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45mm 2.8P Focus Ring Stiffness

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I have recently received an example of this little oddball, weirdly expensive lens that I'm unnaturally attracted to.

The lens is everything I expected-soft corners wide open, minimal distortion, incredible contrast, and of course tiny and lightweight.

With that said, the focusing ring is NOT what I'm use to on manual focus Nikkors. I'm use to being able to move the ring with a light touch with one finger, and on my example of this lens that's definitely not the case. It takes two finger to move comfortably, and given how small the focusing ring is that's a bit of an issue. I have the 45 2.8 GN also, and the focus feel is nothing like that lens(even with the GN tab engaged).

I'd give the lens a pass if it were older, as I've also had many AI-S lenses in particular that got stiff. I don't think this is much over 10 years old, though, and doesn't appear to have been used much.

Any thoughts on this? Are they all like this, or do I have a bad example?

 


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