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p.1997 #1 · p.1997 #1 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Can't say it better than John. Welcome Lizzie. Not sure if anyone else from the UK posts regularly here, its great to have people and images from many different countries and places on this thread.

Samy


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Oct 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Thank you. The 135 f2 has long been on my list as soon as I saw the images Curtis first posted with it.

My top three on my wish list would be:
1. 85mm f1.4 AI-s
2. 135mm f2 AI-s
3. I can't make up my mind between the 28mm f2.8 or the 105mm f1.8.

Do you have a top 3 list? And for that matter, how about the rest of you?


No new MF-lenses for me, I have enough!!!
When I say that over and over to myself, I hope I'm going to believe that.



Oct 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
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Chris Dees wrote:
No new MF-lenses for me, I have enough!!!
When I say that over and over to myself, I hope I'm going to believe that.


You can NEVER have enough.

I'm sending my nephew my 55 micro to use on his D700 so we'll shortly have another one hooked!



Oct 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
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p.1997 #4 · p.1997 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Leighton, you are doing a good Curtis imitation

Alan, all those are good choices. The 500 F4P is delicious. Its large and heavy and cumbersome and of course shooting distant images with an MF long tele is not easy, but the results for the shots that work are just superb.

I have seen the 105 1.8 around in my travels through various sites recently, shouldn't be too hard to find.

Samy


huddy wrote:
My top 3 list is really a top 4, but could easily become a top 6-8...
1. 35/1.4 AI-S (again)
2. 85/1.4 AI-S
3. 135/2 AI-S
4. 500/4 AI-P
5. 105/1.8 AI-S
6. 28/2.8 AI-S
7. 58/1.2
8. 24mm TS

That's would be an embarrassment of riches though, and I certainly don't need them. I really want to get back a 35 though.




Oct 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
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Glad to hear all the reports of people safe and sound after Sandy. Looks like quite a battering but thankfully all the preparation by the emergency services seems to have paid off. Of course one wishes no-one had been hurt but also realise how much worse it could have been.

Leighton, amazing shot of the snow blizzard. I hope that the farm and all the animals are also safe.

Farm 119 is very well processed Peter, lovely pic. I agree with you that 28mm can do sharper at a smaller aperture but it was so gloomy inside I had to shoot wide open. But then I'm coming from 6 years of using a D200 so still probably too hesitant to push high ISO numbers.

Love the drum cymbal shot Kevin, and the guitar shot.

John, just incredible pics from Hawaii, you have such a good eye for great shots.

Tony, fascinating series of the Egyptian temple in Madrid.

Lizzy, wow - love your pic with the 105 and the D800E.

Samy - such rich detail with the tubes, especially the vibrant red / brown leaf.

Philippe, another amazing street shot of the man browsing the maps. You could make a book of Nancy street life shots.

Lastly thanks to everyone for your kind words on the snow series and on the B&W shots of my son. Yes Georg, I know what you mean on the AF lenses not being fool proof either, I started with the 50mm f1.8G and realised it's been so long since I had an AF lens on my camera I had forgotten how to change the AF settings. It was hunting so much in the low light of the room I changed to the 28mm to make it easier to focus.

Kind regards,
Mark.



Oct 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Very very cool Samy, but this one is the ticket !http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/12/730912.jpg



+1
Just beautiful! Amazing detail on all of the photographs !



Oct 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
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LizzieShepherd wrote:
Some lovely photos here! My first manual Nikon lens for about 2 decades! Just got hold of a lovely little 105 2.5 AiS and managed a quick snap in the garden before dark (D800E).
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8191/8139160393_c43c857e47_o.jpg



Wonderful!
Welcome to the group!

Monty



Oct 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
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leighton w wrote:
You can NEVER have enough.

I'm sending my nephew my 55 micro to use on his D700 so we'll shortly have another one hooked!


Leighton, you listen too much to Curtis (or got infected/poisoned)!
Nahhh.... I managed to not buy a lens since February.
Only bought a D800E (but sold a D700 + D300s to finance)
Next one on the list is a D400 and perhaps trade the 70-200VRII in for the new F4 (depending on the reviews).


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Oct 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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Chris Dees wrote:
I'm already a few weeks back from my trip to South-West Africa. I took a few MF-lenses with me bud I relied most times on my AF-lenses.
We did a trip to the wine region north of Cape Town and that day I had only MF-lenses with me.

I couldn't catch up with all the pages but I saw quite a few great images!!


Chris, beautiful set! My favorites are the last two shots - excellent!
A question if you don't mind: if memory serves you've posted about a "modded 20/3.5". My 20/3.5's focus is out of whack (actual focus and distance-scale are not matching and I can focus "beyond infinity") and I would like to have it calibrated and "modded" for a shorter minimum focusing-distance. Did you made the modification by yourself or can you recommend a repair-facility for this? I would really appreciate any tip.
Bedankt/thanks, Georg!



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
Superb Lizzie! Absolutely gorgeous!


+1 What a fantastic first post! Welcome!



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georgms wrote:
Chris, beautiful set! My favorites are the last two shots - excellent!
A question if you don't mind: if memory serves you've posted about a "modded 20/3.5". My 20/3.5's focus is out of whack (actual focus and distance-scale are not matching and I can focus "beyond infinity") and I would like to have it calibrated and "modded" for a shorter minimum focusing-distance. Did you made the modification by yourself or can you recommend a repair-facility for this? I would really appreciate any tip.
Bedankt/thanks, Georg!


Thanks Georg, a friend over at Nikongear did the modification (as well as cleaning and chipping).
His nickname is Doctor Lens.



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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bruni wrote:
Phillippe - that's fantastic too, so dramatic - those dark shadows, the diagonal light across her shoulder!

ben



+1 Awesome street-portrait! What Ben said - except that I thought it's a male shopper :-)



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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Chris Dees wrote:
Thanks Georg, a friend over at Nikongear did the modification (as well as cleaning and chipping).
His nickname is Doctor Lens.


Wow, that was fast! Bedankt, Chris!



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM
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georgms wrote:
Wow, that was fast! Bedankt, Chris!


He told me it was/is a very easy modification. But I'm more a user, not a technician.



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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bruni wrote:
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As for the Fuji XE 1 - I know about the RAW converter problem, but that's not a deal breaker. I agree that Nikon will eventually release a mirrorless - but I suspect it may be a year or two off. And don't get me wrong - I love the D800E - it is a seriously fantastic camera - but all these Sony cmos sensors are getting me down. I like the idea that the fuji has a different sensor/different look. That cafe I took the shots at was the size of a phone booth, it's tiny, just a hole
...Show more

Ben, I know this search for something really portable all too well. After using the neat X100 for some time I think I couldn't live without a good viewfinder. The X100's hybrid-finder works really well for me. I was already on the brink to sell some Leica-stuff for a X-Pro 1 and the 18/2+35/1.4, but couldn't part with the red-dot-stuff :-)
Let's see what kind of improvements the future brings in the mirrorless-market.



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Very very cool Samy, but this one is the ticket !http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/12/730912.jpg


+1 - Thanks for sharing these inspiring shots!



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Thank you. The 135 f2 has long been on my list as soon as I saw the images Curtis first posted with it.

My top three on my wish list would be:
1. 85mm f1.4 AI-s
2. 135mm f2 AI-s
3. I can't make up my mind between the 28mm f2.8 or the 105mm f1.8.

Do you have a top 3 list? And for that matter, how about the rest of you?


Leighton, my favs among the MF-Nikkors are constantly changing, lately I really like the 28/2, 35/1.4 and 105/1.8 combo. The 55/1.2 is another favorite. My wish-list is kinda long and right now the 16/3.5 is on top of this list.



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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Leigton, John, Monty and Georg - thanks very much for the kind words and welcome! I've deliberated long and hard about switching over - AF problems have not helped! Last Nikon SLRs were an F3 and F301...
Sadly am having to part with my 800E again tomorrow as apparently it's going to be replaced by new stock - not sure how long that will take - but will try to use the lens again before the post leaves!
Luckily haven't sold my Canon gear yet thought that is imminent. Planning on a 600 for a 2nd/backup body I think, even if that means I don't get NPS membership - which is daft... I suppose I can always get a beat up 'pro' body for 200 to qualify if I really must!
Lizzie



Oct 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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Thanks folks for your comments on the tube shots. The duo tone background is not on purpose, I still have to work on that And for some reason no matter what I tried I couldn't get the entire leaf structure sharp in some of them even at f16, and the leaf was fairly flat.

Thought this one might be a good target for experimenting with black and white conversion which I keep on getting inspired to try by examples posted here. The standard conversion in Elements, with some added lift of contrast and worked a bit on exposure and highlights.

Samy







Oct 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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bruni wrote:
I've decided to spend some time with the 50mm f1.8 ais.
I tried to take pics of passing cyclists like Philip's shots with the f1.2 - but it's harder than it looks - all out of focus. Took a pic of some passing clouds instead.

I'm really tempted by the Fuji XE-1 - will someone please talk me down before I do something stupid.

ben



Nice shots, Ben ... that 50mm is an awesome lens, especially for the money. I like the second cafe shot. I always take pictures of empty espresso cups for some reason.

I had the X100 for a while and just hated it after not too long. I thought MF is terrible on it and AF not too far behind Not sure about the XE-1 though.



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