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NZ – B – lens

I wrote about NZ lens more than a year ago. Since then I haven’t go out with that lens often. Big bright lens is too big to carry in my pocket.

So, only the front element was recycled then. But, how about many other lenses ? In that 18~200 mm Nikon Zoom lens, there were 3 more groups of glasses were used. = When I tested, I found that the third group was fit to the purpose straight. = easy to make-up as a usable optics — I mean, for my purpose. (Left top is USM / Silentwave motor and the D was the diverging lens I used for an experiment “Retrofocus” as the front element.)

So, the third group glass together with its sliding barrel was just glued to the Nikon-Z mount ring. In this structure, the movement of the glass makes a focus from infinity to x0.6.

As you might have guest, this lens wouldn’t give any clear sharp image. = still, may suit for some subject. Wait and see. 😀 ( I’m serious)


NZ Lens


Before, I’ve made close-up lens out of a front element of the zoom lens.  So, I wanted to make something different from this Nikon zoom lens. (AF-S Nikkor 18~200 G ED)  Conveniently, the front element of this zoom lens extend  = it’s mean I don’t need to look for a focusing helicoid to use with this lens. (It’s already there.)  😀

NZ(2)- lens

The matter of conversion was, to mount the separated front lens unit to a camera body.  There was a possibility to make the lens for Nikon mount. —– but on the end, I found that, unless I could trim off yet another 2.5mm from the lens barrel, it was only useable on Sony E mount.  The photo above was showing how the glue-up connection was made. (Aluminium ring was glued to the lens barrel first, then it was stick to the body mount.) (First plan was to mount the lens unit to a lens reverse adapter for Nikon though, as it couldn’t get an infinity focus, plan was changed to Sony = an adapter to use EOS lens to E-mount was chosen for its matching diameter.)


So far this lens is the heaviest among my homemade lenses.  Looks a bit strange though, it would give an impression of some kind of professional gear, not a homemade mock-up.  😀


Photo above are the test shots of this NZ (NZ for Nikon-Zoom) lens.  It looks the most murky, fuzziest image out of my many homemade lenses.  It was not a kind of light scattered halation — much more fundamental = light is not focused to single point (worse than spherical aberration and the image field was curved) —– Mind you, against its focal length (about 90mm) the diameter of this lens was 60mm =  it’s mean, 90mm lens brighter than F1.5. — Well, unless it was a few thousand pounds lens, no designer would give any guaranty of the decent quality for such bright lens.—– If I could produce decent sharp image out of this lens, it is a fraud. 


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