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pburke wrote:
It's great for its size/weight, but sharpness near infinity could be better, even at f8. But whenever I put together camera gear for a hiking or a ski tour, I like it for its size and the ability to use filters. I haven't really done any sun star test with it, but now that you mention it, I'll have to give it a go.

The 20mm f3.5 output is "good enough" for my needs, and I am just tickled tht I can shoot this wide after my DX body days. Wide angles that beat it in sharpness, field of view, and
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I had the Tokina 17mm f3.5 RMC II. I didn't like the corner sharpness on FX but It might be my copy.



Mar 08, 2013 at 08:45 PM
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raboof wrote:
Thanks Leighton and John.

Leighton - I am sticking with the D700 for now

John - I went with this one because I thought it does a better job with the flare than the f4. This shot was directly into the sun at noon with no filter. I cannot tell the sharpness difference between the f4 and this one. It's a keeper for me.



I'm glad you were able to keep your D700.



Mar 08, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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rankamateur wrote:
The 28-400 Zooms. And I still wouldn't trade any of them for the one I took the picture with the 28 2.8. Always will be my favorite lens.


Gosh Ron, that 200-400 is a monster!



Mar 08, 2013 at 08:53 PM
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p.2519 #4 · p.2519 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Hey Ray, great minds think alike!







Mar 08, 2013 at 08:56 PM
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Phillippe what a great shot!
Ron what a nice collection of zooms - beautiful!
Leighton love the winding road!

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Mar 08, 2013 at 09:00 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Hey Ray, great minds think alike!


OK, Leighton. I also took a cemetery picture yesterday. Not as good as yours so I didn't post. But here it is since we seem to targeting the same subjects

16mm








Mar 08, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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pburke wrote:
It's great for its size/weight, but sharpness near infinity could be better, even at f8. But whenever I put together camera gear for a hiking or a ski tour, I like it for its size and the ability to use filters. I haven't really done any sun star test with it, but now that you mention it, I'll have to give it a go.

The 20mm f3.5 output is "good enough" for my needs, and I am just tickled tht I can shoot this wide after my DX body days. Wide angles that beat it in sharpness, field of view, and
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Thanks!

I owned the 17/3.5 Tokina (AF model) when I had my D700 and I found it to be OK - the far corners never got sharp even stopped down and it had a slightly different color cast than my 20/2.8D Nikon. Though a good lens I decided to sell it and keep the smaller/lighter/slightly better IQ Nikon.



Mar 08, 2013 at 09:10 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Leighton love the winding road!

It's a "long" one.



Mar 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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raboof wrote:
OK, Leighton. I also took a cemetery picture yesterday. Not as good as yours so I didn't post. But here it is since we seem to targeting the same subjects

16mm

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22102440/FRED/DSC_7096.jpg


I wouldn't say that Chuong, I love it! I bet the cemetery is a great place to shoot with the 16mm.



Mar 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM
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p.2519 #10 · p.2519 #10 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Ok, while we're on the subject of trees.... AGAIN with the 50-135mm.







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Out of respect, I have removed the post.

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Mar 08, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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raboof wrote:
That is really sharp with the H Ai'd, Curtis.
I got nothing. Didn't manage to get out while the snow was here.

All melted - 20mm 3.5

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22102440/FRED/DSC_7180.jpg



Here's my picture post from northern Ohio....

take the photo above
imagine no snow but just brown leaves and twigs and dirt on the ground
take away the elevation gain from front to back of the photo
add a gray sky (though today was sunny)

and that's why there's been no outdoor shots in awhile. I actually kinda like your shot, Chuong.



Mar 08, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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Kevin, out of respect for Fred we've taken a position that perhaps is informal rather than legal, that folks will list gear they have for sale on this thread only if they have a Upload and Sell subscription. I know it is Fred's intention that the Buy and Sell thread is the only one in which sales are to be concluded. We will make private deals but only with members who have the subscription.

The cost of the subscription is modest and from my perspective is a way to support a website that gives me so much pleasure. I'd encourage you to secure the subscription and join the club. That looks like a very sweet lens. Someone will be very happy with it.



Mar 09, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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p.2519 #14 · p.2519 #14 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


I knew you would word it eloquently, Curtis

Reagan



Mar 09, 2013 at 01:08 AM
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p.2519 #15 · p.2519 #15 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Tony, great start with Nikki
Curtis ,beautiful photos with her older sister
Chin, Nice to see the market there

Reagan



Mar 09, 2013 at 01:11 AM
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p.2519 #16 · p.2519 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Lieutenant Z wrote:
with the 28 & the 85 HC :




Love those 2 photos , Phillipe

Reagan

My eyes are tired and my contacts are giving me a little problem but I enjoyed all the images even if I didn't
comment on them



Mar 09, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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bruni wrote:
oh Curtis, Curtis - you love linking this but you've gotta stop it.....I love the nikon 105 - I've even got 4 different versions of it (one of which you forced me to buy) - but it's not the zeiss 100MP.

I'm not going get into whether one is better than the other - but they are VERY different. That's what I find so puzzling about his tests. Try as I might - I would find it very difficult to get the 100MP to look like the 105 - again not better or worse - but they render very differently,
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Perhaps I haven't made clear why I post this, though I can quote from my comment on the second thread Todd started that essentially makes the point.

I love it! I'm late to the game after six days of relatives visiting from out of town, but this is precisely the comparison I was encouraging you to make. As I read folks "educated" guesses, which were all over the place, I was musing about a $200 lens being favorably compared with two lenses that cost over a thousand dollars more. Nikon shooters really are blessed to have these outstanding old lenses available to mount on our cameras. I took five MF lenses and NO AF lenses during my recent trip to the Netherlands and had a glorious time shooting....Show more

Whether you're speaking about an $1,800 Zeiss or a $2100 dollar Nikkor zoom you're talking about big money. What Todd's exercise did was demonstrate that the 105 f/2.5 holds its own against these very pricey alternatives. I own three 105 f/2.5 lenses, the most expensive of which cost $197, the cheapest $90. I call that great value for money.

I've spent time on the alternative gear forum, a great deal in fact before I came to Nikon. A great many Canon shooters are playing with alternative gear and I was tempted to explore. I always shook my head when Zeiss fans were talking about micro-contrast and other esoteric terms while touting these lenses. I don't understand any of that, though I've done my share of wine tasting and know that ones capacity to discern and describe subtle differences is more an exercise in subjectivity than anything else. And so I smiled when a few fans of Zeiss were so mistaken in evaluating the lenses Todd used.

But I've nothing against Zeiss. I've been tempted more than once to pick up one or more of the lenses and put them through their paces. The thing that holds me back at this time is my enjoyment of this thread. Spending time on other forums within FM I haven't found another thread that comes close to this one in terms of collegiality. I'm not a big fan of technical analyses, though I enjoy what John and Jose do from time to time. I'm not interested in either the technical or aesthetic evaluation. That said, I am having a great time evaluating a few single malt Scotches... DIfferent strokes I guess. Nikkor MF lenses are still working for me.



Mar 09, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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So... after many days of procrastinating, I did my laundry this afternoon. Guess what that means? Bicycle photos... and a few other things as well. These were taken with the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd I bought for myself after buying one for Rinie, who'd already had a spin with Nikki and found herself enjoying the focal length. I've always liked 85mm and at the moment have four primes at that length, three of which are MF. But I wasn't successful finding an H.C. and so we both settled for the older version. It certainly is a fine performer. I'm happy to have it in my kit.







Mar 09, 2013 at 01:54 AM
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Curtis, the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo Photo shows you were an early DSLR nikkor MF user.

Cadman, great kit for your new D800E, did you receive them all?

Peter, Keurboomstrand looks very nice indeed, your D200 photos have a beautiful yo-no-se-que

Ronny, you have the most beautiful dog in the world, or your photos make it look so

Ron, did you get the TC16A to work? I tried with mine but gave up and bought and already modified one, very useful for sunlit shots with long lenses. Envy your 200-400 4.0

Philippe the Maja painting photo is Maja-estic! and the B&W juxtaposition mind expanding

Leighton, beautiful cemetery, can't say I saw one with a Barn before

Jose, thank you for bringing Pompei back to life for us, did you go to Herculaneum?

Chin, film still exists? you make it live!

Nice Sunsets Sam

Tony great sky in your Lake Skinner panoramas

Mark is knowledgeable about coffe planting altitute and mail order roman empire mosaics!

Rusty Chuong, haunting cemetery tree, Leighton responded and so do I below with a haunting tree of my own

Ben, your dissertation about the look from different lenses is right on. I post below a photo with the 20mm UD fully open in celebration


My haunted tree response 16mm 3.5


nikon nikkor 16mm 3.5 at 11 D800 Coatepeque Lake driveway by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Back home on a rainy day, 20mm UD at 3.5, this will ruin my reviewer reputation but my copy of the UD is sharpest at 3.5, loses sharpness at 5.6 and kind of matched 3.5 at 8.0 with more even illumination.


nikon nikkor nippon kogaku 20mm 3.5 at 3.5 F3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr




Mar 09, 2013 at 02:27 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Two taken with Nikki's older sister, the H version AI'd. I guess I'm practicing in preparation for Nikki's arrival. Love your work with her Tony.

http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-p9rWgGV6JDo/UTmelH5UoFI/AAAAAAAASKE/LO5ioTITPVk/s1000/85.1.8.H.NewGrowth02Close.jpg


It deserves another look. Very nice Curtis!



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