I"ve made at least two really good lens purchases this year. This is the one I find most intriguing.

It's a Nikon lens made a long time ago. It's the 25-50mm f4.0. I saw it sitting on the used shelf over at Precision Camera and I haggled on the price until it didn't make sense any more to leave it on the shelf. On a full frame camera it's ---- a 25-50mm equivalent (snicker).

Last night I found an interesting article about this lens and quite a few other Nikon lenses at a site I have never visited before. You might enjoy the articles there; especially if you are inclined to appreciate and enjoy some of the classic, older, Nikon manual focus lenses. The articles I found are on a Nikon website, tucked into a part of the site called, "Nikkor."

Here's the article I read about the 25-50mm lens: http://www.nikkor.com/story/0046/ The discussion of the design parameters and the process of creating the lens are very interesting. Even more interesting is just how good this lens is and how well it stands the tests of time.

I'd love to link to some retail website so you can order one and I can get a commission but, as you can see in the article, they stopped making this one (and a few other favorites of mine) a long time ago (1981).

We'll just have to enjoy the reading and keep our eyes peeled for mint examples, out in the wild...

There are articles at the site on several of my other favorite Nikon lenses; including: the 105mm f2.5 ai and the 135mm f2.0 ai. If you are a dyed in the wool Canon shooter you can ignore this.

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Jean Marc Schwartz said...

Hi, did you knew this one ?


Happy holidays.

James Pilcher said...

How do you reliably manual focus these older Nikkor lenses on a modern digital body, especially when on the run? The optical viewfinder screens on DSLR cameras are not optimal for precision manual focusing, are they? Admittedly, there is some DOF forgiveness at the shorter focal lengths, but give me an EVF with optional MF magnification and/or peaking any day of the week. In some ways I'm a stick-in-the-mud traditional shooter that complains about the extreme complexity of new cameras, but I ran as quickly as I could toward the EVF future.

On the other hand, I'm willing to let a professional like Kirk Tuck tell me that that the whole DSLR focusing issue is overblown.