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Old 09-05-2017   #1
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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
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Old 09-05-2017   #2
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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.
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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.
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Thanks! This is "maniac" information
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Thanks! This is "maniac" information
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!
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181283 - 182158 with 'C'
182456 - 182797 without 'C'
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Thanks! This is "maniac" information


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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Jon, always feat, but sometimes no sea.

DSC07526.jpg by robertjag, on Flickr

DSC07527.jpg by robertjag, on Flickr

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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.


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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.

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

SN: 181344 red C
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Here's mine, Jon.

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Jon,

SN182119- "C"

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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
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I have to check my lens out for its SN. I will post it here then.
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182803, no C, on ebay
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182803, no C, on ebay
Mike,

What is the current bid or BIN?

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Mike,

What is the current bid or BIN?

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

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

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My lens has number 181833 (C).

Hm. This the same lens as shown above ...
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Interesting, Raid. When did you acquire that lens, perhaps from Johan? I think that's the one I sold him.
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Yes, I got this lens from Johan. It is a very nice looking lens, by the way.
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Who currently owns my old lens, #181787?
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I'd always wondered what happened to his eyebrows, now we know...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNAqpv9ecM0
Hahahaha that looks pretty painful

Just added the new serial numbers to the list. Interesting to see a few lenses doing the rounds of RFF members!
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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.
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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
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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.
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Here's mine, Jon.

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

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Hey Jon, please add LTM W-Nikkor # 182302
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Hey Jon, please add LTM W-Nikkor # 182302
Dirk, does yours have a red C?
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Hey Jon, no red C on this one ;-)

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See my friend lens #181614 red C in your list ready.
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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
[IMG]35mm Canon f1.5-f2 W-Nikkor f1.8 Konica UC p1 by P.C. Gallery, on Flickr[/IMG]


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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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