Returning to Film: 50mm suggestions for Nikon FM3? Zeiss Planar T* f/1.4 vs Nikkor f.1.2 or f/1.4?

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Re: Returning to Film: 50mm suggestions for Nikon FM3?

Nikkor 50/1.4 should be fine. 1.2 IMHO is not worth the extra money for a fraction of a stop, and frankly the close-up DOF is so small at f/1.4 that I rarely use it.

Personally if I was going to go with a Nikon I'd be more likely to go with an FE or an FE2 -- electronic shutter is more accurate and it's nice to have an automatic mode. I happen to think the FM3/FM3a is *way* the hell overpriced compared to other cameras. Remember, film isn't like digital in that the camera has almost no effect on image quality. FM3a is a lovely camera but $300 buys a lot of film (and cameras).

Four photos below. Two are Nikon (Nikomat FT2 and Nikon FE, both with the Nikkor 50/1.4) and two are Ricoh (KR-10 with Pentax 50/1.7 worth about $30 each). Can anyone tell which photos were taken with which camera?


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