Showcase Nikon 10.5cm F2.5 Nikkor-PC LTM

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Mount Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Brian, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    This is a Sonnar formula lens, first introduced in 1952. It was produced in Nikon S-Mount, Contax RF Mount, Leica Thread Mount, and Nikon F-Mount. In 1973 or so, the Nikkor 105/2.5 changed to a Planar formula, supposedly a little bit sharper.

    This 1952 lens is known for it's out-of-focus background, was purposely designed under-corrected for spherical aberration. This makes it a great portrait lens.

    These are all at F2.5, on the M9. Relatively low shutter speeds, shots were close to sunset.
     

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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Two more- finally Spring!
     

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  3. Amin

    Amin Administrator

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    Mar 28, 2013
    Lovely shots, Brian. Very smooth character to the blur - I can see how it would be great for portraits.
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    More with the 105/2.5, with a YellowK2 filter on the M Monochrom, at F4 and F2.5.
    Taken at Mt Vernon.
     

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  5. defektive

    defektive Leica Place Regular

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    Mar 30, 2013
    I love these floral shots Brian, the yellow filter really works well.
     
  6. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Brian, what is a fair price for one of these lens in excellent condition? I really love the bokeh.

    Vince
     
  7. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I paid $300 for this one, a few years ago on rangefinderforum.com. Prices of lenses are up a bit, but this one should run "about" $350~$500, depending on condition. Telephoto lens prices are more reasonable than 50mm and wide-angle lenses. It takes the Nikon "standard" 52mm filters and hoods. I use the hood made for the RF lens, which is not as deep as the SLR hood. The latter creeps more into the viewfinder.
     
  8. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Thanks for the info Brian. Good to know the range. I might get one. I got an offer for one at $450.00. I just need to know more about the condition.
     
  9. Paxnobiscum

    Paxnobiscum Leica Place Regular

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    Oct 10, 2013
    Kopasker, Iceland
    Petur Thorsteinsson
    Thanks, Brian, for this exhibition of Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 shots and great info. I'm sure that it's an extraordinary nice portrait lens.
     
  10. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Thankyou- I think this is my all-time favorite Telephoto. It was specifically designed to provide smooth out-of-focus areas, 60 years ago.
     
  11. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    How we'll does it match the 90mm frame lines on the mono? Any focus shift issues?
     
  12. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    My experience- the 90mm framelines give a almost a 100% FOV for the Nikkor. Roland on RFF worked this out on a thread, that 90mm framelines designed for 0.7m would really match a 105 at 5ft or so.
     
  13. Paxnobiscum

    Paxnobiscum Leica Place Regular

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    Oct 10, 2013
    Kopasker, Iceland
    Petur Thorsteinsson
    Just got the Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 LTM. Here is the first snap-shot test with the grand old dame. @f/2.5, @1/90 @ISO 640, The third volume @MFD, handheld. LR5 + B&W in Silver Efex Pro 2, minimal PP. Waiting for a Leica 1.4x viewfinder magnifier from Popflash Photo to use with it.

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    20131120-L1008896-Testing Nikkor 10.5cm f/2.5 P.C LTM by Count Basil, on Flickr
     
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  14. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Looks spot-on to me! Whatever assumptions that Nikon made about film being flat in a camera, worked out for using with a modern Digital Leica. That is not true of all manufacturers.

    The 90mm framelines are accurate for the Nikkor 10.5cm focal length.
     
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  15. Paxnobiscum

    Paxnobiscum Leica Place Regular

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    Oct 10, 2013
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    Petur Thorsteinsson
    This is a great lens, for sure. I'm getting old and shaky, but it was not hard at all to nail the focus. It balances nicely on the camera too. The only fault is that it mounts a bit too far to the left - the scale tilts to the left and the tripod mount to the right. I't makes no difference in daily use, as it raises the 90mm frame lines and focuses perfectly. The 90mm frame lines are fine with this lens.
     
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  16. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    Nov 20, 2013
    Texas
    You all are tempting me to buy one if I can find a good LTM copy.
     
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  17. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    check rangefinderforum and dpreview, some come up for sale.

    We at Leicaplace tend to hang on to them!
     
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  18. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    Nov 20, 2013
    Texas
    Will do!
     
  19. CronoZero

    CronoZero New to Leica Place

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    Nov 23, 2013
    I believe I'm the one who sold the lens to Paxnobiscum. Hope/glad it's working out for him =)

    That lens is pretty nice, I had actually forgotten how good it was until I carried it around to use/take test shots for demonstration.
     
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  20. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Welcome for Leicaplace!

    It looks good- I've used a Nikkor 105/2.5 for over 35 years now. The Sonnar formula is amazing, was designed 60 years ago to give smooth out-of-focus areas "decades" before the word "Bokeh" was invented for it.