Brief Love Story
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Brief Love Story
by J. Ramón Palacios

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And so it began
  Medium format
  35mm SLR
  The Exakta's
The first Nikons
  Her ...
The kids
and the Exaktas
The Nikkormats
The FE2
Into the land of Nikon
The MD-12s
» Upgrading ...
The F4s and beyond
An endless
love story
Adventures in the Sierra Madre

Upgrading ...

I bought later a N4004s, then a N6006.  But soon after an unfortunately short interlude with the magnificent Nikon 8008s, the Nikon F4s came into my heart and my hands just in time when I was loosing a little of my eyesight. Its 'autofocus' servos have saved me -most certainly- of loosing a subject.
Nikon F4s with SB-25
Nikon F4s with 24mm f/2.8D and SB-25 speedlight
My back is not as strong as before (not that it ever was) but it has been easier to concentrate on a single body and three lenses. 

With a 24mm f/2.8D AF Wide angle Nikkor, a 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Zoom-Nikkor and a 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF Zoom-Nikkor, I have resolved most of circumstances and distances, with the help of the powerful SB-25 speedlight and medium to high speed film.

Maybe all is needed now is a 20mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor AIS super wide and a fast 400mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-I Nikkor super telephoto lens, to cover 99% of the possible normal needs of a professional or a very serious amateur photographer.
But then, perhaps an upgrade to the F5 will deserve the new "Silent Wave" lenses and should be seriously considered to get the 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S Zoom-Nikkor, the 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S Zoom-Nikkor and a 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S with a TC-14E AF tele-converter to make it a 420mm f/4 when needed.  I better start to save. TC-14E

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