February 5, 2017 - Old but not obsolete

by Brandon Drivon February. 05, 2017 485 views
My Nikon D750 with a 1970's Olympus 50mm f/1.4

Nikon D40X; 5.0sec at f/7.1, ISO 100 35mm

I took this photo of my Nikon D750 with my older Nikon D40X. I've been spending the better part of the day playing around with some older Olympus lenses and a Nikon f mount adapter. The 1970's 50mm f/1.4 pictured here mounted to my camera has been the most fun. I also have a Tamron 60-300 I'm incredibly excited to play with but I need to order a different mount for it.

Breaking out the Nikon D40X and trying to take a decent picture with a decade old camera gave me the idea of challenging myself to use it for the next 7 days straight. So, that's exactly what I'm going to do! Let this be the first of 7 days of D40X photography. If it's not obvious, it's low-light performance is shit (notice that the above photo at ISO 100 took me 5 whole seconds to capture). Regardless, I am excited to see what I can produce with the first DSLR I've ever used (but this time, full manual-not auto). 

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Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 3 months ago

My 50mm f/1.8 is from the 70's...it's still an awesome lens and fun to take portraits with. I can't imagine going from a 750 to the D40x and using it inside. It really is amazing how sensors have improved.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Brandon Drivon Replied to Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 3 months ago

So true. What's neat is going back to the D40x and implementing the settings and preferences I've acquired with my D750. I use the D40x completely differently than before and it's really quite fun. Operating within the older camera's limitations is encouraging me to get creative.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Wow 5 seconds at ISO100! I love the IQ, though.
From time to time, I like to limit the available gear so that I get to use them. Finding ways to overcome equipment shortfall can be an excellent way to challenge one's creativity. Good luck.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Brandon Drivon Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks! Yea, I was surprised to have to go out that long; there was a fair amount of early morning soft window light coming in too. I shot a handful at ISO 800 at a shorter (but not hand-holdable) shutter speed and thought since I was already using the timer, might as well bump the ISO and get a cleaner photo. I'll be carrying my small tripod around with it this week :)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
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