New 50mm on the F3.

When i bought the F3 it came as body and motordrive only, no lens. I like 50mm and have some in my collection. But i wanted to keep the pre ai on the nikomat and the 1.8 af-d didn’t seem right as it had a much newer cosmetic appearance. So finally the seller i got the F3 from had a few 50mm ai and ai-s lenses. I chose the 50mm 1:2 ai. The photo’s in this post are made with this lens and the last 5(6 including the b&w conversion) are shot using the DW-3 waist level finder i also got from that seller.

I love this lens. According to the internet it may be a bit slower but is tack sharp. Well, it was the cheapest, my main reason to get this one. The film used is fresh Agfa Vista 400 asa, Hema developed the film and scratched it again? I am still not sure if the F3 scracthes the film or Hema does it. A few analogue photographers i have contact with are sure it is Hema who does it when they examined the scan with scratches. Anyways, ice eliminates the problem on color negatives an positives anyways.

Tech details: Nikon F3 with on photo 1 to 3 normal finder and 4 to 9 the DW-3 wlf – Nikkor 50mm 1:2 ai – Agfa Vista 400 asa fresh batch – Nikon Coolscan LS-40 – Nikon scan 4.03 12 bit Ice/fine – Photoshop for adjusting black and white levels and a little usm – Border maker for border – Irfan view for resize.

Cheers, PZ

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