition of the F mount. It's a cute little lens with 34.5mm filter threads. But the big surprise is it's image quality, sharp as a tack even wide open. This is not a macro lens. The photo is about a 33% crop from a D3X.
200/4 Nikkor-QC for $29.50+sales tax. Has some coating damage to the front element, but is fine otherwise. Is a surprisingly good performer on a D7000, btw. Very little color fringing & CA even when zoomed in all the way.
F4s, F2AS - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
My latest is a Hasselblad 180mm lens. Tried it on my D700 and it's pretty sharp, though, believe it or not, slightly less sharp than my 28-300 at f/11 with the same focal length.
My last Nikon manual lens I purchased was a 400mm f/5.6 AIS ED-IF and a TC-301 a little over a year ago. It came in handy when I got tickets to see a space shuttle launch in person. I was 6.5 miles away and lens performed perfectly.
A few days ago I bought a Jupiter 37a 135 3.5 Soviet lens on Ebay. It has both Nikon and M42 mounts and 12 aperture blades-interested in seeing bokeh it produces. Coming from Ukraine, I hope it gets here in time for my Thanksgiving trip. If I get a Pentax K-r body, the M42 mount will come in handy.
D7100 D300, F4e, N90s, N6006, N2000, N6000, D40, N5005, black F2 eye level, chrome F2AS, black Nikomat FTN
Non Nikons: Pentax 645, Pentax ME Super, Pentax Spotmatic II, Minoltas SRT 102, SRT 202, Maxxums 7000 and 7000i, Praktica LB, Kiev 4 rangefinder, Canons TX, A1, FT QL, EF, EOS 630
Picked up a 300mm Nikor f4.5 AI-S manual focus on Ebay. Excellent condition and here is one of my first back yard captures with it on a D7000 and a tripod. ISO 320, 1/200, F5.6 prefocused. What do you think?
I just got a 105 f4 Micro AI, with a PN-11. I was wanting something with a bit more reach than my 55 f2.8, and the 105 f4 is unit focusing -- so it has more working room than the more recent 105 f2.8 Micros (MF or AF), which are internal focusing.
That Sunex looks really good, Larry. I'm still looking for a circular fisheye for my FF bodies. I know I can get the Sigma 8mm but I'm trying to hold off for the Nikon 8mm f2.8.
In the mean time I picked up the Nikon AI 400mm f5.6 ED. It's a little pricey but it's really sharp, even wide open. I've been using it for a week with really good results. So I decided to see how it would do with a 2X extender. The lens was stopped down one stop to f8.
So here's a test photo taken with the Kenko Pro 2X extender. The only pp was to optimize the black/white levels. It was taken from a distance of 36 feet. This is the full frame of a D5100 and the equivalent view angle of 1200mm on a full frame body..
Just bought a new D5100 with kit lens for my daughter and son-in-law for Christmas. Hopefully I will get lots of pictures of my first and only new grandchild. While at the the camera store I purchased a used but nice working F3HP, MD4 motor drive and Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5 AI lens. All for the $250! The lens has lots of dust and if used needs professional cleaning.
A number of my co-workers provided a cash retirement gift which posed a challenge for me... "To what might I apply this gift for the most rewarding long term results?" I pondered this for some days and then concluded that a "Classic" Nikkor lens might fill the bill. I therefore acquired from KEH, one of the first interchangeable zoom lenses Nikon ever made beginning in February 1963; the Zoom Nikkor 43-86mm f3.5 Silver Ring version with a serial number between 438611 and 554261. I've included one of the first images I've made with this lens (on a D700) as I intend to produce many, many more!
Wow- that 43-86 is a gorgeous looking lens. And, nice results! The "classic" Nikkor manual zooms were built like tanks. I have the 28-50 and 50-135. The 50-135 is my alltime favorite zoom. And somewhat of a rarer and exotic one.
When I did weddings, convention and special occasion photography I had the 50-135mm f3.5 lens as my back-up lens for the 50mm f1.8, 85mm f2.0 and 105mm f2.8 lenses...and then I went auto-focus and traded the 50-135mm f3.5 for the 70-180 f4.5-5.6 micro. Both lenses are indeed rare birds today (and I plan to KEEP the 70-180!).
"Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together." Vincent Van Gogh
I recently "rediscovered" what I thought was my lost 1978 F2, and with it was a Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-s. During my last move into a new home, I had misplaced the box with this camera, which was getting ready to be shipped out for reconditioning. The lens, now on the D700, is simply amazing, I realized what I had been missing in terms of manual focusing, forcing me to take the time and enjoy the photographs with it. Superb bokeh, very crisp, exceptional focus ring, zero creep, no play. I will be taking this one with me on the next vacation.
Added a couple 200mm f/4 Nikkors (one non-AI Q version with a filter ring dent, one AI compact version with sticky diaphragm), my old 35mm f/2 Nikkor-O, a 3.5cm f/2.8 Nikkor-S that needs diaphragm and reassembly, and a 43-86mm f/3.5 Zoom-Nikkor-C. I know the 43-86 is probably not very good, but figured I'd give it a try. If need be, it can remain on the FTn when that camera is on the shelf.
F4s, F FTn, EL2, Nikkormat FTn - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Tamron 24mm f/2.5 01B. This is my first manual focus lens, just bought it yesterday. It has a really solid feel to it. Much more solid than all my Nikkor AF-D lenses (which are of course made of plastic not metal).
55/2.8 AIS Micro (in excellent shape) --Got it to use on an upside down mounted radio-remote controlled D700 for "wide" full-stage shots at a dance competition. It worked like a charm--sharp as a tack.
I bought a Nikon 500mm f/4P like new in its case about a year ago. I really like it. Most recent MF is a Rokinon (Samyang) AE 85mm f/1.8 IF that has the CPU. Excellent shape and very sharp, and it came from a fellow Nikonian.