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Michael Erlewine

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Non-Native Lenses and Adapters for Nikon Z Mirrorless
« on: May 05, 2019, 03:57:48 am »

Although I have a lot of lenses, the little Nikkor “O,” known as the “CRT Nikkor” seems to be a gift that keeps on giving. I have used it for years to create photos that accent my particular style of photography, not sure how to describe it. I like stacked images that have a small but very sharp (and in focus) part of the photo and then the rest is kind of all bokeh and out of focus. When I ask myself why I like this style, it must be something like it captures the precision of this world we live in surrounded by the backdrop that this life we are living is kind of a dream we are having, a magical illusion. Whatever. We each have our own style.

Regardless of the reason, creating such an illusion takes care and sometimes equipment. I very much feel like (with the advent of usable mirrorless cameras), we have opened the floodgates of the next level of photography for everyone, certainly as regards lenses and their adapters.

Of course, like many of us, I am trying to see if I can extract my particular photo-style from these new mirrorless cameras, their lenses, and various adapters. I believe I can. Here are two tries at using adapters

In fact, I have never had so many usable lenses hitting the market. I can’t afford to buy them all. Here is a shot with the Z7 and the Z 50mm f/1.8 lens with the new Fotodiox 15mm extension. It allows me to get just that much closer with not too much loss of IQ. I see a rich photography future for those of us interested.

The second shot is with Novoflex adapter set for Visoflex II/III Leica (M39) adapter for the Nikon Z7. used with a couple of 10mm extensions and the Nikkor “O” CRT lens mentioned above. The M39 adapter allows me greater range for the Nikkor CRT and seems to produce good results. I have included a shot of the components to put this adapter together for clarity as to what I am doing.

P.S. The second shot is mislabeled as the CV-125, but it is the Nikkor "o." Also, it is a K5 not a K1 Ring used as a hood.
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Re: Non-Native Lenses and Adapters for Nikon Z Mirrorless
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2019, 06:10:53 am »

Both look gorgeous!
But the nikkor-O is really something special indeed.
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Re: Non-Native Lenses and Adapters for Nikon Z Mirrorless
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2019, 05:48:14 pm »

Hi Michael,

How to you find the 50mm f1.8 S in absolute terms and in terms of price performance?

Cheers,
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 05:50:18 pm »

Hi Michael,

How to you find the 50mm f1.8 S in absolute terms and in terms of price performance?

Cheers,
Bernard

 I like it. There is a revolution in better lenses. More and more do what I need done. The 50mm f/1.8 is OK. It is inexpensive from my point of view.

For me, the times they are a'changing as the Bard says. I have a lot of lenses, but am realizing that these new lenses like the Nkkor Z (and of course the Otus series) and what is coming via adapters is changing the world of lenses as I see it. The Nikkor "O" CRT lens with some extension and an adapter is incredibly wonderful. This is just the tip of the iceberg, IMO.
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Re: Non-Native Lenses and Adapters for Nikon Z Mirrorless
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2019, 04:04:00 am »

Those are two beautiful flower pix, Michael. I don't think I'd put that down to lenses...

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2019, 04:42:18 am »

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In fact, I have never had so many usable lenses hitting the market. I can’t afford to buy them all. ...

It is a good thing that Zeiss, Sony and foremost Sigma has made the quality lens competition more intense for Nikon and Canon.
Large steps are made in the right direction.
I very much would like to have a TS adapter for the Z cameras, so i can use every F-lens with it. Would be great.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 04:56:41 am »

I very much would like to have a TS adapter for the Z cameras, so i can use every F-lens with it. Would be great.

If you are talking about using F-mount Nikon lenses with tilt, there are at least two budget adapters that work work pretty well. I have one of them.  Here is another:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nikon-Macro-Tilt-Adapter-for-Nikon-F-AI-Lens-to-Nikon-D90-D810-D5300-D7000/272464977491?hash=item3f702d9e53:g:x2AAAOSw241YUmkq&frcectupt=true

No, nothing fancy, but you are able to tilt with them. For close-up and macro only.
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Re: Non-Native Lenses and Adapters for Nikon Z Mirrorless
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2019, 05:13:21 am »

If you are talking about using F-mount Nikon lenses with tilt, there are at least two budget adapters that work work pretty well. I have one of them.  Here is another:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nikon-Macro-Tilt-Adapter-for-Nikon-F-AI-Lens-to-Nikon-D90-D810-D5300-D7000/272464977491?hash=item3f702d9e53:g:x2AAAOSw241YUmkq&frcectupt=true
No, nothing fancy, but you are able to tilt with them. For close-up and macro only.

Thanks, but as i understand this is a Fmount-to-Fmount tilt adapter.. You loose the possiblility to focus at infinity...
What i am suggesting is that the Z-camera will be connected through a Zmount-to-Fmount TS adapter, making TS possible at every focus distance with a Z-camera and F-lens.
Since sensors are having 50MP+ pixels and lenses are getting better; The old plate camera tricks are necessary to get the most out of them.
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Re: Non-Native Lenses and Adapters for Nikon Z Mirrorless
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 05:24:38 am »

Thanks, but as i understand this is a Fmount-to-Fmount tilt adapter.. You loose the possiblility to focus at infinity...
What i am suggesting is that the Z-camera will be connected through a Zmount-to-Fmount TS adapter, making TS possible at every focus distance with a Z-camera and F-lens.
Since sensors are having 50MP+ pixels and lenses are getting better; The old plate camera tricks are necessary to get the most out of them.

I understand, which is why I pointed out these type of adapters are for close-up and macro only. Still, they work. I find it easier to simply mount the Nikon Z7 on a bellows and use that, which I do.
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