Monday, December 11, 2017

Digital Moments, Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai

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Olympus E-P5, Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai

Digital Moments, Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai

'Five frames with the manual focus Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

The Pre-Ai Nikon Nikkor 35mm F2.8, an improved version of the Nikkor S Auto model available for many years from Nikon, was first introduced in 1959.

Nikkor Pre-Ai 35mm f/2.8, View
The version is more compact than its predecessor, extending only 44.5mm out when mounted on the camera body, and comes with NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) on all air to glass surfaces which contributed to the improved performance, in addition to reduced flare and ghost, and improved color rendition.

From its basic 6 elements in 6 groups construction, the lens evolved through both multiple optical and cosmetic variations and ends with a 5 element optical design. The Ai version was made from 1979 through 1981, while the Ai-S was made available from 1989 through to 2005.

The lens is a nice fit on the Olympus Pen E-P5, giving my smallish hands just the right leverage and finger distance for both aperture and focusing control. Focusing was, of course, soft and smooth, as smooth as a Nikkor should be, while aperture clicks were just right, not that I used much of it. Most of my quick take images were taken at full aperture and almost at the lens shortest focusing distance.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Pre-Ai 35mm f/2.8

Sharp as it is, there is no real worry about edge fallout and other things related when the lens is fitted to the 2x crop sensor E-P5. Doing the images in black-and-white also removes the need for me to delve into coma, aberrations or color fringing as well.

My short stint with the lens among the potted plants and the laundry line rewarded me with these images. Shot on the square, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for black-and-white conversion, with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

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