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| p.1 #1 · The Nikon FM3D We've Always Wanted? Sony A7R |
I know this is the Nikon gear forum, but a number of us Nikon junkies have wanted a digital version of the FM3A - i.e., a FM3D (or something like that) for some time.
Though I love my D800 I've wanted a FM3D for those times where I just don't need 90% of what the D800 has to offer, but want the 36MP FX sensor and be able to use my manual focus Nikkors in an easy way without the weigh and size of the flagship Nikon DSLR. The Df did not tick this box for me. Nor does my excellent m43 GX7 and lenses (which are excellent for travel, but give up IQ in many situations).
Well, I got impatient waiting for Nikon and grabbed an excellent deal on a Sony A7r. It's Sony, it's almost completely foreign to me, and it's the start of a journey.
I plan on using mostly my Nikkors with it and use it when I need compactness and light weight kit for hiking/climbing/backpacking/etc. and AF is not a concern. Not planing on buying any Sony glass.
I've had mine for a whole day with very limited shooting, but my first impression is that it reminds me of my FE2 or FM3A - small, light, and the loud clanking sound when I trip the shutter. Also the EVF allows me to accurately focus my f/2.8 and faster glass w/o issues.
Nikon is certainly capable of coming out with their version of the A7R, but do they have the will to do so?
Anyways, I'll be reporting on my journey with Nikon glass on this Sony version of the FM3D in this thread. I'll try to slant my comments toward someone at Nikon who at the off chance might be reading this so they can indeed make the FM3D. Feel free to chime in with opinions, critiques, etc..
45/2.8 AI-P Up Close
ILCE-7R ---- lens 1/60s 320 ISO 0.0 EV