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50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« on: October 14, 2020, 15:24:23 »

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 20:07:17 »
https://richardhaw.com/2020/10/14/zoom-nikkor-50-135mm-f-3-5-ai-s/

what a complicated lens :o :o :o

It was my first zoom! I picked up a copy in Kyoto many years ago.

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2020, 20:16:00 »
Thanks for the write-up and testing, Rick !!

There is already a special topic for this lens:  https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?topic=1391

I like the lens, but there is some sample variation.

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2020, 20:34:47 »
I am inclined to believe the bad performance of Rick's sample has a lot to due with it being fungus infected? I used the 50-135 a lot on F4 and D2X and saw only good image quality throughout. Briefly tried with the Df and had the same impression there.

I salute Rick for having the guts to take this lens apart and being able to assemble it into working order again :)

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2020, 03:07:14 »
I am inclined to believe the bad performance of Rick's sample has a lot to due with it being fungus infected? I used the 50-135 a lot on F4 and D2X and saw only good image quality throughout. Briefly tried with the Df and had the same impression there.

I had good results on a D7000.  Very sharp at distance, though I don't recall how closer distances were.  The 16 MP of the D7000 is almost the same as the 15 MP of the D800/D810 in DX mode, so that's a good result resolution-wise.

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2020, 03:26:01 »
It was my first zoom! I picked up a copy in Kyoto many years ago.

wow, do you still have it? :o :o :o

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2020, 03:26:40 »
Thanks for the write-up and testing, Rick !!

There is already a special topic for this lens:  https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?topic=1391

I like the lens, but there is some sample variation.

thank you, i will go there :o :o :o

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2020, 03:27:53 »
I am inclined to believe the bad performance of Rick's sample has a lot to due with it being fungus infected? I used the 50-135 a lot on F4 and D2X and saw only good image quality throughout. Briefly tried with the Df and had the same impression there.

I salute Rick for having the guts to take this lens apart and being able to assemble it into working order again :)

yes, this is what I am thinking, too. :o :o :o

the horrible distortion aside, it seems like a fine lens. the CA is kind of high on my sample

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2020, 03:28:33 »
I had good results on a D7000.  Very sharp at distance, though I don't recall how closer distances were.  The 16 MP of the D7000 is almost the same as the 15 MP of the D800/D810 in DX mode, so that's a good result resolution-wise.

the D7000 served me very well :o :o :o

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Re: 50-135mm f/3.5 Ai-S
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2020, 05:06:08 »
wow, do you still have it? :o :o :o

Yes I do. Used it on my old fg, then d200, then somewhat on df. Not so much on Z6 as I’ve built up a collection of other lenses.