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  1. JamesE

    JamesE Strat-O-Master

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    I never cease to be amazed by the knowledge displayed by members here, so maybe somebody can help me here.
    This is an old camera of mine:
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    Don't be fooled by the name - it's a Fujica AX-3 (from Fuji) badged by the german distributor Porst. They were the biggest name in Germany's High Street camera shops in the past.
    The lens you will see is a 50mm f/1.2. Yes, 1.2! I want to use the lens on my Nikon DSLR, but despite a number of searches, I have not found an adapter to allow me to fit an X-Fujinon lens to a Nikon mount.

    This is the X-Fujinon mount:

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    So, is there anyone who can help, or is my camera just a museum piece?
    BTW, the mount is not the same as the current series of Fuji cameras, so I can't use it on one of their own.
     
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    Could you like just duct tape it around the base?
     
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    Fuji lens to nikon F body. use the fotodiox pro mount sure.... but you're full-manual and "might" get focus confirmation same as all AI and pre-AI lenses - that is, the ones that will mount without destroying the index ring.

    what DSLR model is it?
     
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    Also, while I think of it, if you aren't over on Nikonians, it's not a bad place to be for all of us F mount geeks. Most of us have non-nikon gear too.
     
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    It's a D7000, so it's got the AI feeler. It has a green dot focus confirmation as well.
    Thanks for the tip about the Nikonians website - I will explore!
     
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    I've joined Nikonians - do you get any kudos if I give them your name?
     
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    Dunno, but I'll PM you
     
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    How cool
    1947 - 1948
    I lived up the road from a factory dug into a mountain
    (Leicha)
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    Wetzlar Germany
    Left over from the war...
    They had made
    Cameras
    Bomb sites
    High altitude recon equiptment...
    I could go down there and buy A 35mm for 10 marks
    Or
    A pack of Lucky Strikes(swiped from mom's undies drawer)

    When I went in the Navy 1957
    Siblings copped them all...
     
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    Leica? Wow. I had a Leica ll or lll many years ago. Now I have several german guitars!
     
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    I was not aware of Nikonians, I’ll have to join up as well.
     
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    Honestly I don't think it'll work.
     
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    The distance between the sensor and the lens will not make you focus properly. On a Canon is acceptable, on a Nikon is almost useless. My advice is to desist.
     
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    There's nothing like a Leica. ;)

    Have to say my M6TTL and M3 are about as close to perfect precision as it gets - but nothing beats the huge expanse of my RX67proII

    I've been an F mount guy since I was about 6 when I "discovered" my dads F in it's leather case. (boy did I get in trouble).

    Countless F mount bodies, and a love for film over digital, but I Have to say D850 and D500 are as far as I will go. I haven't bought the D850 body yet, but have had the D500 since it was on preorder here in oz.
    Along with that parallel launched 200-500 lens and the PF lenses It is about as killer a combo as it gets, and right out of the box that D500 is a frickin weapon of mass destruction.

    Now that I have said all that, I still prefer the silence of the M3, but it is fiddly by comparison to an F body.
    Leica glass (the old leica glass) is second to none. a 50mm summicron is all you need for nearly everything, unless you like getting REALLY CLOSE. and the rangefinder ratio is perfect for a 35 or 50mm.

    If I think about what lens I use the most on any of my F bodies, it's my 50mm 1.2 on the f3 or f4e, and a ziess 21mm distagon. Having said that, right now the 200/500 is on my D500 tripod mounted and pointing out the window down to the ocean, since we've had a hell of a storm last few days.

    I found that I take my time a lot more with photography these days so lugging the RZ is not too much of a pain, but it is not a stealth camera.

    Any leica body now is in the $2500 price range for a *nice one. (most leica bodies are in good condition but need a curtain service)

    At the price of film versus convenience, your iphone 11 is better bang for your buck. PLus you can instafap all your "images" (if that is what they pass for these days) to all your insta-friends, fap-book buddies or whichever sociopathic blogging tool you use to feed your egoes

    :D
     
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    Oh well it was worth a try. Thanks to all who've replied. There is a demand for these lenses, so I guess I'll flog it. Hopefully someone who enjoys film will get it. Although I'm using a small-sensor digital, for a couple of years I used nothing other than a 35/1.8. Not as good as a 1.2, but I have no pretensions to be Edward Weston ll.
     
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    I miss my old Minolta system sometimes, but time marches on. Currently I'm using a Nikon Z50. It's pretty amazing.

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    Fujinon optics are world class. I was a HUGE total camera nerd in the 70's. I had a friend who had a Canon and were were always taking pics of the same thing and same film types to see the difference in optic "tone". I loved the Fuji lenses, I always thought they looked the warmest. Canon and Nikon were great too but definitely a different tone. They're all great but I will always perfer Fujinon lenses. At the time almost all broadcast TV camera work was Fujinon stuff as well. I still have all my stuff. I always wanted a Leica but never wanted to spend the money and liked my Fujica system so much I didn't see why I should change.

    I ended up getting Leica lenses for the enlargers. Super freaking sharp.

    I know where you can get a Hassleblad for free! But you have to go to the moon to get it! Might be a bit dusty...
     
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    I’m using Nikon d200, d70, mostly Nikon lenses and a Tokina 11-16, Fuji x100, and white lightning for the studio