Nikkor-O 35/2

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  1. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    For years I have said that Minoltas and Sony bodies were a perfect match but recently I picked up some older Nikkor lenses and I have to admit that as much as I like my old Minolta MC lenses this Nikkor-O 35/2 is probably the lens I would pick if I could only have one. It's not that I think it is the BEST lens but I do love the images it makes.
     
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  2. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    I have to agree with you there Kevin. The old Nikkor's just have a 'look' to the images. My main complaint, if you can actually call it that, is that they are so heavy. My fav for 'lightness of weight' is an old Canon LTM 35mm. Still not a lite weight since it is a brass lens, but it's smaller than most of my other old lenses and has a 'look' to the pictures I really like. I'll have to keep an eye open for a Nikkor O, it looks like it does a really nice job.
     
  3. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    Yep, they're kinda big. A few that I have (like the HN 50/2 and N 24/2.8) are smaller but my 28/2 and 105/2.8 not so much. Luckily my 5n is small enough to help compensate. That's why I don't like to use them on my Fuji X-P1. The whole thing ends up being kinda heavy and clunky.

    I've thought about Canon and Nikon LTM lenses but I like to get close to things and most RF lenses don't let you get anywhere near as close as the average SLR lens does. The Nikkor-35/2 has CRC so that allows me to get even closer.
     
  4. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    I love to travel with this little combo. The FOV w/the 35 is just right on the -7.
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    I can almost stuff it in a pocket if the pocket is big.
    Too often I find if I don't like how a camera 'feels' in my hand, I'm not going to use it much.
    The -7 w/that lens 'feels' just right to me. So does my A7ii with the Micro-Nikkor, but the 1.2 50 I have doesn't, it's just too heavy. Same with the 58 1.4 Minolta which I really liked using on my SRT, but again, it's a heavy lens.
     
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  5. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

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    You should try the HC 50/2. That lens always knock s my socks off.
     
  6. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
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    The 35 f2 is much smaller and lighter than the 35 1.4. The 1.4 is only usable wide open in black and white in my opinion. For the price difference the 35 f2 is a no brainer. I had two copies of the 1.4 and sold one of them.
     
  7. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

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    ???
     
  8. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
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    Kevin
    Nikkor O 35 1.4
     
  9. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    Now I see...I agree 100% (had a senior moment there). The Nikon 35/1.4 is around $1100. That’s about 12x what I paid for my lowly non-AI 35/2 but likely not 12x the lens.
     
  10. bobbill

    bobbill TalkEmount Regular

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    I like both those 35s and also like the Zuiko 38mm 1.8 images; but must admit the Nikkors do "do it," in the classic sense.
     
  11. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    Been playing with film as of late with my newly acquired Nikon FM (new in a box for around $100). Today I pulled out the 35/2 before I send it off to John White to get it Ai converted to use on the FM (I just got back my HC 50/2). I really love the 35/2. I considered buying a second one and have that one converted rather than part with this one. Then I realized that was just a wee bit on the wrong side of crazy.

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  12. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

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    About a year ago I picked up my very clean Nikkor-O 35/2 for the princely sum pf $85. I recently thought of picking up a second one for my Nikon FM and boy howdy the prices have jumped on that lens. To get one in the same condition as mine it'll cost double what I paid (not to mention the cost of getting it Ai converted). The older O versions seem to go for more than the multi-coated OC version and not all that much less than the newer Ai and AiS versions. Of course even at $150 I think it's still a bargain when you consider the kinds of images it's capable of.
     
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  13. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Back in the 80s I converted some pre-AI Nikkors myself, no big deal since I had all the tools. Saved me some pretty penny back then but I could still kick my butt for selling them 20 years later, especially the 85/1.8 Nikkor-H.
     
  14. bobbill

    bobbill TalkEmount Regular

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    A bit envious here. Love film, but the chems do not love me so digital I went.

    Love the images...weight etc, seems innocuous to me, even the big 1.2s are easy when they fit the use. The other day missed a shot with the Nikkor 135 2.8 big, heavy but needed at the time...and when we get the shot, does it matter?

    Will have to get out and do more...weather permitting.

    Thanks.
     
  15. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    I'd happily try doing the Ai conversion myself but the conversion rings are harder to find than hand teeth. John White does a nice job and it's really affordable. Man, that 85/1.8. That's the Blow Up lens right? Been wanting to find a nice one of those for a while.
     
  16. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    We have a spot in town that does BW processing. As a cancer survivor my oncologist STRONGLY recommends that I no do the processing myself (and who am I to argue?). It's what got me started using digital way back when. I'm not even sure what it was about the FM that appealed to me. Maybe the fact that it was all manual and the thought of having it and the 35/2 as my film kit just seemed kinda right.

    I guess it's cheaper than a Leica M-A ($4450 for the body) and a used Summicron 35/2 ($1500 or so). I think I'm in all of $200 for the FM, 35/2 and the ai conversion and at least my rig has a meter. :eek-30: By not buying the Leica however I do miss out on the one free role of Tri-X 400 they give you as a free bonus.
     
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  17. bobbill

    bobbill TalkEmount Regular

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    I have used Mr. White in Ann Arbor...but only becasue I could not remove one recalcitrant ring screw...process is simple. mark file down area, remove the outer ring (non AI/AIS Nikkors), fill down edge between f-stops per lens...here are links, assuming you can carefully remove screws...use fitted screwdrivers to not mess up screws etc...

    DIY Nikkor AI conversions DIY - Photographs, Photographers and Photography
    Link to John White for him to do: http://www.aiconversions.com/images/AIflyer011026.pdf
    another link... Nikon Ai Conversions


    Basically, figure out what has to be filed down from f-stop to f-stop, you carefully remove the ring and file it down, replace...voila! Lens is AI/S Compatable.
     
  18. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    A lot of camera maintenance stuff I have no problem doing (I kinda enjoy it). I just took apart my Konica S3 and cleaned the RF/viewfinder but when it comes to filing and grinding I'm happy to send it off. :biggrin:. I sent my HC 50/2 to John and it worked out great. I am however going to peel off the weird little tape with the aperture numbers on it. I know they show in the FM viewfinder but I wear glasses so they're super hard for me to see anyway.
     
  19. bobbill

    bobbill TalkEmount Regular

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    Makes sense to me...

    When ring to off camera, not too much to it...just use good hand file...like for trains...flat file, not Dremels.

    My problem was getting ring off.

    But, I use Fotodioz adapeter and it does non-AI and AI so no need to do job for most of my Nikkors...still, the links may come in handy for someone.
     
  20. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    Agreed, I especially like the link to Photographs, Photographers and Photography. It's a great site with lots of good info. I'd actually stumbled upon that site when I originally bought my 35/2.
     
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