Author Topic: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay  (Read 281 times)

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100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« on: February 22, 2019, 22:20:29 »
If you have a few coins to spare you could bid on this. Starting bid is US $4,999.95.  Design range is 2.5x to 1x with the optimum at 1.5:1, resolving at 160 line pairs per mm.  Scroll down listing for spec sheet (attn. Roland).  Supposedly once used by Donald E. Trumbull who worked on special effects for some well-known movies.  The original list price in the 1970s was US $1150.


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Re: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 05:40:28 »
That lens was for sale on eBay for several weeks with a $900 price tag. I put in an offer for $700 but the seller didn't want to go that low. Eventually someone bought it, and started it at 10x the price (now only 5x) !. It's certainly rare, but its damage was a big turnoff for me so I didn't want to pay much for it. Would be interesting to see how the 100mm performs, but I was not willing to fork over $900 for it, let alone $5k. If only it had a bigger aperture...

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Re: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2019, 07:13:32 »
Wow... didn't know that story.  They're presenting it as being in pretty good shape.

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Re: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2019, 09:49:42 »
I wonder how it compares to the 85mm Repro-Nikkor which I have? Any thoughts?
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Re: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2019, 11:23:49 »
These are specialised tools, optimised differently. The Repro 85mm f/1 is designed for 1:1.

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Re: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2019, 21:50:54 »
I wonder how it compares to the 85mm Repro-Nikkor which I have? Any thoughts?
These are specialised tools, optimised differently. The Repro 85mm f/1 is designed for 1:1.

Yes, specialized tools for narrow mag ranges and applications. I've read that the 85RN was designed as a relay lens, and I've seen some test results where it was used that way to improve the working distance of a higher magnification system. The 100RN seems have been designed for animation, which is sort of a blend between taking and printing. It may be an early version of the 105PN.

Wow... didn't know that story.  They're presenting it as being in pretty good shape.

It looks like they've attempted to repair the damage, but there is still evidence in the trim ring threads. Trim ring damage doesn't guarantee optical problems, but knowing how this looked before the repair was done still gives me pause.


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Re: 100mm f2.8 Repro-Nikkor on eBay
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 09:14:58 »
Just for fun, here are a couple of shots with a 85mm f1.0 Repro-Nikkor. Amazing sharpness wide open. I wish the flange distance was a bit longer--this is on a Sony A7RII flush with the focusing mount