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p.2015 #1 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Thanks Curtis for kind words

Here are pictures from Pierre-Percée in the Vosges, a nice place near where I live,
all with 28 2.8 ais:
























Oct 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Ron, you approach Nikon MF shooting much like you must have pursued auto restoration... with a vengeance! You are building quite a wonderful kit, including some impressive long lenses. You're an inspiration for all the newcomers who are gingerly dipping their toes in this particular pond... always reminding them that "kit building is forever."


I hate to agree but I do! I just had a yearly physical and was telling my Dr about NMFAS. He got a real kick out of it but said there is probably no real cure.. Just more lenses. He did say if I am looking for a support group to stick with AA. They have the best refreshments.



Oct 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
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15 more pages last couple of days, will need to get a stretch of time to spend with all those posts but seeing Peter's safari photos is a treat. And welcome to another enthusiastic participant - Jimmy!

Here's one more with the 180mm. I call it Leaf-assisted Focusing (LAF). Those spider webs are very tough to focus on. I saw the tiny water droplets on the web threads and the promise of the colors and pleasant background with the 180 and realized the leaf stuck on the web made an easy target to leverage.

Samy





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  NIKON D800    180mm    f/5.6    1/500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Oct 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
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Mike - Love the set, but the last one is my favorite with the trees. I also like the third one, I can just imagine myself standing there with a fly rod in hand.

Monty - love the "onion" it looks like Rocky is saying, you want me to eat this whole thing?

Jimmy - Thanks and yes, we did grow the peppers. Your shot of the scotch probably made Curtis smile. What's the body of water in your fisherman shot?

Peter - These could never get boring, like Monty said I'll probably never have the chance to visit these kind of places so keep them coming!


Dean - As usual, I love your images from HK. What an unusual way to sell seafood, I wish they did that in this country.

Ron - Somehow I KNEW you couldn't resist that deal Tony told us about! What a great price for that excellent 50mm.

Philippe - What a beautiful area of France you live in, I'd love to see more.




Oct 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
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saph wrote:
15 more pages last couple of days, will need to get a stretch of time to spend with all those posts but seeing Peter's safari photos is a treat. And welcome to another enthusiastic participant - Jimmy!

Here's one more with the 180mm. I call it Leaf-assisted Focusing (LAF). Those spider webs are very tough to focus on. I saw the tiny water droplets on the web threads and the promise of the colors and pleasant background with the 180 and realized the leaf stuck on the web made an easy target to leverage.

Samy


Hard to beat the bokeh out that 180mm!



Oct 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
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Phillippe - la belle France! I just love France and I've just scratched the surface. It too has incredible diversity and apart from the cities seems to be underpopulated.


Oct 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
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Went and spent the day with a friend in Sai Kung, which is on the eastern most part of the New Territories in Hong Kong ... around 1hr away from where I live in central Hong Hong.

The area around here is huge and all green, no high rise and many nice beaches. Wind surfing is very popular here. It's originally an old fishing village and lots of fishing still goes one here. Boats come up to the pier where you can buy directly or go to one of the many excellent outdoor seafood restaurants. You pick your live seafood, they
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Just great shots Dean - it's a bit of an eye opener to me how the place has changed since I spent a couple of days there in 1989. To see the lady in a motor boat and not a sampan just sums it up for me.



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re the Kruger - Thanks also for the encouragement - I will keep posting but there aren't too many left that are worth showing.


Oct 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
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Definitely not boring ... not too me anyway ... keep 'em coming

I'm getting worried as to what I should bring in the way of lenses for our safari trip in a few weeks. I'm taking my 70-200 VR2 and TC 2X III, but not sure what I should take in the way of an MF lens. I thought maybe just the 180 f/2.8 Ai-S with the TC200. The 300mm you took also sounds good ... everyone loves it on this thread. Might take two cameras as well after what you said about the dust.


Dean, it all depends where you're going. As you shoot full frame you might need a slightly longer lens and I think the 70-200 on the TC should be great for most situations. The 180 and the TC200 would also work well as would the 300. Bear in mind that if you're in Botswana, for instance, the bush is a lot less dense than it is in the Kruger Park and the adjoining parks. Also if you're going to be in a safari vehicle (all mine were taken from my X Trail from roads) you'll likely be much closer to the animals than I was.

If you're bird hunting the longer the better - as long as you have a shorter lens on another camera.

The local experts vary in their opinions - some go for the 200 -400 f4 on the D3s and others all the way up to 600 f4.

A great site with lots of information is Andy Biggs' blog (http://www.andybiggs.com/) which I always enjoy.

Dust is an issue which has to be taken seriously.

Drop me a line before you come.

Peter



Oct 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM
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Nothing special about this. I just wanted to share a BEAUTIFUL Wisconsin fall day. THis weather cannot be beat!
I love it! Nights are starting to get cold. Upper 20 to low 30s. Haven't turned the heat on yet. One of my favorite things is to crawl into an icy cold bedroom and get under the comforter! Rocky has not found his way under the covers yet so it can't be too cold





  NIKON D600    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    85mm    f/11.0    1/400s    360 ISO    -0.3 EV  




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montym wrote:
Nothing special about this. I just wanted to share a BEAUTIFUL Wisconsin fall day. THis weather cannot be beat!
I love it! Nights are starting to get cold. Upper 20 to low 30s. Haven't turned the heat on yet. One of my favorite things is to crawl into an icy cold bedroom and get under the comforter! Rocky has not found his way under the covers yet so it can't be too cold


Beautiful day, as well as a beautiful shot!



Oct 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
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It was a gorgeous day here as well. A skein of geese flying over the market.




  NIKON D600    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    105mm    f/2.5    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  




Oct 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
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I'm too tall for street shooting. Or, rather, I'm not conscious enough of how tall I am relative to other people. I always seem to clip off their feet. Case in point, from earlier today (50mm f/1.2 AI-s wide open, natch).


Cart by philipjohnson, on Flickr



Oct 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
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It was a gorgeous day here as well. A skein of geese flying over the market.


Beautiful blues here Leighton!



Oct 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM
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philipj wrote:
I'm too tall for street shooting. Or, rather, I'm not conscious enough of how tall I am relative to other people. I always seem to clip off their feet. Case in point, from earlier today (50mm f/1.2 AI-s wide open, natch).

Practice practice practice! And don't forget to look at all the edges of the viewfinder. Having said that, I do it all the time.



Oct 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
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Monty, (and others) those glorious fall colours are just amazing. We never see them except in very small batches of exotic trees. Can't be much fun getting rid of the leaves though.

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Oct 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
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p.2015 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


The last couple of keepers from the KNP.





Giraffe drinking

  NIKON D200    300mm    f/4.5    1/2500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Warthog - no Hakuna matata here

  NIKON D200    300mm    f/8.0    1/800s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Nile Crocodile - about 12 feet long

  NIKON D200    300mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Yellow billed storks (closely related to American Wood Stork)

  NIKON D200    300mm    f/4.5    1/6400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Oct 06, 2012 at 07:30 PM
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Monty and Leighton, I love the fall day and the birds. Monty - I lived for a year in WI and loved it, and my brother was there for many years @UWMadison. It is a lovely state.

Couple issues to bring up, now. Not about the photographs, but the lenses.

1. The 105/1.8 I just got seems to me to be sharper than I would have expected. Second photo is crop of first, unsharpened at 1.8. Seems pretty good wide open and I almost got it in focus. I like this lens VERY much. On soccer fields shooting sports all weekend, but will mess with it more soon as I can.

2. Second 2 photos are of the 55 1.2 SC AI'd I just picked up from KEH (rated Ex, no caps) that I will be returning. Focus is a bit stiff and it is NOT a Nikon AI conversion. They could not tell me that in advance, so I took a chance knowing their return policy is fair, but am sending it back likely on Tuesday. Too bad, it is otherwise a very pretty lens. BTW, if someone wants it you are welcome to it at my cost (399 plus shipping/ins to you). But I won't be keeping it and I assume noone else would, either.





  NIKON D800E    105mm    f/1.8    1/320s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  











  NIKON D800E    105mm    f/4.0    1/125s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800E    105mm    f/4.0    1/320s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Oct 06, 2012 at 07:59 PM
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stedge wrote:
Monty and Leighton, I love the fall day and the birds. Monty - I lived for a year in WI and loved it, and my brother was there for many years @UWMadison. It is a lovely state.

Couple issues to bring up, now. Not about the photographs, but the lenses.

1. The 105/1.8 I just got seems to me to be sharper than I would have expected. Second photo is crop of first, unsharpened at 1.8. Seems pretty good wide open and I almost got it in focus. I like this lens VERY much. On soccer fields shooting sports all weekend, but
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Eric it is simple with KEH! Those knuckleheads don't even know their own inventory! If it says 55 1.2 SC AI it is a factory conversion. If the listing is 55 1.2 SC AI'D it is what you ended up with.



Oct 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
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I am enjoying the images from Peter and the porn (lens).
Nice fall weather from Wisconsin. Here are some shots I took this morning with the 28mm AIS.
Nikki will go to a train ride with us tomorrow. I'll have my first post tomorrow night















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