D to the f – Nikon Df

D to the f – Nikon Df

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Never would I ever dream of getting a 55/1.2 from 1867, but even more so never would I ever imagine getting a silver Df with as little as 620 clicks straight from Japan! Incidentally it may even appear like I got it solely to match my 45/2.8 AI-P and it would not be a wrong assumption, but in reality - the full tactile controls and the inconspicuous appearance that house a powerful D4 sensor at the fraction of the price are absolutely the deal-breaker here. Everything feels solid, as expected of a simplified top-shelf camera, and the next biggest surprise is that it does squeeze semi-pro amount of shots off of a mere EN-EL14/a battery found in the beginner bodies. With 55/1.2? Stellar! With 70-200/2.8 VRI + Kenko 2x DGX…
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The VERY Last PBR

The VERY Last PBR

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Never mind drinking Greenhouse Tavern of their PBR dry once, but this time was for good as they cut the distributor contract since only one or two more people ever ordered it besides myself (and clearly not in the same quantities). Incidentally it was my Df's first night out, so the ISO was tested and passed with flying colors using but a 2.8 lens! And that 2 month old display can still tasted all the same. Go aluminum and not letting light in! Otherwise everything came out very crisp for 12800 ISO, D4 sensor seriously kings, and Df's styling, especially in silver, is a perfect attention grabber.
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Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 f/2.8 G IF-ED

Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 f/2.8 G IF-ED

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At long, long last a true professional quality lens enters my life and just in time for the busy fall season musings. This lens looks, works, and feels completely awesome and blows everything below it completely out of the water. It will proudly take place of my trusty 70-300 VR and I will ponder getting a 1.4 or 1.7x teleconverter to add some range to this beast for some wildlife. So, why this guy over say, a 24-70? My logic was quite classic - a short zoom, typically indoors, will need a flash regardless of aperture capability, so the stock 24-85VR I have has been doing a great job. Now, if I wanted some reach, flash would definitely get in the way and 70-300VR simply does not have the aperture…
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Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 AI-P

Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 AI-P

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Finally got this gem/dream lens after long deliberation regarding its ridiculous cost. Despite my hunt for a black version, silver will have to do for now as a workhorse. This guy is a modern remake of the old Guide-Number Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 whose forte was being able to set the old flashes to the optimal output per focal distance using the guide numbers written on the opposite side of the focusing ring than the distance scale. Today, that was replaced with a CPU chip and better lens coating, but the old Zeiss Tessar design remained and made this the only true and smallest pancake lens in Nikon's (and well, Canon's) lineup to-date. Haven't had a chance to really put this guy to work yet, but some snaps I took thus…
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AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

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At loooooong last I got my hands on this beauty, and from only playing with it for less than an hour in the dusk, I'm impressed! Mad kudos to Exe163 on FM Forums for an awesome deal that helped me pull the trigger on this one. First off, lens itself shots with my 50mm f/2: (Quick note on this shot- it really shows the full focal plane of the 50mm f/2 @ f/2 since the very bottom of the shot is blurred as is the rest about 1/3 across the 70-300's front element.) And now for the quick test. Mostly did shots at 70mm end and then 300 end to see how both turn out. 300mm indoors. Pretty good quality considering ISO wasn't that high, and VR worked incredibly in…
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

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On my quest for a wider field of view than my 50mm f/2 I was debating what lens to try and get. Most budget, full-manual, excellent quality old geezers wouldn't fit sports nor low-light sports shooting for their inherit lack of auto-focus and metering on my D5100. This sadly narrowed down my choices to either 24 or 28mm D series lenses and being stuck with manual focus, or the 35 DX. Price point is neck-a-neck with some D lenses' used prices exceeding the 35's new price, so I went ahead and bit the bullet. Build is naturally utter crap compared to the oldies, but it does help shave weight and balance out the addition of all the electronics and the Silent Wave Motor. I can live with that, I think.…
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