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PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5, 35mm f/2.8 lenses - Part 3/5

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35mm f/2.8 PC-Nikkor (new)

A new version of the PC-Nikkor f/2.8 was introduced during Photokina in 1980. This was not solely a normal lense update but rather a thorough revamp optically and cosmetically. It uses one element lesser in its new 7 elements in 7 groups optical design and has improved areas such as light fall-off from center to edges, while common optical aberrations such as field curvature, coma, and chromatic aberration are also very well corrected. Many users feel, the revised lense supersedes the predecessor in optical performance.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Ernie Kralick® <> who also has contributed another image of Nikkor TC-1. Copyright © 2003. Image has been retouched slightly for purpose of broadcasting.

Another noteworthy point is, this lense has a higher contrast which may have been resulted from the use of improved Nikon Integrated Coating process. It consistently exhibits sharp, low flare images, a hallmark of a typical modern Nikkor lense. The high contrast, natural colour rendition also extends even at the maximum shift setting. The PC-lense also offers similar optical capability with 11mm of shift off-axis, plus 360° rotation for complete perspective control - horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally and with its moderately wide covering power of 78° allows for maximum displacement of the image.

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The lense that went through the revision was considerably lighter, weighing at only 320g with its three rings remodeled in different textured grip design for easy identification with the feel of your fingers even if you have to constantly peeping through the viewfinder for focusing, adjusting perspective and composition.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Ernie Kralick® <> who also has contributed another image of Nikkor TC-1. Copyright © 2003. Image has been retouched slightly for purpose of broadcasting.

Unlike earlier lense which use a metallic adjustment screw, the prominent looking screw at the side of the lense has a shorter, broader screw in matte-black which is easier and more smoother for fine tune shift adjustments. The colourful depth of field scales provides three scales at each side along with a red infrared index that printed beside the focusing index. Later version of the lense has four colourful DOF scales.

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Other technical highlights of the 35mm PC-Nikkor are retained - such as a small f/32 minimum aperture provides extended depth-of field control, a critical element for this lense type. It can focus down to 0.3m (1 ft.) and takes popular 52mm filters - except for some selective high speed telephoto Nikkors, it used to be a standard designing concept for most Nikkor lenses from 20 -200mm. As addressed earlier, its primary photographic usage include perspective control of architecture and interiors, but when the shift function is not been used, it can be also be used as a top quality wideangle lense for any subject suitable for 35mm wideangle photography. This lense was believed to have been discontinued by (although still available at selective large retail outlets) and seems that Nikon is quite contented only leaving the PC 28mm f/3.5 lense in their sales/product listing along with the new 85mm PC-Micro as alternative consideration for potential buyers.

<<<--- Picture at left shown a version that sold during the late '80.

Overall, a few factors may have restricted popularity of this 35mm PC lense where firstly, it is not a cheap lense for day to day use, it used to retail a a price between USD620-00~730-00 a piece and even at used condition, they may fetch as high as USD380-00~450-00* while a comparing Nikkor 35mm f/2.8s prime wideangle Nikkor lense sells only between USD160-00* ~280-00 *Source: Macbroom's Camera Blue Book by Amherst Media, Inc. Next, even if it is used for its main objective to shoot PC photography, its limiting picture angle may not be that desirable and/or posting some problems for handling bigger structures/scenes. On the other hand, its angle of view is less useful for handling to shoot pictures of cramped interiors. The manually preset aperture in exposure and viewing while lacking a TTL full-aperture metering feature with any Nikon SLR is another factor can be quite demanding to use even for experienced photographers in order to get precise exposures.

But whatever it is, this optically high performance PC-Nikkor lense combines various positive factors such as high mobility, portability and provides a certain level of versatility in its unique perspective control feature - a feature only previously possible only with large technical and view cameras system, this 35mm format PC-Nikkor does find a good footing in this ever changing photographic market place. It may not be appreciated thoroughly by you or me because we may find it less suitable for our kind of photography, but for those who are in need of such specialized lense type, it is a solution provider and deservingly to have every reason to be around in the Nikkor lens family as alternate consideration.


Focal length/Aperture:
35mm f/2.8
Lens construction: 7 elements in 7 groups; Aperture scale: f/2.8 - f/32
Picture angle: 62°; Covering power: 78 °
Manual preset type: preset ring provided for convenience when setting the diaphragm to the shooting aperture
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Exposure measurement: Via stop-down method: meter coupling ridge and meter coupling shoe not provided
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.3m (1 ft.) to infinity (
Lens rotation: Lens optics rotate 360° for perspective control adjustment in any direction click-stops provided at each 30° of rotation maximum permissible shift values engraved at each click-stop position;
Lens shift: Special mount enables up to 11mm off-center shifts for perspective control shift adjustments via large knob at side of lens shift scale provided with graduations at 1 mm intervals
Weight: 320g; Dimensions: 62mm dia. x 66mm long (overall); 61.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 52mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On

Lens hood: HN-1 screw-in metal; Lens case: CL-34A hard leatherette or No. 61 soft pouch
Usable teleconverter:
* TC-200, * TC-201; Note: Serial number(s) for this version may have been started from 179091 onwards.; * Usable, but there is occasional vignetting.

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Nikon PC-Nikkor lenses at 35mm focal length 2/2

PC-Nikkor at
28mm: PC-Nikkor 28mm f/4.0 | PC-Nikkor 28mm f/3.5
PC-Nikkor at 35mm: PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5 | PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8
PC-Nikkor at other focal length: PC-Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D

| Relative: Various Nikkor wideangles at 28mm & 35mm focal length |

Credit: A view of the rear section of this PC-Nikkor lense courtesy of Mr. Ernie Kralick®. Copyright © 2003. Image has been retouched slightly for purpose of broadcasting.

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