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Has this thread always been this insanely fast? Takes my breath away.
It is a delight to have so many new participants who've discovered the joys of shooting with these beautiful lenses. I've been singing their praises for over three and a half years, but I've learned along the way that many folks who discovered these lenses long ago still love them. I'm looking at a mint copy of the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI, a very nice copy of the 16 f/3.5 K AI and a 20 f/3.5 U.D. AI sitting on the desk in front of me. If I turned...Show more →
Curtis, I am about as addicted to pre-Ai lenses as you are (almost) and am slowly building a kit of (admittedly somewhat scuffed) pre-Ai lenses to use on my photo trips.
I own a 28mm f2 N.C Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd), 50mm f1,4 S.C Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd), 55mm f1,2 S.C Auto Nikkor (Ai'd by me), 105mm f2,5 P.C Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd), a 135mm f3,5 Q Auto Nikkor (Ai'd by me) and a 135mm f2,8 Q Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd but currently taken apart).
My 24mm f2,8 N.C Auto Nikkor is at the customs office and I will pick that up on monday, and a 135mm f3,5 Q.C Auto Nikkor (non-Ai) is on it's way to me as well. The abundance of 135mm lenses is my desire to get a good user 135mm lens in my kit. Both 135mm lenses I currently own have some issues but I got one for free and the other one for $40 plus shipping so I just ordered a 3rd for $60 shipped to my door in the hopes I can combine both f3,5 lenses to a single good and usable lens with smooth focus ring and multicoated glass.
What are your thoughts on the 200mm f4 Q.C Auto Nikkor? I see a copy on ebay from a seller not too far away. What I'm looking for is a small but sharp 200mm lens to use with tubes. The aperture of f4 is not really a drawback in this case. I know the 180 f2,8 ED Ai-S is stellar, but it's too heavy to justify a place in what is supposed to be a lightweight kit.