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Work has been busy this week, and will continue to be so till the end of the year. I guess these days that is a good thing. I have been trying to keep up with reading the thread, but have not had time to either post or comment much. I have seen a wide array of beautiful photo's with as many different MF lenses pass by this week. It really keeps me inspired. The only time this week I did some shooting was on Wednesday while the SF Giants parade was in SF. As the rout was only a block away from the office, I brought the camera and went out during my lunch break. Unfortunately I could not get close enough to get any of the players, but here are some impressions.

Bert





Market Street at 6:30 AM - 50mm F1.8 Ai-s







The crowd gathering - 28mm F3.5 Ai







Mike Krukow and Jon Miller two of my favorite announcers. - 200mm F4 Ai







Confetti -28mm F3.5 Ai




Nov 03, 2012 at 09:22 PM
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Ian Boys wrote:
50mm f1.2 @ f4

Little soft on the eye but I wanted the profile to be sharp

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8183/8148489722_864a4fd7e3_c.jpg


Very nice picture Ian! And welcome on this thread! If I am right you are the first person from UK over here!

Impatient to see more images from you!



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM
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p.2015 #3 · p.2015 #3 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


saph wrote:
Couple with the 50 f2 HC, first to check out bokeh while making coffee. The second is an interesting pumpkin, seemingly covered with peanuts.

Samy


These shots show the capability of this beautiful little lens. I was amazed that I was able to buy a copy of this lens in mint condition WITH the AI conversion kit for $56. That is criminal since this is such a sweet lens. Here is what the lens looks like...


Yes, it was Ben who motivated me to explore these OLD Nikkor lenses and I'm very glad I did. As your photos demonstrated Samy, these lenses are capable of doing outstanding work. THAT is why this thread exists and doubtless why so many folks are smitten with these lenses.



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:26 PM
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p.2015 #4 · p.2015 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


And a few more from that day.

Bert






At the Ace train station in Dublin on my way home. - 50mm F1.8 Ai-s







Cable Car -50mm F1.8 Ai-s







Confetti 2 - 200mm F4 Ai







Early morning view from office -50mm F1.8 Ai-s




Nov 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
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p.2015 #5 · p.2015 #5 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


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Nikki passes inspection in Oshkosh


Just so long as he doesn't lift his leg...



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
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adh67 wrote:
And a few more from that day.

Bert



All four are FABULOUS!!!!
I really like that first one.!!!

Monty



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:29 PM
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Just so long as he doesn't lift his leg...



Maybe if it was a Canon
... or an autofocus



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:30 PM
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Thank you Tony, Leighton and Curtis.
The cabin was already rented Leighton but we got a great deal on a 1 bedroom condo with a nice fireplace and private balcony overlooking the mountains.
Curtis that photo was my favorite out of all that I took. I can't wait to get my hands on that beautiful 85mm 1.4. I could not access my paypal so I had to mail Ryan an international money order from the post office. It will probably be a week before I get the lens



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:32 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
From the photos it appears Rafael's S was not converted with a kit. If I'm wrong, he might be able to swap aperture rings with an S-C, which would make it easier to get there. You're right, of course, converted S-C lenses are not easy to find. The one I found was simply a matter of dumb luck... but I'll take it. Of course, as I've said before the K and AI lenses have the same optics as the S-C, so the only advantage of that lens exists for those who desire the knurled focusing ring. I'm not even certain
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My 55 1.2 S has the factory ai ring, would make it easier to get an SC and use it, or just get an SC with the modification already done. I love the look of the S photos as well. All of these lenses use only one ai mod aperture ring. If I were buying one only, I would get the SC, K, or Ai with the factory aperture ring, not cut. The difference between the last three is purely cosmetic.



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:33 PM
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p.2015 #10 · p.2015 #10 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Ian - Beautiful shot, and welcome.

Bert - I really like ALL of your images. Both confetti shots are perfect!



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Wow Bert those photos are terrific. So glad to see a good celebration of a World Series win instead of riots


Nov 03, 2012 at 09:37 PM
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bmwrider75 wrote:
Ok, so I've been looking for a 55/1.2. There are a couple on ebay, but they all look different.

There is one at Igor's which says it's an AI converted lens, and another one at Cameta (more$$) which is a genuine AI, but the focusing ring looks totally different (it looks like the 50/1.2, without the big fluted focusing ring).

Which model/style of 55/1.2 should I be trying to find?

dc


I'd suggest that you visit this section of the photosynthesis database...

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#50fast

You will see a listing for a variety of 55 f/1.2 lenses. The 50 f/1.2 and 58 f/1.2 were only produced as AI and AI-s lenses, but the 55 f/1.2 goes back much further. It was produced as a pre-AI lens in a number of forms, each slightly different in optical design or form factor. For pre-AI lenses, it is possible to convert them so they will work with modern cameras that accept AI and AI-s manual focus lenses. That conversion can be accomplished with an AI conversion kit from Nikon or by cutting town the aperture ring, which is done by a number of folks. It can be done well or poorly. My personal preference is for a lens that has the Nikon AI conversion kit installed.

At the database, you can click on the name of the lens which is a link to a photograph of what that particular lens looks like. You would need to shift from the Serial number database to the Specifications database to learn about the optical design, but with this database you can see photos of ALL the different versions.

Here is a photo of the 55 f/1.2 S-C AI'd. At the bottom of the lens, adjacent to the camera mount you will see small aperture numbers. That is what you'll find on a lens that has the Nikon conversion kit. Without those numbers a lens identified as an AI lens will have the aperture ring cut down.



Here is an S version of the pre-AI lens that was converted with the kit...

55 f/1.2 S AI'd

Here is an S-C version that has NOT been converted. The S-C had multicoating that was not used in earlier lenses, but is used in later versions.

55 f/1.2 S-C NON AI

And here is an S-C version that HAS been converted with the Nikon kit... the gold standard for knurled 55mm lenses.

55 f/1.2 S-C AI-dů the real deal!

Happy shopping!



Nov 03, 2012 at 09:50 PM
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p.2015 #13 · p.2015 #13 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


But Dan, Rafael will probably buy that last one, so you better move fast...


Nov 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:



I'd suggest that you visit this section of the photosynthesis database...

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#50fast

You will see a listing for a variety of 55 f/1.2 lenses. The 50 f/1.2 and 58 f/1.2 were only produced as AI and AI-s lenses, but the 55 f/1.2 goes back much further. It was produced as a pre-AI lens in a number of forms, each slightly different in optical design or form factor. For pre-AI lenses, it is possible to convert them so they will work with modern cameras that accept AI and AI-s manual focus lenses. That conversion can be accomplished with an AI conversion kit from
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Curtis, did you get a D800 while I wasn't looking?




Nov 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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p.2015 #15 · p.2015 #15 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Another one from today. This guy is the bass player for one of our jazz groups that play at the market.




  NIKON D600    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    50mm    f/8.0    1/160s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Another one from today. This guy is the bass player for one of our jazz groups that play at the market.


Perfect (except it is in color )



Nov 03, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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p.2015 #17 · p.2015 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Out walking this afternoon..
Monty




Nikki-001

  NIKON D600    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    85mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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p.2015 #18 · p.2015 #18 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


and after a walk comes a snack...





Nikki-002

  NIKON D600    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    85mm    f/5.6    1/60s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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p.2015 #19 · p.2015 #19 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Leighton that's a terrific shot. Is that the 50mm 1.2?


Nov 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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A snack? that'll make Nikki's eyes water


Nov 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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