I have all older MF lenses from my film days. I was happy with what I used to get with 35mm slides on a FE2. What Nikon dslr will be best for me?: I have the 28mm series E, 55 mm micro with PK 13, 90mm Tamron macro, 28-105 Vivitar, 70-210 f4 series E, 500 mm f 5 mirror. I also have a tc-200 teleconvertor. I will probably get a 20 to 24 mm or a wide angle zoom. I could really care less about auto focus. I would like to do macro, landscape, nature, and lastly some birding ( I will some day get a 300mm). I am mainly concerned about the viewfinder and being able to confirm focus. I have been interested in the d600 but am wondering if I should be considering the d800, etc. I am rather frugal but want the best bang for the buck I can get and consider this a long term investment. This is a hobby, not a profession, but I am detail orientated. What are your suggestions?
#1. "RE: d600 or other for MF lenses" | In response to Reply # 0Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Sat 11-May-13 10:25 AM
Hello William. Welcome to Nikonians. I think the best bang for the buck for you is the D600. I don't think there is much difference in focus confirmation features. You'll need to get used to it. You're a little shy on quality lenses except for the two macros. For macro work and the 500mm f5 lens you'll want to use LiveView for very accurate focusing with the camera mounted on a sturdy tripod. So I would take the money saved by not buying the D800 and invest in one or two good AF lenses to go along with your other lenses. The D600 will expose the weaknesses of the Series E and the Vivitar lenses.
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#2. "RE: d600 or other for MF lenses" | In response to Reply # 0ron917 Nikonian since 14th Dec 2012Sat 11-May-13 01:43 PM | edited Sat 11-May-13 01:49 PM by ron917
I went through the same process a few months ago "upgrading" from film to digital, but I also have some AF lenses in the mix. I chose the D600 and purchased a refurbished unit from Adorama. I feel it is the best bang for the buck. It works perfectly with my MF lenses. Focus confirmation works well, I have no problem using just the ground glass or watching the rangefinder. It's no different than my AF film camera. Different from a split prism or micro prisms, but it works. Note that there is no MF focus confirm in live view. I don't know if any Nikon camera can do that but you can zoom the display for critical focus.
The D800 is awesome but overkill for me.
If you want to consider DX cameras, the D7100 will work with your MF lenses. You can save some money by choosing DX, and older models like the D7000 or D300 will save even more.
The 70-210 f/4 Series E is well regarded,I have the AF version that uses the same optical formula. See this thread: https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=301&topic_id=10069&mesg_id=10069&page=
The Tamron 90mm is excellent (I have one), but be aware with a DSLR you may get a flare or ghost in the center of the frame with small apertures and a very bright subject. It is a relection caused by the shiny filter over the sensor and the flat rear lens element. Film is much less reflective so it was never a problem.