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p.2509 #1 · p.2509 #1 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Jose,

I have the f3.5 version which is actually less sought after (based on reading on the net) than the f5.6 version.

I like it enough to keep it I bought mine for $600 but without the front cap and the hood has a few marks. It's hard to control flare with my version.


Koh's Camera still has the AI ring for it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Factory-Brand-New-17-AI-Ring-For-15mm-F5-6-Lens-/320711378886?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item4aabe347c6


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Mar 06, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Couldn't agree more. Wonderful shot Peter. I'll have to give that combination a go, though I'm hand holding so it might be a stretch.

Nice shot !!!



Mar 06, 2013 at 09:37 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Glad I could help Tony. I am so glad someone from here got that beautiful lens!!!!


That's what friends are for...

Well done Ray. It is comforting to know I'm not the only enabler on this thread...



Mar 06, 2013 at 09:37 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I wonder whether anyone here bought this lens, that just sold on E-Bay.

I put in a bid, though I already own this version of the 105, thinking I might upgrade to a mint copy. But others clearly felt the same way since I wasn't close to the top bidder who paid $154.10 for the lens. It really is an outstanding performer...



Curtis, by coincidence just Today I found one of these 105/2.5 P (Sonnar design) - SN 152594 (as old or older than me!!! - my oldest lens to date) for just ~~ US125.00, and I could not resist - bought it!

Not as pristine as the ebay copy, but generally a joy to use!



Mar 06, 2013 at 09:41 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Bjorn Rorslett rates the f/3.5 a bit higher...

Bjorn Rorslett's Review of Fisheye Lenses

John Hinkey in Seattle introduced us all to this particular lens and gradually a number of us followed. In fact, I bought John's first copy of the lens. He subsequently bought two more which he has kept. Everyone who has used the lens has become a fan. There were only a bit less than 8,000 of the f/3.5 lenses made and of those a smaller number with the AI conversion suitable for modern DSLR cameras. The f/2.8 comes in close to thirty thousand lenses, and none of those
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Ok .. Therefore, I was wondering is there a possibility to buy here in Sweden 16mm f2.8 Ai for about $ 450 .. prices are higher here with us than they are with you .. You have much bigger used market
ex: A Nikon 105 1.8 Ai-s in very good condition can be around $ 700



Mar 06, 2013 at 09:48 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Bjorn Rorslett rates the f/3.5 a bit higher...

Bjorn Rorslett's Review of Fisheye Lenses

John Hinkey in Seattle introduced us all to this particular lens and gradually a number of us followed. In fact, I bought John's first copy of the lens. He subsequently bought two more which he has kept. Everyone who has used the lens has become a fan. There were only a bit less than 8,000 of the f/3.5 lenses made and of those a smaller number with the AI conversion suitable for modern DSLR cameras. The f/2.8 comes in close to thirty thousand lenses, and none of those
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+1 on what Curtis says.

I owned both the 16/3.5 AI and the 16/2.8 AIS. The f/3.5 is slightly better with flare/ghosting with the sun in the frame while the f/2.8 is slightly better with the sun just out of the frame.
The f/2.8 has slightly better sharpness in the center than the f/3.5 wide open (they become equal stopped down), but falls way behind the f/3.5 in sharpness significantly off-center. This was apparent on my D300 and D700, & I suspect would be even more so on my D800.

The 16/3.5 continues to be one of - if not THE - sharpest lenses I own, even on my D800.

Here's how this all started. Back in my D300 days I was looking for a compact WA and had read about this lens on Bjorn's site. I failed to win a bid for a 16/3.5 AI'd after searching for one for over a year. Six months or so later the exact same lens went up for sale on the local CL here in Seattle and I grabbed it - talk about fate! I since had moved on from the D300 to a D700 and the lens continued to amaze.
A few years later I had an opportunity to grab a 16/3.5 AI off of the FM B&S for a decent price so I did. I then sold my 16/3.5 AI'd to Curtis (it had a factory AI ring conversion, not a modified aperture ring). I then found another one locally that was in slightly better cosmetic shape (though identical in IQ) for a decent price so I grabbed that one as well.
As Curtis said I have the two now - mainly because I use mine a lot and I have this fear that I'll drop it someday and won't be able to find a replacement. I usually sell my lenses that don't get used much, but this is an exception.

It did take a while to learn how to effectively use this lens, but hopefully as I and certainly others have shown once you do learn to use it well it can produce stunning results if a FE is your thing. I particularly like what Jose and Georg have been doing lately with it. Monty is a master as well. Curtis doesn't use it as much as he should.

Time to get back to work.

- John




























Mar 06, 2013 at 09:52 PM
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p.2509 #7 · p.2509 #7 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Excellent shots John!
Here are a couple of my favorites with the 16mm 3.5













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Mar 06, 2013 at 09:58 PM
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p.2509 #8 · p.2509 #8 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


I too have the 16mm f3.5. I bought it because of Bjorn and John. I am very please with it and planning to learn about it more once all this white stuff is gone.




Mar 06, 2013 at 09:58 PM
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p.2509 #9 · p.2509 #9 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


John, more than worth to see again these jaw dropping images with the 16/3.5!




Mar 06, 2013 at 09:59 PM
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p.2509 #10 · p.2509 #10 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


CGrindahl wrote:
That's what friends are for...

Well done Ray. It is comforting to know I'm not the only enabler on this thread...


Good that you have a 14 day return. This lens (and FEs in general) are very sensitive to marks/dirt/dust on the front element if you point it into the sun and stop it down. They seriously do show in the final image. I have to keep mine immaculately clean in order for any dust not to show up as slightly blurred portions of the image or unusual flare.

Hopefully this one does you well.

Also note that all three of my copies were way out of whack with regards to what the focusing ring says infinity focus is and what live view shows. So if I can't use live view I know where to set the focusing ring to achieve best focus either at infinity or closer for hyperfocal settings.

- John



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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Ok .. Therefore, I was wondering is there a possibility to buy here in Sweden 16mm f2.8 Ai for about $ 450 .. prices are higher here with us than they are with you .. You have much bigger used market
ex: A Nikon 105 1.8 Ai-s in very good condition can be around $ 700


The price you quote for the fisheye lens is very good if it includes VAT. And given the price you quote for the 105, you would definitely do much better buying the one Tony has and paying shipping and customs duties. You'd likely spend $550 for his lens with VAT and shipping. But there are only so many lenses and so much time. I trust you'll add to your kit when and how it makes sense to do so. I'm certainly glad you've had the experience of shooting with the 180 f/2.8 AI-s. It is a great lens that incredible value for money.



Mar 06, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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p.2509 #12 · p.2509 #12 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Wow! Great shots John



Mar 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Excellent shots John!


Thanks - I see that some of these jpgs are a bit pixellated/lower resolution than they should be.

I'll have to look into that.

- John



Mar 06, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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p.2509 #14 · p.2509 #14 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Views of one of the bars at Pompeii:



Pompeii's bar general view - 2 horizontal shots pano by labecoaves, on Flickr

2 horizontal shots pano.
D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/50s.
This bar has the typical masonry counters with large built in terracota dolia, which were used to store dried food stuff.



Wall painting in a bar at Pompeii by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Micro Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/125s. ~30% cropped.
The painting is of a temple with a sacrificial tooking place at the centre. Dionysus (left) and Mercury (right) on either side and below 2 auspicious snakes approach the altar (after S. C. Nappo, Pompeii's White Star Guide).

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Mar 06, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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p.2509 #15 · p.2509 #15 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


MDoc9523 wrote:
Excellent shots John!


Wow! And you're right John. I need to put that puppy to work...



Mar 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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p.2509 #16 · p.2509 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Jose your Pompeii shots are just wonderful!


Mar 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Jose your Pompeii shots are just wonderful!


+1





Mar 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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p.2509 #18 · p.2509 #18 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


CGrindahl wrote:


Wow! And you're right John. I need to put that puppy to work...


I, like others I suspect, cycle through what lenses I use at any given time. The 16/3.5 is almost always in the bag though.



Mar 06, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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p.2509 #19 · p.2509 #19 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


You probably saw another shot but this shot might make into a local hardcover photo book. I have to wait and see.

85mm f1.4








Mar 06, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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p.2509 #20 · p.2509 #20 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Wonderful shot Chuong, good luck!


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