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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Overrank Contributing Member • Posts: 932
Re: Returning to Film: 50mm suggestions for Nikon FM3?

Autonerd wrote:

Overrank wrote:

With the FE you can also use pre-ai lenses including the 105mm f/2.5 which is superb for portraits.

...but you don't get stop-down metering. Just something to keep in mind. (I'm an old Pentax K-Mount guy, where "compatible" lenses really are compatible.)

I only use the 105 at f/2.5 so I never need to stop down

You can get a AI version of the same lens so that would be a better buy new.

I'm thinking about a Nikkormat EL just so I can get one of those 105s (and have full functionality). Best and most cost-effective way to get into a good portrait lens. Another advantage to the Nikkormat is they won't get stolen like the OP's original FM because no one can lift it.


It was a Nikkormat (FTn) that first impressed me with the colour rendering of the 50mm f/2, shot on AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 ("Poundland Film" i.e. £1 for a roll of 24 exp). Straight scan, no post processing.

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