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  1. You're in a good spot in that F mount glass is so damn cheap at the moment. I have the z5 and and have been using my F mount glass on it as well as slowly buying Z mount glass over the past year or so. If I were you I'd poke around and find a Z mount 24-70mm f/4. It's a pretty awesome lens and can be found around $400. If that's too pricey, but the F mount 24-85mm f/3.4-4.5 VR, it's a very similar lens but can be found for like $200. The other F mount lens that is always going with my at the moment is the latest nikon 70-300mm AF-P. Super sharp throughout the range and works so well on the Z cameras. I'd grab or look into those two lenses, though there are truly some other great F mount lenses out there like the 16-35mm f/4, the 70-200mm f/4, and all the telephoto stuff. You can also get a v1 or v2 70-200 2.8 for really cheap too. Going EF or E mount is another viable option for sure, but I'd probably target the Z 24-70 to start. If you buy it used, you won't really lose any money if you go to sell later and get out of the system and will most likely be able to bundle it with your camera.
  2. Also Canon EF mount and Sony E lenses work perfectly on Nikon Z via adapters.
  3. Hey Kye, hope all is well! This is a great thread and I feel this way a lot. I haven't bought a new camera body in awhile, just been refining the packages for what I have. I haven't been filming much lately, but don't have any of the latest or greatest. Currently own/use: Nikon z5, (2) Samsung nx1's, samsung nx500, Panasonic g9, (2) black magic pocket OG's, Panasonic gx85, Nikon d800, Contax g1. The z5 and G1 have been my primary stills/fun cameras. nx1's and the nx500 are still my main video package. Been building up the pocket camera package for a bit. G9 has been awesome while I've had it. gx85 is mainly hooked up to my computer as a way overkill webcam. D800 has been kept because it still delivers the goods and can take advantage or the older/screwmount Nikon Glass I have.
  4. All the WNUF talk making me smile as well. I know Chris and will have to tell him the next time I see him, though he's been traveling all month screening the sequel.
  5. Bumping this thread because this one got me too. Adorama back at it with some randomly cheap Nikon F glass. Sigma art 28mm 1.4 Nikon F mount for $399 https://www.adorama.com/sg2814nk.html
  6. I'm so sorry to hear this, Andrew. Please take all the time you need and be there with your family. Sending lots of love to you and yours. My brother passed away 2 years ago now and it's been awful, Take the time you have and be there for Zara as much as possible. I know you will, but truly, use the time you have. Again, so sorry to hear about this.
  7. Someone shared this on dpreview m43's forum, I couldn't resist. I have m43 to Sony E and Nikon Z adapters, so plan on using these adapted to FF. Adorama back at it again with some Samyang/Rokinon price craziness, this time in the m43 mount I thought $230 was low for the 24mm 1.5 last year, now it's at $150! They have most focal lengths and some kits available. The 135mm 2.2 is $140, the 50mm is $130 The 24mm, 35mm, 85mm kit is $350! https://www.adorama.com/l/Video/Video-Lenses-and-Accessories/Samyang~Digital-Cinema-Lenses?sel=Lens-Mount_Micro-Four-Thirds
  8. It's been cool to see Konica AR stuff get some love, they have some very nice lenses and some very cool/innovative ones. I use the Canon FD 35-105mm f/3.5 a lot and really enjoy the range. I'd love to see some footage from that Konica if you have some time at some point
  9. Love this idea and I'm definitely down to contribute! I'll dig out my Z cam e1 from the $200 challenge and get a rig together.
  10. Heyyy, Bragging rights sound great to me, I'll take em! The panasonic adapter looks great! I like the sony a lot, it fits perfectly on the 14mm and is still a super small set up once put together (Smaller than the Panasonic 25mm 1.7) The Sony adapter is bigger and heavier than the 14mm, but they make a great combo. The biggest downer is no front filter threads on the sony. I'll dig up some pics with the combo soon, but they're great together and the sony can be had fairly cheap online.
  11. Are you using the panasonic branded DMC-GWC1 adapter? I just googled and that's only 70g, so that'd be around 125g all in.
  12. I'm curious too. I get there just over the 150g weight limit with the panasonic 14mm 2.5 with the Sony VCL-ECU1 on front. That works out to around 10.5mm but the converter is 125g and lens is 55g, so 170g together. I'm also unsure if the converter knocks it down to below f/2.8, but I like using the combo.
  13. Yeah, You're good to go with that speed booster. Nikon G adapters like that are just Nikon F adapters that have an aperture control mechanism built in for nikon G lenses without external aperture rings.
  14. Generally speaking all macro lenses are very sharp and very good, it's hard to go wrong really. What lens system are you looking for? What's the budget? Is auto focus or IS important for you? I have some legacy manual focus macro lenses including the Nikon AIS 55mm f/2.8 and the Tamron Adaptail 90mm f/2.5 that are both great. I also have the 60mm Samsung NX Macro lens for the NX system which is wonderful too. There are tons of good options, so another thing to think about is working distance/focal length.
  15. Hey Andrew, Just wanted to take a second and send some good vibes your way. I know it's been a truly dark and shitty time and that often times it's unavoidable to get trapped in darker thoughts and moods, But I do know that this community is definitely a source of goodness and light (For as good as camera info can be) I've learned a ton off of threads and people here and have really enjoyed my time active on this forum. A lot of times it's easier to lurk than it is to log in and contribute, but there's still so many cool things to keep up with born out of this community. So much anamorphic knowledge, the nx1 hack, the AFX module and so many other things I wouldn't know about had it not been for this community. I love the discussions and speculations/conversations, but I also had a wonderful time with the $200 and under camera challenge. I know it's not easy to continue to find novelty and fulfillment in this world of endless revisions and new models, but I think we have a pretty good group of people active here to do that. I hope you're in a position where you can take a weekend away and clear your head or something, even if it's just some place local. Also, I really appreciate you being open and sharing with us. Be well man!!
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