Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rolf's First Post

"Yesterday Nikki arrived in Germany in perfect condition. Many thanks Philippe to provide me with this fine lens.

At first I would like to point out few words about my family and me, where we live and what I would like to do with this lens in the next 2 weeks.

My name is Rolf and I’m living with my family in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia – which is the largest  federal state in Germany with around 17 million inhabitants.

Our location is a very old and small village within the  triange of Bochum, Essen and Wuppertal. Düsseldorf - the capital city of our federal state - is approx. 50 kilometers away as well as Cologne.

Since 1970 my passion is still the photography. I started at that time with a simple SLR made by Praktica. I was a poor student and more money for a „better“ cam was not in my pocket. In the meantime until now I tried out many different cams and brands. Today I work mainly with  Nikon cams but with other brands like Canon, Sony or Pentax also.

I like to collect old lenses which I use regular. That’s the reason why I’m here and because I’m very happy and proud to be one of the members of this project.

Because I’m number 5 or 6 within the list of photographers around the world I have had some time to think about what I will show here the next 2 weeks in my posts.

It is a rite to show at first few images of Nikki itself . Before I will explain my plans below „NIKKI“

The parcel was coming from Philippe at Nancy/France 

 and inside was a wonderful lens manufactured by Nikon around 1970.

On the next image you can see a part of that what I plan to do. I will give Nikki a try with an analog Nikon F5 and slide film. Even with this cam Nikki have a good figure.

But Nikki will work perfect with modern digital Nikon cams like the D700/D800 too.

NIKKI will be my only lens now for the next 2 weeks. Depending of the weather I will show in one of my posts some b&w images of an old steel mill nearby which is now a museum of industry. Furthermore we have here in our area hundred of old castles mostly perfect renovated. This could be a theme of another post.

Before I made few test images to get familiar with Nikki below an image with a brother (or sister ?) lens out of my collection. It is an older version of Nikki with non-Ai mount. I bought this ugly lens few years ago for a value like next to nothing and filed down the mount to something like Ai.

Anyway the glass and the mechanics are in perfect condition and I use this lens very often.
At the end of my first post 2 images out of my wifes garden to test Nikki with a Nikon camera." 


  1. Rolf, nice first shots and great comment.
    Can't wait to see more pictures from nikki and you.

  2. Very nice Rolf, I think you may be the first of the journey to use it with film! I look forward to more.


  3. Very good 1st post Rolf. Good to see that I'm not the only person with a battered pre-ai lens in his collection!

    Enjoy Nikki and keep her away from trouble :)

  4. Many thanks for your friendly comments