I'm an (extremely happy) Q owner and also shoot film with a Nikon FE with 24, 50, 90, and 80-200 glass (all, AI manual)
I'm thinking of the Nikon 7200, which is a half sensor and which will work perfectly (increasing focal length by 50%) with my old lenses, so that I can also buy the fantastic AF-S Nikkor 300 f/4E PF ED VR that with the half sensor will turn into a 450 for birding.
However, after the Q, I just can't fully get my head around any digital camera besides the Leica: just too many buttons and too inelegant. I really love what I read about the CL and have thought about it for my non-Q alternative (which will make all the lenses the same focal length as the Nikon 7200).
However, I also want to use all my Nikon glass, esp. my contemplated 300. Or is there any obvious (not more than ~ $2k) alternative for birding telephoto (equivalent of at least 400) with the CL?
Is anyone shooting Nikon glass with their CL? how and what's their experience?
I have been using T for several years, and now CL. Most of my pictures have been taken with old and manual Nikkor lenses with both cameras.
I am using a Novoflex adapter that works for both AI and G lenses ( MF and AF). But you should realize that Novoflex doesn’t have any electrical connection with the camera. Therefore, the AF lenses become manual, meaning you should focus manually. But the aperture if fine and you can use the aperture ring on the lens without any problem.
If you enjoy using MF like me, you can use all your Nikkor lenses without any problem and get perfect results.
One more thing that you should also realize is the magnification work perfectly well on T, but as CL has a profiling feature for Leica M and R lenses, and as The Novoflex doesn’t have any electrical connection with CL, the magnification doesn’t work with the top wheel.
But I found out that you can still have magnification with up/down arrows that are on the right of your Screen. I got used to it and I am using that technique very fast and without any problem. Also, the focus peaking works perfectly well. But you should always set the focus on MF on the camera.
I hope I could help. To see samples of these combinations, you are welcome to check my galleries below my signature.