More pictures made with the Nikon Automatic Level AP-5

to show the amazing optical performance of a strange Nikkor


Above you'll see a Nikon Coolpix L3 mounted on a bracket behind the Nikon AP-5 Automatic Level.

The camera is set on infinity and the self timer is used to avoid vibrations. The first picture below is a picture without the Nikon AP-5 to give you an impression of the total scenery.

On the red brick building on the left you'll see a logo and in the middle a car park. Both objects are pictured with the Nikon AP-5 mounted in front of the Nikon Coolpix L3.



Though not very sharp most details are clearly visible.


It is also possible to mount the AP-5 on a Nikon D-SLR, like the Nikon D1X. To obtain a full frame picture an additional lens has to be put in between the Nikon D1X and the AP-5 level as the exit pupil (aka Ramsden disc) will not cover the full frame of the sensor. The best lens in this case is the EL-Nikkor 2.8/50mm., which is an enlargement lens (see below).

And the results are:

Picture taken with a standard prime lens equal to a viewing angle of 50 mm.

The top of the mill in the center of the picture.


Below a combination of a Nikon Coolpix 5000 and a Nikon AP-5. The camera is set at A (aperture priority) and at infinity focus.

A stable tripod is absolutely necessary to get reasonable images (see below)