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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #210 on: July 16, 2021, 20:06:22 »
Good news is there are thousands of used 105mm f/2.5 out there which work better than ever on a wider variety of cameras.

The bad news for me is the viewfinder of my D850 isn't quite good enough or my eyes are not good enough for focusing my AI and AIS Nikkors for reliable use at f/2.5.

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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #211 on: July 16, 2021, 20:35:54 »
The bad news for me is the viewfinder of my D850 isn't quite good enough or my eyes are not good enough for focusing my AI and AIS Nikkors for reliable use at f/2.5.

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My eyes are getting old too. I put a Dk17 on my Df which helped, but moving to Z6 made the biggest difference. The zoomable viewfinder and in-body stabilization make it easier than ever. My old 55mm f/1.2 was becoming unusable wide open, but now it has a new life. Optical viewfinders have their quality, but electronic viewfinders are magic for older eyes. There are compromises, but they continue to get better with each new generation.

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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #212 on: July 16, 2021, 22:27:11 »
My eyes are getting old too. I put a Dk17 on my Df which helped, but moving to Z6 made the biggest difference. The zoomable viewfinder and in-body stabilization make it easier than ever. My old 55mm f/1.2 was becoming unusable wide open, but now it has a new life. Optical viewfinders have their quality, but electronic viewfinders are magic for older eyes. There are compromises, but they continue to get better with each new generation.

My eyes were getting bad, and astigmatism too. I just had cataract surgery in one eye, and now have 20/20 vision in that eye, and am doing the other eye in a few days. Hope to have the same vision in that eye as well. I they put in a Toric lens to deal with the astigmatism, so it does not have to be mostly in the glasses. Right now I don't need any glasses, at least for near vision.
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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #213 on: July 23, 2021, 20:08:50 »
I want to add a comment regarding the AF of the 105 MC (with Z6 II) for general photography, as a bit of a correction to my earlier post in this thread.

I have had more time with the kit and now have identified the reasons for most out of focus shots as something of user error. The camera is prone to focus on the background if even a small part of the focus area is lit significantly brighter than the subject (where most of the focus area would be, assuming correct usage). As long as the whole focus area is kept over the main subject, the camera and lens focus with a very high keeper rate. If the focus area is too large to be entirely confined within the edges of the main subject, and the subject is lit dimly compared to the background area within the focus area box, then focus on the background can easily happen. If the main subject is lit approximately equally to the background, then often the camera focuses correctly even if the focus area has some smaller part on the background. But the best results clearly are obtained by ensuring that no part of the focus area box is outside of the subject.

Occasionally the camera cannot focus on a really out of focus subject and won't even give it a try. I consider this a bug. I think it would be good if in this instance the camera would do a search of all distances, of course this is annoying to see this happen but it is a way out of the situation. This has happened to me with the Z6 II and both 35/1.8 and 105/2.8 MC lenses, but it's not a common thing.

I think my DSLRs are a bit less eager to focus on the background even if the focus brackets include  some background that is brightly lit. I wonder if Nikon are able to change this over time in their mirrorless cameras or perhaps subject recognition is a way around the problem.

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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #214 on: July 23, 2021, 22:00:08 »
My eyes were getting bad, and astigmatism too. I just had cataract surgery in one eye, and now have 20/20 vision in that eye, and am doing the other eye in a few days. Hope to have the same vision in that eye as well. I they put in a Toric lens to deal with the astigmatism, so it does not have to be mostly in the glasses. Right now I don't need any glasses, at least for near vision.
Fifteen years ago I had similar surgery. I now have the best vision I have had in my life. My myopia was at minus 10.5. Plus a lot of astygmatism. Modern medicine is wonderful.
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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #215 on: July 24, 2021, 00:23:45 »
Toric lens? Please explain. I had one eye done about five years ago, great improvement, but I have vertical astigmatism, which I've heard is difficult to correct.  I'm looking for answers, but mirrorless is not part of any solutions for me.  I'm committed to my Df and Nikkor manual lenses from my F2SB days.

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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #216 on: July 24, 2021, 00:26:34 »
Toric lens? Please explain. I had one eye done about five years ago, great improvement, but I have vertical astigmatism, which I've heard is difficult to correct.  I'm looking for answers, but mirrorless is not part of any solutions for me.  I'm committed to my Df and Nikkor manual lenses from my F2SB days.

Toric lenses include astigmatism in their correction or at least a large part of it.
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Re: micro-nikkor Z
« Reply #217 on: August 01, 2021, 00:12:17 »
I continue to be impressed by the Z 105 Macro, when stacked.

Here are couple taken today as my dahlias start to come into bloom. What's not to like?
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