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Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
5 Apr 2022 11:37PM
Now how are you all…?

Sounds a strange request, certainly coming from the work I’m known for., or was when I last picked up a camera.

Looking for advice for old manual focus lenses, Nikon compatible for Z system (I have FTZ adapter)
Looking to produce black and white reportage images with minimal / no processing. These days I have little time for processing (or realised there’s more to life).
Im trying to get a more vintage “feel”. Im happy manual focussing, tbh I’ve done that for years anyway, other than model shots. Looking at say 24 or 28 mm not bothered if it’s Nikon or third party, if I need an adapter so be it. I prefer that I can get great wide open smooth bokeh.
Just wondering what you would recommend.
bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
6 Apr 2022 8:49AM
Older russian manual wides and standards are know for their effects around focus however if you use a screw adapter in your ftz you have a couple of considerations.....unscrewing\ demounting the lens can leave the adapter behind in the ftz with all the concerns that can generate and more important to your images and seldom mentioned is the cople of millemetres of extention the screw adapter provides that acts as a very mild extention tube in some configurations, killing actual infinity focus. This is limited via small apertures of course but as you are seeking bokeh its not a help at wide open!
I would be tempted to seek scruffy manual focus early nikkor lenes even with the odd fungus patch as they can produce really unusual results. I have to confess to using any old piece of glass on many of my cameras just to see what i can create but it is that "back throw" issue of moving the infinity focus point forward of the film plane that can spoil pictures so a trick I still use is to carry a "straight" compact just in case I might miss a shot with my main gear set up.
Hope this helps....stuart
pablophotographer 11 2.1k 440
6 Apr 2022 11:00PM
Youtube 7 weird tiny lenses, about 4mins, seen a couple, like a 7 Artisans 28mm
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 100 England
12 Apr 2022 8:34PM
Thanks Stuart, Pablo. I’m awaiting an old 35mm I bought on eBay (still not picked up a 28mm). I will play with that a while then revisit the 28mm
13 May 2022 1:13PM
I have a Zeiss 21mm 2.8 Distagon MF. It originally sold for 1500€. I bought it a few years ago at Calumet in Germany, for about 800€
in the box. I recommend it. I recommend buying used lenses. My basic rule: Always test first.
13 May 2022 1:21PM
You can´t go wrong with a used Nikon. If you think about digital, a new D750 at about 1300€ is a bargain compared with an equivalent
Z, especially If you add a couple of Z lenses which can add to about double, and used Zs are not easy to find. The tip I give friends who shoot film is the look at a Z50 with a FF wide or zoom. Very flexible.

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