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The 'FX' Effect.

T42

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"RE: The 'FX' Effect."

T42 Basic Member
Sun 20-Nov-11 12:38 AM | edited Sun 20-Nov-11 01:04 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.

Henry

A Certified Dinosaur
Nikons F, F2, D700, L35AF, Leica M3, & Kiev 4a

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