#106. "RE: The 'FX' Effect." In response to In response to 99 Sun 20-Nov-11 02:04 AM by T42
>The "FX Effect" for me would be, >Using my old MF Ai lenses with the D700 and with the addition >of its bright view finder, it "feels" and "operates" like an old >Nikon 35mm SLR film camera, You would have to "morph" from film >to a digital SLR to get that experience I think. >I did try the D300 but did not get the same experience, >viewfinder was less bright and the weight did not appear >right, maybe because I did use my motor drive a lot >Regards, Gary
From 1974 to 2009 my "new" Nikon was an F2. I never wanted another 35 after that. Models came and went. I didn't care. Then came digital. All I wanted from digital was a digital film plane on the back of that F2, but it was never to be.
I looked at the early fractional frame F mount digitals (Nikon and Fuji). The viewfinders were like a tunnel, and manual focusing with them was not easy with my old Nikkors. And it was impossible with the wobbly, herky-jerky kit lenses on cameras in the shops. I waited and watched for better alternatives, scanning 35mm negatives in the meanwhile.
Then came the D700. What a delight! Affordable. Full frame. A nice, bright viewfinder. Manual focusing was easy. Amazing low light capability. And all my Nikkors back to the sixties work perfectly, seven of them needing a little attention from John White at aiconversions.com.
I don't know about an "FX Effect." But I did not much like the "DX Effect" that I saw early on, back when I was waiting for an affordable full-frame digital to emerge in Nikon's product line.
My only complaint with the D700 is the fractional viewfinder. But I have learned to live with that minor irritation. I will guess Nikon may have done that to help differentiate the less costly D700 from the "pro" D3.
I cannot say enough good about the D700. I know already that whatever follows it, I will not get rid of the D700. I'm very glad I waited for a digital camera that I really like.