Post by belgiumreporter on May 15, 2016 12:54:47 GMT -5
Most of you will know the zenit photo sniper.It was a fun package developed during the cold war and was supposed to be a photographic rifle. Packed in an inpressive james Bond style metal suitcase it looked inpressive but was all but discrete and rather inpractical to use if you wanted to take action shots.
Now i kinda recreated it with an nikon 1 J3, FT1 adapter, sigma 50-150/2.8 DX( the 70-210/2.8 really was overkill) focussing adapter and nikon pistol grip. I have to say the combination works quite well, fast AF, up to 60Fps in full resolution( 16MP) zoom range (with crop factor) 135-405MM @2.8. shutter speeds up to 1/16.000 sec all without shutter or mirror sounds it does all this in perfect silence and has usable ISO up to 6400. I haven't had the time to use it for its intended use (concert photography) but i did make some quick pics to see if it works.
I did the picture of my wife with a nikkor 35/2 AFd @f4 360 ISO, autofocus does not work with motorless lenses, but you do get focus confirmation and are able to focus peak. I've also tried older manual lenses no focus conformation here but focus peaking is still possible.
All in all with modern technology i think i've gotten closer to what the intended use of a photosniper was in the first place.