Nikon’s Gem of a Lens – f/1.4 50mm AI

Nikon Nikkor lenses have been praised since the dawn of time (a slight exaggeration) and in some cases rightly so. This Nikkor lens is right up there in its reputation as a fast quality lens that’s as relevant today as when it was made.

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens made between 1977 to 1981. Don’t confuse this with the later AIS lens which immediately followed this lens.

It takes 52mm filters and caps, has a seven blade aperture, features seven elements in six groups, close focusses to 1.5 feet, and weighs in at 255 grams. It uses the famous Nikon F-mount.

Here I’ve included a nice B+W 52E 010 1X filter for protection. The lens is of course made in Japan.

This lens functions perfectly and the front and rear elements are clean and clear but there is some dust specs inside and some light haze. In my test shots with my Nikon D800 the lens performed well with the imperfections not visible in the final images.

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Happy SUNday! – Nikkor Lens Test

Nippon Kogaku W-Nikkor C F3.5 2.8cm wide angle lens (1954).

One of the best and most useful features of having a mirrorless digital camera like this Fujifilm X-A10 is the ability to test and use some of my vintage lenses by using an adapter between the lens and the body.

It was a generally cloudy day with the sunlight filtered through some cirrus clouds so no harsh shadows and low contrast images.

Maidenhair ferns and cypress needles.
My trusty boulder and gravel test subjects.
Bald cypress in its autumn glory.
Here’s where a 28mm wide angle lens comes in handy.
I’m very happy with the resolution and detail of this vintage Nikkor glass.

I used a Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter M39 – FX to mount my Nikkor lens to my Fujifilm camera body. Fotodiox makes a wide range of quality adapters for use on almost any mirrorless body and vintage lens. You can find them at https://fotodioxpro.com/collections/lens-mount-adapters

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Saturday Spotlight – My favorite RF

Whenever I reminisce about classic cameras from the 1950s it’s hard not to think of this Nicca camera inspired by the iconic Leica 35mm rangefinder (RF).

* Nicca 3-S from 1954 *

By today’s standards there’s nothing easy about using a camera from this era. Some of the “negatives” – manual focusing using a rangefinder (not thru the lens like an SLR), manual exposure and shutter speed settings, difficult film loading, and lots of add-ons just to be able to shoot with a wide angle or telephoto lens to name just a few. The positives – this is considered to be a miniature camera (compared to other film cameras), interchangeable lenses, rugged construction, excellent lens choices, and portability. I like this camera because it just feels right cradled in your hand.

Tiny 2.8cm (28mm) wide angle lens made by Nippon Kogaku (Nikkor-Nikon).
Optical viewfinder that provided the correct angle of view of the 2.8cm lens.
Nippon Kogaku W-Nikkor.C f3.5 2.8cm lens.
Optical viewfinder mounted on the Nicca’s accessory shoe.

If you want to experience film photography in its purest form then check out one of these amazing machines from the 1950s. Leica, Nicca, Yashica, Canon, Nikon, Leotax, and dozens more.

Totally random here but I wanted to give a shout out to my friend Peggy’s WordPress site at https://cameragocamera.com/ It’s a lot of fun to visit and she’s tested nearly every camera on the planet (almost) nearly every camera. Pop on over for a read and be sure to click follow while you’re there.

Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and beautiful day! – Chris

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Nikon D800 on HDR

I’m still getting to know my Nikon D800 and while “testing” the HDR function I discovered that if you move the camera even slightly then you end up with this (actually pretty cool).

Obviously I was trying to get a good image of this oak but with HDR on it caused the combined image to be blurry. Below is the very next image with HDR still on.

Both images were taken with my Nikon D800 and AF Nikkor 24mm f2.8 D lens. I’ll need to learn to use the D800 more fully. Now that the weather has changed and the heat and humidity of summer is gone there will be more opportunities to go out and get some images under my belt.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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New in the Shop – Nikon U2 Date 35mm SLR Set with Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm Lens

Now available in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com is this stunning and very complete 35mm film camera with matching lens, battery pack/grip, and all original boxes. A Nikon collectors dream camera as this was one of the last film cameras made by Nikon in or around 2003.

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Nikon U2 Date 35mm Film Camera Set

Gorgeous Nikon SLR with Nikkor zoom lens and Battery Pack. Complete set with matching serial numbers and all of the original boxes. Works perfectly and ready to shoot with right out of the box. Ships nearly worldwide – please contact for a shipping quote. Thanks, Chris

$197.00

Remember, this is a 35mm film camera with autofocus and auto exposure modes as well as a full manual setting. For more complete details please visit my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Chasing Classic Cameras -Nikon U2 – end of the line Nikon 35mm SLR

Also known as the Nikon N75 in North America and the F75 everywhere else outside of Japan. It’s a sophisticated autofocus and auto exposure 35mm film camera that uses almost all of Nikon’s F mount lenses.

Original list price in 2003. It’s actually a very expensive film camera in it’s day. At about 110 JPY to USD puts it in the high $500 range.

This particular camera had the date time display option so technically it would be the Nikon U2 QD.

I’ll have this wonderful available in my camera shop very soon. You can visit my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Here’s a fun little contest brochure that was included with my camera.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Nikon D50 DSLR with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5G ED Zoom Lens

Hi all! I have a very nice classic Nikon DSLR from 2005 – it’s been fully tested, it’s super clean, and works 100%. The Nikkor lens is super sharp and focuses quickly and accurately. The lens can mount on any F mount body and can focus both with autofocus and manually.

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Here’s a couple of sample shots from it just this morning.

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Full auto exposure and autofocus at full zoom. Great details, nice contrast, and fantastic colors.

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A studio shot of the original Nikon camera strap and Lowepro padded DSLR bag that’s included with this nice set. The Nikon D50 excels for taking product shots for online auctions and it’s perfect for quick and easy pics for your website.

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This set includes the Nikon D50 DSLR, the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5G DX ED zoom lens, the original Nikon camera strap, Nikon front and rear lens caps, Nikon remote with a fresh Sony battery, Nikon charger and battery, and the Lowepro case.

Nikon D50 DSLR and AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens and all accessories pictured. Fully working and as clean as new.

Super nice Nikon DSLR set as described and depicted here in this post. Additional pictures upon request. I'll ship anywhere in the US via USPS Priority Mail with insurance and tracking FOR FREE! I can also ship nearly worldwide just ask for a quote first. If you would rather purchase this camera set direct from my shop (hosted by Etsy) just pop on over to http://www.ccstudio2380.com Thanks, Chris

$129.00

Friday Fotos! – Testing my Nikkor f/2 85mm portrait lens

My recently acquired classic lens from Nippon Kogaku Japan – Nikkor-P C f/2 85mm (8.5cm) LTM / L39

Using my Fotodiox M39-FX adapter on my Fujifilm X-A10 mirrorless digital camera. What better test than to shoot a portrait.

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f/11 with indoor lighting.

I’m very happy with its performance across the spectrum. For a nearly 70-year-old lens pretty impressive. BTW, the lens stops down to f/32!

Thanks for stopping by – have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Chasing Classic Cameras – Nicca 3-S

Nicca 3-S 35mm rangefinder camera from the mid-1950s. Here it’s mated with a rather rare Nippon Kogaku W-Nikkor C 28mm f/3.5 wide-angle lens and matching Nippon Kogaku optical 2.8 viewfinder.

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The Nicca is a solid camera in its own right. Many call this type of camera a Leica copy or clone but I prefer to say it was inspired by Leica’s design.

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

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under construction – Happy SUNday v2

A new house on the beach on Amelia Island.

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First images from my new to me old Nikon D800.

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Memorial Day Weekend traffic on Amelia Island at the beach.

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Can you spot the lizard?

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Camera: Nikon D800 with Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/ 2.8D zoom lens.

Be sure to visit my Etsy camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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