This is probably the biggest Nikon pin and clasps collection in the world

Fabrizio Belardetti sent me few updated pictures of his Nikon pins and clasps collection, probably the biggest one in the world: a total of 168 pins and 45 clasps (see previous post from 2015):

Larger resolution of the above photos is available on flickr.

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  • Glen

    Most exciting Nikon news I have heard in a while.

    • Eric Duminil

      I laughed out loud, but my soul cried a little.

    • Pat Mann

      Sad but true. I would really like to hear about some fast wide DX primes, perhaps a 24mmn and 16mm or 18mm f/2 or even f/2.2, and a 12mm f/2.8 or f/3.5. A new high specification T/S lens 24mm or wider (in the 18-20mm range would be great) for which the T/S axis relationship can be set by the user and tripod mount on the lens so the sensor shifts for shift panoramas, not the lens, and a new 45mm T/S with the same feature. A new 70 mp or so D810x with electronic shutter or a couple of leaf-shutter lenses (say 45 and 90mm), a 40-50mp D500x camera. A Nikon 1 V4 with all-day battery and built-in EVF would also be welcomed. If all these things were released next week, I would not buy them all at once.

      • Zoltan666

        What is the advantage of shifting sensor not the lens? Could you explain?

        • Pat Mann

          If you want to make a 2- or 3-shot rectilinear panorama using shifts to take advantage of the full image circle of a shift lens, and it’s the lens that shifts, you have to shift the camera body (which is mounted on a tripod) back so the axis of the lens is in the same place for each shot in order to keep the perspective the same for each of the shots. If you don’t, the perspective view of the scene will change between shots because the lens axis has moved. This is particularly important if there are objects near the camera that will be in substantially different places (for example, audience seats just a few feet from the camera in front of a stage that is being photographed) in the view if the lens axis is moved. This requires mounting the camera on a slide with a scale perpendicular to the axis of the lens so you can shift the body back and forth by precisely the same amount as the lens shifts (but in the opposite direction so the lens axis is shifted back to where it was before) to compensate for the lens shift. If it’s the body with the sensor that shifts and the lens that stays in the same place mounted on the tripod, no complicated compensation for the shifting is required – the sensor is just moved so it is cropping to a different part of the same image.

          • Zoltan666

            Thanks for the answer! I am using T/S 24mm Canon lens a lot for architectural photography and being honest I haven’t experienced any problems with stitching normal and shifted images, but you are right: defenately changing lens position changes image geometry. I had a few jobs where 24mm shift was not enough and I have used spherical pano head and than processed those images into architectural projection in AutopanoGiga. Result are pretty impressive.

    • HF

      D5, D500, 105/1.4?

      • SiestaKey1

        I know. Those 3 things were huge announcements. Just because they’re not in your wheelhouse doesn’t mean they aren’t huge. A new flagship D5, a D500 which people have been wanting for a long time, and a rockin 105mm f/1.4? Sounds like exciting news to me!

        • HF

          Exactly, that’s why I mentioned them.

        • Pat Mann

          D5 was a modest incremental update expected in the normal Nikon schedule. The D500 was v-e-r-y long overdue (but absolutely a great release and far better than I anticipated – a real finder, significant AF update – not dumbed down for DX at all – good for Nikon). But both are now old news. The 105 1.4 was a very nice new release for the year that’s more than just an incremental advance (that makes one recent item of significance), should be a great event and live performance lens for both full frame and DX, highly welcomed and unique.

  • doge

    That’s weird.

  • MB

    I wonder if Nikon still makes them, I used to have quite a collection myself (well not like Fabrizio) but haven’t seen any new ones for quite some time.

  • fanboy fagz

    wow, nice to see. I had a few on my vest when I was shooting weddings with f5 years back.

  • EnPassant

    Impressive. I also have a pin collection. But it is focused on my other passion, chess. Therefore I only have the F4 pin of the above.
    I do however also have a Photokina pin from 1954 when the Leica M3 debuted as well as a Soligor tie clip showing in relief the optical construction of a lens with 13 elements.

  • stormwatch

    Well, I have to give this man a credit for knowing to choose the most reliable and excellent stuff out there, I hope he has both Nikon and Mitsubishi in the real life, not just pins and clasps.

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