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John, always enjoy your hiking photos they are wonderful. I just sit and stare at every little detail
Phillip, great work no matter how you did it
Kevin, I like this a lot

Beautiful dog Sam, WE need more dog photos
Tony I know your out there. How about another photo of Emma

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Feb 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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kwoodard - great shot! Do you get zoom creep bad with that lens? I am heading to Yosemite in 10 days, and am deciding on what other lenses to add. Both the 75-150, 80-200 and the 200mm prime get great reviews - I suppose it just comes down to price for me, then I can add maybe a 35mm prime of some sort..

sbarricklow - great shot of the dog!



Feb 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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Dustin Gent wrote:
I am been drawn to this thread, and have gone through the first 226 pages (daunting task lol).

So I have not really owned an AF enabled lens in years, so this thread is GREAT! I had the 85mm 1.8G for a few weeks, but sold it to pick up a Samyang 14mm 2.8.

My question is what to get next. I have seen the amazing shots with both the 75-150 and the 80-200 f/4.5 - and both are pretty cheap. The 25-50 is out of control $$$ - probably thanks to this thread

Is there another lens
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There are a number of good quality zoom lenses that cover a portion of that range, though none cover it all. The least expensive would likely be either the 28-45 f/4.5 AI, or the 35-70 f/3.5 AI. From what I see the 28-50 f/3.5 and 35-70 f/3.5 AI-s will cost a tad more, but certainly not as much as the 25-50 f/4. A number of us enjoy the 50-135 f/3.5 AI-s which is also very reasonably priced, though likely not as cheap as the Series E lens, the 75-150. The 80-200 f/4.5 AI is a true steal both in terms of price and quality.

Another low cost gem is the 50 f/1.8 AI or AI-s. If I recall correctly, 8 of the lenses I've bought over the years cost less than $100. This is definitely an adventure that can be done on a budget. Happy reading and happy shopping. And don't forget to share some photos with us...

PS - I forgot to mention, and it is very important, that the lenses I'm recommending are the ones with constant aperture. There is a variable aperture 35-70 that is a dog. It will be dirt cheap... for a reason. Its not very good.


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Feb 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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Temperatures dropped to 34 this morning but crept over 60 this afternoon. I stopped to take a few photos, including this one shot with the 135 f/2 at f/8 with the PK-13 extension tube attached... uncropped. This is a very sweet lens with tubes.




Feb 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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Dustin Gent wrote:
kwoodard - great shot! Do you get zoom creep bad with that lens? I am heading to Yosemite in 10 days, and am deciding on what other lenses to add. Both the 75-150, 80-200 and the 200mm prime get great reviews - I suppose it just comes down to price for me, then I can add maybe a 35mm prime of some sort..

sbarricklow - great shot of the dog!


You will get zoom creep on either lens, mine is very loose. I have some electrical tape to help with that, but its still bad. I played with the 75-150 and the version I tried was looser than the 80-200. I went with the 80-200 to get more reach on a Dx.

- Kevin



Feb 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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Thanks for all the kudos from today's shots. I'm about to fall asleep after getting up so early and gaining 1,500 ft or so of elevation on skis.

Here's a couple more. Not all from Nikki - I also took the 16/3.5 AI of course. The 50/1.8G was also in the backpack, but it was never used.






















Feb 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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Ron, very nice examples of what the old Nikkor-O 35/2 can do in capable hands!

Curtis - lovely spring-colors at your shot with the tubed 135/2! I think I remember the fishermen-shot from last year;-)

Philip, your winterly pano is fantastic! Love the composition and the "snowy" tones.

John, beautiful landscape-shot done with Nikki. edit: just discovered the set posted later - the last shot is stellar - the snow looks like a bed made out of cozy, fluffy clouds.

Sam, very nice portrait of Jake! The clouds are beautiful too.

Kevin, I like the portrait of the singer - very nice conversion. I always try to find something not totally black behind a person on stage to bring a bit of life to the background.



Feb 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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Curtis, that has to be one of my favorite flower photos from you. Beautiful colors

John, outstanding scenery

Reagan



Feb 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM
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Dustin Gent wrote:
I am been drawn to this thread, and have gone through the first 226 pages (daunting task lol).

So I have not really owned an AF enabled lens in years, so this thread is GREAT! I had the 85mm 1.8G for a few weeks, but sold it to pick up a Samyang 14mm 2.8.

My question is what to get next. I have seen the amazing shots with both the 75-150 and the 80-200 f/4.5 - and both are pretty cheap. The 25-50 is out of control $$$ - probably thanks to this thread

Is there another lens
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Welcome, Dustin!
Sorry, I can't help answering your question - the only MF-Nikkor-Zomm I've used is the 35-135/3.5-4.5 (my tip: stay away from it :-)
I don't know if you still own the 17/3.5 (I remember your outstanding work over at the other lengthy thread), but the 24/2.8 in every MF-version would make a good compact and worthy companion to any 17 or 14mm lens.
The 50/1.8 is another gem that can be found for a good price.



Feb 11, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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kings_freak wrote:
Great shot Jeff. Is that preserve the one down in San Diego? Good luck with the surgery!

–Tony


Thanks much Tony!

The preserve in the shot is in Coachella Valley near Palm Desert.

http://www.fws.gov/saltonsea/Coachella/CV_index.html


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Jeff, Leighton, Ray, Ronny, Kevin, Tony and Reagan: thanks for your kind comments!

Tony, regarding the sharpness of the 105/1.8: I did an informal, very unscientific test of several short and fast tele-lenses and found that at medium distances all the lenses were lacking sharpness wide open.
Close up, for head-and-shoulder-portraits, I've found the 105/1.8 is just right wide open. Not "clinical" sharp, but not too soft, with a beautiful rendering of skin and hair.
edit: "tested" lenses were the "old" AF-D 85/1.4, the AF-S 85/1.8G, the 105/1.8 Ais, a converted Summicron-R 90/2 and the Ais 135/2. I would really like to know how the DC-lenses would have performed and also the 85- and 100-Zeiss-optics. The AF-S 85/1.4G is reported to be pretty good at medium distances - still have to try this one.



Feb 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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I had occasion Georg to shoot with the Summicron R 90/2 converted and loved the experience. I even went shopping for a bit, but then thought the better of it. I think I bought the 105 f/1.8 AI-s shortly thereafter both as an antidote for that lens and the Zeiss 100/2 I shot with the same day. I saved a great deal of money with that decision, which I haven't regretted.


Feb 11, 2013 at 01:39 AM
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A couple of more from today, both shot with the 135 f/2 AI-s bare. I believe both were shot at f/2.8.





Feb 11, 2013 at 01:40 AM
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jhinkey wrote:
Thanks for all the kudos from today's shots. I'm about to fall asleep after getting up so early and gaining 1,500 ft or so of elevation on skis.

Here's a couple more. Not all from Nikki - I also took the 16/3.5 AI of course. The 50/1.8G was also in the backpack, but it was never used.


The second shot of what I assume are the tracks from the ski's is great. Love the last one as well.

georgms wrote:
Kevin, I like the portrait of the singer - very nice conversion. I always try to find something not totally black behind a person on stage to bring a bit of life to the background.


Our stage has a black velvet background. I wish they would use something else from time to time. Thanks for the compliment. All I did with this one was desaturate it...

Curtis, we shot the same kind of flowers today... This was taken with my Series E 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8 like you did. Slight crop and a touch of sharpening. Getting it right in camera takes a lot more work for me, but it saves so much time in post.


DSC_6613 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



Feb 11, 2013 at 01:58 AM
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georgms wrote:
Jeff, Leighton, Ray, Ronny, Kevin, Tony and Reagan: thanks for your kind comments!

Tony, regarding the sharpness of the 105/1.8: I did an informal, very unscientific test of several short and fast tele-lenses and found that at medium distances all the lenses were lacking sharpness wide open.
Close up, for head-and-shoulder-portraits, I've found the 105/1.8 is just right wide open. Not "clinical" sharp, but not too soft, with a beautiful rendering of skin and hair.
edit: "tested" lenses were the "old" AF-D 85/1.4, the AF-S 85/1.8G, the 105/1.8 Ais, a converted Summicron-R 90/2 and the Ais 135/2. I would really like to
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I currently have a 100/2 MP ZF2 rental (it's due to be shipped out tomorrow back to lens rentals) that I've been comparing to my other lenses.
In a nutshell, the claim to fame of the 100/2MP is not color rendering or (micro-)contrast, but rather it's corner to corner sharpness either wide open or stopped down. It seems to have no spherical aberration wide open (or very little at least) and thus is very sharp even wide open and gets just a bit sharper when stopped down. I tested my sample at infinity and it beats the 105/2.5 AIS handily in corner sharpness and overall contrast. I compared it to my 90/3.5CV at infinity and actually the 90CV was a hair better in sharpness across the frame with the same amount of contrast. The 100/2 MP also is very sharp up close (as is the 90/3.5CV).

I also tested my 70-200/2.8 VRII at 100mm against the 100/2 MP and found the sharpness at f/4 to be the same on my D800 except for the very far corners of the frame where the zoom tended to fall a bit short of the prime - not unexpected. This kind of behavior is backed up by photozone's test of each lens.

The DC lenses I've found to be just so-so. Specifically I found that my copy of the 135/2DC to be not sharper than my 135/2 AIS and super finicky to get to AF accurately - so why bother? I also have used the 105/2 DC and it seemed much better AF-wise, but it suffers from a bit of low contrast wide open with a lot of CA (as does the 135/2DC) although it is a bit sharper than the 135/2DC wide open (at least the copies I had). For the price you are better off with a used Zeiss 100/2.

John



Feb 11, 2013 at 02:40 AM
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Just bought my first MF Nikkor lens - a 200mm f/4 AI in mint shape for $110 shipped.. Heading to Yosemite end of next week, and want something to try and shoot Horsetail Falls when it is lit. Hope it is good


Feb 11, 2013 at 03:20 AM
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An excellent choice - I've taken many a fine image with that lens. What camera do you have?

John



Feb 11, 2013 at 03:52 AM
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D700 Now I need to fill the void between 14mm and 200mm, the only two lenses i own I am thinking a 35mm FL of some sort.


Feb 11, 2013 at 03:56 AM
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It does very very well on the D700.


Feb 11, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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Dustin Gent wrote:
D700 Now I need to fill the void between 14mm and 200mm, the only two lenses i own I am thinking a 35mm FL of some sort.


A 105/2.5 AIS is in your future . . .



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