Nikon DF...

Discussion in 'Leica' started by BrianS, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    Been crazy busy the last two months- took a break from the computer and O-Scope... My workbench at home either has my trays on it for working on cameras, or an O-Scope for debugging firmware.

    Nikon Df at the Bealeton Airshow.

    Nikkor-H 300/4.5,
    27824270635_3f78abbdd5_o.jpg Bealeton Airshow, June 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    27212029814_99855d7354_o.jpg Bealeton Airshow, June 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    The only weekly airshow left in the country, this one started in 1970. My Dad started taking us there when it first opened.

    27546126640_5a04f8ecb9_o.jpg Bealeton Airshow, June 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    The announcer stated that there were 5 wing-walkers in the country. A pair of them here- one flying, the other "strutting her stuff"...

    The first long Telephoto lens that I used in 1970 was a 400/6.3 Tele-Astranar T-Mount lens.

    27824270325_c47611dec1_o.jpg Bealeton Airshow, June 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    I found one on Ebay for $15. Not Bad!
     
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  2. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
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  3. Raid

    Raid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Yucki!!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek.
     
  4. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    Took the Df out today with the 85/1.8 Nikkor, Factory Ai'd. This is the last version manual focus lens. Focusing this lens on the Df is not as easy as using the 8.5cm F2 on the M9 and M Monochrom. I had a 50% hit rate, lighting too low for focus assist to be reliable for a moving subject.

    ISO 6400, i/100th second, Wide-open at F1.8. It was dark.

    30150261014_21d502e905_o.jpg Skate and Fun Zone by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    1/60th, wide-open

    30150260914_daba0c3094_o.jpg Skate and Fun Zone by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    1/125th

    30665031322_765dacc091_o.jpg Skate and Fun Zone by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    I'll bring the M9 and M Monochrom next time- promised the DJ at the skating rink...
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I'm glad we have this thread here at Leica Place, and I don't mean to discourage Nikon posting here at all.

    However, I do want to put in a quick word that I've been transferred ownership of Nikon Cafe and hope our dual Leica and Nikon shooters will check it out if you haven't done so already!
     
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  6. carlb

    carlb All-Pro

    Feb 6, 2013
    Cool! Maybe could open that up to (gasp) Canon shooters too. If you want to have a complete rebellion and anarchy, that is. :roflmao:
     
  7. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    I just joined. They need some Nikkors-on-Leica shooters over there, you know "Third-Party Camera Bodies for NIKKOR owners".
     
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    They are remarkably open-minded there about discussing and shooting with any kind of gear. One of the founders, now deceased, made it part of the mission statement apparently. Canon discussion and photos are no problem :).
     
  9. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    After a few years away, I'm finally about to get another Df, used at a great price.

    Now to find anther 105/2.5 Sonnar and 35/2 8-element.
     
  10. Hap

    Hap Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2016
    Sounds wonderful. ...
     
  11. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    If you don't mind a "Beater with good Glass"-

    Nikkor 10.5cm F2.5 F-mount "Beater"

    Psst. Buddy, I know where you can get one for $45... shipped...
     
  12. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
  13. Hap

    Hap Top Veteran

    514
    Jan 9, 2016
    Andrew
    Did you take possession of the Df?

    If I were able to find a Df for the right price it would probably, along my m240....displace a whole bunch of unused cameras.
     
  14. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I got it. $1700 shipped, brand-new with only 5 clicks. It has a "gift" receipt dated in late march 2017, and the seller (on Fred Miranda) says he won it as a raffle item.

    I'm in Denver this weekend for a law conference and brought the Df instead of a Leica, with a 40-year-old Russian 50mm f/2 Helios 81-N stuck on the front.
     
  15. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    Great price!

    When you say " Russian 50mm f/2 Helios 81-N stuck on the front", I hope you mean "mounted".... My definition of "Stuck" means the lens will not come off...which I've had to deal with more times than most people.
     
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  16. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    "Stuck" in that I'm not taking it off all weekend as I didn't bring any other lenses or a body cap. It comes off quite easily with a press of a button and a simple twist, as designed.
     
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  17. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I got my Df back today from Kurt's Camera Repair in San Diego, CA. They fitted a trimmed K3 focusing screen from a Nikon FM3a, calibrated for accurate focus with both AF and MF lenses with AF point AND split screen, and cleaned the sensor, all for $105. IMG_0880.JPG screen.png
     
  18. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Here are two images taken with my Df. The first using the split-screen to manually focus the 50mm f/1.2 AIS and the second using auto-focus for the AF-S 58mm f/1.4 G. Both lenses wide-open near MFD, NO post. DSC_0099.jpg DSC_0100.jpg
     
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  19. carlb

    carlb All-Pro

    Feb 6, 2013
    Sweet! I'm probably wrong, but the split-screen allows for a range-finder like focusing approach?
     
  20. asiafish

    asiafish All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Yup, but only a horizontal divide between halves, not true superimposed like a rangefinder.