Additional Information on
PC-Nikkor Lenses 28mm f/3.5

 


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Nikon PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 (new)

The introduction of 28mm focal length for PC-Nikkor has proven to be a success. With its exceptionally wide covering power of 92°, photographer who always has to live with the medium wideangle PC-Nikkor previously will appreciate the extra advantage this lense offers in their photography. Expressly designed for perspective control of architecture and in particular interiors, its versatility offers has a wider applications than 35mm equivalent as it can be used for any subject suitable for shooting with a 28mm wideangle lens.

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This has prompted Nikon to revise the original 28mm PC Nikkor introduced back in 1975 with another update in October, 1980. Along with the PC-35mm which went through a similar Nikkor lens updating program during same period of time, this PC-28mm upgrade involves a radical change externally as well as internally where the optical construction are based on a new 9 elements in 8 groups formula. The lense speed has been improved slightly to a marginally brighter f/3.5 from f/4.0 provides at the old version. An immediate benefit in this change is, this lense is reputed in offering sharper images from center to edges due to improved field curvature and virtual elimination of coma and chromatic aberration. An improved formulation provides in Nikon Integrated Coating also has helped greatly to control flares in undesirable shooting situation (such as backlit) and offers natural colour rendition which has made this lense enjoys such as fine reputation among the many owners of this lense.

This well designed PC-Nikkor wideangle lense has a clean and easy to understand layout. The previous button-locked setting of the preset aperture ring has been replaced with a full circumference design which seemingly reverting back to standard design used by other PC-Nikkors. There are three separate rings (at the front section along with another plain-ridged ring at the rear) with individual grip design which provides varying 'feel' so as to let photographers identify their respective functions without having to remove their eyes to visually check their respective locations.

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The silver-coloured metallic shift-screw has been replaced with an all black handle - it is shorter, broader for easier and smoother shift operation, the external tip of the handle has a artificial leatherette covering, which is very well finished. Overall, the lense exhibits a high quality feel and weighs lighter than previous f/4.0 version at 380g. The most distinctive feature of this lense was its large 72mm, front portion which seemingly makes it look like an ultrawides Nikkor 18mm lense.

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This well designed PC-Nikkor wideangle lense has a clean and easy to understand layout. The previous button-locked setting of the preset aperture ring has been replaced with a full circumference design which seemingly reverting back to standard design used by other PC-Nikkors. There are three separate rings (at the front section along with another plain-ridged ring at the rear) with individual grip design which provides varying 'feel' so as to let photographers identify their respective functions without having to remove their eyes to visually check their respective locations.

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Despite with the rest of improvements, Its basic features are similar to earlier lense model - Provides 11mm of shift off-axis, plus 360° rotation for complete perspective control. Close focus down to 0.3m (1 ft.) and provising a Maximum Reproduction ratio of 1:6.7. Accepts 72mm filters. The aperture scales runs from f/3.5 - f/22 with three coloured depth of field scales provided along with a red infrared index Orange=f/22, blue=f/16, yellow for f/8.0 and the remaining f-numbers are in white). The rear opening of the lense is extraordinary large in order to accommodate the shift actions. Although the lens elements are concealed but it is always good to ensure there is a protective cap in place to avoid any foreign particles penetrating via this opening.

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Both of these 'modernized' PC-Nikkors have been servicing the specialized requirement of photographers for many years and the all manually operated PC-Nikkor 28mm lense is the sole survivor left standing amidst changes and evolution of modern 35mm SLR photography.

<<<--- Picture of these two PC-Nikkor shown in a '87 Nikkor sales manual.

An amazing feat is, two decades have passed, looks like this lense has a longer product cycle than the medium wideangle 35mm PC Nikkor lense and as at March, 2003, the 28mm PC-Nikkor lense is still being sold by Nikon and treated as a current model. Lastly, this is an expensive piece of optical lense, with a suggested list price mentioned in Japan Nikon Imaging wesbite at 136,000 yen while a comparing normal Nikkor 28mm f/2.8s wideangle with full-fletch TTL metering only retails at 49,000 yen ! So, unless you have a rewarding justification and/or a special need for it, do considered twice.

Specifications:

Focal length/Aperture:
PC 28mm f/3.5
Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups; Picture angle: 74°; Covering power: 92 °

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Diaphragm: Manual preset type: preset ring provided for convenience when setting the diaphragm to the shooting aperture
Aperture scale: f/3.5 - f/22; 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 (oo)

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 llmm off-center shifts for perspective control shift adjustments via large knob at side of lens shift scale provided with graduations at 1mm intervals; Depth of Field markings:
Orange=f/22, blue=f/16, white=f/11, yellow for f/8.0, white=f/5.6, f/4.0 and f/3.5; red infrared index provided. Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:6.7

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Dimensions: 78mm dia. x 69mm long (overall) 64.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 72mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Screw-in
Lens hood: HN-9 screw-in metal; Lens case: CL-34A hard leatherette or No. 62 soft pouch
Weight: 380g; Usable teleconverter: TC-200
*, TC-201* Note: " .. Production records show serial numbers beginning at 179121, but there are some publicity photos known that show a PC 28 mm f/3.5 with serial number 100101..". Source: Nikon Hand Book. * Usable, but there is occasional vignetting, stopped down metering is permissible.

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Third Party alternative: Schneider PC-Super-Angulon 28mm f/2.8. The lense carries mount for Canon, Contax Yashica, Minolta, Minolta AF, Nikon, Olympus and Rollei. Its large image circle diameter and innovative mechanical design allow the optical axis to be displaced by 11mm horizontally and vertically and by 9.5 mm diagonally. The 12 element design yields exceptional optical quality even with full displacement, achieved by a Floating Element System that ensures high quality over the complete focusing range -- up to 11 inches.

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PC-Nikkor at 28mm Focal length: PC-Nikkor 28mm f/4.0 | PC-Nikkor 28mm f/3.5
PC-Nikkor at 35mm Focal length: 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

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
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http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
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