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    Re: Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpatch View Post
    I enjoy messing around with my old mid-70s Nikkor lenses on my D5100 (my sole camera). Rather than make my self crazy with calculating settings, I start with something typical like 1/125 @ f/8, check the result and make incremental changes if needed.

    The only thing that disappoints is focusing. Distant scenic shots work out fine with tack-sharp focus, but close-ups are blurred because I have yet to precisely set my D5100's eyepiece focus. I'm actually not sure how to accomplish this with my aging eyes, other than trial-and-error. Is there a better way?
    You should set your eyepiece focus so, that shooting data (green numbers in your camera?) in the bottom of the viewfinder are sharp. Then the eyepiece is focused on the viewfinder screen for your eyes.


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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8




  2. #12
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    Re: Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400

    Quote Originally Posted by pforsell View Post
    You should set your eyepiece focus so, that shooting data (green numbers in your camera?) in the bottom of the viewfinder are sharp. Then the eyepiece is focused on the viewfinder screen for your eyes.
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I never noticed this. The green numbers were fairly sharp, but moving the adjustment one click more helped make them more so. I'll see what effect it has. Thank you!

  3. #13
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    Re: Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400

    Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400
    Adjusting the focus helped quite a bit, but I can still see some blurriness sometimes. I noticed that the eyepiece focus adjustment is now set to the very last click. What's interesting is that some shots are sharp and others not quite so. The face of my kid's stuffed animal is sharp, but the plant detail is lacking just a bit. I guess I need to be very careful when focusing. Thank you again for helping me with this. The adjustment has definitely helped. Both of these shots are much better than I would have gotten previously.

    These are from a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4. This is a heavy little lens! I forget how light my 18-55 kit lens is by comparison.

    Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400-2018-06-03-junior-face-focus-50mm-experiment.jpg

    Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400-2018-06-03-manual-focus-50mm-experiment.jpg
    Last edited by Sandpatch; 06-03-2018 at 10:39 PM.

  4. #14
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    Re: Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400

    If the camera adjustment is not enough, Nikon offers Diopter Correction Eyepieces from -5.0 to +3.0 if I remember correctly. NikonUSA lists them at $16.00. The type is DK-20C. Even a small addition to the current would probably help, since the correction eyepiece adds to the built-in clickable setting and does not replace it. You would gain some latitude and still be able to make the clickable fine tune adjustments.

    Just something to keep in mind if the setting proves to be inadequate in the future.

    https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pr...-eyepiece.html
    Thanks/Like Needa, Sandpatch Thanks/liked this post
     
    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


  5. #15
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    Re: Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400

    Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpatch View Post
    Adjusting the focus helped quite a bit, but I can still see some blurriness sometimes. I noticed that the eyepiece focus adjustment is now set to the very last click. What's interesting is that some shots are sharp and others not quite so. The face of my kid's stuffed animal is sharp, but the plant detail is lacking just a bit. I guess I need to be very careful when focusing. Thank you again for helping me with this. The adjustment has definitely helped. Both of these shots are much better than I would have gotten previously.

    These are from a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4. This is a heavy little lens! I forget how light my 18-55 kit lens is by comparison.

    Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400-2018-06-03-junior-face-focus-50mm-experiment.jpg

    Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400-2018-06-03-manual-focus-50mm-experiment.jpg
    I've never quite gotten a handle on this lens compatibility thing. So with this lens you don't get a green confirmation dot? Does the D5100 range finder function (custom settings A3) also not work with it?

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    Re: Reviewing using manual lens (old film camera) on D3400

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    I've never quite gotten a handle on this lens compatibility thing. So with this lens you don't get a green confirmation dot? Does the D5100 range finder function (custom settings A3) also not work with it?
    On the D3200, the rangefinder works only in every mode other than M. And M, of coure, is the only mode in which you can actually take a picture.

    You can use the rangefinder with a non-CPU lens by setting the mode to one of those adjacent to M, focusing with the rangefinder, then switching to M to take the picture. A bit cumbersome,but it works. Better to have installed a third-party focusing screen.
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