Nikon Nikon DF...

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
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,
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Bealeton Airshow, June 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

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

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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.

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

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
124
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.

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Skate and Fun Zone by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

1/60th, wide-open

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1/125th

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

Amin Sabet

Administrator Emeritus
Jul 3, 2010
124
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!
 

carlb

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2013
123
Cool! Maybe could open that up to (gasp) Canon shooters too. If you want to have a complete rebellion and anarchy, that is. :roflmao:
 

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
I just joined. They need some Nikkors-on-Leica shooters over there, you know "Third-Party Camera Bodies for NIKKOR owners".
 

Amin Sabet

Administrator Emeritus
Jul 3, 2010
124
Cool! Maybe could open that up to (gasp) Canon shooters too. If you want to have a complete rebellion and anarchy, that is. :roflmao:
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 :).
 

Hap

Top Veteran
Jan 9, 2016
28
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.
 

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
123
Bakersfield, CA
Andrew
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.
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.
 

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
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.
 

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
123
Bakersfield, CA
Andrew
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.
"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.
 

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
123
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.
 

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
123
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.
 

carlb

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2013
123
Sweet! I'm probably wrong, but the split-screen allows for a range-finder like focusing approach?
 
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