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    I tend to shop with KEH because I aint much of a gambler, and frankly, they've had such amazing customer service I couldn't imagine why not.

    Right now, looks like we are going to end up with an F100+motor, 50mm 1.4 AF, 20mm 2.8 AF, 35mm 2.0 AF, and the 75-300 4.0 AF. At least, that's how the current mood feels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    I was going to go Pentax but now thinking Nikon will be easier since we have so much gear anyhow.
    Ah what fun to speculate on a new system and accessories. (When so much can sit unused.) It stirs the blood and imagination. Beeeelch; excuse me.

    Anyways, I picked up a FT2 Nikkormat last year, and while I was in a funky get rid of everything mood last week, upon perusing the body and lenses for marks, pre sale, I realized that it was just to nice of a small system to sell. I only put it together for about $200, + or -, body, 50 Non-Ai f2 and 35mm AIS. It was really the 35mm that influenced my decision. The difference between this body and some of the Nikon AF's that I own or have handled, is that this body has personality; It's not a plastic fantastic computer does it all machine. I want to pick it up and use it; If I wasn't so bored with the offerings around town. It also has the magnificent stop down push button on the top plate. Now while I'm not looking to influence your decision towards such a doorstop, I wonder what it is about the medium format system that turns you off. Because I've got to say that any extra real estate, from my estimation, is a big plus for big prints. Pentax on the other hand will always be a draw for me. Some lenses are just magic.

    So I'll make an intermediary suggestion before you go whole-hog AF. (boring) Especially since your out in what I consider some prime real estate for shooting. Buy yourself a wide format folder. Light, 120 film, some great lenses and fun to shoot, with personalities, and some are cheap. Sell the rest in the meantime and sit on your thoughts. You just never know how your mind will, or can change regarding what might be (another) right camera.
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    Well, my new project is 4x5 pinholes enlarged to 20x24 in the darkroom and I have sheets full of 6x7 that I am doing a lith portfolio with. My consideration of the early AF lenses is that they have good quality and can meter correctly with my D5100. I use digital for film making, so having interchangable systems is a major plus for me. I'll still have a Yaschica TLR and a 4x5 with multiple lenses and hoping to get a 6x12 back. That should give me numerous options for shooting.

    In all honesty, I wouldn't have considered 35mm at all until recently, when I was enlarging some Acros negatives and realized that they are so sharp and beautiful that I really began to wonder why I was shooting 6x7 to begin with. Tonality, yes, but then that's what the 4x5 is for. Also, I got 80 rolls of 35mm for less than $100 (all Acros 100, Neopan 400, Tmax 100 and 400), so I need an excuse to shoot em!
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    I would say to only buy lenses when there is a need, That will make you very proficient with the lenses that you have. For about 5 years I only shot with a normal lens. 50 on 135 and 80 on 6x6. Finally I had a valid reason for a wide a few years back and have shot with it and learned its uses. a few months ago I needed a tele and now use it and still learning it's strengths and weaknesses. but it really makes you use the lenses to there beat ability and let's you brain do less thinking and just let the images make themselves.

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    Interestingly enough with all my cameras, film and digital, the one that I get the most satisfaction from is the Nikon F Photomic FTn.... About the only time I break out the F100, as great a camera as it is, is when I use my 80-400mm and that is just so I can shoot handheld using VR.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamar View Post
    Interestingly enough with all my cameras, film and digital, the one that I get the most satisfaction from is the Nikon F Photomic FTn.... About the only time I break out the F100, as great a camera as it is, is when I use my 80-400mm and that is just so I can shoot handheld using VR.........
    That's the other consideration: buy an older system because of the character, and just get a N90 or something for the zoom lens shooting. Heck, who knows?! Too many great options out there.
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    I actually just got a Nikkormat FTN with a 55 3.5 Micro (see my earlier thread in this forum). I expected to just sell it, but since I have so little invested in it I might keep it. Seems like a beautiful camera! Hoping to get to the local arboretum to test out the lens.
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    Favorite Films: Foma 100, Acros 100, Delta 400, Portra 400.

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    I would think twice about the 20. With a lens that wide you have to be very careful about wide angle distortion.

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    I'm drooling over the F5 Nikon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    I tend to shop with KEH because I aint much of a gambler, and frankly, they've had such amazing customer service I couldn't imagine why not.

    Right now, looks like we are going to end up with an F100+motor, 50mm 1.4 AF, 20mm 2.8 AF, 35mm 2.0 AF, and the 75-300 4.0 AF. At least, that's how the current mood feels.
    Looking at that list, my only suggestion would be consider rolling the 20mm & 35mm into the 20-35 f/2.8 AF-D; it's heavier than each, but not both, better made, cheaper than both together (if you get one in the $600 range), and a competitive performer optically. On the other hand, just having a light body with a light wide angle is nice, sometimes I wish I had that option. Still, it's my only Nikon wide-angle currently, and it's never let me down.

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