I have a couple of left over lenses from my Nikon FM film camera. On the FM there was a screen to align split-image views to achieve very good manual focus. Is there an option on the D610 to activate some sort of visual focusing guide with a manual Nikkor F1.8 50 mm lens or a Tokina F3.5 35-200mm lens, both of which which I was able to use quite successfully on my FM?
How do people recommend achieving excellent manual focus, other than straight "eyeballing" on the D610?
The most accurate way, at least under controlled conditions (such as mounted on a tripod) is Live View. One can enlarge and shift the view and, thereby, focus directly on details without guesswork. Otherwise, the green dot will get you as close to being in focus as a dedicated AF lens would get you - potentially closer than a split prism screen can achieve.
I just put my old 135 f2.8 on my D600, and the focusing aids work as they should. That lens is a converted AI lens, and it lights the directional arrows and the in-focus ball just like a new lens. When you think about a 45+ year old lens, that's nothing short of amazing.
Sun 27-Apr-14 09:38 AM | edited Sun 27-Apr-14 09:39 AM by Leonard62
I use manual focus lenses on all my cameras nearly every day. When using my lenses hand held I always use the built in rangefinder and in focus dot. That includes lenses like the 58mm f1.2 and the 135mm f2 which have narrow dof wide open. Since there is a little play in the dot you should pay attention to whether focus is more accurate when the dot is on when focusing it to the right, left side or in the center. I don't have any problems with the 50mm f1.8 lens but I'm careful when focusing all my lenses. I use LiveView anytime the camera is tripod mounted. That's generally with telephoto and micro lenses.