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CGrindahl wrote:
GORGEOUS Rafael! What a beauty. Where did you find it? Well done. Now you can put it through its paces.


E-Bay Curtis, just had to have it, it was bid up to $390, not a bargain but a fair price in my opinion, if the condition is as it looks. Chances are good as it is a private seller, his placing it on a clean cloth to photograph is a positive sign............



Mar 31, 2013 at 07:48 PM
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By the way, there is a #9 ai kit, that fits most all the 55 1.2s, Type F,S, SC 55mm f1.2 Serial # 184711 350010 Part# 9, for sale on the Bay, I won't be needing it,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111040679149?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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Mar 31, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
Curtis will remember he sent me on a difficult quest for a perfect 55mm 1.2 SC to match my 55mm 1.2 S and 55mm 1.2 AI. Bought one that had to go back, here is another candidate just purchased, we are hoping this is a keeper.

If I had to have only one lens it would be a 55 1.2.


Yea, but which version?



Mar 31, 2013 at 07:55 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Yea, but which version?


K, AI or SC, their optics are the same, SC is prettier. S and NKJ are also excellent and have sweet full aperture rendition but one small notch less in performance. (IMHO)



Mar 31, 2013 at 07:58 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
K, AI or SC, their optics are the same, SC is prettier. S and NKJ are also excellent and have sweet full aperture rendition but one small notch less in performance. (IMHO)


Thanks. You're not the only one who likes the 55's better than the 50/1.2. But to my eye, I'm not sure I can tell the difference. Do you have any side-by-side examples?



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:08 PM
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Curtis - thank you for the kind words. I love this thread because it offers the opportunity for all of us to tease -

Reagan - about the girls

Monty - the company and Rocky and his bikes and ( peculiar!) diet

You and Ben - about NMFAS; and

Leighton - about his sheep (and love of snow )

but most important it is still a showcase for the magnificent Nikon legacy lenses and what can be done with them. It also allows us to realise that "old" technology need not be discarded - if the lenses are OK there is nothing too much wrong with the cameras.



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:23 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Forgive me... the sun just came out so I had to try another shot of the yellow flower with Nikki and the TC-201. This really works... 100% crop.

http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Suib1pM5gMg/UViO5Rns3dI/AAAAAAAATYY/bnJ6ErGog-8/s1000/85.1.8.HC.TC201.YellowFlowerWithAnt.jpg

An ant came over for the occasion...


Curtis, I'm no horticulturist but that looks like a "primitive" rose to me - yet another excellent shot



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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Leighton - wow! The greens look great.

Rafael - tack sharp. Love 'em.

Reagan - hope you worked off that lunch!



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:31 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Thanks. You're not the only one who likes the 55's better than the 50/1.2. But to my eye, I'm not sure I can tell the difference. Do you have any side-by-side examples?


Will do a side by side next weekend when this lens comes in. All 50's, 5cm s, 5.8cm, 50mm H, 50mm 1.8, 55 1.2's, 50 1.2, etc. at full ap and 5.6 only. all other aps are for exposure control only!



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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I would appreciate that Rafael.

Thank you Peter.



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georgms wrote:
Yesterday I've tried again to shoot some sports with MF-Nikkors. The 135/2 Ais worked quite well for wheelchair table tennis (for table tennis in general).
A weak spot of this fine Nikkor is the tendency to show longitudinal CA's even under normal shooting-conditions.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8604724774_02ba05ab33_c.jpg
image not cropped, 135/2 Ais on a D7000 at ISO2000, 1/640sec at f/2.8-4

Some hours later the local inline-skater-hockey team played a test-match against a team from Copenhagen.
I had the option to shoot through a safety-net or without protection from the boards. Here are two images from the boards:

Btw, the shots above are not processed in any way,
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Very nice shot. The reviews on the 135mm 2.0 are certainly mixed but this is a very nice example!



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:40 PM
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leighton w wrote:
I would appreciate that Rafael.

Thank you Peter.


Even the first humble nipon kogaku 5cm 2.0 S from 1960 does a great job at full aperture, special type of look, the 50mm 1.2 would be sharper but more common in appearance. (Car is for scale, the subjects are the beautiful yellow flower bushes and I have no acccess to Reagan's pretty models)


nikon nikkor 5cm 2 S D800 yellow bushes. jpg by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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Mar 31, 2013 at 08:42 PM
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Rafael, a hearty "Thank you" for your kind words on the melting snow shot!
Congrats to your additional copy of Nikon's legendary 55/1.2 - it's for sure one of my most loved MF-Nikkors.
If I manage to nail focus it's a very capable lens even at f/1.2.
Can't wait to see your comparison. Btw, I hope you didn't exchanged your beautiful red Corvette C3 (?) for the shiny new example above ;-)



Mar 31, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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(repeat in my head) ignore the NMFAS ignore the NMFAS focus on the pictures only ....

Reagan that is a wonderful chapel in a gorgeous setting.

georgms wrote:
Ray, as much as I like the goat-portrait, the image above really caught my attention: exemplary work with a 24 wide open and close-up.
I just love this look and you've found a very nice subject to demonstrate this.

+1

The next picture taken with "pre-processing" - rainy day through the windshield last week .... need a good name for this filter :-) and just b+w conversion, sharpening, + clarity in LR.










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Mar 31, 2013 at 09:18 PM
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georgms wrote:
Rafael, a hearty "Thank you" for your kind words on the melting snow shot!
Congrats to your additional copy of Nikon's legendary 55/1.2 - it's for sure one of my most loved MF-Nikkors.
If I manage to nail focus it's a very capable lens even at f/1.2.
Can't wait to see your comparison. Btw, I hope you didn't exchanged your beautiful red Corvette C3 (?) for the shiny new example above ;-)


Georg,

No, it is just a stand in while I finish installing the new top on the C3.



Mar 31, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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Have had family in town for the last week. We went all over the Sacramento area as well as San Francisco. As I edit, I will post. Here are some early edits and one shot from yesterday...

Series E 50mm

Random glasses left on a banister.


DSC_7379 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Bokeh play @ f/1.8


DSC_7388 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Pre-visualized shot... Very dark basement lit by a single light. Wanted a dark and foreboding feeling to the image, treated accordingly.


DSC_7393 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Series E 28mm

The Golden Gate bridge as seen from Fort Baker. This is a 6-shot stack HDR. Still learning how to do these, there is a little bit of ghosting that I will need to revisit. Thing to note with this one, it was raining at the time I took the picture. Thank goodness the D7000 is weather sealed and I keep desiccant sacks in my camera bag. Everything was dry in less than an hour.

Updated image below... Deleted the other one off Flickr. (Sorry to whomever favorited it, I feel this version is superior)


Golden Gate 6-Shot HDR by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

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Mar 31, 2013 at 09:41 PM
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Kevin, this may very well be your best set ever on this thread. I love ALL of them, well done!


Mar 31, 2013 at 09:45 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
Have had family in town for the last week. We went all over the Sacramento area as well as San Francisco. As I edit, I will post. Here are some early edits and one shot from yesterday...




Wow, Kevin, fantastic set!
Basically I like all four images, hard to pick a fav. The glasses are perfectly framed, love the reflections on the glass. The bokeh-play makes me wanna play too ;-)
And the B&W's are wonderfully done too - your processing works great on the mysterious basement-shot (I'm just wondering about the "smooth", grainless area) and the Golden Gate Bridge is very nice in B&W (I would maybe bring down the light tones at the lower right corner, but that's just nit-picking).
Keep'em coming!



Mar 31, 2013 at 09:53 PM
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pbraymond wrote:
(repeat in my head) ignore the NMFAS ignore the NMFAS focus on the pictures only ....

...
The next picture taken with "pre-processing" - rainy day through the windshield last week .... need a good name for this filter :-) and just b+w conversion, sharpening, + clarity in LR.



Very nice weather-feature! Hmm, how about "Rainy day, dream away" or "Mother nature rulez" as a name for your unique "filter"?


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Mar 31, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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Thanks for the kind comments on my recently posted shots - much appreciated!
Here's one from yesterday evening - an easter-fire at the beach (please note the "Shutter-Island"-lighthouse in the background ;-):

...taken with the 24/2Ai at f/2.8, D700 at ISO1600, 1/15sec, camera hand-held above my head
An ash-flake or snow-flake was responsible for the ghosting/reflex at the upper left area.



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