Question about Nikon Nikkor 15mm f/3.5 Lens

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I'm a retired pro that bought a 15mm from a, what I thought was a reputable dealer in NYC about 25 years ago. I used the lens for 20 years and took fantastic pictures with it. I had it sold but when the buyer received it he noticed that there wasn't any filters [which I never knew it had or the bayonet mount to put the filter into] and has returned the lens. I'd like to find the mount and filters, any suggestions? Please no wise cracks, it's a great lens and I never needed or wanted to use filters anyway...Any help would be appreciated...570dogman2

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  • Walter Bredel Feb 02, 2010

    I agree it's a fantastic lens but this guy is returning it because he says it was modified. Apparently someone removed the mount that the filters attach to. The filters aren't available anymore unless someone can locate a set on line. I think this guy has a set but wants a complete lens outfit. He got it for $638, I paid close to 2K for it 20 years ago so I think he got a great deal. I'm taking the lens back and returning his money but I would purchase the bayonet mount if I could find one. It's would probably cost an arm and a leg but I'd like to try to fix it if I can...W

  • Walter Bredel Feb 03, 2010

    I never knew any filter was supposed to be there. This Ken Hansen guy had one of the most reputible companies in the city. I just slapped it on my camera and shot away.

    Over the 20 years I used it very successfully, there weren't any problems with sharpness, color shifts and flares in direct sunlight that I've read about, were never a problem so I was perfectly happy with the lens and the results.

    Everything that was reproduced or art printed looked spectacular!

    I don't think it was gray market either, he never delt with the grays but now that I think about it there wasn't a brochure or warranty cards with it so it must have been used.

    I'm seventy years old so it's hard to remember all the details but I did get it for a very good price at the time so that was my fault [too good to be true always is} anyway I'd like to get it up to specs so I can resell it in good concience...Any suggestions?

  • Walter Bredel Feb 04, 2010


    I'll contact him.

    I did contact Nikon and am sending it to them to see what the deal is! Maybe they can bring it up to specs, maybe they can't. Maybe it was a mistake, prototype whatever I'd at least like to find out what happened so I can tell whoever buys it the full story.

    I'm sure that someone out there will appreciate it like I did. That lens made me a lot of money and nobody had any problems with the results including me. In my wildest dreams, Nikon will recognize it as one of their huge mistakes or find it soooo rare they'll buy it back from me for a lot more that the $641 I had already sold it for.

    I can dream can't I? anyway thanks for hanging in there with me! Walter


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Apparently, they came with a set of rear bayonet filters. The review doesn't say if they were optional, but someone who wants this ought to be just happy to have one.


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    Carl Navarro Feb 02, 2010

    Isn't it a bayonet mount to begin with? It looks to me like the filters fit the mount already and they are really tough to find. I guess your lens was made in 1978 or so, and it's really hard to find one showing up in the used market.

    I tried a search on Google, and from my reading, it says that one must always be there. Was it really missing when you bought it?

  • Carl Navarro
    Carl Navarro Feb 04, 2010

    Man. This might help, maybe you can just find a different buyer who will take it "as is". Your lens is very rare and valuable. Try this guy


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