Nikkor MF 200mm Micro lens

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by BILWIL, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. BILWIL

    BILWIL Guest

    I shoot a lot of close-ups, and am getting tired of the old "flip the
    tripod head" syndrome. It's awkward at best, and cumbersome at least.
    Thus I have been lured to the charms of the Nikkor f4 micro (manual
    focus) lens with it's rotatable mount. I know it only goes to 1:2 ....
    Not a problem, I have the 3T and 4T lenses already. My question is: How
    is the bokeh (there's THAT word again!) with this lens? I've gotten
    used to the beautiful backgrounds rendered by my old Tamron 90mm 2.5
    lens.

    Now ..... Another (and less expensive) alternative, if I read things
    correctly. The Nikon PN-11 tube. Does that have a rotatable tripod
    mount, and will this work well with the Tamron I already use and love?
    The 200mm would give me somewhat more "stand-off" room, but I DO like
    the Tamron. Suggestions, intelligent comments? ........

    Thanx
    Bill Wilson
     
    BILWIL, Apr 22, 2004
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  2. Certainly not as smooth as the Tamron. But you have a much easier
    time selecting a smooth background because of the longer focal
    length. Here are a few bokeh sample shots of the Nikkor:
    http://www.bokeh.de/en/bokeh_images.php?t=f&a=&ff=200&ft=200

    Detail of the out-of-focus highlights:
    http://www.bokeh.de/en/bokeh_images.php?t=d&a=&ff=200&ft=200
    It provides 52.5mm extension, and so would limit you to reproduction
    ratios bigger than 1:2 only. I can't say anything about the resulting
    quality. IIRC the Tamron is not a classic extension-only lens design,
    but employs some form of internal focusing. So there _could_ be a loss
    of quality when using additional extension.
    Get an L-bracket for your camera. Assuming you already use a quick-release
    system, otherwise this won't help you much. Actually L-brackets
    are so useful that you should get in in any case, even if you buy
    the Nikkor, too. ;-)

    Regards,
    Chris
     
    Christoph Breitkopf, Apr 22, 2004
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  3. BILWIL

    BILWIL Guest

    Chris:

    Thank you for that very informative, in depth response. Most
    educational. Never thought about the L bracket. I do use the
    Arca-Swiss mount system, and this might be an answer. In fact, I just
    got a new RRS catalog last week .... Some bed-time reading seems to be
    in order! Will have to research Kirk products also. I assume they also
    have these items. Thaks again.

    Bill Wilson
     
    BILWIL, Apr 23, 2004
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    BILWIL Guest

    Chris:

    A further up date: I looked up the RRS website, and found they have a
    new "Multi-Camera" L plate. Cool! It shows an FM-3a (My next purchase,
    to replace my old FE) mounted on it. So I called RRS, and ordered
    one. Price wasn't too bad, $100, cheaper than replacing my trusty
    Tamron 90mm 2.5 and Vivitar 2X macro converter (180mm) which gets me to
    what I believe to be 1: .5. (1:1 with the converter, .5 with it
    extended. Good enough for me!)

    As a bonus, Joe said a recent customer had reported that his F4 with
    MB-20 Battery pack would also fit it. My other body is an F4/MB-20 BTW.

    Thanks again for the heads-up info.
    Bill Wilson
     
    BILWIL, Apr 24, 2004
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  5. Hello Bill,

    That's great to hear. From what I've seen, the RRS stuff
    ist well worth it's cost.
    You're welcome.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
    Christoph Breitkopf, Apr 26, 2004
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  6. BILWIL

    BILWIL Guest

    Chris:

    The RRS "L" plate arrived today in fact. Well up to the usual RRS
    standards, which is excellent. I've already tried it on the F4/MB20,
    F3, (body only) and the FE (body only) and it works beautifull on all
    of them. Will be testing it out in "real life" tomorrow ..... can't
    wait!

    Bill Wilson
     
    BILWIL, Apr 28, 2004
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