Quick Chat: Canned Air

Hello, everybody. I am kind of busy today so I will not be making any posts about repairs or anything. I would just like to show you an old image that I have here that I found in my old folders and thought that this would make for a nice discussion piece.

15993621946_9a224b906f_zWhat you are seeing here is the front element of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “ART” lens. I really liked this lens a lot and cannot find any crippling faults with it but one thing that’s a big issue with this lens has always been the lack of weather sealing. More

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Repair: Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 Ai-S

Hello, everybody! It is the middle of autumn but the trees here in have not reached their peak autumn colors yet! This is starting to get frustrating for me because this is the only time of the year that I can justify shooting with Fujifilm Velvia! Autumn is about the time I use my wide lenses for landscape photography and I will show you one of my favorite lenses for shooting the gorgeous colors of autumn.

Introduction:

Today’s lens is the venerable Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 Ai-S lens! It’s one of Nikon’s cheaper but better-performing lenses and you will want to shoot with it as soon as you see what this little thing can do. This lens was made from 1981-1989 and is the last of the well-loved 28/3.5 family of Nikkors that started in 1960 with the Nikkor-H•C 28m f/3.5 Auto. For many, these lenses represent a time when lens speed isn’t the only thing that matters but what the lens can do despite not having a fast maximum aperture value. People back then are less-concerned with the charts than they are today and so these lenses sold really well. Amateurs and professionals loved these lenses for their value, a very good mix of price and performance that you don’t see these days. They aren’t really dirt-cheap when they were new but they’re certainly cheaper compared to their faster siblings and that means a lot for some people.

img_2137The 28mm focal length is one of my favorites and I own many 28mm lenses. Here’s the Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 Ai-S with a Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 Ai-S. They  make for a good setup for general photography since they compliment each other well in terms of focal length and use. You can take plenty of beautiful pictures with just these 2 lenses and make a whole career out of them. More

Repair: “Shneideritis” & Edge Separation

Hello, my friends and readers! It is getting really cold these days and I am getting lazier to do even the most basic of tasks and prefer to just hide under the thick blanket. I was really thinking of skipping this week’s post but I saw people clicking on my site just to see if any posts got published and this gave me the strength to write this. My readers usually come from Indonesia, Philippines and the EU and for you, I will dedicate this week’s post.

Introduction:

Last time, we talked about the marvellous Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 lens. I also mentioned that I got the lens from the junker and that the middle element had some cosmetic problems but since it was being sold for an agreeable price and the problem doesn’t affect the images it makes then it was a fair purchase for me.

img_2110Here is  a closer look of the lens element that is going to be the topic of this week’s article. I am sure that some of you guys have seen this and wonder what this is and how do these affect the lens and the images it captures.

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Repair: Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 Auto

It’s starting to get really cold now, so cold that sitting on the wooden floor of my workshop makes my ass numb after a few minutes and we’re still at the early weeks of Autumn! The sun now sets at around 4:30PM and it gets dark around 5:00PM so taking photos during the night is fast becoming one of my primary considerations as far as making a choice as to which lens I should bring for the day. Today, I’ll show you one of the lenses that I love to use for taking photos in dark situations. It’s not the fastest lens available to me but I like it because of its practical specs. It’s an old lens that’s still useful today, it can be bought for not a lot of money these days so it’s a good choice for the cheap photographer.

Introduction:

Today’s lens is the amazing Nikkor-O 35mm f/2! This was introduced back in 1966, it was Nikon’s fastest 35mm lens for a few years until the even faster Nikkor-N 35mm f/1.4 Auto was introduced in 1970. Not only was this fast at f/2, the minimum focus distance is also very short at just 0.35m. This allows for really close focusing and combine it with the shallow depth-of-field that an f/2 lens would give you wide-open and you can get creative with its use. I love how practical it is for both day-time and night photography and people throughout the decades swore by its utility so this is certainly one of Nikon’s more popular lenses.

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The Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 Auto is rather big for a smaller Nikkor prime but not so big as to make it look and feel unbalanced. It is common knowledge that this lens was rather difficult to manufacture for its time because it is a bit complicated but this design stood the test of time, the optical formula stayed for quite some time until the advent of the AF model lens and that says a lot.

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