Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6034
Country: United States

MF Used Gear Alert:

Adorama has a 16/3.5 AI fisheye for a pretty good price in "E" condition:
http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20542383.html

No picture so I don't know the serial number to see which version it is, etc.
I'm sure they'd give you all the info you want if you call them up.

- John



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
The Downtown area of Plant City has been revitalized with beautiful parks. The same area that once was thriving with every sort of freight from all over the country is now a meeting place for the retired, middle aged and the young at heart.



I really like this one!


+1 Ray. Sounds like a interesting place. Nice work with Nikki.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Thank you Leighton and Scott. That finishes my expose' on my home town. On to the beach, Bok Tower, Disney and Tampa. A lot to get in with the week or so I have left



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

jhinkey wrote:
MF Used Gear Alert:

Adorama has a 16/3.5 AI fisheye for a pretty good price in "E" condition:
http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20542383.html

No picture so I don't know the serial number to see which version it is, etc.
I'm sure they'd give you all the info you want if you call them up.

- John


John, thanks for bringing this up. A question: are there differences in the optical performance between the 16/3.5 Nikkor-Fisheye-models? Different coatings or so? Thanks in advance, Georg.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

Ray, great work with Nikki! I like the mural and the church-spire the most. The axis-bench is a neat idea from the station-management.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
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Chuong, that's a fantastic candid of your daughter!

Chin, "Norje" is excellent! The title is great as well ;-)

Monty, I like the composition and the concentrated atmosphere of "At the lathe" a lot, just like your B&W-conversion.
I wonder about your choice of shutter-speed (and ISO), 1/60sec is a bit on the slow side for my taste.
The old man a the cold street is very nicely taken.

Scott, well spotted tree-shadow on the house-front!

Jeff, I like "Going Home" a lot.

Kevin, nice candid of the little girl!

Laura, beautiful portraits of "Little Miss No Name"! I like Mihai's idea to call her "Nikki". The pictures of your friends are great as well.

Bilal, welcome! Your ISO-10K-portrait is nicely done - another proof of the universal capabilities of Nikon's 50mm-lenses.



Mishu01
Registered: Nov 20, 2009
Total Posts: 2387
Country: Romania

Laura, here you go: three votes for the name Nikki! I tell you a secret: cats are my enemies since my early age when I used to raise racing pigeons... Some of my best birds were murdered by cats... and at one time it was a real massacre in the loft I was close to a heart attack then... But time is healing old pain and since "Little Miss No Name" is on the other side of the Ocean I'd agree to be her godfather

mp356 wrote:
Mihai, what a great name idea.


Glad you like it, Scott!

georgms wrote:
Laura, beautiful portraits of "Little Miss No Name"! I like Mihai's idea to call her "Nikki". The pictures of your friends are great as well.


Good!!!!



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 1507
Country: N/A

Thanks Scott, Monty, and Georg.

It's pretty cold today but I am inspired

135mm f2











I think it's about time for me to start developing my camera holding techniques. I don't think my images from tele lenses come up sharp enough for me.


jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6034
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
MF Used Gear Alert:

Adorama has a 16/3.5 AI fisheye for a pretty good price in "E" condition:
http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20542383.html

No picture so I don't know the serial number to see which version it is, etc.
I'm sure they'd give you all the info you want if you call them up.

- John


John, thanks for bringing this up. A question: are there differences in the optical performance between the 16/3.5 Nikkor-Fisheye-models? Different coatings or so? Thanks in advance, Georg.


I first owned an AI'd version with the factory AI kit, then I found an original AI version and owned them both for a short time (I sold the AI'd one to Curtis last year). The color of the light reflection from the front and back element surfaces suggests that the coatings had changed - likely when the AI version appeared. They are both multi-coated for sure, but something changed. Also the dark parts behind the front element appear to be a bit different in darkness and design between the two with the AI version looking to be a bit darker. There are also some minor changes to the design at the mount end.

It's not uncommon for Nikon to make changes to coatings through the life of a production run of a lens.

I extensively compared the two against each other and found minor differences - that could just have been sample variation - in flare/ghosting characteristics with the newer version being just a hair better. I could not find any differences in sharpness at any common aperture.

I now have two original AI versions and they have identical externals, internals, and performance in all regards. Somewhere in my postings I have a picture of the two side-by-side - see below.
I own two because I'm sure I'll drop one of these sometime . . . .

- John



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

John, thanks a bunch! I just wrote a mail to Adorama. We'll see...
There are also a couple of 16/3.5's listed over at ebay right now.
Hopefully I can replace my 16/2.8 AF-D soon.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

raboof wrote:
Thanks Scott, Monty, and Georg.

It's pretty cold today but I am inspired

135mm f2

I think it's about time for me to start developing my camera holding techniques. I don't think my images from tele lenses come up sharp enough for me.


Chuong, at least the second picture looks pretty sharp to me. Sometimes a shallow DoF and a punchy lighting will make a picture with a given lens look more "snappy".
In then past I've had this wow-effect with different lens/camera-combos and the light played a mayor role every time.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

For Laura:
Posted before, but it's an example of the cats-eye-bokeh of the old Nikkor 85/1.8 alias NIKKI:

Cats-eye-shaped highlights caught with NIKKI's sister



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2973
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Georg, love that tripod...



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

kwoodard wrote:
Georg, love that tripod...


I love it too, Kevin ;-)
It's a Berlebach Mini tripod with leveling plate. Made out of ash-wood. It will hold really large cameras and feels/handles good even in freezing temperatures.



LarryM
Registered: Feb 05, 2004
Total Posts: 299
Country: United States

You guys have infected me and now I'm scooping up MF Nikkors. I finally had the opportunity to test the 20mm f/3.5 I got from Alan and two more new/old lenses I picked up recently, a 28mm f/3.5 and a 100mm f/2.8 E.

Most folks seem to treat the f/3.5 versions with less regard than the faster versions and maybe that's true wide open but these slower (and cheaper) cousins fit my shooting style perfectly.



LarryM
Registered: Feb 05, 2004
Total Posts: 299
Country: United States

Couple more with the 28mm f/3.5.

Larry



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

an over colored version, Hand held Nikon D700 + Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS AKA Nikon 85mm 1.4 AI-S aka Nikkor 85mm f/1.4? Happy photography! -Americo.Rodriguez


A.Rodriguez.Photo- by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr


1/2 Full by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2639
Country: Brazil

Thank you for the comments, Ray, Georg, Scott, James, Peter, Samy and Jeff.

Georg, I use a well known trick for these high magnification tele shots: remote shutter trigger with mirror lock up + 5-10s to wait the end of any remaining vibrations;

James, well done "driftwood" with the 105/2.5 + tube + TC14A;

Laura, as usual spetacular cat shots; this one is particularly cute;

Ray, loved the Nikki's sets, sharp and colourful!

Larry, welcome to the NMFAS ("Nikon manual focus acquisition syndrome") club
By the way great shots, I liked the most the 28/3.5 E ones.



johnvanr
Registered: Jan 22, 2013
Total Posts: 268
Country: United States

I hope someone here can help me, as I'm new to manual focus Nikon lenses.

I have a Nikkor 55mm f1.2 serial number 351668 that came out of an estate. It's obviously an old lens. I put it on a D800e that I got today, but even though it fits, it's really hard if not impossible to turn the aperture ring on the lens.

Does that mean this lens is too old to be used with a modern DSLR? Is there a solution, some kind of adapter?

Thanks.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

johnvanr wrote:
I hope someone here can help me, as I'm new to manual focus Nikon lenses.

I have a Nikkor 55mm f1.2 serial number 351668 that came out of an estate. It's obviously an old lens. I put it on a D800e that I got today, but even though it fits, it's really hard if not impossible to turn the aperture ring on the lens.

Does that mean this lens is too old to be used with a modern DSLR? Is there a solution, some kind of adapter?

Thanks.


Hi John, welcome to FM and to this thread!
Please take this lens carefully off your D800e and don't mount it again. It's most likely not Ai-modified and can harm your camera. I have a later Ai-version of this lens and like it a lot.
You can check if your 55/1.2 is already Ai'd by looking at the aperture-ring. If there's a smaller printed second aperture-scale next to the mount it's been already AI-modified and ready to use on modern cameras.
If the second scale is missing you need to modify the lens. That's no big deal - some guys do it on the rough tour with Dremel-tool, more common is swapping the aperture-ring.
Based on the serial-number you need an Ai-modification kit #8 (look here for more informations: http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/lenses.html#50fast).
Hope this helps, Georg!



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