Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Canon 50mm f/1.4 FL

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 S non-AI

Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 S non-AI (1962-'74)
This sample circa '71.

Filter size: 52mm
Close focus: 1 foot/0.3 meters
Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/16
Aperture blades: 6
Depth of field scale for f/4, f/8 - f/16, IR index.
Design: 7 elements in 6 groups

Comments: Note that the lens labeled 3.5cm is a different (and much rarer) lens with 7 elements in 5 groups. It is some what longer but otherwise looks similar. This 35mm version is a nice little lens.

Here are the other non-perspective control Nikon non-AI 35mm lenses: 35mm f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, and 3.5cm

More information:
Richard de Stoutz

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Canon 50mm f/1.4 FL

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 H non-AI

Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 H non-AI (1960-1977)
These samples circa '62 and '72.

Here is the older styling (same lens design), marked in cm:

Filter size: 52mm
Close focus: 2 feet/0.6 meters
Aperture range: f/3.5 - f/16
Aperture blades: 5
Depth of field scale for f/3.5, f/8 - f/16, IR index.
Design: 6 elements in 6 groups

More information: Nikon Thousand and One Nights
Richard de Stoutz

Comments: It is a lens of superlatives: tied for the biggest front element of any 52mm filter-sized Nikkor, the smallest rear element, the only Nikkor with a 5-bladed aperture (which I hate, but on a slow 28mm you aren't going to see the shape of the aperture much at all), about the worst close focus (1:18 maximum magnification), probably the fewest available f/stops (5).  It is a little hard to focus since it is wide and slow. It is nice and compact - just about the same size as the 50mm f/2.  All told, I really like this lens, but I find the close focus annoying.

This lens is also available marked as 2.8 cm with silver front.  The version with a silver front marked in mm is relatively uncommon.

Example photos:

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