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NIkkor P 105/2.5

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  1. kevistopheles

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    Single coated, Gauss design version of this lens in the older scalloped metal focus ring design. I realize that I didn't take this with a Fuji X camera but the results would be the same (or better). I am not a big shooter of 100mm (or longer) lenses on APS-C but this lens never fails to impress me.

    It's also a huge bargain. Mine was around $80 in absolutely mint condition. I've never tried the older Sonnar design version of this lens. I know most folks prefer the Gauss version. I certainly can't complain.

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    What’s the serial? I have both types, both are great!
     
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    Yeah that’s definitely a Gauss. If you want you can borrow my Sonnar and compare them. :)
     
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    Nikon lens identification by serial number:

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    I have one. Serial 411697. Scalloped focus ring. Truly beautiful lens. Would love to try it on a stabilized sensor one day. I haven’t got the steadiest hands. Cost me £24 in amongst a box of old cameras and bits and bobs.
     
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    I have one as well S/N: 151485
    I have had it since 1974 and always rated it as a very sharp lens.
     
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    That one is a Sonnar. :)
     
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    here are my two along with a 20mm.

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    I have a 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor (lens on left) with serial number 1007252. I assume it is a Gauss.

    It is an exceptional portrait lens that I love using for headshots and head & shoulder shots on 35mm film. However, for portraits, I actually prefer the 105mm f/2.8 macro (lens on the right).

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    My 105 has been butchered as I needed to use it with an Ai camera and NikonUK has no Ai converted rings for that lens. Needs be!
    Optics are fabulous but it doesnt look great cosmetically! I still use it on my Nikons in studio.
     
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    I plan on having mine Ai converted by Please login or register to view links so I can use it on my FM body as well.
    Mine's a Gauss but look like the earlier Sonnar version with the metal scalloped focus ring.
     
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    Hi Kevin
    Before you get it converted, do you know you don't need to with an FE/FM - you just click the tab up on the mount throat of the camera, and it can take pre-ai lenses, in stopped down metering mode....? Magic!
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    My FM has the same little tab and I have been using some of my lenses that way but I like having the meter coupling and John does an excellent job. I've already had him convert 2 lenses and they turned out great. Thanks for the tip though. It is super handy and being able to use my non converted lenses is nice when the need arises.
     
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    The 105 is one of Nikon's best designs. Simple, high contrast, sharp as a tack. I've owned several of them back in my Nikon days.
     

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