I recently purchased an ancient Nikkor Q Rangefinder 25cm (250mm) f4, with a Bronica mount. If my research is correct this lens is around 50+ years old.
I took it out for the first time last weekend with a roll of Ektar 100 and I'm happy with the results.
While this lens has really pleased me, I have a line on a 18cm (180mm) of the same vintage, possibly better, a Nikkor H at f2.5 and I am tempted.
So, how much is to be gained with the 180 as opposed to the 250?
They are both Rangefinder lenses with adapters, my 250 has the Bronica mount the 180 has the Nikon F mount, they would be interchangeable, affectively giving me 4 lenses, for the two formats.
My copy of Robert Rotoloni's Nikon RF book says the 180's only peer was the 180mm f/2.8 Sonnar for the Contax. I don't know if he's speaking as a collector or as an optician, but the 180 f/2.5 H has 6 elements to the 250's 4 so, hey. (I say this with tongue firmly in cheek because I've recently seen what a 4-element 90mm Elmarit-M can do...) If you can borrow it do so and shoot a roll and compare. I'm sure there's people here who go far enough back to have used this lens or own a few copies.
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