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    Post your Nikkor lens shots here. I consider old Nikkor lenses alt, since they are used not only on Nikons, but also on Canons and other cameras. AF lenses are not really alt though, so I will limit my posts to AI, AI-S, etc.

    I am not really supposed to post photos of my daughter, but this one should be okay…

    You all know what I do on my Saturdays, you see the results here in this forum. This is what I do on my Sundays. Nikkor 35/2.8 AI @ f/4. That is one my monopods safeguarding the kite string, by the way

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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    Nikkor 5cm F1.4 "Tokyo", Leica Mount, on the Olympus EP2:



    Wide-Open.

    Nikkor 10.5cm F2.5, Leica Mount, Wide-Open on the Leica M9:



    If the Nikkor is not marked in Cemtimeters, it can't be so old...

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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    The 105/2.5 was always a very strong lens, but I am surprised how far back that goes.
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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    The Nikkor 10.5cm F2.5 debuted in late 1953, came out in black finish. I have this lens in Nikon S-Mount, Contax RF Mount, Leica thread mount, and F-mount. The optics underwent a major redesign ~1972 or so.

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    I took my 22-yr old 35/1.4 AIS out for a walk in the park yesterday on my 5DII.


    20111023 036a by Ronald S. Smith, on Flickr


    20111023 048a by Ronald S. Smith, on Flickr


    20111023 061a by Ronald S. Smith, on Flickr


    20111023 063a by Ronald S. Smith, on Flickr
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    Nice rendering on that lens, put to good use. I can almost hear the breeze through those reeds in the last shot.
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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    20/2.8 AIS


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    I love my 105/2.5, so much that after years of using only AF lenses it is now one of my workhorses.
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    AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 'pancake' version


    I found myself an AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 - the latest version with short nose i.e. the nearly pancake flat version - produced 1985 - 2005


    click for natural size



    © • Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm • 1/125 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Capture NX




    Surprisingly nice performance for such a small optic, Black & White with a bit of yellow toning ...

    click for natural size


    © • Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 1.8/50mm 'pancake' • 1/3200 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Capture NX
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    Nikkor lenses


    One with AI-S Nikkor 28mm f/2.8



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    Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 2.8/28mm • 1/320 sec. at f/8 ISO 200 • Capture NX
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    Re: AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 'pancake' version

    Nice find of the pancake lens, unfortunately it probably wont be pancake any more once you adapt it to E mount assuming it is a Nikon F mount right?

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    I found myself an AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 - the latest version with short nose i.e. the nearly pancake flat version - produced 1985 - 2005


    click for natural size



    © • Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm • 1/125 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Capture NX




    Surprisingly nice performance for such a small optic, Black & White with a bit of yellow toning ...

    click for natural size


    © • Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 1.8/50mm 'pancake' • 1/3200 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Capture NX
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    ^Since he shot those with a D300, I'm not sure if your comment about it being not so pancake applies.

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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    This is my Ai 55 micro. I like the old primes, I've had some of them since the 60's but I bought some old "newer" lenses when I went digital. Joe
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    Beautiful fish shot, Joe


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    And to all of you: all the very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Alternative Gear Year.

    The old AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm has nice bokeh for portraits and similar subjects.

    No willing model at hand, so you will have to do with this Christmas Bear



    click for native sizes











    All with Nikon D300 • AF-S Nikkor 1.4/50mm G • 1/3 sec. at f/8 ISO 200 • Capture NX




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    Nikon D800E • AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm • 1/2 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 • Lightroom 4.3
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    Re: AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 'pancake' version

    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    I found myself an AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 - the latest version with short nose i.e. the nearly pancake flat version - produced 1985 - 2005


    click for natural size



    © • Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm • 1/125 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Capture NX

    I used that lens on my F3 for years- it's fantastic. I slapped it on my BF's D600 the other night and it's still a winner:


    Sleepy Boy, December 23, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr

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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    Steen, I hope you forgive me. The 50mm you show was a favorite lens of mine a while ago because I could find many for cheap and use the helicoid to house various lenses.

    Here is a sample with one such lens, an APO Rodagon 75/4.5


    NEX-6, APO Rodagon 75/4.5, HVL-F20AM

    The lens (complete with a "chip"):


    Untitled by Vivek Iyer, on Flickr

    The 100/2.8 E now houses an APO El Nikkor 105/5.6 lens.

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    Re: Nikkor lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post

    And to all of you: all the very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Alternative Gear Year.

    The old AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm has nice bokeh for portraits and similar subjects.

    No willing model at hand, so you will have to do with this Christmas Bear
    Amazing detail in the Christmas Bear image! I've always liked the 105/2.5 lens also. My AIS copy has a floppy lens hood problem, so I often use a screw in metal lens hood, but it is otherwise very nice.

    Good to revive this thread re the old Nikkors.

    Here's a shot I took with a non-AI 55mm micro Nikkor on my D2x.

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    Steen, I hope you forgive me. The 50mm you show was a favorite lens of mine a while ago because I could find many for cheap and use the helicoid to house various lenses.

    Here is a sample with one such lens, an APO Rodagon 75/4.5 (...)

    Sure, Vivek, one of the AI-S 1.8/50mm's virtues is that it is so dirt cheap that you can use it for whatever you want, like parts for experiments.
    Still, it's also a decent performer in itself, see Maggie O's picture of the Sleepy Boy cat. Nice, Maggie
    And then the AI-S 1.8/50mm also makes even an SLR or a DSLR rather compact.
    Besides I enjoy getting good results out of cheap gear, it somehow adds to the fun in its own way, with imperfections and all
    Where do you find all those exotic C lenses and enlarger lenses, looks like an interesting niche world of optics ?



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    And here's a few from the 105/2.5, one of my all-time favorite lenses... (...)

    Nice, Maggie, you are obviously very good at focusing this manual focus AI-S Nikkor lens, I simply love the smooth way it renders out of focus areas



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    Amazing detail in the Christmas Bear image! I've always liked the 105/2.5 lens also. My AIS copy has a floppy lens hood problem, so I often use a screw in metal lens hood, but it is otherwise very nice.

    Good to revive this thread re the old Nikkors.

    Here's a shot I took with a non-AI 55mm micro Nikkor on my D2x.

    Gary, that Micro Nikkor looks sparkling and tack sharp on the D2x CCD sensor, you can almost feel the texture




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    Here's the short nosed AI-S 1.8/50mm on a DSLR, as compact as I need it (I have no pocket camera and no cell phone camera)

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    Captured with Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 2.5/105mm • 1/5 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Lightroom 4.3
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    Hi Steen,

    The APO Rodagon D 75/4.5 (shown) came after an APO Rodagon D 75/4 which I learned, many moons ago, was in the LF scanner I was using at work.

    The APO El-Nikkor was bought from one of the two big camera shops in NY from their used inventory (again, many years ago).

    Both the lenses have 39mm screw mount.

    I am glad to see there is renewed interest in the small 50/1.8 for photography use.

    I still have (at least) one 45/2.8 GN-Nikkor, a true pancake and a mechanical marvel.

    PS: No disrespect to Maggie but I really do not like cat photos. Let me make that domestic cats.

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    Thanks, Steen! I'm delightfully surprised at how well my old lenses draw on the brand-new D600.

    Vivek, there's no accounting for personal taste, so no offense can be or is taken!

    I will say that with their whiskers and tabby marked coats, cats make excellent test subjects for lenses. If you pixel-peep, on some lenses, chromatic aberrations will show up on the edges of whiskers and in the hair, along with moire artifacts.

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    Thanks, Maggie. From your photos, it is quite clear that you cherish your cats. I can appreciate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
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    Gary, that Micro Nikkor looks sparkling and tack sharp on the D2x CCD sensor, you can almost feel the texture
    The D2x still impresses me. It was my first Nikon DSLR (which I bought a couple years ago). I bought it specifically to use with my manual focus Nikkor lenses. Since I have owned a pair of Nikon F2s for 30+ years and later an F3HP, I've got quite a few non-AI and AI/AIS lenses. Nice to have a Nikon DSLR to put them on. The 55mm Micro Nikkor was always one of my favorite lenses.

    Here's another shot with the D2x, this time using a 50mm f1.4 AIS lens. It doesn't do too badly either.

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    Another test from the garden with the 800 Nikkor on Canon 5D III

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    I just found a ~ 40 years old AI-modified Nikkor-S Auto 1.4/50mm, basically a ~ 50 years old optical design (1962).

    I had this pre-AI lens about 45 years ago in the film days and I was recently reminded about it by Y Sol who on the Nikon board posted some very nice pictures taken with it on a digital F-mount SLR.
    Thanks a lot, Y Sol, for demonstrating that this old optic also behaves nicely in a modern digital context

    As I already have the AI-S Nikkor 1.2/50mm I didn’t exactly need yet another 50mm but the Nikkor-S Auto 50 also has such sweet aberrations and a nice personality in general.
    So, just for Christmas’ and nostalgia’s sake

    Besides, these old pre-AI lenses can be found at very low prices, and making nice results with old, used, and therefore cheap optics adds to the fun (for me at least).

    As my full frame camera has been stolen by a burglar I am for the time being also back on my old, year 2007 APS-C Nikon D300.
    So all in all, with this rig I hope I can run for president in the Cheap Gear Society


    Here’s the old Nikkor-S Auto 1.4/50mm


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    © • all captured with Nikon D300 • AI-S Nikkor 1.2/50mm • at f/5.6 ISO 200 • Capture NX 2.4.5
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    I have no volunteer model at hand so you will have to do with these stabbing vegetables

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    © • all with Nikon D300 • Nikkor-S C Auto 1.4/50mm • at f/1.4 ISO 200 • Capture NX 2.4.5
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    © • both with Nikon D300 • Nikkor-S C Auto 1.4/50mm • at f/8 ISO 200 • Capture NX 2.4.5

    All the above Nikkor-S Auto 50 pictures were captured handheld


    The End

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    wonderful Pictures Steen!
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    Thank you, Thorkil, Karl-Heinz, and Gary .-)

    If any of you ever go for a Nikkor-S Auto 50mm or other Pre-AI lenses, make sure they have already been AI converted, as Nikon no longer does the conversion and no longer fabricates the conversion kit.

    Quoting Thom Hogan:

    (…) ”The original F-mount appeared in 1959, and lenses that were produced from then until about 1979 are usually referred to as Pre-AI.
    These lenses are dangerous on current Nikon bodies.” (…)


    And shortly after:

    (…) mounting one of these lenses on your new Nikon will result in damage, so don't even try it.
    If you find that you have one of these lenses and want to use it on a current camera, you
    must have the lens converted to AI first. (…)


    Today Nikon Df is of course a current exception from this rule.

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    Steen and thereby you mean that on a Df there will be no risk with such a lens?
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    (very tempted by a Df, but its expensive!)

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    Yes, correct, Thorkil.

    On the Nikon Df you can flip-up the AI aperture coupling lever and mount your old, Pre-AI lenses from all the way back to the F-mount start in 1959, even if the lenses are not AI-converted for use on current F-mount cameras.


    The way DPReview puts it:

    "Here's how the Df maintains compatibility with pre-Ai lenses - its Ai tab (indicated here) can be flipped backwards, out of the way of the lens mount, preventing older pre-Ai lenses from jamming."





    cropped screen dump from dpreview.com
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    thank you, Steen.
    Just a sham, that savings (for the Df), just are way too slow Building up
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