Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions

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Vintage macro lens experimentation

Blogs about trekking and outdoor adventures typically focus quite a bit on gear. I’ve never been into gear much, hence I have not been writing about this aspect. This post about photography is therefore a bit unusual.

Anyway, the nice thing about somewhat more upscale Nikon DSLR cameras is their ability to mount vintage lenses from the 1970’s / 1980’s. Support is near perfect with FX cameras, but with my D90 DX camera, there is only partial support. This means that it is only possible to shoot in manual mode, i.e. by setting aperture and exposure manually.

I have recently been playing around with a NIKKOR 105 mm f/4 lens mounted on my D90. This lens was probably manufactured in the late 1970’s and has manual focus. In combination with the manual setting of aperture and exposure this hence gives a 100% manual experience. Under controlled conditions (cf. indoor) results are quite good. Taking such a lens on a trek seems a rather impossible task though, not only because of the totally manual shooting process, but also because of the sheer weight of the lens …

Pictures > Test Macro Lens