Nikkor-W 150mm lens question

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  1. fullframe45

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    Hello,

    I'm interested in purchasing a used Nikkor-W 150mm LF lens from a local dealer, and had some questions:

    1) The rear element has the words "Lens Made In Japan" stamped in WHITE on the outer surface. I've normally only seen this stamped in BLACK on LF Nikkors, so I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is OK, or whether this might mean it's a rear element that is NOT matching to this particular lens?

    2) Thoughts on the lens itself - quality, sharpness, contrast?

    I'm brand new to this great site, and appreciate any insight given. Thanks in advance.
     
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    I have the 150 SW and adore it. I don't recall about the labeling, I'd have to check.

    Overall the Nikkors are excellent. Very well made.
     
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    how much $$ , i.e. dont overpay ! :smile:
     
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    I don't have that one but shouldn't it have serial numbers on both elements and shouldn't they match? Wasn't it made for quite a LONG time? I'm not sure how much you can tell from comparing different vintages.
     
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    The lens looks mint, and, from my eyes/ears, looks like shutter/aperture and all functions in great condition.

    I think it's a good deal at @$210.

    Yes, that was what I was thinking, too: some of these may have had the rear element stamped with white, and some with black, depending on when it was made. It looks fairly modern, though, not older style.

    I don't believe Nikkor LF lenses have serial numbers on the rear element. They appear only on the front element on the barrel.

    Any other thoughts would be great.

    If I had the money, I'd opt for the APO-Sironar S 150/5.6 (red band), but have heard good things about the Nikkor 150/5.6W I'm looking at.
     
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    I'll take a look at mine tonight.

    Dan
     
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    If the lettering is white, I believe it means it is a newer vintage lens. On my 150mm the lettering
    is engraved on the rear element so it is hard to see but its there.

    david
     
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    My 150 has the engraving, but it's not painted white, just engraved into the anodising.

    Mike
     
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    $210 Yes, by now it should be on your camera!!
     
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    Does it affect the image quality?:D

    Mike
     
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    This is a great forum. Thanks so much for all those chiming in.

    Sorry, what I meant to say was the white lettering of "Lens Made in Japan" is not engraved on the actual rear element glass :smile:

    Rather, I meant it's engraved on the rear "barrel".

    Newbie mistake, sorry.

    All I'm trying to do is to make sure this is, indeed, the matching rear element piece for the Nikkor-W 150/5.6, that's all.

    Thanks for everyone's time.
     
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    Mine is a 7xxxxx serial number. Text is engraved in white on the front element barrel but the rear element engraving is in black.

    Dan
     
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    My 90mm f8 SW is a 6xxxxx serial number and has a similar marking scheme. Is there a way to date (approximately) these lenses by their serial number? How about by the Copal shutters they're mounted in (it's a safe assumption they are original with the lenses).

    Dan