A few months back I picked up a Nikkormat FTn from an old photographer who was selling a few bits and pieces, I bought it without a lens as I have plenty of Nikon F mount lenses ( or so I thought ).
Once I got it home I mounted my 50mm f1.4 only to find that I couldn’t meter properly as the lenses that I had with an actual aperture ring didn’t have the little aperture lug thingy that is on the older Ai lenses which tells the camera meter what aperture was selected.
I did however find out that there is a way of using the stop down metering method which I tried and it worked fine but I wanted to get one of the older Ai lens just to use it properly.
So 2 weeks ago I was in Cardiff visiting the David Hurn “Swaps” exhibition in the National Museum of Wales and I paid a visit to a few of the little camera shops only to come across this Nikkor 35mm f2.8 Ai which was in excellent condition and just as importantly it was in my price range.
To test the combination I loaded up some ilford XP2 and went out into the wonderful welsh weather and shot away.
The lens was great to use, very smooth and I love the 35mm field of view so all was good.
I developed and scanned the film and here are the results.
I am very happy with how they both performed especially the lens which is sharp and contrasty given the condition that I was shooting in.
The camera shop that I purchased this lens also had 2 Nikon F3’s and a Nikkor 28mm Ai which I played with a bit but held my nerve and left them in the shop … until next time I am in Cardiff (I don’t have an F3 in my collection) 🙂
Anyway thanks for looking ….
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3 thoughts on ““There’s mist on them hills” .. testing my New/Old lens …”
Nice images Tim. I thought this might be about that Cameraland lens we talked about 🙂
I’m curious though – the hill with the switchback on the top picture – is it a former/historic automobile trials hill? Somewhere in my collection I have an image of a prewar trials and an MG (?J2?) negotiating that a right hand turn in a setting that looks very much like this one.
I wouldn’t think so .. this area was an old coal mine