FS: Nikon 45mm 2.8 GN lens

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    Selling a few more bits I've found.

    Nikon 45mm f/ 2.8 GN pancake lens. Near mint, clean and clear glass, great shape. Serial # 718xxx $140

    This is a Non AI lens, as you can see from the serial number, and comes with it's own Nikkor bubble.

    Shipping is extra, paypal or money order preferred.
     
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    If this is the lens that came with the Nikon FM3a I can recommend this lens. Very small and it's a beauty.
     
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    No, this is the earlier one from the '60s-'70s. It would not fit on the FM3a. A very nice lens, however!
     
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    Forgot the photos!

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    Great lens! Do you have the lens shade?
     
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    Nope...what you see is what you get.

    The HN4 is a very rare shade that was an optional accessory from Nikon.

    The HN35 can be used as an alternative and is a bit easier to find. If you can find a wideangle rubber 52mm screw in shade, that might work.
     
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    Interesting note about this lens - the GN is for Guide Number. I forget how it worked, but IIRC, the focus distance related to the guide number of the flash unit, and gave you the exposure, or set the aperture for you, I forget. I was working in a camera store in D.C. when it came out. It was not a widely popular lens, and self regulating strobes kind of made it unnecessary, but folks who had them really loved them.
     
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    The aperture and focus are coupled. You set the guide number of your flash, and focussing the lens automatically selects the correct aperture for that distance. It's a tiny sharp lens, very near the format diagonal of 43mm. It focusses in the opposite direction compared to other Nikkors.
     
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    It's a very sharp lens, and is highly thought of for macro work by using a BR-52 ring to reverse mount the lens on the camera. On my GN Nikkor, the coupling between distance scale and aperture can be uncoupled, so the lens then operates as a normal lens would. George is right that auto flashes reduced interest in these lenses, but auto flash relies (for the most part) on measuring reflected light from the subject. With a GN lens, aperture is based solely on distance, which can be a boon if you're shooting outdoors or in weird reflective situations. Grab a wet-cell Hobby flash, toss on your GN lens, and you're ready for anything.
     
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    bump..thanks!
     
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    Ok...last bump and price drop before it goes to that other place most of us hate... $120
     
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    sold thanks!
     
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