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    I've been trying to look for a after-market split-image screen for Nikon D4 but can't seem to find any online or on ebay. Lots of options for D3 though.

    Does anyone know if a screen meant for a D3 will be compatible with the D4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmayeo View Post
    Yes it helps manual focusing. Since the split image prism will show out of focus and in focus much obvious than before.

    The original screen from my d300s doesn't have the split image prism markings on it. It's a clear screen.

    No it will not affect the auto focus. AF lens will auto focus with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timlim View Post
    I've been trying to look for a after-market split-image screen for Nikon D4 but can't seem to find any online or on ebay. Lots of options for D3 though.

    Does anyone know if a screen meant for a D3 will be compatible with the D4?

    Thanks!
    Not sure how compatible are D3 focusing screen are for D4. You may wanna email these 2 suppliers: Katzeye Optics and focusingscreen.com.

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    Nice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Light Machinery View Post
    Wow, nice light. It really accentuates the facial features.

    Nice shot. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks and my daughter like it too that I made a large print of it and hang it in her room.

    Anyway it's my first foray into studio strobe setup using a single 250w strobe with a reflective dome umbrella and a silver/gold reflector.

    I learnt alot from "Show us your lighting setups - part 1 to 3" and from online webinars.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=518488

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=725445

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1319186

    Going to try out with my other manual focus prime lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timlim View Post
    I've been trying to look for a after-market split-image screen for Nikon D4 but can't seem to find any online or on ebay. Lots of options for D3 though.

    Does anyone know if a screen meant for a D3 will be compatible with the D4?

    Thanks!
    If you do not already know, the focusing screen in D4 is similar to a S type focusing screen.

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    Nikkor 16mm AIS

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    105mm f2.5 AIS, f4, 1/500

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    hi all, does anyone have any photos from micro lenses to showcase?

    i'm thinking of getting the 55 2.8 AIS end of the year. any other alternatives within that price range that I should check out?

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    also, D600+50 1.4 AI'D at f4, was very underexposed but pumped the exposure


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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    hi all, does anyone have any photos from micro lenses to showcase?

    i'm thinking of getting the 55 2.8 AIS end of the year. any other alternatives within that price range that I should check out?
    Some folks recommend the 55 f3.5 over 2.8 version. Do check both out.

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    Micro ais 55 mm...
    Can I suggest that you search for the pics on flickr rather than google. Or you can try pbase. Beautiful rendition.

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    for Kwanhan:

    taken with 55mm f2.8 AI-S and D300s.


    1/640 f/4 ISO 400


    1/200 f/5.6 ISO 400

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    thanks all for the replies and the lovely pictures!

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    took a shot using 50mm f/1.4 AIS on this lens 50mm f2 AI.


    1/60 f/1.4 ISO400

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    Thanks for sharing. I also shoot with a 50mm/f1.2 AIs. Fred
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    Nikon (D3s, D700), Fujifilm (X-Pro 1, X-E1, GF670), Hasselblad (503CXi, 903SWC)

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    Default Re: We love our manual focus Nikkor lenses! Part 2

    I needed automatic aperture for an event last week so picked up a 50/1.4 AIs instead of my fujinon, heres what it was like

    iso 4500, 50/1.4


    also, just about this whole set was shot on the 50/1.4 at f4. some were by the 35/2.8 pre ai.

    http://littleredcake.smugmug.com/Navy-Marine-Ball

    its quite a solid lens, though it seems to lack that something special in the fuji and nikkor 50/1.2s

    as for the 55/2.8 macro, i managed to dig this out, but cant seem to find the high res version. was shot on fuji pro160S with an FA

    Last edited by Ben Ang; 31st October 2013 at 10:31 AM.
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    thanks Ben for the photo u dug out.

    i can't imagine shooting an event wide open on manual primes

    i assume u installed split screen focusing in your d700?

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    How to shoot events using manual focus? I think must be very fast to pre focus then focus using the split prism method, can't rely on the green dot. And the subject have to pose for a while.

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    "Just compose, aim, focus and fire.. one has to remember that the subject does not necc have to be at a specific focussing point."

    A mr william. Nie photographer when I ask him why he chose manual focus instead of af with his nikon f4.

    He added.. if its sharp to you, its sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    thanks Ben for the photo u dug out.

    i can't imagine shooting an event wide open on manual primes

    i assume u installed split screen focusing in your d700?
    Quote Originally Posted by wmayeo View Post
    How to shoot events using manual focus? I think must be very fast to pre focus then focus using the split prism method, can't rely on the green dot. And the subject have to pose for a while.
    Quote Originally Posted by nsalman View Post
    "Just compose, aim, focus and fire.. one has to remember that the subject does not necc have to be at a specific focussing point."

    A mr william. Nie photographer when I ask him why he chose manual focus instead of af with his nikon f4.

    He added.. if its sharp to you, its sharp.
    I use a Canon EC-S type screen. its a special matte screen with no split or micro prisms, but its made for precise manual focus with canon's f/1.2 primes. its an amazing screen to use if you dont shoot lenses smaller than F4 on a regular basis (it gets abit dark). so i just need to compose, look at the point i want in focus, focus, and shoot. i don't get 100% keepers, but about 90-95% on static shots and 50% on moving. i've also been shooting manual for 3-4 years now, and the only AF lens i have now is a tokina 17/3.5 so i guess experience helps alot =)

    that said, shooting a whole event in MF is not something i would normaly do. in this case, i was asked to shoot a photobooth, and these were candids on the side so it was all 'safe'. honestly though, i was shooting iso 4500/6400, f/1.4 and 1/125, i doubt the AF tracking would have kept up.
    F3, FTN, D700, just primes =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmayeo View Post
    took a shot using 50mm f/1.4 AIS on this lens 50mm f2 AI.


    1/60 f/1.4 ISO400
    I love hexagonal shaped on lights for bokeh this under-rated lens. Some people only love the circular shape. It is also sharp!

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