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AI lenses from KEH... An FYI...

Kilted_F3_nut

Duvall, US
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Kilted_F3_nut Moderator Skilled and passionate film photogtrapher Nikonian since 29th Jun 2004
Sun 12-Aug-12 06:42 AM

This is mainly for those of us with F4's, FA's, and FG's... The bodies that have the coupling in the bottom of the mirror box that mates to the lens speed post on AI and newer Nikkors.

KEH does not make a distinction between a factory AI'd lens and a factory AI lens. I'm not sure if the people who enter the inventory are aware of the differences.

So, if you want to use a 28/3.5, buy the AIS version. You won't know if you're getting the factory AI version that won't damage the coupling.

The 35/1.4 - make sure you buy a N or NC version, or the AIS version. Same problem as with the 28/3.5.

The 55/1.2 - avoid. All pre-AI versions are a no-go on the bodies listed above. The starting serial for AI 55/1.2's is 400001.

The only way to buy an AI lens from them and make sure that it truly is AI, is if you buy one from their KEH Outlet eBay store. They have pics of the actual item for sale in the auction listings.

Of course, the AI'd lenses and pre-AI lenses will not provide matrix metering, unless the baffle is modified to have a lens speed sensing post.

-J

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