is a Nikon F4-S.
It has been very capable and reliable during the shooting of many different
types of photographs. I have used it to document my sons' activities in
sports, as well as the other places and events significant in our family's
I mostly use two
Nikkor lenses with the F4-S: a
70-210mm f4D AF Zoom; and a
20-35mm f2.8D AF Zoom.
Both are Auto-Focus lenses, and the latter is an ED(Extra Dispersion) lens. Other
lenses include a 200mm f 4 1:4 AF
Nikkor , that gets down to
almost 1:1 on the film. That is: the size of the object in real life can be
almost the size on the film. Also: a 35-70mm f 2.8D
AF Zoom. And I have an older Nikkor500mm f 8 Reflex (Mirror)
that will not fit on the
due to a conflict between the pentaprism housing and the lens body/mount;
but fits the FA perfectly.
Lastly, but not by
Nikon, I have a Celestron C-901000mm f11 mirror lens w/special ruggedized rubber coating, special
antiglare lens coating, and a Nikon
is the world leader in this size spotting scope, and its superb optics are
part of the reason. It features a full 90mm
(3.55") aperture, f/11Maksutov-Cassegrain mirror lens optical
system and are permanently collimated and fully baffled. The
diffraction-limited optics are carefully hand-figured, then thoroughly laser
tested. At just 3 pounds in weight and
7" in length, the
C90 is lightweight and compact enough to
travel anywhere. The closed tube design eliminates image-degrading tube
currents and keeps the optics safe and dust-free. A helical focusing system
assures fast and accurate focusing. You mount the camera to the lens!!! Shown is the same lens, in use as
a spotting scope.
I use a Ries
Wooden Tripod (Ries is the same tripod Ansel Adams used) with
B1 Monoball Standard head
(w/panoramic sweep) and quick-release plates from
Really Right Stuff. (I also have the RRS Bracket and
Flash holder for my 200mm Micro lens. Awesome quality.) For quick use, and
minimal encumbrance, I prefer the Gitzo
Mountaineer Carbon-Fiber Monopod.
Strong & Light.
I have 3 other cameras in use: a Nikon FA,
and two Minoltas: an
SRT-102, and their small
110 Zoom SLR with a fixed-mount
25-50mm f4.5 MACRO Zoom lens. I was really
tickled to get the '110 at a garage sale down the street for $25, in
excellent condition, with case and flash!
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