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Thread: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

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    Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    I am speaking of the Nikkor T ED lenses in Copal 3 shutters for 8x10 cameras. The 600mm/800mm Nikkor is probably an older design than the 600mm/800mm/1200mm Nikkor. The latter has extra markings for 1200mm---on the shutter and on the rim of the front element. My question is this: Is the glass in the front unit of the 600/800mm of exactly the same design and materials as the front unit of the 600/800/1200mm?

    Put a another way, should either front unit work equally well with any of the rear units?

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    Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    I have a 600/800mm-labeled Nikon T, and my 1200mm rear element seems to work just fine.

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    Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    THe only change to this three length set is the rear cell. If you have a 600/800 then you can get a 1200 cell later and just put it on the back of the shutter. the front cell is the same for each rear cell.

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    I was looking at Nikor long lense & saw your information. What would this lens be worth today? I guess it is not sill manufactured?

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    Hi,

    Do you guys know were I can get a 800 or 1200 rear eliment for the Nikkor T ED lens and how much..

    Cheers,
    Luke

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    I'm looking to buy a 600mm for 8x10.. The prints for this peace of work are going to be hand printed 60x40.. the two lenses I'm looking at are the nikkor 600mm T ED and the schneider Apo 600 which is twice the price.. Does anyone know now the nikkor fares in comparision to the schneider??? If the schneider worth that amount of money??

    Appreciate your feedback..

    Luke

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    expensive but MPEX has a full set for sale. I just sold my 600/800 Nikkor. It was a great lens when I used it, but I just never used it enough.

    http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,9512.html

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    Search the threads here and you will find that some users report that the Schneider has considerably more contrast compared to the Nikkor, although this difference may be more exaggerated in the 800mm cell rather than the 600mm. Some of this loss of contrast may be compensated for in developing (B/W) or post-processing if going that route.

    Coverage of the Nikkor T-ED is not very generous on 8x10 (I think the Schneider has more) but it is eminently useable. Overall it's a great lens and more plentiful than the much newer Schneider, which may account for some of the price difference.

    FWIW I recently sold my Nikkor 600/800/1200 set for 1000 GBP. Sometimes they fetch a bit more.

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    If you search the threads as suggested above don't give them any faith unless they report about rigorously made comparative tests of both lenses.
    If you often use this long lenses you know how their "contrast" or "sharpness" depends on the atmospheric conditions where you use them. Humidity in the air, scattered light in the polluted atmosphere etc. it all shows in pictures taken with this focal length lenses if used at long distances.
    I use the 800mm Nikkor a plenty and cannot complain about it at all but I'm well aware of its reactions at the mentioned optical air quality.

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    Re: Nikkor T ED lenses: 600/800 vs. 600/800/1200

    Is the 600/800/1200 even a possibility to use on a 16x20 camera if my movements are all zeroed out and I'm shooting portraits... never at infinity ? I don't mind slight vignette ...

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