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Archive 2012 · Manual focus with the D600 and D800 : ) !!!
  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Manual focus with the D600 and D800 : ) !!!


Hi,

What is your experience focusing manual lenses with either the D600 or D800 ??

I was to a store this afternoon that had two Nikon models, the D600 and D800;
and one Canon model, the 5D Mark III. The Nikon D800 and D600 cameras felt
very good in my hand. They were not as heavy as I had thought. I tried each
of the cameras with a 24-70 mm. f/2.8 Looking through the viewfinder was a
bit darker with the Nikons and much brighter with the Canon. The seller said that
Nikons have a darker viewfinder. Could this be changed? The 24-70 mm. from
Canon is shorter. Though, I wouldn't buy one from any of the two brands!

As an observation -
There are definitely more alt lenses that would be easier and cheaper to use with
Canon as with Nikon. For example, Leica R lenses only need an adapter to be
used with a Canon and not a costly conversion like with Nikon. Contax N lenses
can only be used with Canon, and the ones with a Contax/Yashica mount can only
be used with Canon.

The problem is also that alt lenses are not always a bargain, and many times one
is better off buying a new lens, like the ones from Zeiss, made for Nikon, Canon,
and other brands. What is not so appealing is that the 5D Mark III has the value
of a Nikon D800, (actually $200 more expensive), but with one third less mega
pixels!

So, it is almost like a no brainer to go for a Nikon! To my understanding the image
quality with 24 and 36 MP can be superior to Canon's. I just wonder if one could
change the focusing screens to brighter ones to be able to focus manually!
Which bright focusing screen are you using?

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Nov 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Manual focus with the D600 and D800 : ) !!!


A better focusing screen to focus manual is not a brighter one. You need a more matted one, that in result darkens the image in the viefinder. The brighter ones show more light but less what is in focus.

Ralph



Nov 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Manual focus with the D600 and D800 : ) !!!


Sadly I haven't been able to find any replacement screens online for the d800.. Not at least from companies that are still running (I think there was one company but they recently went under)




Nov 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Manual focus with the D600 and D800 : ) !!!


Hello,

Thank you for your answers : ) !!!

A better focusing screen to focus manual is not a brighter one. You need a more matted one, that in result darkens the image in the viefinder. The brighter ones show more light but less what is in focus. Then it may be a bit complicated to focus with the D800. The screen was a bit dark for me!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Nov 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Manual focus with the D600 and D800 : ) !!!


I focus my MF lenses fine with my D600. In fact, I don't even own any AF lenses.


Nov 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM
 

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leighton w wrote:
I focus my MF lenses fine with my D600. In fact, I don't even own any AF lenses.


Do you use the original screen? So if it works fine for you.

Ralph



Nov 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
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Ralph Conway wrote:
Do you use the original screen? So if it works fine for you.

Ralph

Yes, I use the original screen. Coming from the D7000, it's all the difference in the world. I also rely on the green dot indicator quite a bit. I may install a Katzeye focus screen down the road, but my keeper rate is so high I'm not sure it's even needed.



Nov 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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I have a D600 and a couple of AIS lenses and Rokinon. Just as Leighton mentioned the focus dot indicator is so helpful and coming from DX I am finding the viewfinder very enjoyable. I think what factors more in my images for me is the focus ring smoothness rather than the screen


Nov 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM
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hijazist wrote:
I have a D600 and a couple of AIS lenses and Rokinon. Just as Leighton mentioned the focus dot indicator is so helpful and coming from DX I am finding the viewfinder very enjoyable. I think what factors more in my images for me is the focus ring smoothness rather than the screen


And the combination of both of those is the reason I LOVE shooting MF! There's nothing better to seeing the image slowly come in to focus while looking through such a good viewfinder.



Nov 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
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Thank you. I know what you mean. But for my 5D II I had to purchase a new focus screen to become comfortable. The original screen was useless for MF (for me).




Nov 25, 2012 at 06:00 PM





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