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  1. Today, I balk at using a prime lens weighing more than 1,000 grams (1 kg.) unless it is a specialized lens (e.g., Nikkor 200mm f/2.0) In the near future, it is possible that we may hear users complained how heavy their 100 grams lens are. https://www.dpreview.com/news/4657125935/a-new-metalens-breakthrough-will-revolutionize-lenses-as-we-know-them
  2. Andrew L (gryphon1911)

    Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 Review

    Another option to having a more compact Nikon kit would be a 2 lens option. I already have a very good copy of the Nikon 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5, but it lacks in the longer end. Doing research brought me to the conclusion that I needed to check out the 70-210mm f/4-5.6 Reviews everywhere give it rave reviews in IQ and AF capability(although it is claimed that the "D" version focus' faster than the non-D). Can it live up to what others have said about it? Let's find out!! Testing was done on a Nikon Df. 210mm | 1/500 | f/8 : ISO 900 IQ Initial testing of the 70-210mm f/4-5.6...is a little mixed at the moment. I think I need more time with it and some analytical testing. By that I mean I need to run it through some very controlled tests. There were times that images taken were blurry, then another shot with he exact same exposure and focal length settings would yield an in focus shot. It very well could be that my hand holding technique is off. More testing will be done to determine the cause. It is possible that there are focusing issues, so testing will be done on the D700 and D300. 116mm | 1/500 | f/5.6 | ISO 320 Handling Another push-pull zoom and same experience as we found with the 35-135 we reviewed earlier. Again, I kind of like it. On the Df, I use the lens aperture ring to change the value instead of the control dial. There is no VR on this lens, so when shooting at the longer focal lengths, you'll want to make sure you keep your shutter speeds in the realm of the hand holding rule. 70mm | 1/1250 | f/4 | ISO 200 Weight/Size While a bit on the heavy side(it is an all metal constructed lens) it balanced well on the Nikon Df. It fits nicely into the side pocket of the Lowepro Transit 250 AW attached to the Df. 210mm | 1/250 | f/8 | ISO 320 Auto Focus Auto focus was acceptable for this lens. On the slower side, but I expected as much for a lens of this age and design. It focus' accurately and the slower AF is better than no AF at all. I'm not going to complain about it! 110mm | 1/320 | f/8 | ISO 200 Conclusion This is a dandy of an old lens and for the sub $100 price tag, it will be able to perform its job admirably and to our needs. I envision this being used when I want to run with the Df and only take one lens. 210mm | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO 250 210mm | 1/250 | f/11 | ISO 1250 210mm | 1/250 | f/11 | ISO 1100 210mm | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO 450
  3. Andrew L (gryphon1911)

    Nikon 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens Review

    Image © mir.com After my failed attempt to bond with the Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6VR, next lens into the testing queue is an oldie....the Nikon 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 Again, the desire is to find a lens that can be an everyday walk about and useful focal length. 35mm may not seem wide enough for a lot of people, I find that I crave a longer focal length and a narrower field of view than I do wide. There was not a lot of information out there on this lens, but for the price, it was worth the gamble. Majority of the testing was done on a Nikon Df. 135mm | 1/640 | f/4.5 : ISO 200 IQ Initial testing of the 35-135mm was definitely more favorable than the 24-120/3.5-5.6VR we tested. Contrast on the lens is very good and the sharpness is there. No, it is not as good as the newest lenses out today, but it is not far behind. I was honestly surprised. I probably should not have been as we have similar performance with the older Nikon 28-85/3.5-4.5. 135mm | 1/640 | f/4.5 | ISO 200 Handling This is where I thought I would hate this lens, but turns out, the push-pull zoom is not that hard to get used to. In a way, I kind of like it. On the Df, I use the lens aperture ring to change the value instead of the control dial. 70mm | 1/400 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 There is even a macro mode at 35mm. Press the silver button on the side of the lens and twist to put it into macro mode. In this mode, it is manual focus only. There is no VR on this lens, so when shooting at the longer focal lengths, you'll want to make sure you keep your focal lengths in the realm of the hand holding rule. 85mm | 1/800 | f/4.2 | ISO 200 Weight/Size While a bit on the heavy side(it is an all metal constructed lens) it balanced well on the Nikon Df. It fits nicely into the side pocket of the Lowepro Transit 250 AW attached to the Df. 135mm | 1/200 | f/4.5 | ISO 200 Auto Focus Auto focus was acceptable for this lens. On the slower side, but I expected as much for a lens of this age and design. It focus' accurately and the slower AF is better than no AF at all. I'm not going to complain about it! 98mm | 1/100 | f/5.6 | ISO 280 Conclusion This is a dandy of an old lens and for the sub $100 price tag, it will be able to perform its job admirably and to our needs. I envision this being used when I want to run with the Df and only take one lens. 135mm | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO 200 135mm | 1/400 | f/8 | ISO 200
  4. Michael Erlewine

    The CRT Nikkor-O Lens and Images

    A lens that I find remarkable and use quite often is the CRT Nikkor-O, and industrial lens that, when controlled, can produce wondering images. Here is a discussion and dozens of sample images in high-resolution, taken with the high-end Nikon bodies, D3x, D3s, D800E, and D810. Here is the link to the PDF. http://spiritgrooves.libsyn.com/macrostopcom-the-crt-nikkor-o-lens-and-images
  5. Nikonrumors reports about a patent for a Nikon full frame mirrorless les. The lens seems to be what we would think of as a "kit lens", a standard zoom. The lens drawings seem to indicate three possible suggestions for a lens design. http://nikonrumors.com/2014/12/16/interesting-nikon-filed-a-patent-for-a-full-frame-mirrorless-lens.aspx/ Maybe Nikon will start moving in 2015/16?
  6. This legendary lens also performs admirably well on an Olympus camera. Because of the smaller sensor it effectively becomes a long - 210mm f2.5 - telephoto lens. 1. f4 2. f4
  7. Tom

    New AF-S 58mm f1.4G

    Hello Bjørn, couldn't find any post regarding the new Nikkor. Do you already have one in your hands, got some first impressions?
  8. Lorne

    remove stuck filter?

    I am unable to remove the filter from my 20-35 f/2.8 and wonder methods you might suggest. It is a B+W UV-Haze and neither it nor the lens show any dings or dints. The filter looks in good condition but I rarely use any filter except a polarizer. A local camera repair shop took a look and didn't give much hope for removing the filter without destroying it the process. Before I go caveman on it I thought I'd ask what you might do.
  9. A few days ago I successfully disassembled and re-greased (images below) a Steinheil Cassarit 50mm f/2.8 that was given to me many years ago with an SLR. The latter (probably an Exacta) was in parts and non-salvageable. The lens screw mount measures 41.8mm externally. A similar one has been listed on ebay for a long time, the front filter thread is 40.5 mm. It has a preset aperture with 11-blades and is nicely round at all settings. So I am now looking for a suitable low cost M42 to F mount adapter (non-optical) to play more with this lens, well aware that it will not focus to infinity. There is a pretty extensive offering from different sources on ebay. Some previous research indicated that some of them might be difficult to remove from the body. Does anyone have any positive experience with any of these or adapters from other sources? So on to the images. The first one is a self portrait the lens captured of itself, taping an old F-mount adapter to the lens. Considering that it is a triplet, it performs quite well at close distance: Here is the lens taped to the adapter before disassembly and cleaning Here the baffle has been unscrewed, and the two screws at the mount removed. Some corrosion or old grease shows up. Notice the two stops/focus followers. They will be pulled out next. The helicoid can now be moved freely after removing the screws holding the focus ring. The lens divides in the middle: The filter ring was also loosened for cleaning, but this was not part of the disassembly for re-greasing. I did not attempt further disassembly of the aperture/preset mechanism. Now the separation point for the helicoids has to be marked before complete disassembly. Making marks was actually not needed as there were already some there: An interesting mark on the lower part of the lens, some sort of signature? "Exploded view" after cleaning: Assembled again (could need some more exterior cleaning): I will not vouch for the correctness of the infinity point if used on an original M42 body... If pressed against the mount of a Nikon, the infinity setting will reach out to 20-30 m.
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