• 50mm f1.8 ais - wicked sharp! the only dud is the 28mm e-series (picture shot with it)
  • 75-150mm f3.5 this is a gem!
  • taken with the 1980s vintage 28mm f2.8 lens

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Nikon N2000 camera with 50mm F1.8 "nifty fifty" lens attached, next to 75-150mm F3.5 "E Series" Nikkor Lens. Equipment circa 1981, photo taken today.

I purchased 3 old Nikon lenses (plus Nikon N2000 camera, etc) from a very nice couple in Philadelphia today.

Manual focus, I would guess they were assembled around 1981. My D40 has no idea they are even lenses but the D300 has no problem accepting them. An old NiftyFifty (1.8) as well as a 28mm f2.8 E series. The final one is an oddball - a Nikon "E" series 75-150mm F3.5 - complete with push-pull zoom and a fairly fast 150mm for a very reasonable price. Seems very sharp so far, but I need to test more. This photo was taken with the 28mm on my D300.

My daughter is in love with the red filter that was included: of course this is to produce red photos!

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28 mm , f/8.0

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  1. Matilda Su 77 months ago | reply

    wow, it looks so cool :D

  2. Snohomish Images 77 months ago | reply

    75-150 series E is a classic. A favorite of Galen Rowell's. He shot "Rainbow over the Potala Palace, Lhasa" with it.

  3. Bob Small photography. 77 months ago | reply

    Cool - love to get an oldie like this myself!!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  4. nosha 77 months ago | reply

    Yes, I remember that picture!

    I spent part of the morning taking some test shots - the 75-150 is very nice and sharp, as well as fun to use. All in all I'm delighted with all 3 lenses. The build quality of the old 50mm is incredible! The 28 has a very cheesy bakelite feel but the optics are excellent.

  5. Snohomish Images 77 months ago | reply

    oh btw, you could send the N2000 to me! :)

    Here's more on the 75-150:


  6. shetha 77 months ago | reply

    hmmmm red filter + negative film is not going to make red pictures. But it sure does on a digital camera or perhaps slide film! ;-)

    Congrats on the new gear -- new gear is always a happy thing. Can't wait to see what you come up with from this camera.

  7. Snohomish Images 77 months ago | reply

    the red filter is used with B&W film for dramatic skies.

  8. nosha 77 months ago | reply

    Thanks - I did know that about the red filter. However, my daughter is having lots of fun putting it on my d40 and shooting (she's allowed to use the d40).

    Shetha, I'm not sure I have your patience for shooting film... But I have a bunch of rolls...

  9. imagistpoet 77 months ago | reply

    Interesting - I gave away one of these cameras to an Indian gentleman visiting in the US last year. I still have an old film Nikon SLR with its lenses in a drawer downstairs, and never really thought to try them out on my D300. I'll give it a go and let you know.

  10. nosha 77 months ago | reply

    please do! I'm on a "new old cheap great lens" experimental phase right now ;)

  11. Ron Hay 75 months ago | reply

    The 75-150 E is fun to use if you are happy with things manual. Works fine on my D200 and is a sharp, fast lens if 75-150 is all of the range that you want.

  12. nosha 75 months ago | reply

    manual doesn't bother me in many situations - I wouldn't want to shoot a basketball game with one, tho ;)

  13. 'GIA 70 months ago | reply

    75-150mm F3.5 "E, will this meter on D80? thanks

  14. nosha 70 months ago | reply

    No, I don't think so. I believe you need a d200, d300, d700, d3, or d3x to meter. The lens still functions fine in all-manual mode.

  15. longhairbroad 69 months ago | reply

    I have the same 3 E series lenses on my D40. They are a great way to learn to shoot manual! The 75-150 E has a sterling reputation- deservedly so!

  16. nosha 69 months ago | reply

    funny, I was just looking through some photos from this winter and the 75-150 E shines in it's clarity!

    Only the 28mm is weak in this trio - my is soft and chintzy...

  17. longhairbroad 69 months ago | reply

    I have heard the 28 E's are inconsistent. Luckily, mine turned out to be nice!
    Btw, That's a cool strap :-)

  18. 'GIA 69 months ago | reply

    just got a 75-150 E, its sharp and good for portraits, I'm gonna be using it for head shots today..

  19. PredictorX 63 months ago | reply

    I have two Series E lenses myself and still enjoy using them, despite owning contemporary metering, autofocus equipment.

    You may be interested in the (at least) 2 Series E groups here on flickr.

  20. TribalVista 20 months ago | reply

    cool strap - looks good

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