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1. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:49 PM Tuesday 28 February, 2006

That's probably a wise choice, Jonathan; the f/1.2 is only a half stop faster than the 1.4, really not much of a boost for the cost, weight and bulk of the lens. rick :)=

2. From : jonathan (
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Date : 03:11 PM Tuesday 28 February, 2006

Rick, Thanks for the suggestion. Awesome that you founda an F/1.2 for a bargain, especially and oldie that's MIJ...Made in Japan. I opted for the F/1.4 (new). Figure that I would rarely need an extra F stop or extra speed for the lens. I think the F/1.4 would be plenty; price is right too. Bummer though, that it is probably a MIC (made in China) model and not MIJ.

3. From : Rocco (
Url : http://
Date : 04:22 PM Saturday 18 February, 2006

I would like to buy a Nikon F camera for parts. Send me a photo. Thanks

4. From : Craig Woods (
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Date : 04:20 PM Friday 17 February, 2006

I have an Ikelte underwater housing for a Nikon F camera that is looking for a new home. Many thanks. Craig.

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:12 AM Saturday 11 February, 2006

Hi Jonathan: I do happen to have the AIS f/1.2, in awful condition (see above URL link). This lens, especially in its rough shape, was a real surprise: sharp, contrasty, it even has nice bokeh. I never expected it, I just thought I was getting a bargain on some impressive speed. If you don't mind the cost and the weight, this is a great lens.

6. From : jonathan (
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Date : 11:48 PM Thursday 09 February, 2006

Rick, Thanks for your feedback. I will not mount the lens into the FM3A again. Your description about the incompatibility was exactly what I had experienced when I mounted the lens. Hopefully, I did not do any damage. I will now shop for a Nikkor AIS 50mm F/1.2 or F/1.4. I'm not too thrilled about the F/1.8. Do you have any thoughts about these lens? Thanks!

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 12:01 PM Thursday 09 February, 2006

Hi Richard: You mention that you have this "half-picture" problem when using the ring flash. Do you have it when using the camera without the flash? If not, the most likely cause is that you have selected the wrong shutter speed. On the Nikon F, you can only use flash at shutter speeds of 1/60 second and slower. Setting the shutter to a faster speed will result in the shutter being only partly open when the flash fires, giving you half of a picture. You also need to be sure that the letters "FX" appear in the small window just in front of the shutter speed dial - though if it were at another setting I don't think you'd be getting any picture at all with the electronic strobe.

8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:53 AM Thursday 09 February, 2006

Jonathan: Do NOT mount these lenses on your FM3A! The rear of the aperture ring interferes with the tab on the AI ring on the body, and there is a possibility of damaging your body. The lenses can be modified to alleviate this problem, and the modification will also make them couple correctly to your light meter so that they will work like a more modern lens. There are a number of people who do this work, typically for about $30-50 per lens. I can give you information on one or two if you wish.

9. From : richard bailey (
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Date : 03:30 AM Thursday 09 February, 2006

1967 Nikon Photomic T, has been taking pictures with a ring flash that shows only half a picture. Not being a seasoned photograher, can anyone help me to usnderstand this problem. I contacted a "fixer" and the message was it would cost $130 plus $15 if I cared to mail it...but no mention what the basic problem might be. Takes only a half a picture. Advise welcome.

10. From : jonathan (
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Date : 07:17 AM Wednesday 08 February, 2006

I just visited your website to investigate two lenses that my family owns. They are the Nikkor 10.5 CM/2.5 and 50mm/1.5 as listed below. I am wondering if you can help me determine if these lens is compatible with a Nikon FM3A (USA) that I just purchased a few weeks ago. If it is not, then are there "adapters" that I can buy to make it work? I am able to mount/install these lens into the FM3A, but it does not "feel" like it's an perfect fit. I would appreciate it if you could shed some info on this subject for me. Much Thanks in advance!

Aloha, Jonathan

A 10.5cm/2.5 P Auto NKJ focus in feet and m S/N < 150313 - 155953 >
A 50/1.4 S Auto NKJ ribbed aperture ring S/N < 332162 - 395567 > 1963 -

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