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How do you guys like the Katzeye focus screens? I have one left over from when I owned a D700 and used it only one time when I rented a Zeiss 35/1.4. Really cannot remember how well it metered, but I do remember it making focus much easier.

I'm currently without digital at the moment as I sold my D600 when I tired of cleaning that damn sensor. Looks like the Df fell flat. I'm not totally sold on the Sony A7. Thinking about going back to a D700 for use with MF lenses.

So is anybody using the third party focus screens?



Nov 05, 2013 at 06:30 AM
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Weasel_Loader wrote:
How do you guys like the Katzeye focus screens? I have one left over from when I owned a D700 and used it only one time when I rented a Zeiss 35/1.4. Really cannot remember how well it metered, but I do remember it making focus much easier.

I'm currently without digital at the moment as I sold my D600 when I tired of cleaning that damn sensor. Looks like the Df fell flat. I'm not totally sold on the Sony A7. Thinking about going back to a D700 for use with MF lenses.

So is anybody using the third party focus
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I've only tried it once using Scott's D7000. It worked real well with the DX viewfinder, but I've never felt the need for one with my D600. YMMV

A shame about the Df isn't it?



Nov 05, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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Weasel_Loader wrote:
How do you guys like the Katzeye focus screens? I have one left over from when I owned a D700 and used it only one time when I rented a Zeiss 35/1.4. Really cannot remember how well it metered, but I do remember it making focus much easier.

I'm currently without digital at the moment as I sold my D600 when I tired of cleaning that damn sensor. Looks like the Df fell flat. I'm not totally sold on the Sony A7. Thinking about going back to a D700 for use with MF lenses.

So is anybody using the third party focus
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I just picked up a D300 with the Katz Eye screen. I like it and it is very close to the focus confirm dot.
Sometimes I thought they were exactly the same but I noticed doing a minor correction with the screen made the light go away and I had better focus on the image

Reagan



Nov 05, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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Weasel, I've managed to exchange the D700's focusing screen with one from an old and defective Miranda Sensomat. It was a rough job, but focusing fast glass works much better now. Dylan ("DTOB") did this exchange first, somewhere here in the depths of this thread are his hints for this procedure (sorry for my English).

Leighton, I feel the same about the Df (the missing focusing aids for MF-ing).

James, I'm a bit surprised that your beautiful flower-shot doesn't show the 35/1.4's typical signature.

Ray, the fallen leaves are very nice too, and your choice of the 105 works well here too. It's great to have so many nice lenses to choose from ;-)

JD, I like the last image from your park-set the most. Nice bokeh!



Nov 05, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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georgms wrote:
Weasel, I've managed to exchange the D700's focusing screen with one from an old and defective Miranda Sensomat. It was a rough job, but focusing fast glass works much better now. Dylan ("DTOB") did this exchange first, somewhere here in the depths of this thread are his hints for this procedure (sorry for my English).

Leighton, I feel the same about the Df (the missing focusing aids for MF-ing).

James, I'm a bit surprised that your beautiful flower-shot doesn't show the 35/1.4's typical signature.

Ray, the fallen leaves are very nice too, and your choice of the 105 works well here too. It's
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Isn't it a bummer Georg? I was really looking forward to something special with this camera too. BTW, I love your Fuji shot on your flickr page.



Nov 05, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Isn't it a bummer Georg? I was really looking forward to something special with this camera too. BTW, I love your Fuji shot on your flickr page.


Thanks, Leighton! Yeah, the Fuji X-Pro or X100/s are much more "pure photography" than the Df. The lack of an oldtime-focusingscreen or some sort of hybrid-finder is truly disappointing. Way too many buttons, dials and so on for a clean retro-look. Sorry, Nikon, it might be a very good camera, but not something I wished for.



Nov 05, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
For those that are interested I've imaged my slides from a climb of Mont Blanc in August of 2000 with my friends Erik, Peter, and Robin. I had these slides scanned for some time with a Nikon CoolScan 5000ED, but didn't like the outcome, so I re-imaged them with my 55/3.5 AIS macro, PB-6 bellows and PS-6 slide holder and D800. The NEF files from the D800 are much easier to deal with than the .tif's from the Nikon scan software.
On the trip I took an F3HP, 20/2.8D, and 50/1.8D and nothing else as I recall. Ah the simple days
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I don't know what made me check out FM, but I sure am glad I did.

OMG! You are insane!! BEAUTIFUL photographs, Just beautiful. You are a serious hiker. I am green with envy. We went to Alaska this summer. I did a little hiking in Denali and thought I was special. Nope! You're the man!!

And only an F3. I took every piece of camera equipment I owned.

I wish I could share some of my pics with you, but.... You know. I'm an AF guy now

Monty



Nov 05, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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georgms wrote:
Thanks, Leighton! Yeah, the Fuji X-Pro or X100/s are much more "pure photography" than the Df. The lack of an oldtime-focusingscreen or some sort of hybrid-finder is truly disappointing. Way too many buttons, dials and so on for a clean retro-look. Sorry, Nikon, it might be a very good camera, but not something I wished for.


All I want is D800 electronics grafted into an F3HP body and viewfinder. I'll even take the manual film advance lever to arm the shutter! From my personal shooting experiences, that's Pure Photography. I know the body will have to be thicker to accomodate the sensor and circuitry behind it, and screen, but leave the controls alone, and leave the MLU. I think I can live with 1/2000 of a second, and even the 1/80 flash sync. Maybe brave enough to even skip the display screen. I wonder how long a battery the size of a film canister would last driving an FX sensor + electronics. Sacrificing G lens compatibility, maybe.

Enough gear talk here.... I need to find another MF shot to post, maybe this evening. Or more importantly, get and and shoot with the great MF Nikkors. Think of all the MF lenses you can now buy with the $2800 you saved on the Df Leighton!



Nov 05, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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Hey Monty, please don't tell me you've sold the 16/3.5! I miss your Heavy-Metal-shots from the factory.


Nov 05, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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Good eye Georg. I post processed the image to blur everything except the central flower. The white flowers were just too much of a distraction to the composition. I also was looking for that dreamy bokeh of the 135 f2 that Ronny uses to such great effect.

georgms wrote:
Weasel, I've managed to exchange the D700's focusing screen with one from an old and defective

James, I'm a bit surprised that your beautiful flower-shot doesn't show the 35/1.4's typical signature.





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Great to hear from you again, Monty!


Nov 05, 2013 at 03:04 PM
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I'm totally flabbergasted by all the great shots on the last few pages. This time I just want to add my two cents to the Nikkor 35/1.4 bokeh studies.

The carpenter's workbench. Nikon D700 + Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS. Handheld at MFD @f/1.4


20120209-_DSC2577-Abstract by Count Basil, on Flickr

A bench. Nikon D700 + Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS. Handheld at MFD @f/1.4


20120203-_DSC2511-Testing Nikkor 35/1.4 AIS (@1.4) by Count Basil, on Flickr

At the local pharmacy. Nikon D700 + Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS. Handheld at @f/1.4, a bit cropped.


20120203-_DSC2499-Testing Nikkor 35/1.4 AIS (@f/1.4) by Count Basil, on Flickr



Nov 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
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Petur, great stuff with the wonderful 35/1.4! The bench-shot really shows the 35/1.4's jittery bokeh. The portrait is very nice.


Nov 05, 2013 at 04:10 PM
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The Karoo ("Place of Great Thirst" in the Khoi - San language) occupies a lot of South Africa';s interior and is famed for its Karoo lamb. Typically small communities sprang up about 60 miles apart to service the needs of the farmers. Today with motor cars many have become oddities with small communities of descendants of the Khoi and San people who lived there for centuries.

Uniondale is such a community - very depressed economically and with little reason for its existence.In previous centuries traders set up businesses and there was always a local doctor along with various ministers of religion. The houses they built were designed to cope with extremes - hot summers and very cols winters.

Here are a couple of landscapes of such houses - note the deep shady verandahs or "stoeps" in Afrikaans.





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Nov 05, 2013 at 07:06 PM
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georgms wrote:
Hey Monty, please don't tell me you've sold the 16/3.5! I miss your Heavy-Metal-shots from the factory.


I still have four MF lenses including the 16mm. I'll NEVER sell that one.

I will be using my MF lenses at work tomorrow. I have to take a picture of a tiny tiny thing. I would like sharp detail less than 0.25mm I was going to try using my extension tube with a MF lens....

Monty





Nov 05, 2013 at 07:34 PM
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I love the D800/105ai combo!


Reflections B&W by Royston_Kane, on Flickr


with some tubes



Bee Closeup by Royston_Kane, on Flickr



Dragonfly by Royston_Kane, on Flickr



Nov 05, 2013 at 08:12 PM
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Monty - Good to see you're still alive.

Petur - Georg is right, that bench DOES show the crazy 35's bokeh, nice shot.

Peter - Thanks for the story. I had to look up Karoo sheep. They are almost like our Suffolks, very interesting. Have you ever had the meat?

Royston - Welcome to our thread, hope to see more from you. And you're right, the D800/105 IS a good combo.



Nov 05, 2013 at 08:30 PM
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Thank you Jay,Georg, J.D. & Reagan

J.D. that's a lot of ducks - well done!
Ray beautiful shot - you make the D800 sing
James looks like a 35mm 1.4 does great bokeh after all - very nice!
Monty it's nice to see somewhere other than facebook
Petur great shots using the 35mm 1.4. Mine is fast becoming my favorite lens
Peter looks like a great place to stay and very reasonable prices as well.
Royston very sharp photos and nice framing!



Nov 05, 2013 at 08:45 PM
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Here's a few more from yesterday using the 35mm 1.4 AIS and D600










Nov 05, 2013 at 08:48 PM
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Finally got to shoot my 50/1.4 K...but with the Fuji. Output in the link below is SOOC...

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1252075



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