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Old 06-13-2016   #41
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Nikkormat FTn, Nikkor-N Auto 24mm f/2.8, ORWO 21 DIN.

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Old 06-13-2016   #42
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Old 06-13-2016   #43
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Old 06-20-2016   #44
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From series I took for my wife for Mothers Day (she is a very keen seamstress). Both with the Micro-Nikkor 55/3.5 on an FE (thanks to jmilkins) on FP4 in R09.



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Old 06-20-2016   #45
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Wonderful pics!

One from the 180 2.8 Nikkor-P Auto at f/2.8, Nikon Df.

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Old 06-20-2016   #46
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Wonderful pics!

One from the 180 2.8 Nikkor-P Auto at f/2.8, Nikon Df.
RJL_2869 by Maryland Photos, on Flickr
As a bit of an aside I have an early AF version of the 180mm f2.8 which I enjoy greatly although it's form factor is a bit difficult being very long and skinny. Never the less, having ED glass it produces lovely images and has butter soft bokeh. I succumbed to GAS and also bought an early non ED, AI converted model. In the hand I prefer it as it is somewhat fatter. It has quite a long throw which makes it slow to use but accurate. Its image is not quite so crisp as later models but it is never the less a lovely lens and we'll worth owning. This focal length Nikkor really are superb.


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Old 06-21-2016   #47
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Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K w/ Portra 400. I recently got this lens AI'd with a factory kit that, amazingly, a local camera repair store had in stock. Only cost me 30 or about $40, including the work!





Nikkor 28mm f/2 AI w/ Delta 3200. Love the lens, but its just a bit too wide for me for a walk around lens.







Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 K, or the semi rare 6/6 design, w/ 400TX. My solution to the 28mm being a touch too wide. Just got this lens and have only shot half a roll with it, but I think its a keeper

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Welcome Mpox,
Great images, keep em coming!
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Old 06-22-2016   #49
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It would be totally useless to quote a single post....
Really a lot of nice images in this thread, regarding both the quality of Nikon lenses and composing skill of people here!

Btw. I've a Nikkormat Ftn and some pre Ai lenses: 50mm H f/2, 28mm f/3,5 and 135 Q f/3,5

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Old 06-22-2016   #50
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In 1974 I got my first serious camera kit: the Nikon F and 50mm 1.4 Nikkor Auto-S Lens. Still have them both. Since then I have added more "modern" Nikon lenses: 28/2 Ais, 105/2.5 Ais. What a kit!
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Old 06-22-2016   #51
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Old 06-22-2016   #52
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Old 06-24-2016   #53
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Old 06-27-2016   #54
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Fantastic pics from these lenses, keep them coming, and interesting the hear the stories around them too!

Here's a less heralded Nikkor, the 20cm f4 Q. Has a "special" character in its bokeh.


RJL_3026 by Maryland Photos, on Flickr


RJL_3033 by Maryland Photos, on Flickr


04450025 by Maryland Photos, on Flickr

The first two with Df. The last one was Fuji Pro 400H loaded in the F4E.
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Old 06-27-2016   #55
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a few of mine, AI'd lenses on FM3A:

Nikkor - Q 135mm f2.8

May16_71_Pan50_R_FM3a_5 by Ben Sandler, on Flickr

Nikkor - O 35mm f/2

Aug15_Foma200_FM3A_4 by Ben Sandler, on Flickr


Sept15_HP5_HD_FM3A_35_3-Edit by Ben Sandler, on Flickr


Apr16_49_ProImage_FM3a_16 by Ben Sandler, on Flickr
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Old 06-30-2016   #56
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Wonderful pics Ben with the 135 and 35 on FM3A!
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Old 06-30-2016   #57
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This is with a favorite of mine, an Ai'd 10.5cm f2.5 P, ~1960, on Nikon D800.


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Wonderful pics Ben with the 135 and 35 on FM3A!
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Old 07-03-2016   #59
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Old 07-10-2016   #60
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JM, very nice composition with the 45 P!!

200 f4 AIS on Df.

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Old 07-16-2016   #61
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Japanese sailors on port call in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Following the path blazed by late Governor (and city mayor) William Donald Schaefer?


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Nippon Kogaku 10.5cm f4 T at f/4 on the Df.
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Old 08-07-2016   #62
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Aztec fire dancer with the 135 f2 AI, D800.


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Wow, AI Nikkor lenses are vintage? I must be getting old...

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Hard to find any real fault with these images...beautiful work.
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Quick question - will the pre-Ai lenses work on any of the Nikon digital bodies? If so, which ones. Thanks,
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Old 08-07-2016   #66
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Vintage is relative I guess

Unmodified pre-Ai lenses will work on the Nikon Df. Only ones I have had trouble with on the Df are some very early 10.5cm f2.5 P and 5cm f2 S (1959-60). The rear lip of the barrel extends too far over the mount. For most of the other Nikon DSLRs, the rear of the aperture ring of pre-Ai lenses either has to be machined off, or the aperture ring itself replaced using AI-modification kit that Nikon used to sell.

A couple of preset Nikkors from way back, the Nikon 10.5cm f4 T, and the 5.5cm f3.5 micro-Nikkor, can go on any digital Nikon.
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I have one pre Ai 50mm and it will not work on my D610.
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I have one pre Ai 50mm and it will not work on my D610.
the d610 will only work with Ai(S) manual lenses. You can convert your pre Ai lens for cheap. I did.
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... Only ones I have had trouble with on the Df are some very early 10.5cm f2.5 P and 5cm f2 S (1959-60). The rear lip of the barrel extends too far over the mount. ...
This will be the case for all of the original batches of F-mount lenses. These are often referred to as "tick mark" lenses for their f/stop markings. These lenses have a deep overhang (~3mm) on the f/stop ring that functions as a dust/dirt shield. Nikon reduced the depth of this overhand in later lenses to ~1.5mm. All of these lenses, if unmodified, will fail to mount on all metered Nikons other than the F and F2 Photomics. They won't fit Nikkormat FT, FTn, FT2, FT3, EL, ELW, EL2, and any of the Ai bodies that will accept other non-Ai lenses.

There are also a few pre-Ai lenses that have issues on many bodies, even when Ai-converted by Nikon. These include the 28mm f/3.5 from the mid-60s and early the 35mm f/1.4.

Nikon used to publish a list by serial number of these problem lenses indicating which were problems on which bodies. I would presume that they publish one for the Df.
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I converted mine.
I know it is not expensive to convert. I have other 50's that I use on the D610 so that old pre Ai lives on one of my older Nikkormats.

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Playing with the 10.5cm f4 T on the Df.


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For those who want to use a pre Ai lens on a modern Nikon that only supports AI ones I can assure you that it is not a difficult mod to make using simple hand tools.

The Nikon Ai conversion kits are almost impossible to find even for the more common lenses but you should not let that stop you. The process of making the conversion involves nothing more than the ability to remove the rear mounting plate and aperture ring (usually held with several small screws), mark out where the cut has to be made on the aperture ring then execute the cut using needle files or a dremel tool.

Reassembly is the hardest bit - a little fiddly but still relatively easy once you have done a couple of lenses. (The trick for most lenses is to make sure that the lens is focused to its nearest focusing point). In any event if you Google it you will find several good guides that explain where and how to make the cuts etc. The critical thing - the thing that conveys the aperture mechanically is the starting point of the notch cut in the lens aperture ring. Each conversion should take no more than say 50 minutes from go to whoa for a beginner with moderate tool skills.
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I love the quality of Nikon MF lenses . These days they get more use on my XE2 and Nikon FM than my rather neglected D700.
24mm f2.8 Ai- this is used with Tilt/shift adapter on the XE2 to good effect
35mm 3.5 PC Nikkor- first model. Small lens really used only on the FM. Pretty sharp with good contrast
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Wonderful pictures in this thread! My humble contribution (50mm/f1.2, FM3a, Tri-X in Diafine):

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I always loved the results I got from my 28 F2 - so cinematicly smooth
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... The process of making the conversion involves nothing more than the ability to remove the rear mounting plate and aperture ring (usually held with several small screws), ...
... which are themselves sealed witha Lock-Tite like material. It is often necessary to use Acetone to loosen the sealant. Also note that the older screws are flat-blade, the newer screws are not Phillips, but are JIS cross-point screws. The flat-bade screws are also make to a JIS spec which uses a narrower slot, relative to the screw head diameter, than the US convention. You need to make sure your screw drivers fit well in order to deal with the necessary torque.

The "ancient" Nikkors are quite different. With those you remove a small screw on the side of the f/stop ring and then simply twist the f/stop ring to unscrew it off the back of the lens. I recommend that you first screw it on further while counting the turns so that you can use this info when reinstalling the modified ring. You will also find that the screw that was removed to allow the f/stop ring to be removed is the connection to the iris mechinism. You will need to do a little fishing to realign the internal slotted bar so that the screw protrudes into the slot when reassembled.

When I converted one of these, I would scribe a line on the inside edge of the f/stop ring even with the face of the mount before removing the ring. That way I could use the line as a reference for how much I needed to mill off.
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