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Thanks Georg.

On subject of vignetting and the 50mm 1.2, you make a good point. I wasn't real happy with what I was seeing in shots #1 and #2 and didn't want to try to crop it out. I'm finding the profile correction in Lightroom 4.2 to be pretty useful. Although they don't have a specific profile for the 1.2, when I apply the one for the 50mm 1.4 it helps address this issue, to my eyes at least.



Oct 31, 2012 at 03:00 AM
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Foggy14 wrote:
Thanks Georg.

On subject of vignetting and the 50mm 1.2, you make a good point. I wasn't real happy with what I was seeing in shots #1 and #2 and didn't want to try to crop it out. I'm finding the profile correction in Lightroom 4.2 to be pretty useful. Although they don't have a specific profile for the 1.2, when I apply the one for the 50mm 1.4 it helps address this issue, to my eyes at least.


Jeff, the correction works really great on the fog-scenics. The abstract tracks looks a tiny bit over-corrected, but just a wee bit. That's nitpicking and I still like this fine image a lot



Oct 31, 2012 at 03:20 AM
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Rafael, love your colorful set from the day of the dead! My personal favorite is the double-portrait taken with the 55/1.2 - very nice and soft light in the shadows.


Oct 31, 2012 at 03:26 AM
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Georg, I see what you are saying. I'm going to work on that profile correction again when I have some more time. I think I'll also drop Adobe a line about adding a lens specific correction for the 1.2.

Rafael, love the festival shots. Great colors and the whites are so natural and attractive. Regarding the last photo, I don't know what's scarier, the woman in the middle or Curtis's crocodiles.



Oct 31, 2012 at 03:43 AM
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saph wrote:
Peter, farm 119 is very nice. In Elements, do you use layers, or Photomerge to do HDR? For that first shot, I am intrigued what was in the entire pano that you cropped from.

Samy



Samy, thanks for the kind comment. I found the HDR method at

(I have PSE 6) and after a bit of trial and error got it done. I don't do this often so it's not 2nd nature at all.

The pano was a lot wider but I foolishly didn't take enough shots of the sky and upper limbs of the trees which forced the crop. I first tried cloning but that was horrible so out came the guillotine!
FWIW the process also forced my PC to a halt!



Oct 31, 2012 at 08:16 AM
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deang001 wrote:
Agreed, Curtis ... this thread is amazing.

Yes, hopefully next time I can meet up with Peter in SA.


I hope so too and now we have three with Chris' great shots from the winelands.



Oct 31, 2012 at 08:18 AM
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Lizzie - welcome to the thread - beautiful debut.

Chris - you do my country proud. Let's touch base next time!

Phillippe - thank you. Another excellent B&W image.

Samy - nice leaves - you and Jose add a dimension with these macro set ups. The B&W conversion is very well done.

Monty - that D600 has really got you hooked (and me too!)

Dean - thank you for the comment.

Tony - the film shots are great - just a pity it got so expensive and that we all got so impatient ( I do sound like an old fart, don't I?)

Jeff - thank you for the comment. Your beach pictures are first rate - is the location the source of your user name?

Rafael - just lovely vibrant images, beautiful colours .

Georg - I like the nest box and the treatment. Top shot.



Oct 31, 2012 at 08:28 AM
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Hi Samy,

Thanks! Yes, it's the local telecommunications tower, perils of living in a country filled with mountains and deep valleys is you need these things eveywhere. And just as the TV companies move to fiber-optic cabelling then you need the towers for all the mobile communications.

Kind regards,
Mark.

saph wrote:
Mark the second image with the 300mm is something! Is that a TV tower in the distance in the right background?

Samy





Oct 31, 2012 at 08:32 AM
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Before I sold my lenses, I shot a few frames with them. Here are a some with the 55mm Micro and the 200mm. On a good note, I might not have to sell the 105mm, so I would still have at least one MF lens!

Tony




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Oct 31, 2012 at 09:19 AM
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still playing with the the 50mm f1.8 ais. Took these at lunchtime.

I'm giving up on the bicycle shots - I take my hat off to you Philip. I think Id need a longer lens - an 85 or 105 so I could stand a bit further back.

ben


Wednesday by benmorgan28, on Flickr


these bicycle pics are too hard by benmorgan28, on Flickr


still playing with the nikon 50mm f1.8 ais by benmorgan28, on Flickr



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but a 50 is a 50 and there are times when you need the 180 - and a steady hand like Phillippe. I did the 100% crop to see if I could mimic a longer lens - but a crop isn't quite the same thing is it.

ben



but 50mm is still 50mm by benmorgan28, on Flickr


100% crop - nikon 50mm f1.8 ais by benmorgan28, on Flickr



Oct 31, 2012 at 09:39 AM
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georgms wrote:
Hi Dan, get the 55/1.2 instead of the 50/1.2!
I'm just joking, but I have both and prefer the 55/1.2. The 50/1.2 might be a bit sharper and more contrasty, but somehow I prefer the look of the images taken with the 55/1.2. The 50/1.2's vignetting is a bit harsh (it looks like mechanical vignetting), while the 55/1.2 shows a more even, more natural looking vignetting.
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+1

ben



Oct 31, 2012 at 09:42 AM
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georgms wrote:
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.



Georg - I understand completely - I wouldn't sell Leica to buy the fuji x pro 1 either. But unfortunately I don't have any Leica so I don't have that problem. The XE1 is much cheaper than the XPro 1 and a bit smaller. I was thinking the 35mm f1.4 and maybe the 14 2.8.....and maybe the 60 2.4 or wait for the 55mm (geez - I've virtually bought 4 lenses already - I really need help)

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Oct 31, 2012 at 09:48 AM
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bruni wrote:
but a 50 is a 50 and there are times when you need the 180 - and a steady hand like Phillippe. I did the 100% crop to see if I could mimic a longer lens - but a crop isn't quite the same thing is it.

ben



Ben, nice shot, hope you took her phone number



Oct 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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bruni wrote:
still playing with the the 50mm f1.8 ais. Took these at lunchtime.

I'm giving up on the bicycle shots - I take my hat off to you Philip. I think Id need a longer lens - an 85 or 105 so I could stand a bit further back.

ben




Ben; #2 is just fantastic. Brilliant shot!
#1 is nice. Pure coincidence, I took this picture last monday in Paris with the 28 :









Oct 31, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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Tony - the film shots are great - just a pity it got so expensive and that we all got so impatient ( I do sound like an old fart, don't I?)


Thanks Peter, patience isn't always my best virtue either. But there is something attractive in the process of shooting film to me... the smell of the roll when you load it, the 'fire and forget' shooting where chimping is impossible, just getting to use one of my older film cameras, the FM2, F3 and FTn in particular feel awesome and quite different than modern digitals, and then the processing... (b/w that is, I don't do my own color).

I've found b/w in particular to be fairly economical, I've started collecting the 100' rolls of TX in particular so that I can prolong the use of my stable of film cameras.

Jeff - I love your foggy morning series with the 50/1.2, the one of the tracks in the sand in particular is great. Very minimalist and graphic.



Oct 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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kings_freak wrote:
Before I sold my lenses, I shot a few frames with them. Here are a some with the 55mm Micro and the 200mm. On a good note, I might not have to sell the 105mm, so I would still have at least one MF lens!

Tony


Hi Tony,

Lovely shots, the crispness of the eyes on these cats is amazing! The only downside is that you have set a very high standard for the buyer of that lens to have to meet!

Fingers crossed you can keep the 105mm.

Kind regards,
Mark.



Oct 31, 2012 at 01:31 PM
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bmwrider75 wrote:
Can anyone give me a good reason why I shouldn't buy a 50/1.2?



Alice by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Business Hours by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Sanagan's Meat Locker by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Rim by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Morris by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Strutting down the Main by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Margot Anne by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Bellwoods by philipjohnson, on Flickr

I recommend not getting one.

All wide open. Stopped down it's exceedingly sharp already by f/2, but wide open is where the fun is.



Oct 31, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
Excellent Jeff - makes me want to take my 50/1.2 out in the crappy Seattle fall weather.

John


It will be practice John for taking Nikki out in a winter rain storm... I'm afraid you and I will be seeing her in the middle of winter...



Oct 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM
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georgms wrote:
A shot from my archive, taken 2010 in Sweden:

taken with a Nikkor-SC Auto 50/1.4 wide open on a D700


Georg, very nice texture in this image.
Scott



Oct 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
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