I'm back, and 100% Manual Focus

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Well a month or two back (can't remember for some reason), I posted a rather 'controversial' post and decided after numerous rants to leave this forum. Well I'm back, and I am not leaving this time :Devil:

Anyways onto the meat. I made a rather 'rash' decision. I sold all my AF gear, put a Katz Eye Focusing screen into my D200, and purchased three manual focus primes: Nikon 28 3.5 AI, 50 1.8 AI, and 85 F2 AI.

First up, the 50 1.8 AI. This lens is phenomenal. The lens itself is decades old compared to the 50 1.8 AF I used to own, yet the build is superior and I think the optics are better in many respects.

Some samples:

The 50 1.8 AI

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The 28. 3.5 AI

The 28 3.5 is pretty amazing. The sharpness @ 3.5 is about as good as it gets on my D200.

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The 75-150 Series E

This lens is always impressive.

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Well, don't know why you left, but welcome back. The photos look amazing. I like the beer one and the last one.
 
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Welcome back! I love the beer shot as well. Great job.

I just installed a Katz-eye in my D700 last night... and WOW - my MF world has already been rocked. I can just see that it's going to open up all kinds of new avenues for shooting with these lenses - not to mention the confidence I'll have with them now. Just can't believe I waited so long :Guns:

Steve
 
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I'm thinking of doing the same thing as you, going with the MF's, only my eye sight sucks, :(


and welcome back!
 
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Welcome back to NC! Nice images, when I eventually pick up a DSLR which will can meter with my AI/AIS I will be making much more use of them. As you say they offer a great balance of value, IQ and build quality.
 
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good to see you back buddy, bought time...:wink:

nice set of pictures

I've been looking at that 28 3.5 myself
seems like a great lens for the $$$$$$$
 
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good to see you back buddy, bought time...:wink:

nice set of pictures

I've been looking at that 28 3.5 myself
seems like a great lens for the $$$$$$$
I picked up the 28 3.5 in BGN condition from KEH for about $60. I couldn't believe how 'new' it looks - no cosmetic defects, glass is pristine. I imagine KEH services the lenses before resell.

I am hooked at the moment, there is a ton of other MF glass I want to acquire, unfortunately prices have skyrocketed for some reason.
 
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Ya that beer one has some awesome ambiance
Thanks, it's all about the lighting. We were sitting there at happy hour and the sun was slowly going down, the sun hit the glass at the right spot and I had pull at the camera to capture the moment.
 
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Welcome back! I love the beer shot as well. Great job.

I just installed a Katz-eye in my D700 last night... and WOW - my MF world has already been rocked. I can just see that it's going to open up all kinds of new avenues for shooting with these lenses - not to mention the confidence I'll have with them now. Just can't believe I waited so long :Guns:

Steve
I agree the Kate-Eye is an impressive tool, but it does have (at least for me) a learning curve as far as using center vs. outside, etc.
 
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I am hooked at the moment, there is a ton of other MF glass I want to acquire, unfortunately prices have skyrocketed for some reason.
the advent of FX and rise in new lens prices have added fuel to that fire
 
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I am hooked at the moment, there is a ton of other MF glass I want to acquire, unfortunately prices have skyrocketed for some reason.



the advent of FX and rise in new lens prices have added fuel to that fire
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