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d7000 vs d600 for manual focus lenses

gpoole

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Tue 18-Dec-12 03:53 AM

I don't have either a D7000 or a D600, but I have made the transition from DX (D90 & D300) to FX (D800 & D4). I also have the 28, 55, 70-210, and 500mm lenses you list and have used several other MF Nikkors on my DSLRs. My observations and comments are:


  • I think the FX bodies are much easier to focus using manual focusing than the DX bodies when the bodies have the standard focusing screen.

  • For a D7000 I would recommend a Katz Eye replacement screen. I installed a Katz Eye screen in my D300 and it significantly improved manual focusing. The split image rangefinder and the micro-prism in the Katz Eye screen make manual focusing much more precise.

  • The D7000 will have approximately the same field of view as your 60D, the same lenses on a D600 will have a wider field of view.

  • I believe the first six lenses were all originally made for 35mm film so they should work fine on the D600. I have compared several of my MF Nikkor primes to my next to latest generation Nikon f/2.8 zooms. Most of them did as good or better than the zooms at the same focal length and aperture at both the center and corners.

  • You cannot easily adapt your Canon mount lens to a Nikon body, because Canon has a shorter lens mount to film/sensor distance than Nikon. This means that without some optics in the adapter, the lens cannot focus to infinity. Optics in a Canon to Nikon adapter would probably change the focal length of the lens.

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