Classic Camera Revival – Episode 88 – Go Long!


These days distance is the name of the game, but what lens can you slap on your camera, well we at CCR have come up with four options that will help you go long! Today we’re talking about telephoto lenses from the short to the long and even a couple of macro lenses thrown in for good measure!

Nikon AI Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5
You can’t go wrong with a classic, and the iconic Nikkor 105/2.5 is a favourite for everyone around the table. But for Bill, his choice of for the version of the 105/2.5 is the AI variant. While the original version of the lens came in a Sonnar design, with the AI (also the AI-S) Nikon had switched the to Xenotar construction. It’s a must-have for anyone who has a manual focus Nikon system.

Optical Review Blog No. 09 - Nikon AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5
This is not an example of the AI version, but rather the AI-S version.

Make: Nikon
Model: AI Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5
Focal Length: 105mm
Focal Range: ∞ – 1m
Aperture: f/2.5 – f/22, 7 Blades
Structure: 5 Elements in 4 Groups

Erchliss from Tannery Park
Nikon Nikkormat FTn – Nikkor-P Auto 1:2.5 f=105mm – Rollei RPX 400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 6:00 @ 20C
Skyline Riverdale Park 2 June 29
Nikon FE2 – AI Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – KosmoFoto Mono 100 – Rodinal (1+50) 7:30 @ 20C
CLRV At the Front in the Greenwood Yard
Nikon FM2n – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Kodak ColorPlus 200

Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 MACRO
When it comes to lenses in the Minolta A-Mount there are some great lenses for a low price and there are equally excellent lenses for a big price. Usually, these are some of the short telephotos, we’re looking at you 85mm and 135mm. But how about a Macro lens? Well, when Alex was looking at a third prime to round out his Maxxum kit, a test of the 100mm f/2.8 MACRO yielded excellent results. And while he doesn’t do a lot with Macro, it works well for general use.

Optical Review Blog No. 08 - Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 Macro
This is the original version that came out with the initial Maxxum/Alpha/Dynax release.

Make: Minolta
Model: Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 MACRO
Focal Length: 100mm
Focal Range: ∞ – 0.352m
Aperture: f/2.8 – f/32, 9 Blades
Structure: 8 Elements in 8 Groups

The Third Canal - Lock 2
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 MACRO – Kodak Tri-X 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak D-76 (1+1) 9:45 @ 20C
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 MACRO – Rollei RPX 400 @ ASA-400 – Rollei Supergrain (1+12) 7:00 @ 20C
Flat Iron (Details)
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 MACRO – Lomography Metropolis @ ASA-100 – Processing By: Burlington Camera

Carl Zeiss Sonnar 1:5.6 f=250mm
While the words under-rated and inexpensive often aren’t included when describing a Carl Zeiss lens for the Hasselblad, John has this gem for the show today. The Sonnar 250mm is his telephoto of choice when working with his 500c/m. While it’s not cheap, it certainly won’t break the bank, especially if you go for the original chrome job. And honestly, the coating that comes with the newer versions isn’t worth the extra dollars. The lens design goes back to 1936 and despite being simple, produces excellent results, especially when shot wide open.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 88 - Go Long!
Surprisingly not the largest lens we covered this show.

Lens Specs:
Make: Carl Zeiss
Model: Carl Zeiss Sonnar 1:5.6 f=250mm
Focal Length: 250mm
Aperture Range: f/5.6 – f/45, 5 Blades
Optics: 4 Elements in 3 Groups

Portrait of a man wearing sunglassesA dock with a sailboat in the backgroundA bird with boats in the background

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm 1:4D
If you’re a serious macro shooter there is no other lens you’ll want in your collection. According to James, this is by the far the best macro or microlens that Nikon has ever produced. If you do a lot of work with bugs or need that tonne of details, you’ll want this lens as it produces a true 1:1 magnification factor. While it is designed to do macro work it does a great job for general use. It is a sharp lens at any aperture with next to no falloff so it might not be your first choice for portraiture, but it still will do the job.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 88 - Go Long!
This is the biggest lens we talked about on today’s show!

Lens Specs:
Make: Nikon
Model: AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm 1:4D
Focal Length: 200mm
Aperture Range: f/4 – f/45, 9 Blades
Optics: 13 Elements in 8 Groups

Nikon F6 – AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm 1:4D – Fujifilm Velvia 100F
Nikon F6 – AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm 1:4D – Fujifilm Velvia 100F
Nikon F6 – AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm 1:4D – Fujifilm Velvia 100F

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