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    Shot this yesterday on a very windy afternoon at Pungol park,
    Its one of my old lens bought in 1980 or 81.




    Thanks for sharing guys
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    Wow, these bring back warm & nice feelings... had this Nikkor for over 20 years, served me so well, superb IQ & ever so reliable, every shot especially of pretty girls a great shot! This photographer's lens is like a sniper's rifle


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    Ai 85mm/2 wide open on a D300s

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYFoong View Post
    I hate this thread..... potential to burn pocket. BTW does anyone have this terror (58mm f1.2 NOCT)? If you have, please post some poisonous stuff here.
    I hate this too Damn, I am poisoned by all the nice stuff here....
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    Go for the D700. I did, all because of the Nikkor 85mm. Top up about <1k & you can get an excellent preowned D700. Nothing beats the perspective of the 85mm for portraits, half/full body shots, IMO. Sorry to poison you


    Quote Originally Posted by homan View Post
    D7000 with AIS 85mm f1.4 @5.6
    The sharpest lens of mine,sharper than my AF 50mm f1.4 a lot.The disadvantage is sometimes too far for portrait in my DX format camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s1221ljc View Post
    Go for the D700. I did, all because of the Nikkor 85mm. Top up about <1k & you can get an excellent preowned D700. Nothing beats the perspective of the 85mm for portraits, half/full body shots, IMO. Sorry to poison you
    D700 is going for SGD 2.5k new in our friendly neighboring country.

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    I have been thinking about going manual focus and getting a 105f1.8 for a start. The idea of buying a split focus screen discourages me from switching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChef View Post
    I have been thinking about going manual focus and getting a 105f1.8 for a start. The idea of buying a split focus screen discourages me from switching.
    Katzeye will cause slight spot metering inaccuracy in D700 from what I read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greengoblin View Post
    Katzeye will cause slight spot metering inaccuracy in D700 from what I read.
    I used one from focusingscreen.com (a company in Taiwan).

    The screen I used is one cut from an authentic Nikon focusing screen for film slr. works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChef View Post
    I have been thinking about going manual focus and getting a 105f1.8 for a start. The idea of buying a split focus screen discourages me from switching.
    a split focus screen cost about $60 from orient photo 6th lvl on simlim. i love them cos it lets me know when my AF lenses missed focus and i have to refocus. if you decide you don't like it anymore, you can just sell on bns for almost the same price.

    Quote Originally Posted by greengoblin View Post
    Katzeye will cause slight spot metering inaccuracy in D700 from what I read.
    as for the spot metering issue, this will occur with all split focus screens when the maximum aperture is about 4.5 or smaller. the split prism blacks out, but center weighted is usually not affected..
    F3, FTN, D700, just primes =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Ang View Post
    a split focus screen cost about $60 from orient photo 6th lvl on simlim. i love them cos it lets me know when my AF lenses missed focus and i have to refocus. if you decide you don't like it anymore, you can just sell on bns for almost the same price.
    Those are the not-so-good ones... They are significantly darker and they are the ones that will give you more problems with spot metering. I put one of those into my D40x. Works, but spot metering gets a little whacked sometimes. No problems with large primes though (which is 99% of the time I use spot metering).

    On my other camera, I got one from focusingscreen.com. The particular piece I got was cut from old stock of Nikon K3 screens (focusing screen for FM3A). Nice and bright, the screen is such a joy to use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    On my other camera, I got one from focusingscreen.com. The particular piece I got was cut from old stock of Nikon K3 screens (focusing screen for FM3A). Nice and bright, the screen is such a joy to use!
    thats the one tt will go in my d700/d3 when i get one. another one im considering is cutting a minolta acute-matte screen to fit my d200. but haven t gotten one yet.
    F3, FTN, D700, just primes =)
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    Nikkor 28mm f2 Ai-S

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    is manual focus len easier to focus ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXXcat View Post
    is manual focus len easier to focus ?
    Errr... Isnt is obvious?
    Use MF lens only when you have the time. I use about 3-8 seconds to focus usually without the split focussing screen and accuracy only about 70%.

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    It is subjective.

    With a good focusing screen, i find i can focus a manual lens nearly as fast as an AF lens.

    AUTO FOCUS makes life easier when trying to capture moving subjects like in sports/wildlife/children photography

    Watch Kai W & Lok C in this video clip for examples

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXXcat View Post
    is manual focus len easier to focus ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXXcat View Post
    is manual focus len easier to focus ?
    Quote Originally Posted by COBALT View Post
    It is subjective.

    With a good focusing screen, i find i can focus a manual lens nearly as fast as an AF lens.
    agree that whether it's easier to focus is subjective... but for me, the focusing ring of manual lenses is very much smoother than af lenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXXcat View Post
    is manual focus len easier to focus ?
    Obviously it's more difficult to focus... but it's the analogue feel that get pple hook to MF lens... nonetheless, if one practice and use MF lens long enough, they can focus fast and accurate enough to rival AF lens...
    Playing with M43.

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    A mood picture from AIS 50mm f1.2 shot wide open


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    I love the expression on the cat. Nice shot

    Quote Originally Posted by greengoblin View Post
    A mood picture from AIS 50mm f1.2 shot wide open


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    Happy CNY to all!!!
    I like the build, focusing ring & image quality of the old lenses.
    Built to last!!! Sharing some photos of 28mm f2.8 AIS & 55mm f3.5 AI.
    Cheers!

    28mm f2.8 AIS #1



    28mm f2.8 AIS #2



    55mm f3.5 AI #1



    55mm f3.5 AI #2



    55mm f3.5 AI #3


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