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asiostygius wrote:
The nice thing is that the lens I bough came with the original hood and bubble case.
No problem, if Curtis allows I will post a "135mm" (f/2 ais x f/3.5 ais x f/3.5 QC) battle on here


I doubt he will have an issue, but if he does, PM me the tests, I am VERY interested. I think the QC will do well. Mine has the bubble case too. It really is my favorite lens to use, it is just a difficult focus machine on my D7000. I haven't found the sweet spot yet like I have on all my other lenses.



May 22, 2013 at 06:23 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
Mine is in the second round made between 71-73. I got lucky with mine, already AI converted. Glad I didn't have to take my copy apart. It focuses a little gritty from time to time, but the rest of the lens is in great shape mechanically. Front element has a few scratches on it, but nothing that affects performance.


My focus action is pretty smooth all around, only the hood is a little sticky. I don't even remember when and where I bought it, but it had to be back in 1988 on my first John Muir Trail hike. Today I'd think twice about carrying a lens this heavy for 220 miles, but there were no plastic VR G type zooms available at the time.

Image quality is great, except for the typical fringing for the lenses of that period. Purple and green, both very visible at f/2.8 and even f/4, but ARC does remove most of it very easily. Software these days gives these lenses another lease on life.






May 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM
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pburke wrote:
My focus action is pretty smooth all around, only the hood is a little sticky. I don't even remember when and where I bought it, but it had to be back in 1988 on my first John Muir Trail hike. Today I'd think twice about carrying a lens this heavy for 220 miles, but there were no plastic VR G type zooms available at the time.

Image quality is great, except for the typical fringing for the lenses of that period. Purple and green, both very visible at f/2.8 and even f/4, but ARC does remove most of it very easily.
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I wish that ACR did as good of a job in removing the fringing as the internal JPEG does in my D7000. Oh well, I have my technique down enough that I can get them nearly invisible. I love the character of the older lenses. The newer stuff is technically better, but a lot of the times I find images taken with them somewhat sterile.



May 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM
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Thanks Jose. I have tried to find mainly pristine ais copies to add to my gear. My 400 mm looks like someone pounded in tent stakes with it, but the glass is pristine. I tried a 135mm
f2.8 ais last night at a concert...it just doesn't cut it - good but not good enough IMO. The lens is pristine, but the front coating is messed up. The thing is - I use all my gear. For me, there is no point owning it if you don't use it. The lens I shot these with (the 105mm f2.5 ais) looks like it just came out of the box, and it operates so smoothly.

asiostygius wrote:
James, nice "lens porn"; your copies are so pristine;





May 22, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.2743 #5 · p.2743 #5 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Georg your cobweb shots are so cool. Good imagination
Peter i am seeing some great color in your shots. I especially love the 57 Chevy and the bullet hole.
Bill what a cute baby!
Mark love the abstracts, such nice color.
Jeff the seals are perfectly framed - well done!
Phillippe lots of subtle colors in your shot - I like it
Ron 'bout time we had some shots from the 200-400
James your product shots are first rate. Of course the subject matter doesn't hurt
Peter I actually like the cyclist included in your shot
Thanks to everyone for your comments on my photos



May 22, 2013 at 07:41 PM
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Interesting post here about the TC-16a (the teleconverter that when hacked can give you limited AF capabilities on a lot of older Nikkors) - I am another step closer to getting a long AIS telephoto after reading that.

All I need to verify is: does it actually work on D600 with an f4.0 lens - f/6.8 effective aperture your AF system needs to work with. The specs for the D600 state f/8 is the AF limit, but is anything above f/5.6 still snappy enough to be usable?



May 22, 2013 at 07:51 PM
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p.2743 #7 · p.2743 #7 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


I've done it. Life will never be the same again

Some lens porn while I wait for the mail man to ask for my signature
















May 22, 2013 at 08:10 PM
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pburke wrote:
Interesting post here about the TC-16a (the teleconverter that when hacked can give you limited AF capabilities on a lot of older Nikkors) - I am another step closer to getting a long AIS telephoto after reading that.

All I need to verify is: does it actually work on D600 with an f4.0 lens - f/6.8 effective aperture your AF system needs to work with. The specs for the D600 state f/8 is the AF limit, but is anything above f/5.6 still snappy enough to be usable?


I have one. Mine isn't hacked and it still "limited" AF with my 300mm f2.8 AIS on my D2X and D700.






May 22, 2013 at 08:15 PM
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raboof wrote:
I have one. Mine isn't hacked and it still "limited" AF with my 300mm f2.8 AIS on my D2X and D700.



so why do they need to be hacked? is it just some camera bodies that may not work? They all do "limited" AF within a pre-focused zone, so that isn't what the hack overcomes. The how to hack page talks about some older AF bodies, so maybe I should first try a cheap unmodded TC16a

http://www.foolography.com/free-stuff/modify-tc-16a/



May 22, 2013 at 08:24 PM
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pburke wrote:
I've done it. Life will never be the same again

Some lens porn while I wait for the mail man to ask for my signature

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/forum_pix/fredmiranda/600mmf4.0/front.jpg

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/forum_pix/fredmiranda/600mmf4.0/side.jpg


Congrats Peter! I wouldn't use it as a walk around lens though.



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Had to break out the 55mm f2.8 for a while, it was getting dusty.


Calibrachoa 55/2.8 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



May 22, 2013 at 08:36 PM
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leighton w wrote:

Congrats Peter! I wouldn't use it as a walk around lens though.


I've been known to do that when the 600mm I used was painted off-white. It's not something you hold up for very long, but all this talk about massive support tripods for these lenses is bogus. I never used it on a tripod - usually monopod or handheld. All depends on what you're shooting, though.

going to be hard to stuff this into my bicycle bags. Time to find a trailer



May 22, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Had to break out the 55mm f2.8 for a while, it was getting dusty.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/8791653808_2cd9e67f37_b.jpg
Calibrachoa 55/2.8 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Seriously beautiful color: Deserves another look!



May 22, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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pburke wrote:
I've been known to do that when the 600mm I used was painted off-white. It's not something you hold up for very long, but all this talk about massive support tripods for these lenses is bogus. I never used it on a tripod - usually monopod or handheld. All depends on what you're shooting, though.

going to be hard to stuff this into my bicycle bags. Time to find a trailer


Peter you may consider not dropping this one!



May 22, 2013 at 08:42 PM
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Peter - your lens is not listed here. http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/AFNikkor/F3AFlenses/tc16a/

I am not sure if it's compatible.



May 22, 2013 at 08:43 PM
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p.2743 #16 · p.2743 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Congratulations Peter What a beautiful piece of glass. I can't wait to see what you can do with it!
Leighton what a beautiful flower shot. Very nice colors!



May 22, 2013 at 09:01 PM
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Leighton, simply stunning colours!!!
Congrats Peter, what a beauty!!

Peter, you may be interested in this link:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3121174
The guy has some excellent experiences with a moded TC16A + 500mm f/4 P. As your 600mm is f/4 it should work in a similar way

For a short period I had a D2x + unmodded TC16A + both 500/4 and the 600/5.6 ais working AF. Note that even the slower 600/5.6 had AF, but on the D2x I remenber the lens must be wide open to AF works.

I have some old test shots here:

with my ex (missing it...) 500/4P (= 800mm f/6.4):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/3433735098/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/3432925111/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/3432924975/in/photostream/

with 600/5.6 (= 960mm f/9):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/3481163047/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/6432161809/in/photostream/




May 22, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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Thanks for the comments guys!


May 22, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Had to break out the 55mm f2.8 for a while, it was getting dusty.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/8791653808_2cd9e67f37_b.jpg
Calibrachoa 55/2.8 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Beautiful shot! Love the colors.



May 22, 2013 at 09:28 PM
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raboof wrote:
Peter - your lens is not listed here. http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/AFNikkor/F3AFlenses/tc16a/

I am not sure if it's compatible.


we will find out in a few weeks. I will do som more research into what the modding is all about. The compatibility list may also be out of date, as the AF sensitivity of cameras has gone up. My old Canon EOS-1n didn't AF at f/8 for example, but modern bodies do. If it doesn't work, not a huge deal. I don't shoot much at 960mm anyway - imagine that one in crop mode - yikes.



May 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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