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    What happened to the Nikon 45mm f/2.8P lens???

    Does anyone know why Nikon stopped making this lens? I have read that it was a stellar performer, lightweight and compact???
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    Mainly because Nikon grossly overestimated the appeal of the FM3a in 2001. Nikon supposedly had plans to produce a group of P(chipped)manual focus lenses in classic focal lengths that would include the 28/2.8, 45/2.8 and 105/2.5. But by the time the FM3a hit the market, the digital tipping point had already arrived and put the FM3a retro project on ice after sales fell short of expectations.

    I grabbed a black demo unit from Nikon.ca in 2003. Friends thought it was a totally dumb purchase but it came at a good discount and was like new. They were pricey and simply didn't look like much lens for the money--whatever their capabilities or optical quality. "Why bother" was what the market told Nikon. The lens just didn't sell.

    It's a very sweet lens that seems to sell now for way more than I paid. I've got an embarrassment of Nikon 50mm lenses but have to admit I like the 45mm best of all.
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    I have just purchased a new un-opend in the box sliver 45P and am anxious to get it.
    I have an RB67, a Mamiya 645 and digital gear but I seem to have taken my best shots with my Nikon FE????
    I am also trying to understand the lust for rangefinders? I have have several and I likes them but still an SLR seems to make more sense to me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    I have just purchased a new un-opend in the box sliver 45P and am anxious to get it.
    I have an RB67, a Mamiya 645 and digital gear but I seem to have taken my best shots with my Nikon FE????
    I am also trying to understand the lust for rangefinders? I have have several and I likes them but still an SLR seems to make more sense to me...
    Lucky you! On the rangefinder(esp. Leica)mystique, this might help:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...24fa_fact_lane

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    I have had several rangefinders and I like them. I will probably have another one some day but it seems to me that small bodied SLR with a high quality 50mm lens is interchangeable with a rangefinder????
    I have a Nikon FE and did a size, weight comparison with a Zorky4 and a Fed2 that I had and they are virtually the same. This is not a statement against rangefinders so please don't head that way. This is really a question...why would an SLR as described not be interchangeable with a rangefinder??? Is there a design feature in the rangefinder that is superior? The quite shutter thing doesn't resonate with me. My RB67 makes a "SLAP" but the FE is quite.
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    Small bodied SLR with a small 50mm lens can indeed operate much like a rangefinder. I had a black M-series Leica with a 50mm lens and a black FM2n with the small and good E-series 50mm lens. I still think that FM2n is very "Leica like". Without that d**ed mirror slap even more so.

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    If you hanker for the Nikkor 45/2.8 you could consider a Voigtlander Ultron SL II 40/2, which is very similar in many respects. That's what I did and I am very happy with it. It mostly gets used on my FE2. They are available new from cameraquest.com (and other Voigtlander dealers) for USD409 in Nikon mount and they come with a dome lens hood like the Nikkor, a close-up lens, and are chipped for metering compatibility with later bodies.

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    I see in another thread that you got one. That didn't take too long. (But I'm still happy with my Ultron 40/2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    I am also trying to understand the lust for rangefinders? I have have several and I likes them but still an SLR seems to make more sense to me...
    I started with SLRs, but moved to RFs with a Canon P a few years ago. RFs are fascinating and wonderful mistresses ... enthralling to the point where I seriously feel like a cheater because I bought a Nikon F the other day
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Lucky you! On the rangefinder(esp. Leica)mystique, this might help:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...24fa_fact_lane
    Great article!

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