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    Update....

    I have finally bought a basic F4 body (for £149) and a 55mm F2.8 AIS Micro for the same price as the camera! In fact the F4 body cost me less to buy that what I paid for my original, admittedly new, OM1 back in the 1970s!

    Many thanks for your help in diverting me away from buying the F6!
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    Look inside the rear of the 55 micro with a flashlight/torch.
    Most Ais used sub par lubricant and the lube breaks down and sloughs off the focussing helicoids.

    It also eventually works it's way to the aperture blades and can seize the aperture.

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    Exactly what I was going to link to.

    In general, you cannot really go wrong with AI or AI-S glass.

    Also, regarding your comment about hoping the D700X (or whatever they call it) will beat the 5D Mk. II: Ken Rockwell also opines on why the D700 is "better" for almost everyone, especially those working without tripods and/or shooting moving objects (i.e. people). I'd check it out while you are there.
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    Some of the G lenses are quite great and can justify one additional film body (F6, F100...).
    They are quite bulky but the ones I have are better sealed than AI(s) lenses. My father's 35/1.4 still does a good job, but it is pretty dusty inside.

    Personally, I do not hesitate to buy the G lenses. But if there is anything as outstanding as for example the 180/2.8ED the AI(s) range, i will certainly prefer that.

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    All this seems a bit confusing, I think I stick with my RB67

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    Just get some Zeiss ZF glass and call it a day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franswa View Post
    Just get some Zeiss ZF glass and call it a day
    I will be adding some ZF.2 Zeiss glass later probably 21mm, 28mm, 100mm Macro...
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    As you're used to carrying an RB67 (I assume it weighs as much as the RZ67?) you'd find the F4 featherweight by comparison!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    Most Ais used sub par lubricant and the lube breaks down and sloughs off the focussing helicoids.

    It also eventually works it's way to the aperture blades and can seize the aperture.
    I've been using AIS lenses since they first came out in 1980? (had/have over 40 AIS lenses). I have NEVER had a single problem with the lubricants. NEVER!

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    OP....know this too...the focusing barrels of 3rd party manufactured lenses rotate in the opposite direction of NIkon lenses and that can be a bit confusing when focusing fast....

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