Georg S , Oct 31, 2012; 09:22 p.m.
I love to use MF-Nikkors on DSLRs but have to admit that for fast glass focusing is tricky to say the least.
Live view from a tripod works great for static scenes (for critical work my preferred method even with AF-optics), it's just not practical for portraits and stuff like this - you're right.
Some weeks ago I've cannibalized a defect Miranda Sensomat, filed down it's focusing screen a bit and transplanted the poor thing into my D700 (thanks to Dylan over at FM for this tip!).
In most situations focusing fast glass like the 55/1.2 works pretty well now and trumps relying on the "dot" (focus confirmation-indicator).
The micro-prisms are something I've missed for years, but even the surrounding matte area of the screen will give a more accurate focus-feedback than the D700's screen.
Please excuse my English, Georg.