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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikkor P 105mm f2.5 Nippon Kogaku
    Beautiful pictures, the colors are vibrant.

    The 105/2.5 Sonnar formula lens is amazing. Anyone that thinks "Bokeh" is a recent thing: the 10.5cm F2.5 Nikkor-P was designed in 1952 and was undercorrected for spherical aberration by design. This...
    Beautiful pictures, the colors are vibrant.

    The 105/2.5 Sonnar formula lens is amazing. Anyone that thinks "Bokeh" is a recent thing: the 10.5cm F2.5 Nikkor-P was designed in 1952 and was undercorrected for spherical aberration by design. This was known to give smoother out of focus areas. The earlier 8.5cm F2 is over-corrected for spherical aberration, which gives a more nervous look.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikkor 135 Q-Auto F/3.5
    All of the 135/3.5 Nikkors are Sonnar formula lenses, 4 elements in 3 groups- from the 1950 batch through to the Ais version. I will post some from the long line, I have the Ais version and going back to the made-in-occupied-Japan version.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikkor 20mm F/3.5 Ai-s
    A K1 ring is a short extension ring, I think it is 6mm. No linkage to the aperture mechanism. I use one with the Df and the "deckel" adapter for Schneider 85/4 Tele-Arton.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf2/macro/i...
    A K1 ring is a short extension ring, I think it is 6mm. No linkage to the aperture mechanism. I use one with the Df and the "deckel" adapter for Schneider 85/4 Tele-Arton.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf2/macro/index1.htm

    I've "accumulated" K1, M2 (26mm extension), E2 (semi-auto aperture), BR-1 (F to S-Mount for a bellows lens, Not the same as an N->F adapter), and BR-2 reversing ring.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikkor 200mm F/4 Ai-s
    Wide-Open, shot through a fence at the Reston Zoo. Got as close to the fence as possible, angled so the Eyes were through a hole in the fence.

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/712/21374919881_6351e88fcf_o.jpgDSC_6392 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/683/21178515220_93391d4e8b_o.jpgDSC_6415 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    The 300 or 500...
    Wide-Open, shot through a fence at the Reston Zoo. Got as close to the fence as possible, angled so the Eyes were through a hole in the fence.

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/712/21374919881_6351e88fcf_o.jpgDSC_6392 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/683/21178515220_93391d4e8b_o.jpgDSC_6415 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    The 300 or 500 would have gotten a closer shot of the Greenback Heron. But this got the scenery.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikkor 200mm F/4 Ai-s
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5831/21374919361_920ba17a5f_o.jpgDSC_6421 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    Wide-Open on the Nikon Df.

    Does not focus as close as the Micro-Nikkor, but 2m is not bad- 1/2 the distance as the original 20cm F4.

    I have a (rare) Leica mount Komura 200mm F4.5 lens, rangefinder...
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5831/21374919361_920ba17a5f_o.jpgDSC_6421 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    Wide-Open on the Nikon Df.

    Does not focus as close as the Micro-Nikkor, but 2m is not bad- 1/2 the distance as the original 20cm F4.

    I have a (rare) Leica mount Komura 200mm F4.5 lens, rangefinder coupled. Minimum focus - 20ft.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikkor 200mm F/4 Ai-s
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5764/21532836371_469773330f_o.jpgDSC_6462 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5794/20903014373_44ebbf7f25_o.jpgDSC_6462-Edit by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    I picked this lens up recently, Ebay out of Japan for $90 shipping included. Near mint cosmetically, perfect glass. Looked like new. I had bought one NEW...
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5764/21532836371_469773330f_o.jpgDSC_6462 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5794/20903014373_44ebbf7f25_o.jpgDSC_6462-Edit by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    I picked this lens up recently, Ebay out of Japan for $90 shipping included. Near mint cosmetically, perfect glass. Looked like new. I had bought one NEW when they were new... Traded that one. I've learned to appreciate the compact size and utility of a 200mm lens on the Df.

    I read the comments on CA- thought this shot of the deer with 100% crop was a good indicator of what I am used to. I also have the "AF-Micro-Nikkor 200/4 ED-IF" m-o-u-s-e. The latter is sharper, but never a complaint from me for sharpness or CA with regard to this MUCH cheaper lens.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto
    Buddy, I received this lens yesterday and wow, just something about it that wows me! I have the 55 F/1.2 Ais also, so I will get around to comparing the SC with it somewhere up the road. This is quite the lens, looking forward to shooting with...
    Buddy, I received this lens yesterday and wow, just something about it that wows me! I have the 55 F/1.2 Ais also, so I will get around to comparing the SC with it somewhere up the road. This is quite the lens, looking forward to shooting with it!



    I have the Nikkor-SC and Ai version. Some of the original Nikkor-S 55/1.2 lenses had multicoated rear elements, starting in 1969. I had one of those, sold it to a friend with a Black F2 Photomic. A good friend. I think this lens was replaced by the 50/1.2 Ai lens, never made it to Ais. For the Df, makes no difference.

    EDIT:

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/50mmnikkor/indexA.htm

    Two sources state that the "K" version was modified optically from the SC version to allow closer focus.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto
    According to Braczko in "The Complete Nikon System": he writes that in April 1976 the rubber-inset focus ring version (K Version) "The optical design was modified slightly to allow a minimum focus distance of 1.7m". No other information- but... According to Braczko in "The Complete Nikon System": he writes that in April 1976 the rubber-inset focus ring version (K Version) "The optical design was modified slightly to allow a minimum focus distance of 1.7m". No other information- but from that it does sound like the optical formula was revised, not just the helical. So this book and the Mir site both state the optical formula was changed. Both my Ai and SC version are near mint. I'll try them on the Df. The 55/1.2 Ai was the last version, replaced by the 50/1.2 Ai. I never realized there was a 50/1.2 Ai until getting this book, had thought the change-over occurred with the introducion of the Ais. Both of my lenses came with the "Cheezy" oversized translucent plastic rear cap with the cutout for the bunny rabbit ears. I keep a standard rear cap on them when not in use.

    I wrote in another thread that this lens has a reputation for getting the front element knocked out of alignment due to that big front end. Doing a test of a brick wall or fence slats and looking for uniform edge performance is a good idea when purchasing one.

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5817/21015746574_d1ae5231f6_o.jpgnikkor_55 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/752/21017411303_9702aa3257_o.jpgnikkor_55_12 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto
    Mark- I see from this forum that you posted threads on the "55/1.2 Ai" and the "50/1.2 Ais". What threw me in this thread was you referred to a "55/1.2 Ais", so I got confused. However- it did lead me to search out the 55/1.2 SC and 55/1.2 Ai, at... Mark- I see from this forum that you posted threads on the "55/1.2 Ai" and the "50/1.2 Ais". What threw me in this thread was you referred to a "55/1.2 Ais", so I got confused. However- it did lead me to search out the 55/1.2 SC and 55/1.2 Ai, at least three sites state the optical formula changed going from the SC to the K. Learn something new everyday. And I found my Nikon sales desk reference guide packed in the basement as a result. More
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 55mm f1,2 Nikkor-S.C Auto
    Great shots, and there is a difference in the optics between this and the Ai version. I'm guessing that they changes the optimization for the closer focus of the Ai lens. There are also sample-to-sample variations in the lenses when manufactured,... Great shots, and there is a difference in the optics between this and the Ai version. I'm guessing that they changes the optimization for the closer focus of the Ai lens. There are also sample-to-sample variations in the lenses when manufactured, and certainly due to the life they've had over the last 40 years. With older Sonnars and Jupiters, I've gone through tens of lenses to cherry pick one. But that one- worth the effort. More
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  • Now for some samples from this unique lens.

    The 10.5 f4 T mounted on Nikon F5. The film used was Fuji Pro 400H.
    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/682/21610521586_424b820fb0_c.jpg66540021 by Maryland Photos, on Flickr
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Set of M42 Lenses
    A pleasant surprise catch today! The lens on the far left turns out to be a 405xxxx serial number Thorium lens.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Set of M42 Lenses
    Please share more when you have time. :)

    I may try to pick up some more of them - if they release ff Pentax here in the near future these things will probably go up a little bit. I'm still looking for a good adapter.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS
    Someone should snatch that one up!
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS
    Hi Mark... I'm very tempted to myself. Were you able to hover over the image of the aperture blades and see how they don't make a circle? Is this something to be concerned with? Will it affect the bokeh balls, or other things with the images... Hi Mark... I'm very tempted to myself. Were you able to hover over the image of the aperture blades and see how they don't make a circle? Is this something to be concerned with? Will it affect the bokeh balls, or other things with the images it produces?

    I don't have the experience that many of you folks do and when seeing that, it makes me nervous. You can email me or pm me if you wish. I'd love to hear yours or anyone's comments on this.

    Many thanks,
    No Regrets
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS
    Hi Mark... I'm very tempted to myself. Were you able to hover over the image of the aperture blades and see how they don't make a circle? Is this something to be concerned with? Will it affect the bokeh balls, or other things with the images...
    Hi Mark... I'm very tempted to myself. Were you able to hover over the image of the aperture blades and see how they don't make a circle? Is this something to be concerned with? Will it affect the bokeh balls, or other things with the images it produces?

    I don't have the experience that many of you folks do and when seeing that, it makes me nervous. You can email me or pm me if you wish. I'd love to hear yours or anyone's comments on this.

    Many thanks,
    No Regrets


    Looks distorted from how the picture was made if you ask me Don...I bet it is just fine and looks exactly right when you have it in your hands.
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS
    Thanks Jeff for your comments as well as the tip about protection of the front glass with some sort of filter.

    I have not yet gotten nor used any filters as of yet. I'll have to investigate which ones would be best for me to use. New...
    Thanks Jeff for your comments as well as the tip about protection of the front glass with some sort of filter.

    I have not yet gotten nor used any filters as of yet. I'll have to investigate which ones would be best for me to use. New territory for me.

    Thanks again!
    No Regrets


    I just mentioned it because that front element is huge and out there waiting to get hit with something other than light. I used to use filters religiously but now I do not really. I ran a simple test one day and could easily discern what a L37C did to my images and I didn't like it so I started shooting without them. I use the L37Cs and one A2 I think it is to cover the fronts of my 85 and 105 and 135 when not in use just as insurance. I'll probably buy more as I buy more lenses but also just for travel and storage. I would like to have a nice CP and a couple of nice NDs. I will probably only buy Nikon stuff in this regard...strange but I only want Nikon for my Nikkors... :silly:

    In my book the 85/1.4 merits a L37C when not in use. They are special like that. :)
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  • Brian replied to a discussion, Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS
    Hi Mark... I'm very tempted to myself. Were you able to hover over the image of the aperture blades and see how they don't make a circle? Is this something to be concerned with? Will it affect the bokeh balls, or other things with the images...
    Hi Mark... I'm very tempted to myself. Were you able to hover over the image of the aperture blades and see how they don't make a circle? Is this something to be concerned with? Will it affect the bokeh balls, or other things with the images it produces?

    I don't have the experience that many of you folks do and when seeing that, it makes me nervous. You can email me or pm me if you wish. I'd love to hear yours or anyone's comments on this.

    Many thanks,
    No Regrets


    Looks distorted from how the picture was made if you ask me Don...I bet it is just fine and looks exactly right when you have it in your hands.


    Hi Jeff! You were exactly right. The lens arrived today and it is very minty! The aperture blades are perfect...it was just the angle that the photograph was taken that distorted the view. The focus throw is smooth and not a blemish to be found on the barrel or glass. I am very pleased as it looks like new! If I have enough energy tonight, I'm going to take it out to the jazz club and give her a try and see how it performs. This particular club is always extremely dark so it will be quite a work out for both he lens and camera.

    Thanks again,
    No Regrets
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