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    Default "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    Hi all, as per thread title, I'm wondering if the metal prong "rabbit ears" on AiS lenses are removable? Cos its held only by 2 screws, wondering if can jus unscrew and screw it back on whenever i want it.

    Reason why i'm doing so is because I'm using the lens on a digital body, and i find the "ears" abit scary poke here poke there when not mounted, scared later keep together with other stuff in the bag may cause scratches.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acolyte View Post
    Hi all, as per thread title, I'm wondering if the metal prong "rabbit ears" on AiS lenses are removable? Cos its held only by 2 screws, wondering if can jus unscrew and screw it back on whenever i want it.

    Reason why i'm doing so is because I'm using the lens on a digital body, and i find the "ears" abit scary poke here poke there when not mounted, scared later keep together with other stuff in the bag may cause scratches.

    Thanks in advance.
    if it's just 2 screws, should be removable
    but be careful to mark properly, so you can put it back EXACTLY as you removed it.
    also, be careful not to scratch the rear glass element if your hands slip ...
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    Default Re: "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    I like the rabbit ears, kept it there cos it didn't get into my way.

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    Default Re: "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    it's removable but used the right tool if you want to screw/unscrew it. i'd find those two 'ears' unique.let me know if you are giving it away
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    I'd suggest you not to take away its character
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    I was dissappointed when the new AIS lens did not contain the rabbit ears. The rabbit years give you the chance of mounting it on and old Vietnam war Nikon F2 camera.


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    Hi thanks ZerocoolAstra for the infomation.

    @ papajanggo33 and Benji77:

    Yup i know those "ears" are kind of a hallmark of Nikkor manual lenses. But I'm frequently using it on my d300 and when i carry the said lens unmounted (28/2.8 Ais) with other lenses in my camera bag, i would sometimes feel the dread that the pointy end would scratch other lenses/cam body in the same bag. Its just an "in case" thing for me. (my 180/2.8 diden come with its "ears" when i bought it, and thus pose no threat ). But will be screwing it back on when i'm reselling so i'm sorry papajanggo33, not giving away for the time being.

    @tankahn:

    Don think i'll be able/willing to acquire such bodies leh. Shoot film very ex compared to digital. =X (sorry to film shooters out there, don flame me. )

    Cheers

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    Default Re: "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    very easily removable, abit of a pain to get the screws back in cos its curved. get a good grip so you don't slip and scratch the aperture ring tho.

    also, pls keep it properly. im always sad when my MF lenses come without the ears. they don't look as good without them. just to let you know, getting a shop to put on a pair of them costs $25.
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    Default Re: "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    Since you don't need it, take it off.
    You're right, that piece could scratch the body or other lenses.

    Just keep it in case you decided to sell the lens
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    Default Re: "Rabbit ears" on AIS lens removable?

    Yup ok sure. Will try to do so by tonight. Thanks for all your replies.

    Edit: spoilt 2 of my lousier screwdriver trying to unscrew the screws so far. ._. Build quality is really good. If really tight then I'll just leave by itself lol.
    Last edited by Acolyte; 2nd December 2010 at 01:21 PM.

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