Upload & Sell: On
Monty and Leighton, I love the fall day and the birds. Monty - I lived for a year in WI and loved it, and my brother was there for many years @UWMadison. It is a lovely state.
Couple issues to bring up, now. Not about the photographs, but the lenses.
1. The 105/1.8 I just got seems to me to be sharper than I would have expected. Second photo is crop of first, unsharpened at 1.8. Seems pretty good wide open and I almost got it in focus. I like this lens VERY much. On soccer fields shooting sports all weekend, but will mess with it more soon as I can.
2. Second 2 photos are of the 55 1.2 SC AI'd I just picked up from KEH (rated Ex, no caps) that I will be returning. Focus is a bit stiff and it is NOT a Nikon AI conversion. They could not tell me that in advance, so I took a chance knowing their return policy is fair, but am sending it back likely on Tuesday. Too bad, it is otherwise a very pretty lens. BTW, if someone wants it you are welcome to it at my cost (399 plus shipping/ins to you). But I won't be keeping it and I assume noone else would, either.
The dreaded paper tape with aperture numbers. I know John White has an excellent reputation and does fine work but in my mind it is a real tragedy that Nikon no longer makes conversion kits for these beautiful old lenses. This one appears to be in very nice condition... it deserves a new aperture ring rather than one that has been filed down. I know Ben is content with these lenses and perhaps others do as well. Perhaps I'm a snob about such things but for me a significant part of the experience of working with these lenses is aesthetic. I love the way they look and love the way they feel. And, of course, the whole manual focusing experience is exquisite.
I'd note that my copy of this lens had a stiff focusing ring. I took it to my local camera shop to see what they thought. Both the owner and his camera technician felt it merely needed use, that it was not necessary to clean or lubricate the lens. It has loosened up quite a bit since it arrived. I mention that on the off chance you change your mind or someone else is interested in buying this from you.
That you like the 105 f/1.8 is no surprise. It is a very fine lens. Only the brilliance of its slower sibling keeps this lens from getting more attention.