Yet another Ai lens (400mm)

Joined
Mar 25, 2005
Messages
12,515
Location
near Montreal, Canada
I like my Ai-S 300mm f/2.8 but wanted a bit more focal length.
I find the Ai(S) 400mm f/2.8 a bit too heavy to drag around. After some thinking I ended up getting an Ai 400mm f/3.5 - much easier on my wallet also!

It arrived today. Physically it is much like my Ai-S 300mm f/2.8, just a tad longer.

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


My very first shot with it (just a test really), quickly in my back yard (with a TC 1.4)

D2x, Nikkor Ai 400mm f/3.5 (wide open) + TC-14E (modified)
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 
R

Removed User 2

Guest
Most excellent lens, Frits! I have found it works extremely well with a TC301 but you found otherwise. apparently, the D2x plays a role in this. Is it pixel density or the D2X alone? We'll know when the D3 series cameras come out.

It's a great lens and I'm very glad for you! Now we'll have to go shoot some birds one day!
 
Joined
Mar 25, 2005
Messages
12,515
Location
near Montreal, Canada
Most excellent lens, Frits! I have found it works extremely well with a TC301 but you found otherwise. apparently, the D2x plays a role in this. Is it pixel density or the D2X alone? We'll know when the D3 series cameras come out.

It's a great lens and I'm very glad for you! Now we'll have to go shoot some birds one day!
Yes Nenad, I was surprised to see the result with the TC-301. At least it works real well with the TC-14A.

Ahhh, we'll turn into birders yet....:smile:
 
Joined
Jan 25, 2006
Messages
1,837
Location
Huntsville/Muscle Shoals, AL
Wow, Frits that looks awesome! After I recover from paying the tax man, I am looking forward to putting a Katz Eye screen in one of my bodies and picking up a few shorter AI lenses.

...and there is that tank of a ballhead we had discussed, too. I really is a large piece, isn’t it?
 
Joined
Jul 4, 2006
Messages
502
Location
Georgia via Long Island, NY
A great lens! I just sold mine but I may get another someday. The only lens that I found to be as good with the 2x as without. Actually, I just tried the 300mmf2.8HSM/2x combo and that is right up there too.
 
Joined
Mar 25, 2005
Messages
12,515
Location
near Montreal, Canada
The only lens that I found to be as good with the 2x as without.
Interesting! I tried a lens like this with a Nikon TC-301 2X on my D2x and found it to be quite soft.... Which 2X did you use it with and which DSLR?

I have a TC-201 that I will try with it. Although made for shorter lenses, I found it to work quite OK with my Ai-S 300mm f/2.8 and expect the same for this lens. Ahhh, all the fun I'm having with these oldies for a fraction of the cost of today's versions - gotta love it!! :biggrin:

...and there is that tank of a ballhead we had discussed, too. I really is a large piece, isn’t it?
It truly is an outstanding head Mason. Built to the highest specs, rock solid, yet buttery smooth to operate. I would not change it for anything.
 

Latest posts

Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Copyright © 2005-2019 Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom