Upload & Sell: On
Curtis - really good portraits perfectly processed. Did you really need another lens
I'm so far beyond need that it is truly embarrassing. What is being revealed is a facet of my perfectionism...
When buying AI-s versions of these lenses it was relatively easy to find lenses in EX+ condition. After a bit of encouragement from Dean and after selling the last five Canon L lenses, I decided to spend some of that money to buy the high priced MF lenses I'd until then ignored. I also "upgraded" a few lenses that were not quite so pristine. With pre-AI lenses it is much more of a challenge to find EX+ copies WITH the Nikon AI conversion kit. I've found myself on two occasions picking up converted pre-AI lenses that are fine from a performance perspective, but one of which was not the "latest and greatest." Again, I was infected by Ben's search for the lenses touted by Bjorn that typically had the latest coatings. That is the reason I bought a pristine copy of S.C. version of the 50 f/1.4 without the conversion kit intending to swap out the S version kit I already own. With the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd the issue is not version but condition. If I didn't love the lens so much I'd likely have ignored the fact its condition is EX-. But I do love it and I got a pretty sweet deal on what appears to be an EX+ version. Now, of course, I need to actually change the aperture rings... From what I've read, this is not necessarily an easy task for a number of reasons. Apparently Nikon did something to keep screws from coming loose that in fact can make it very difficult to free up screws on pre-AI lenses rear plate. Then, as Ray noted, there is a spring for returning the aperture ring that is difficult to reach and properly release.
I have the choice of buying a few tools and doing it myself, or taking it to the technician at the local camera shop to see what he'd charge for the task. More will be revealed. And as the Paul Simon song says, I'm "Still Crazy After All These Years..."
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