Tue 06-Nov-12 10:45 AM | edited Tue 06-Nov-12 10:51 AM by nrothschild
The thing about hair cuts is that as long as your hair slowly but steadily grows back, a bad hair cut every now and then rapidly becomes a thing of the past . I can appreciate the difficulties you might face trying to do that differently in a relatively isolated place.
>> The use of the centre button to check the focus point I do miss.
Which D300 menu setting are you referring to? Just curious. I always do a half press to check which focus point is active, but I've heard this comment before.
Having a D300 and D700, I suspect most of the problem with the tighter focus grouping is a fundamental issue of how Nikon is packing in the focus points. The D300 and D700 use the same grouping (it is supposedly the same AF engine, but not quite?). The physical spreads are identical, such that if you shoot a D700 in DX mode the grouping is identical. But relative to an FX frame I think the D700 is "barely adequate" in that way.
From what I saw of an in depth discussion here recently,with some illustrations, I think the D600 is a bit tighter still, but the majority of the compactness is just the way Nikon seems to want to do this on FX.
>> It will be interesting to see what this means if shooting my 85mm wide open with a subject to one side of the frame...
I've had the same concerns with my 85/1.4 wide open. I usually try to shift the focus point as far as possible in the right direction in order to minimize the recompose shift, and I have not noticed any obvious mis-focuses. It's just a bit of extra work, especially with a moving subject where I'm constantly changing the framimg composition.
I do not believe that the idea of the Rule of Thirds has made it to Japan yet
>> it would have been interesting to see what might have happened had I had a D800 to hold...
Probably best . I'm with you... on average I'd rather throw my money at glass. The lenses I bought around the time I bought my D2h are still my main lenses, where the D2h languishes in my camera museum since the D2h charger and batteries are worth more than the resale value of that body and I need it for the MB-D10 .
I would advise you to remove the 85 every now and then, maybe once or twice a year, just to make sure it doesn't corrode in place . It is truly a wonderful lens on FX. I feel your joy!