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Welcome Todd, there's still a lot of fun left in the manual focus lenses and you have gotten hold of two of the nice examples.
I have put most of my faith in the green dot in the D800. The FX viewfinder is also a good step above the DX one. With my old D7000 or D300, I am not sure I would have gotten anywhere with manual focusing, although some folks here seem to thrive on DX viewfinders.
If you are using a tripod, live view will be great. That's what I have done for taking tele shot sof the moon, for example.
For more tricky tele shots, for example eagles I was trying a few months ago with the 500 F4P, MF did feel inadequate. I got hold of a TC16a recently that I am hoping will provide an assist for such shots. A little cheaper than the 500 or 600VR IIs
For most shots 105mm and below, with practice for almost a year now, I don't really feel I need AF.
Hello All.... I am new to the manual focus portion of this forum. Manual focus is not new to me, I just haven't taken photos that way since 2001 when I converted to digital. Anyway, there are some really fine photos here so far. Very sharp and crisp. Amazing quality with todays digital cameras.
I currently own the Nikon D800E and D800 camera bodies and fast glass to go with it. However yesterday, I was at my local camera store looking at the used equipment (lenses) and I purchased the Nikon 105mm f/2.5 ais and the 200mm f/4 ais lenses, both in near mint condition. I have to say, the 105mm f/2.5 is one sharp lens! I wanted one of these bak in the film days when I had my Nikon FM2 body. Well now I do.
My question to you all is.... How do you all achieve such sharp focus with these manual lenses, mainly the long ones? I know the nikon bodies have the green dot (in focus indicator) on the screen inside the viewfinder of the camera, but it is a slow process to nail the focus. I guess I have to get used to it again and practice a lot. Did any of you change out your focusing screens? If so, which one did you choose? If it was not replaced, do you just rely on the "in focus" indicator on the screen? Just curious. Thanks in advance for the help...