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Playing around with a stock 18-55 and a Sigma 70-300 ...
Now, with an SMC Takumar 105 and a CZJ Flektogon 35 too ...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cleaning from fungus: Nikkor 50 f/1.2 ...

After cleaning the Nikkor 50/1.4 in my previous post, it has been the turn of a Nikkor 50/1.2 from a friend ...

Of course, before giving it back, i took some sample shots, just to be able to say "Hi, yesterday i played with an f/1.2 lens", so i catched my Nikkor-to-M42 adapter ring and i screwed the lens on my K10D ...

Now, i'm starting to understand why some people like these ultra-fast lenses, despite all the faults that they may show when used wide open:

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10 - IMGP2055

Both pictures have been taken at f/1.2 and are straight from the raw files, without PP.

I really like the DOF control that you can get with these lenses ... Time to start chasing for a "cheap" Pentax-K 50/1.2 ?

BTW, i was forgetting, if someone is interested in a short tutorial on cleaning this lens, just browse my set on Flickr ...

More to come (unluckily, not with this lens) ...

Edit: Thanks to the anonymous who pointed out that the Pentax-M 50/1.2 doesn't exist, Pentax sold only the -K and the -A versions ...

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck finding a Pentax-M 50/1.2, but you might have better luck with a K or A 1.2. ;)

January 26, 2010 at 3:11 AM  
Blogger IndianaDinos said...

Thanks for pointing this out, just forgot that Pentax never did an -M 50/1.2 ...

January 27, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Torbjörn said...

just looked at your guide on cleaning the nikkor 50/1.2 - very impressive! I have just bought one that has a little sticky focusing ring - will i be able to fix that using your instructions?
i have a 35/1.4 too that needs cleaning - is it the same procedure+

March 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger IndianaDinos said...

Hi,

At first, thanks for your kind comments ...

For what concerns the focusing ring, frankly i don't know if the helical is easily accessible once the optical group removed (this lens is from a friend of mine, i don't have it anymore for checking), so i would say that the best way is to try, since it is not really difficult at all to open ...

For what concerns the 35/1.4, frankly don't know (i have never serviced such lens, nor i know someone who has one) ...
If you feel comfortable with small screws, i would give a try following the same steps as for this one ...

Best wishes for your cleaning ...

March 5, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

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