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| p.1 #14 · Former Canon shooter - need lens advice |
Many of us made the switch from Canon to Nikon. I chose not to go with the 5D MarkII when I learned it had the same focusing system as the 5D. I loved the 5D but wanted more. At the time I had a very nice kit of lenses including eight or nine L lenses, including the "Holy Trinity." A friend strongly recommended I try the D700 and I was impressed from day one. I bought a few AF lenses, then sold my least used Canon lenses. Then I noticed the MF Nikkor that appeared in so many signature lines, which at the time were displayed with every post. I figured I'd buy a 105 f/2.5 AI-s and find out what the fuss was all about. I paid $197 for an EX+ copy and began my manual focus adventure.
I have subsequently sold my entire Canon kit and have re-invested liberated funds in Nikon MF glass. I still shoot with the D700 which I love, but now I have 34 or 35 manual focus Nikkor lenses. The cheapest cost me $46 while the most expensive was $625. I'm having more fun with photography than ever before in my life. I even started a conversation on this forum which I expected would last a few weeks but has been going strong for 33 months. In fact, it is the most active thread on Fred Miranda, attracting participants from around the world. We even shared a lens offered by a fellow in Sydney, Australia, an 85 f/1.8 H.C. AI'd lens that after eleven months AND a trip around the world, is on its way back to its owner. Twenty photographers used the lens and shared their work on a blog created for this purpose. You might want to check out the thread. We're fast approaching 56,000 posts. Manual Focus Nikon Glass
And here is a shot I took with a manual focus lens this weekend, a forty year old lens I bought for $90, the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd, which is four versions before the first 105 I bought. These lenses still perform beautifully and for portraiture they can't really be beaten.
There is nothing wrong with AF, but Nikon has produced great lenses for decades, most of which can be mounted on your D700. Canon changed their lens mount in 1989 so their old classic lenses may no longer be mounted. But Nikon took a different path and we get to play with some amazing lenses that can be bought for a relative song. You might want to check them out. And welcome to Nikon.