Leica Showcase Nikkor-QC 13.5cm F3.5 in Leica Thread Mount, MIOJ

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
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This lens is from the second batch of Nikkor 13.5cm F3.5, the first batch had the old style date code for the serial number, 5006 for June 1950. The second batch starts at SN 253201- about 1200 marked Made in Occupied Japan. Biggest difference between this and later lenses, no click stops, aperture to F16 (not F32), and push on two-piece hood that fits a Series VI filter, and is heavier than the versions that follow. Coatings change throughout the run. This is a popular lens. Optically, very good- as is the 13.5cm F4 Nikkor that preceded it.

These are all wide-open, on the M9. I use a 1.25x magnifier. This lens required 1 layer of copper tape on the RF cam for accurate focus. I've done this with a couple, about 1/2 that I've used) of Nikkor 13.5cm F3.5's.

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Minimum focus is 5ft.

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This lens is a Sonnar formula Tele-Photo, 4 elements in 3 groups. This basic design was retained throughout the run of Nikkor 135/3.5's, all the way through the AIs series. I have that one as well. They are all good, all inexpensive- and the longest run of any Sonnar lens in the Nikon line-up. If you are a Nikon shooter, you need one.
 

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