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Old 12-28-2005, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I still shoot with F3s, FM2s, 4x5 and Kodak EPP. That's not gonna change for a while.

However, I now have a regular gig shooting 4 gals for each of their websites. I would like to purchase a body that I can use with my manual focus glass. The final use of the images will be web only.

Anyone shooting Nikon digital and manual glass??? Your experience??

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Old 12-28-2005, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dave,

I'm using a Nikon 70, F5, and D2X (the big monster). All my lens are 2.8 across the board. The digital body works fine with any Nikkor lens as long as you understand the x 1.5 focal length thing. As much as I hate to say, I'm going to look hard and fast at the Canon Mark II ($8gs) at PMA and look to making a switch. I can't stand changing my depth of field and picking up color noise at 800 ISO.


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Old 12-28-2005, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm using a Nikon 70, F5, and D2X (the big monster). All my lens are 2.8 across the board. The digital body works fine with any Nikkor lens as long as you understand the x 1.5 focal length thing. As much as I hate to say, I'm going to look hard and fast at the Canon Mark II ($8gs) at PMA and look to making a switch. I can't stand changing my depth of field and picking up color noise at 800 ISO.


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Thanks Brad

I guess I'm going to have to fine a new favorite lens when shooting digital. I use my 105/1.8 for most of my studio work. I don't think I'm too old of a dog to learn new tricks, I'm just not in the mood to learn to use new tools. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

Keep us posted on the status of the "switch."

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Old 12-28-2005, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am also thinking of purchasing the D200. I currently shoot with the N80. you mentioned "changing the DOF". Does the 1.5 factor affect the DOF? I have thought about the Canon 8mpix as well. It's time for me to go digital. I've held out as long as possible.





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Old 12-28-2005, 11:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Does the 1.5 factor affect the DOF?

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Not directly. Using a DX-sized sensor is like cutting the center out of a film-based image. That's why it's called a crop factor. You end up using the central portion of the lens. If you're 10' away from your subject, you get the same DOF with digital or film. It's just that if you want the same composition, you have to back up with the digital camera (to around 14'). And the further away you are, the more DOF you're going to get with the same f-stop and lens. Getting more DOF for a given composition and f-stop on a DX-sized sensor is good for things like landscapes, but not necessarily good if you're trying to use selective focus to separate your subject from your background.

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Old 12-29-2005, 12:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Dave,

Well, getting started in the Nikon digital world could take you a couple of different ways....

Right now, a lot of folks are selling their D100's in anticipation of upgrading to the newly released D200. Prices seem to be anywhere from $500-700 for a good D100. With that, you get a 6 megapixel body that's been extremely reliable. You can, of course, plug in just about any Nikon glass except, I think, non-AI'ed stuff, and keep the automation for exposure. The body has the ability to turn off the autofocus, so you've got that option regardless of whether you're shooting a manual lens or not (I normally keep AF off when I'm working in the studio, anyway).

Maybe you could arrange to rent one or borrow one to see if it'd do what you want.

You could, of course, jump in with both feet and go the D200 route - a 10.5 MP body, for about $1700 (if you can find one, yet), but I'm guessing that's probably not what you'd want to do (anyone shooting with an FM2 probably isn't sold exclusively on the glitz and glamour of a shiny new body) (Hey, I've still got, though haven't used in a few years, my F3HP so I can relate! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] ).

That help any?


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I'm going to have a D70 up on Ebay here shortly. Its actually a little more "camera" than the D100 (a quirk of their numbering system) and I've gotten images of good enough quality for full page calendar images, with my Tamron zoom lenses. You should consider the D70 for web work, its perfect, and mine works like a champ with no visiable wear & tear.

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Very helpful!

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You can, of course, plug in just about any Nikon glass except, I think, non-AI'ed stuff, and keep the automation for exposure. The body has the ability to turn off the autofocus, so you've got that option regardless of whether you're shooting a manual lens or not (I normally keep AF off when I'm working in the studio, anyway).


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I think you might want to check the Nikon site as to compatability with non-cpu glass as far as metering goes. Of course you can shoot any F mount glass in full manual mode, but I believe only the D2[X&H(S)] and D200 have meters that fully function with pre-D glass. There is a table in the tech documentation for each body on the web site IIRC. I know for a fact that the D70 which I've used for over a year cannot fully meter (center weight & matrix) without D lenses.

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You could, of course, jump in with both feet and go the D200 route - a 10.5 MP body, for about $1700 (if you can find one, yet), but I'm guessing that's probably not what you'd want to do (anyone shooting with an FM2 probably isn't sold exclusively on the glitz and glamour of a shiny new body) (Hey, I've still got, though haven't used in a few years, my F3HP so I can relate! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] ).


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One of my first shots with the 10.2MP D200 & AFS 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Nikkor:
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I've been useing the FM2 and just recently got the D70s and use all my lenses with it. My biggest problem so far has been in the modes themselves. So I shot 95% manual, guess it's just because I'm use to it.
I do wish I had faster lenses, F3.5 is he best I have at the moment. But I've had no problems with sharpness or detail yet.
Unfortunately the one lady I've shot with it hasn't signed a release so no can show. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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