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Guess I'll join the fun, got a D5100 with the Nikkor 35mm 1.8 AF-S prime and a Tiffen UV filter. Great so far, but my starlight test shots aren't coming out very well. I fiddled with the settings and got enough light to the sensor, but it's so damn hard to get it in focus when manually focusing in moonlight away from the moon, I just can't see well enough through the viewfinder to do it... pointers? I obviously have it switched to full manual since there's nothing for the AF system to catch (I tried it for giggles, it refused to fire) and I'd rather not keep refocusing unless I have to. I would have spent at least a few hours tinkering with it but it's well below freezing each night for the next week so I can't stay outside very long. It is reasonably clear out right now but it won't stay that way for very long (mild shortwave moving in, will spread somewhat thick clouds over the area), but I will get a few consistently clear nights starting Monday night to mess with it.

Edit; this is probably better suited for the astro-photography thread but I'd rather be in there with actual work done. tongue.gif
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Since that lens lacks a distance window, the best advice I can give is to go into live view and magnify the image as much as possible. The brightest stars should be visible. Now, manually focus until you have sharp stars and shoot.
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Two copies of the Sigma 24/1.8, and neither one work on the D7k. Both work on my F100, a D300 and two D800s. Heinous.

I don't buy third party lenses for that very reason.
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Team card seems to work well. Shoots 1080p 30fps just fine.

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I have been looking at grabbing a medium format camera for a while now, what is the Bronica etrs like? is it a solid camera if found for 300$?
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from what i understand and have been told. bronica is great value bang for your buck. and as you work your way up in price to other brands you get much higher quality. thats not to say bronica is low quality because my etrsi produces some pretty awesome images and i really love shooting with it. that being said the film you put in your camera is slightly more important than the camera itself. for film cameras the camera body isnt that crucial, its the film you use and the lenses as well.

i cant remember how much i gave sub50hz for the bronica i bought from him. but i think it was at the most $300 for camera body, viewfinder, lens, grip, winding crank, and 2 rolls of expired 220 portra 800.

im pretty sure mamiya and hasselblad are like the top tier for Medium format with pentax and fuji just below them with equally high quality. i dont know much about other brands as all i know from anything other than bronica is stuff i have learned talking with sub50hz, foothead, dudemanppl, and dreamkiller thumb.gif
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Bronicas are the red-headed stepchildren of the MF world, in part due to their market positioning (read: not over-the-top expensive) and perceivably subpar lenses. The truth is that the bodies are not as well-made as some of its peers but the lenses are still very good (although not Pentax/Zeiss/Mamiya level), especially for a beginner. The ETR series is a great way to dip your feet into medium format, and I shot a lot of great, printed photos with my ETRSi before selling it to Conspiracy. For a little more money you can pick up an RB67, but unless you like to carry a tripod and an 8 pound behemoth of a camera everywhere you go (and a meter), 6x4.5 is a more sensible solution. Both 6x7 and 645 match paper sizes well, so you worry less about cropping than you do with 35mm, APS-C or even 6x9. For your 300 dollars, I would look into a Bronica -- though if you have some time to save money and are very serious about shooting film, the Mamiya 645 Pro/TL is an excellent bang for your buck, and in my eyes, a more durable system with some super lenses (80/1.9 is a semi-rarity, but a great lens).
post #22438 of 29551
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I don't buy third party lenses for that very reason.

Looks like my 50/1.8D stopped working, same fEE error. The feeler must be broken, looks like it's gonna need repair. Good news is, though, that I should be able to use this lens once it's repaired.
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I don't buy third party lenses for that very reason.

Looks like my 50/1.8D stopped working, same fEE error. The feeler must be broken, looks like it's gonna need repair. Good news is, though, that I should be able to use this lens once it's repaired.

Use the aperture ring like a real pro.
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I can't, the internal chip for the indexing ring is fubar so I only get a false f/4 or a real f/22. Still under warranty so not a huge problem. Used the 24 last night on D800, super steal of a lens -- works great, and the close-focusing ability is awesome.
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