on eBay you should be able to get the 28mm f/2 for $250-$350.00. now there are several versions, the original 1960s “non-AI” lens with the prong, you cannot use it on any camera newer than 1978. some of these were “factory converted to AI” — that’s the best version of this lens — others are “home converted.” there is a guy at something like www.aiconversions.com (not sure of exact web address) who will do a precision home conversion if you buy an unconverted lens. I’m looking for a factory converted one, not that easy to find.
then there is the newer AI or AIS version of the lens, still officially in production. Heavier than the original version, and supposedly better. But doesn’t have the “sixties” look, it’s more contrasty. that’s what I have, it’s OK.
now even the AIS will not meter correctly on newer Nikon cameras like the D100 or D70. There is another guy online, search for him, who will add the electronic contacts to your lens, so that it will meter. Since digital exposure is unforgiving, this is the best way to update old manual focus lenses to use on new Nikon digital cameras. Basically what he does is add all the electronics that are in auto-focus lenses. of course your lens will still not auto-focus. i haven’t done this but i have read about it.
if you use manual focus lenses a lot on a newer camera, you can also get a custom made traditional split-image/microprism focusing screen rather than the plain matte ground glass standard for AF cameras.
12 Jun 2005 06:06