Sunday, June 08, 2008


Nikon SLR shot with 43-83 zoom

This was taken with a Nikon F3 SLR with one of the first zoom lenses, a Nikon 43mm-83mm F3.5 lens. This lens came out in the late 1960s, and went through about 4 or more versions. This photo is from the first version. The lens was never considered a great one, or equivalent to a prime lens, but was a popular lens for travel lens because it covered a wide focal length range.

The film was Kodak MAX 800, which is a fairly grainly color negative film, and was taken at f3.5. The background OOF is similar to the Leica Summicron pre-asph 35mm lenses, which generally cost ~$1000 or so, but these old Nikon zoom lenses, are often 1/10th or less than that of a Leica lens.
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