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    @E.: I was to lazy to look it up. Yes, as far as I recall the letter in those days indicated the number of elements. So this is an "A" or even "Pre-A"? Serial number 400253? I think Nico van Dijk and Richard de Stoutz have some lists of serial numbers and production dates or years for bodies and lenses. Very helpful, inasfar as it helped me find out I've actually got two Ai's besides five Ai-S's, a few of which are relatively young. Some Ai-S's are still made.

    Interesting stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTime View Post
    You have to stop somewhere...

    I had one, plain prism, with an old 1.4/50, for ornamental purposes, for years. Sold it. May get a black body at some time.
    With the huge sales of Fs with Ftn heads, relatively few plain prism bodies were sold. How could you possibly shoot Kodachrome without a meter? While they are still out there one in good condition can cost you dearly. Doubly so for black. Even more for the late diopter-capable Apollo version.

    I find all this confusion about S and N and UD and Ai and Ai-ed and AiS quite amusing. Then I remember I am not confused because I am old enough to have lived through it. Then I'm merely grumpy.
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    All you ever want to know about Nikon lenses and serial numbers

    http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    The manual focus bodies are lookers and obviously stand out today . . .

    The F3HP is a beauty; mine last looked like that prior to its first backpacking excursion - I believe through Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park...some 30(?) years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTime View Post
    Lovely cameras! One thing though. I'd like, as a matter of totally irrelevant principle, to pair a body with a lens made in roughly the same period as as the body in question was made. Obviously this is not always possible, but pairing
    a F3HP ('81 something?) with a Nippon Kogaku (that's an "S" lens? early seventies?) just doesn't feel right. Shouldn't that have been an F or F2???
    I am certain that's important when they're on display . . .


    F3+DW-3+MD-4+AS-17+AS-14+SB-21+PB-4+AR-7 not all

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    I use Pre-AI lenses that have been cut for AI on my F6 and they not only look awesome but give me amazing results every time. The original F mount 105 has something special about it.
    www.EASmithV.com

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    RIP Kodachrome

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