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  1. Not to spoil the Fuji lovefest, in the 90's and early 2000's I owned the Fujica G690BL and both the 100/3.5 and 180/5.6 lenses. Despite being really heavy leaf shutter rangefinders, they were clunky and not very reliable, esp. in cold weather when the shutters would slow down. The images, however, were very sharp at smaller apertures like F11 and smaller and quite beautiful under a loop, esp. with Fuji Velvia and Kodak EPZ 100X. That said, they were not close focusing, esp. the 180/5.6 had a minimum distance of 2.5m!! In the end, my Nikon FM2 and 55/2.8 Micro-Nikkor was a better choice for landscapes because the image quality was just as good. Years after I sold the body and two lenses and began printing internegatives of my chromes, I noticed that tiny hairs from the internal flocking (it was like short pile wool) kept entering into the image areas, esp. at the bottom edges and corners. They did make nice 30x40" color prints, but my D800 is a much sharper imaging device.
  2. I bought one of the Fotodiox Excell+ for NikonG-> FX focal length reducer adapters and was very unhappy as it introduced blur as well as distortion at smaller than the rated apertures of 4.5. It is the same price as the Mitakon LensTurbo II, but I wanted the adaptor to offer a declicked aperture iris option and the LTII does not do that. However, the similar Fotodiox Pro NikonG -> FX adapter is quite good. I use it mostly in its declicked config with lenses and it is a breeze to focus and keeps the optics sharp. DOF is very thin so you really need the focus peaking to highlight your focal plane to nail focus. Instead of buying the Metabones at ~$500, I just use a couple of the Nikkor fast, wider primes (20/2.8, 24/2.8, 35/2, and 50/1.4) instead.
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