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Todd Adamson wrote:
Wonderful shot! I am unable to participate at this time, but hopefully soon! Looking at an AI version at this moment, trying to determine if there's any significant optical difference...
Perhaps you know this site Todd... if not it is very useful both in learning about lens construction and also using specification numbers to tell when a lens was manufactured. It is a wonderful resource.
The AI has seven curved aperture blades, which differs somehow with the AI-s lens. The later lens also has a shorter focus throw. I don't know whether that makes a difference to shooters, though I'm very happy with the way the AI-s version focuses. The later version also has a built in hood that slides out from the body.
No doubt you're having fun exploring, as I'm sure many of us have. I was pretty lost with the Nikon nomenclature when I first came over, but it is gradually beginning to make sense to me. No doubt, all the wonderful resources available online have and continue to help, including the New Zealand site above. Hopefully you'll join us soon.