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jonmanjiro 09-05-2017 20:06

LTM W-Nikkor 3.5cm 1:1.8 Serial Numbers
 
These are the serial numbers I've dug up over a few months.
"C" means the lens is engraved with a red C indicating coated.
No C means the lens doesn't have the red C engraving (but still coated).
Production is certainly very low. Perhaps as low as 1,200 - 1,500 lenses.

Has anyone got any other serial numbers to add?



181272 - C
181283 - C
181311 - C
181344 - C
181347 - C
181478 - C
181509 - C
181572 - C
181581 - C
181586 - C
181614 - C
181624 - C
181711 - C
181755 - C
181759 - C
181787 - C
181798 - C
181833 - C
181939 - C
181942 - C
181983 - C
182058 - C
182070 - C
182101 - C
182119 - C
182158 - C
182252 - C
182272 - C
182302 - no C
182403 - no C
182448 - no C
182456 - no C
182472 - no C
182511 - no C
182528 - no C
182576 - no C
182602 - no C
182620 - no C
182633 - no C
182680 - no C
182797 - no C
182803 - no C
182816 - no C

pyeh 09-05-2017 20:32

Nice work, Jon. I read somewhere, and I think you also pointed it out to me, that "no C" can still mean the lens is coated. Certainly my "no C" lens, which you've captured in your list, looks coated.

jonmanjiro 09-05-2017 20:40

Pete, that's correct, lenses without the red C engraving are coated.

Nikon dropped the engraving because by 1956-7, about when the red C was dropped, all manufacturers were coating their lenses and there was no longer any need to advertise the fact.

richardHaw 09-05-2017 21:50

Thanks! This is "maniac" information :eek::eek::eek:

MikeL 09-05-2017 22:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by richardHaw (Post 2753144)
Thanks! This is "maniac" information :eek::eek::eek:

Funny you should say that.
Most folks don't know this, but when Jon was on the professional wrestling circuit he was known as Johnny The Maniac Manjiro. Not the biggest guy out there, but one of the craziest!

cqing 09-06-2017 00:55

181283 - 182158 with 'C'
182456 - 182797 without 'C'
Information retrieved from:
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

jonmanjiro 09-06-2017 01:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by richardHaw (Post 2753144)
Thanks! This is "maniac" information :eek::eek::eek:

:cool::cool::cool:

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeL (Post 2753146)
Funny you should say that.
Most folks don't know this, but when Jon was on the professional wrestling circuit he was known as Johnny The Maniac Manjiro. Not the biggest guy out there, but one of the craziest!

Mike, please don't divulge too much of my past here, or I may have to break out some incriminating photos of you taken in Shinjuku that night we found you semi conscious in an alley in Golden-gai with your pants around your ankles.

Come to think of it, I may have taken those photos with an S-mount W-Nikkor 3.5cm 1:1.8... bummer, different serial number range.

jonmanjiro 09-06-2017 02:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by cqing (Post 2753158)
181283 - 182158 with 'C'
182456 - 182797 without 'C'
Information retrieved from:
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

Thanks! 182158 was already in the list so added the other three serial numbers.

MikeL 09-06-2017 13:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by jonmanjiro (Post 2753159)
Mike, please don't divulge too much of my past here, or I may have to break out some incriminating photos of you taken in Shinjuku that night we found you semi conscious in an alley in Golden-gai with your pants around your ankles.
Come to think of it, I may have taken those photos with an S-mount W-Nikkor 3.5cm 1:1.8... bummer, different serial number range.

Okay, I'll keep quiet! And regarding Golden-gai, Gabor was in way worse shape than I was from too much shōchū. At least I still had my pants.

On a less serious note, I have 182511 with no C and in feet.

Were all of them in feet?

pyeh 09-06-2017 14:42

MikeL, that Jon is a real dangerous character. He'll lead us all astray at the drop of a hat. I hear also that his one-inch punch can knock a person six feet.
On the question of feet and metre scales, I had a look at my little collection of Nikkor LTM lenses and they all have feet scales only, including my "C" and "no C" 35/1.8's. Just as well I can think in both units.

splitimageview 09-06-2017 15:21

Jon, always feat, but sometimes no sea.

DSC07526.jpg by robertjag, on Flickr

DSC07527.jpg by robertjag, on Flickr

DSC06135.jpg by robertjag, on Flickr

DSC06134.jpg by robertjag, on Flickr

jonmanjiro 09-06-2017 17:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeL (Post 2753321)
Gabor was in way worse shape than I was from too much shōchū. At least I still had my pants.

Were all of them in feet?

Shōchū too? I remember the beer, whisky, and sake... but not the shōchū. Gotta watch that shōchū! Yes, at least you still had your pants.

I think all of them were in feet.


Quote:

Originally Posted by pyeh (Post 2753342)
I hear also that his one-inch punch can knock a person six feet.

Pete, these lenses may use imperial units only, but in Japan we use the metric system. That would be a 2.54cm punch that can knock a person 182.88cm.

Quote:

Originally Posted by splitimageview (Post 2753353)
Jon, always feat, but sometimes no sea.

Thanks for the serial no's Robert. For a moment there I thought that was a Hurricane Irma joke :eek:

benmacphoto 09-06-2017 17:28

Hi Jon.
My 35mm f1.8 LTM Nikkor just came back from service at DAG.

SN: 181344 red C

jonmanjiro 09-06-2017 17:35

Thanks Ben!

James24 09-07-2017 05:00

Here's mine, Jon.


Calzone 09-07-2017 05:12

Jon,

SN182119- "C"

Cal

Thatspec 09-07-2017 08:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeL (Post 2753146)
Funny you should say that.
Most folks don't know this, but when Jon was on the professional wrestling circuit he was known as Johnny The Maniac Manjiro. Not the biggest guy out there, but one of the craziest!


I'd always wondered what happened to his eyebrows, now we know...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNAqpv9ecM0

An LTM 3.5/1.8 has been near the top of my list for a long time

raid 09-07-2017 08:41

I have to check my lens out for its SN. I will post it here then.

MikeL 09-07-2017 10:51

182803, no C, on ebay

Calzone 09-07-2017 11:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeL (Post 2753618)
182803, no C, on ebay

Mike,

What is the current bid or BIN?

Thanks.

Cal

MikeL 09-07-2017 13:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by Calzone (Post 2753634)
Mike,

What is the current bid or BIN?

Thanks.

Cal

UK seller, I think it was listed for $1900 but not sure it sold. It had a scratch on the rear element and oil on the blades.

splitimageview 09-12-2017 09:31

Found another one I had a while back, Jon. Also in feet.

EDIT: wait, that's already on your list.

DSC00172 by robertjag, on Flickr

raid 09-13-2017 13:34

My lens has number 181833 (C).

Hm. This the same lens as shown above ...

splitimageview 09-13-2017 14:38

Interesting, Raid. When did you acquire that lens, perhaps from Johan? I think that's the one I sold him.

raid 09-13-2017 15:49

Yes, I got this lens from Johan. It is a very nice looking lens, by the way.

kermaier 09-13-2017 16:09

Who currently owns my old lens, #181787?

jonmanjiro 09-13-2017 16:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thatspec (Post 2753543)
I'd always wondered what happened to his eyebrows, now we know...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNAqpv9ecM0

Hahahaha that looks pretty painful :eek:

Just added the new serial numbers to the list. Interesting to see a few lenses doing the rounds of RFF members!

MikeL 09-13-2017 16:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by raid (Post 2755055)
Yes, I got this lens from Johan. It is a very nice looking lens, by the way.

So incestuous.
Similar to genes, it's less like a lens pool around here and more like a lens puddle.

jonmanjiro 09-13-2017 16:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeL (Post 2755065)
So incestuous.
Similar to genes, it's less like a lens pool around here and more like a lens puddle.

That concisely sums up what I was thinking!

"Welcome to the RFF lens puddle"

... sounds kinda gross

splitimageview 09-13-2017 18:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by raid (Post 2755055)
Yes, I got this lens from Johan. It is a very nice looking lens, by the way.


Yes, that's about as primo of a 60 year old lens as can be!

The best ones need to stay in the RFF puddle. ;)

James24 09-14-2017 01:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by James24 (Post 2753475)
Here's mine, Jon.


The image isn't showing for me now. Anyway, it's 181939, with a C.

jonmanjiro 09-14-2017 01:15

Thanks James. I just added it.

1533 difference between earliest and latest s/n's. Not many at all, and I think due to manufacturing defects etc. its unlikely Nikon used every serial number in the block, so maybe the actual number of lenses is only 90% to 95% of that.

pyeh 09-14-2017 01:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by kermaier (Post 2755058)
Who currently owns my old lens, #181787?

I have! I got it off eBay from a chap in Japan in March last year. RFF puddle indeed.

Calzone 09-14-2017 05:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by pyeh (Post 2755147)
I have! I got it off eBay from a chap in Japan in March last year. RFF puddle indeed.

Pete,

The world is not that big. LOL.

BTW I hooked up Ben above with his lens. I told him if he ever sells it, we are no longer friends. LOL.

Cal

menos 09-14-2017 22:56

Hey Jon, please add LTM W-Nikkor # 182302

jonmanjiro 09-24-2017 06:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by menos (Post 2755375)
Hey Jon, please add LTM W-Nikkor # 182302

Dirk, does yours have a red C?

menos 09-24-2017 21:56

Hey Jon, no red C on this one ;-)

evolution of the perfect 35mm - W-Nikkor - Hexar - UC-Hexanon by Dirk Steffen, on Flickr

rogthai 11-22-2017 23:21

See my friend lens #181614 red C in your list ready.

Noctilux095 12-13-2017 16:21

Hi Jon,

Mine is # 182533 without "C"

[IMG]W-Nikkor 3.5cm f1.8 LTM 1 by P.C. Gallery, on Flickr[/IMG]


Here are several of my Japan-made f=35mm :D:D
[IMG]35mm Canon f1.5-f2 W-Nikkor f1.8 Konica UC p1 by P.C. Gallery, on Flickr[/IMG]


Cheers!

pixelman 12-28-2017 14:28

181326 with a "C" was recently sold at the Tamarkin auction (Sadly. I didn't win it and the search continues...)


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