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Bjørn Rørslett

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Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« on: June 29, 2015, 00:12:24 »
[ Posted 09 January 2014 - 15:54 Reposted and edited by agreement ]

Another fisheye lens of some reputation is the 16 mm f/3.5 Fisheye-Nikkor AI. I've used this lens in non-AI and AI versions, my current sample of it is AI. This was the first format-filling Fisheye from Nikon. Centre sharpness is exquisite, extreme corners less so but who in their right mind are preoccupied with corners when a fisheye lens is used? Although it is not among the true rarities in the Nikkor universe, clean samples of this 16 Fish are not easily found and asking price can be on the stiffer side of reality. Guess I simply was lucky to get mine at a pretty low price and it looked as coming straight out of its box. (well, that appearance does have changed later).
 
As with any non-AIS lens, aperture control even with a CPU-modified sample should be performed by rotating the aperture ring on the lens. Using the command wheel of the camera will lead to error in exposure.



Besides bragging about  its razor-like sharpness, the 16/3.5 likes being poked in the direction of the sun or other strong point-light sources.


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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 03:26:44 »
Bjørn,
I've got one of these recently, the non-AI version. Unfortunately it misses the 64k front cap. Any hints where I could find one?
Being unsuccessful with my www search so far.

Thanks, Walter

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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 09:16:10 »
Oh dear, that is one item one would want to be present. The front element is quite unprotected. The cap for the newer 16/2.8 /AIS, AF) unfortunately is too narrow. For transportation you could pick up a smaller Nikon hard case such as the CL-33/34 or similar. Plus if you have the K-ring set ('Lego' kit for photo enthusiasts and DIYers), it came in a small leather case that accepts the lens tightly, but perfectly.

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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2015, 16:03:54 »
Thanks Bjørn, great advice as always  :)

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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2015, 19:23:51 »
A generic plastic lens cap, while not as rigid and indestructable as the Nikon original, might be an option and is certainly inexpensive.
These are available in the USA, often at local dealers:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/125295-REG/Kaiser_206964_64mm_Push_On_Lens_Cap.html#!
I have the same lens, and not having a spare cap easily available has me thinking about how to be ready with other improvised alternative ideas, eg: Mason jar lid secured with gaffer's tape, etc.
Keith B., Santa Monica, CA, USA

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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 20:49:38 »
DSC_7274 by b j, on Flickr

Most certainly one of my favorite Nikkor lenses. I often take this as my only wide lens in a days kit.
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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 21:25:35 »
I want one
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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 22:36:48 »
I want one

I have 4 copies (one damaged).
Maybe I'll sell one of them in the near future.
Keep in touch if you are interested.
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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2017, 23:12:03 »
I want one too  :P

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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2017, 23:23:33 »
What is the ongoing price for these gems?
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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2017, 14:04:37 »
The going rate is a bit on the high side. Damaged ones tend to go for $300' ish where clean copies can go up to $500.

One item you would want to check is there is the lens cap. Hard to find spares or replacements there.
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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2017, 15:27:30 »
I want one
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Re: Lens "porn" with the Df: Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/3.5 AI
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2017, 22:39:08 »
Yes Fons, you really do  ;D

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