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Monty, Chris, Curtis, Chuong, Matt, Leighton - I'm glad this shot caught your attention :-)
It was really just a fun-shot to show the very special look that can be created with this lens.
I've searched especially for a sparkling background to make the highlights go "pop" :-)
Cheers, Georg!




Peter, your thoughts are much more worth than 2c - as stated above my intention was to show the unique character of this Nikkor. I've never tried a Reflex-Nikkor or any other mirror-lens.
For most shots I prefer a creamy, smooth bokeh. The AF-S 14-24 (my daily workhorse) as an example would render out-of-focus highlights (at 24mm and f/2.8 or f/4) much less dramatic.
Cheers, Georg!



Jun 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Tony, nice selfie!
Chuong, the rhino-shot is just fantastic!
Curtis, it's nice to see that the D800 and the 135/2 work so nice together in your hands.
The crane-hook-image is beautiful - I like good pictures of heavy metal :-)




Jun 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
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JoshuaD.FOTO wrote:
Trying to pull together some MF lenses for use on my D700. Im thinking an 85mm and a 135mm for portraiture

I know this sounds silly but is the general consensus that the 135 f2 AIS and the 85 1.4 AIS are the 'go-to' lenses at this FL? I also need something fixed and in the 20-30mm range. Something 24-28mm ish.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all.


As I read the thread in chronological order and answer as I go, likely you've had a few good responses to this already, but I'll chime in.

If you are going for mostly portraiture, you should get the 105mm f/2.5 AI-s IMO. It is a wonderful performer for a very modest price (you can get excellent copies for $250 without too much trouble!), and is really an excellent gateway drug into the rest of the manual focus lenses.

As for the 20-30mm range, the 28mm f/2, and f/2.8 are well respected lenses, the 24mm variants a little less so.



Jun 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Bijan, I like the composition of this one. The fence at the bottom frames it out nicely.


+1 :love it



Jun 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
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Here's a few from the 16mm 3.5 Following Bens lead with the up close forground. I think this is where this lens excells.







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Jun 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
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Thanks Peter for pointing me to the problem with images on that first post with the 55 f/1.2 SC AI'd. I've no idea what happened to those images because they wouldn't have gotten into that post in the first place without their having been uploaded to my Picasa account. But they are nowhere to be found... but I processed them again and you can see them if you wish to be tempted...


Jun 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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Ray I look at those shots and for the life of me I don't see a fisheye in action, merely a very capable wide lens. You handle it very well. Great color and contrast as well as excellent sharpness. This lens is a real winner.


Jun 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
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kings_freak wrote:
As usual, the shots being posted have been great!

I remember, WAY back in the thread that people were posting self portraits, so I shot a quick one in the studio tonight. Hopefully, I will be able to go out this weekend for a little photowalk or something.


The thinker... I guess I stilly have Rodin on my mind after seeing that piece of sculpture a week ago...

Thanks for sharing a self-portrait. You did a great job here. You must have a bit of space in your studio when you can use the 180 for portraiture. And I love the conversion as well. Very nice Tony.



Jun 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Ray I look at those shots and for the life of me I don't see a fisheye in action, merely a very capable wide lens. You handle it very well. Great color and contrast as well as excellent sharpness. This lens is a real winner.


Thank you Curtis The fishey is there. See the palm tree on the left in the steps photo, but it is not prominent. It is hardly noticabe if you don't have vertical items on the forground edges. I think it is the premier Nikon Manual wide angle lens for a crop camera and I am so glad you and Monty turned me on to it


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Jun 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
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In response to Leighton's query about the D800 I'll have more to report later, but my initial experience does not inspire me to rush right out and buy one. Nikon changed the design of the grip and reduced the size of the ridge at the back of the camera where the thumb rests. I don't have a large hand but the bulkier feel of the D700 is more comfortable. I found my fingers fatigued quite quickly. Now it may simply be that I need to use it more to find a better way of holding the camera, but since I'm hand holding everything this is a matter of concern... enough so that I actually contacted a seller of a D700 to discuss buying a second one. Fortunately/unfortunately the fellow said he was keeping the camera THEN asked me about MF lenses... Hoisted on my own petard...

This weekend I intend to do quite a bit more shooting with the D800, though getting only 100 images on an 8 GB CF card, I won't be taking TOO many photos... I'll have more to say later. The D800 is a beautiful camera, no doubt about it. Whether it is the right camera for me, time will tell...



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Went down by the river last night with the 24mm f2 on the D800, and the 17mm Tokina. Here is the 24 - it looks to be a good landscape lens.

Grand River Sunset #1 Nikkor 24mm f2.0 ais






Grand River Sunset #2 Nikkor 24mm f2.0 ais







Jun 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
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James Markus wrote:
Went down by the river last night with the 24mm f2 on the D800, and the 17mm Tokina. Here is the 24 - it looks to be a good landscape lens.



Simply beautiful James I love the color.



Jun 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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Ray, great work with the 16mm! Symmetrical subjects with a close foreground are made for a fisheye.

Here are some more shots with the 24/2 Ai:


This was shot at f/2 too - very wild bokeh, triangular highlights in the corners and a semicircular flare-ring (this reminds me of the AF-S 14-24/2.8)


a conventional shot with the Ai 24/2


out-of-focus highlights maybe a bit busy, not completely out of control with an old 28/2


Marguerites (?) with a borrowed AiS 105/1.8 wide open and a Nikon Close-up-lens No.6T



Jun 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
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Here's a shot I took last night with my poor neglected 50mm 1.4K @ 1/80 F2.8 iso 3200. I call it lonesome pine




Jun 29, 2012 at 04:15 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Thank you Curtis The fishey is there. See the palm tree on the left in the steps photo, but it is not prominent. It is hardly noticabe if you don't have vertical items on the forground edges. I think it is the premier Nikon Manual wide angle lens for a crop camera and I am so glad you and Monty turned me on to it



Ray, I agree with Curtis on this. These do not look like they came from a fisheye. Nicely taken! I also shoot with a D7000 and currently the widest manual focus lens I have is the 20 3.5. You make the 16 3.5 look awful good.
Scott



Jun 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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georgms wrote:
Ray, great work with the 16mm! Symmetrical subjects with a close foreground are made for a fisheye.

Here are some more shots with the 24/2 Ai:



Hi George
The middle two of this set are very nice. I especially like the wooden fence. Nice colors and background.
Scott



Jun 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
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p.1413 #17 · p.1413 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Too many fantastic photos to comment on all but I have to say there are many talented and creative photographers just on this thread. I've been scanning the thread from the beginning and have enjoyed it very much. I even got sidetracked into night street photography.

David



Jun 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
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mp356 wrote:
Ray, I agree with Curtis on this. These do not look like they came from a fisheye. Nicely taken! I also shoot with a D7000 and currently the widest manual focus lens I have is the 20 3.5. You make the 16 3.5 look awful good.
Scott


Thank you Scott. I am more than pleased with this lens.



Jun 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
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georgms wrote:
Ray, great work with the 16mm! Symmetrical subjects with a close foreground are made for a fisheye.

Here are some more shots with the 24/2 Ai:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7466929918_ddf4efdbd0_c.jpg
Marguerites (?) with a borrowed AiS 105/1.8 wide open and a Nikon Close-up-lens No.6T


Thats very cool. I have wondered about the 5 & 6T and I see it's supurb!



Jun 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
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bruni wrote:
wonderful Phillippe - the light gleams as always

Ben


thanks Ben!



Jun 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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