With the last set of pictures I took today I used my Nikon D7000 with the lens set to AF. I then switched out my camera body and used my old Nikon D40 set to M and the results were astonishingly different, and better! Plus, because the D40 is a smaller camera, it makes the whole rig much lighter.
I was surprised that the older Nikon produced a better image through the Argus 75mm that the higher end Nikon.
I used the exact same lens to be sure the test would be an accurate account of what I am trying to achieve. The difference though, was that the lens was set to M rather than AF.
I have also noticed that the Nikon D40 produces much more vibrant colours in its ‘standard mode’ than the Nikon D7000.
I will get out this weekend and take it for a full field test.
If any of you have these older cameras you should definately give this a try. It is a fun project and it has the potential of creating some very unique photography.