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Wonderful, this makes me feel like I'm on Jupiter.
Since you seem to be enjoying your time here, you may wish to introduce yourself. The first way you could do so would be to add your first name to your users profile. You may also with to include a location and perhaps a listing of your camera gear. We tend to be on a first name basis on this thread. This is a pretty easy group to trust. You perhaps are aware that one of our members, Ben, from Australia loaned us a lens worth three or four hundred dollars that has been circling the globe since last May. I expect it will be back in the owner's hand by March, after I've had an opportunity to play.
So welcome. Enjoy yourself. I love this comment by the way. Hope to see you on the board in the months to come.
My name is John, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been using Nikon cameras for 8 years except for a brief stint with a 5D. The past few years I've mostly been working with 4x5 but since my favorite color films are disappearing I've been playing around with a D800. I prefer using manual focus lenses whenever possible as I generally prefer their rendering to the new D/G designs; they're easier to manually focus (surprise) and I often find them as sharp or sharper at the apertures I work with (most of Nikon's dev work on primes seems to be at the wider apertures or in flare resistance). I'm currently using an 85mm AIS f/2.0, and plan on adding a 105mm f/2.5 and a 135mm. I just sold a 28 f/3.5 and formerly owned a 75-150mm (nice lens, but the zoom creep was a killer for tripod work).
Welcome John. Perhaps you noticed, if you checked my profile, that I live in Marin. I was in San Francisco this afternoon, taking a friend shopping south of Golden Gate Park near the beach. Man do I hate trying to find parking in San Francisco.
One of my favorite lines that has become a bit of a motto for this thread is that "kit building is forever." It seems you're engaged in your own version of that process. You'll get a great deal of support on this thread from folks who've had long experience with these lenses. It is clearly a benefit that these lenses are so reasonably priced. Happy shopping!
And, you're more than welcome to add you evolving kit to your profile. It is not a matter of showing off as much as a way for folks to get a clear picture of what you're using. A major part of the conversation happening here is about lenses, so knowing where a person's kit stands makes it easier to offer suggestion. Granted, it can be challenging to stay current with one's profile when lenses are coming a going, but it doesn't hurt to try.
When weather gets better, if you'd care to try out a few lens I'd be happy to get together with you to do a bit of shooting. I offered that to Ray and Reagan when I was in Florida last October and Ray felt inspired to buy his own copies of two lenses I shared with him. Reagan is too confused about what he wants in his kit to have made any hard, fast decisions at the time... But he did buy a D600 yesterday, so he has kept at least one oar in the Nikon water.
Thanks for the offer, I may take you up on once our newborn starts sleeping through the night.
You live in a beautiful county. I grew up in San Rafael and Fairfax and lived in Novato and Forest Knolls later. We'd still be there if it wasn't for my wife's job in the east bay.