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Recce-ed for a new spot trying to catch the lightshow from the casino in the horizon
But didn't find a suitable one and the clock was ticking
Went scrambling to an old spot instead sans lightshow
45PCE shift pano



kups by Zichar, on Flickr



Apr 06, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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Anyway an excellent night cityscape!


Apr 06, 2013 at 06:20 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
Anyway an excellent night cityscape!

+1

Thanks



Apr 06, 2013 at 06:32 PM
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Iris from the garden using a 50 mm F1.2 AIS







Apr 06, 2013 at 06:40 PM
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Nice!! Incredible dreamy + colours effect!


Apr 06, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Hi all,
When my daughter is in the mood for a little spring cleaning......
85 1.8 HC



Did you notice that Philippe's and John's daughters look alike? MF gene similarity



Apr 06, 2013 at 07:06 PM
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Hi all,
When my daughter is in the mood for a little spring cleaning......
85 1.8 HC



You are a master of B/W conversions!



Apr 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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This is truly my last 55mm 1.2 SC test posting, I decided to draw a quick comparison between the SC and the 50mm 1.2 ais. I did not want to work too much, therefore decided NOT to use the D800. The differences between these lenses are decades, therefore the difference should be obvious on a D3, right!

Pictures first, comments at the end. I will not post crops, but these pictures are full res in flickr if you care to inspect.

Test under bright sunlight with white subjects in the frame, worst condition for these lenses. ISO 100 D3. NO aberration correction, lateral or logitudinal, Color balance manual to sunlight. NO processing whatsoever other than NX2 RAW rendition as landscape, equal settings.

Both focused carefully in the same spot, a little flower that is in the shade of the white ones, to place the white flowers ever so slightly out of focus.

First the 55 full open

NIKON NIKKOR 55MM 1.2 SC D3 FULL APERTURE BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The 50 full open


NIKON NIKKOR 50MM 1.2 D3 AT 1.2 BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The 55 at 5.6, optimal aperture for detail definition


NIKON NIKKOR 55MM 1.2 D3 AT 5.6 BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The 50mm at 5.6


NIKON NIKKOR 50MM 1.2 D3 AT 5.6 BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

My conclusions:

The 55 is a tinge warmer, the 50 a tinge sharper, but I am not too sure as these are small diferences.

Hereby I authoritatively conclude:

Maybe I am not such a good tester.

Maybe the difference between these two lenses is really not significant, at least for weed photography in sunlight. One would need to spend a full day with a D800E under all kinds of light conditions, subjects, apertures and distances, which I do not care to do.

Maybe this type of testing is a waste of time. The only good lens test is to verify a lens you bought is not damaged.

PS: Maybe a little frustrated the more beautiful rendition of the 55mm and the much sharper 50mm did not obviate their differences, casting doubt in my pre-conceptions.

Hereby I leave you more enlightened.





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Apr 06, 2013 at 08:23 PM
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Sam, Chin, John and Ronny, nice images all!!

I got a bit paranoid peering at my 20 3.5 UD front element, wondering if what I am looking at are fungus streaks or small scuffs and coating scratches. I have concluded that its not fungus. The 20 UD is my roughest manual lens even though its not the oldest. Nevertheless, that got me thinking about storage of these lenses for the long term in something other than just cabinet shelves. I got hold of a couple Rubber Maid sealed containers (about 15 x 11 X 5"), and a bunch of the silica gel dry packs in each.

Almost all the lenses (except the 400 AIS) fit in the containers, in fact I organized them by wide angles and normals in one container and 85 to 300 AIS in the other. The 500 F4P came with its own case which has a number of those silica gel packs positioned around the lens.

Samy



Apr 06, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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Rafael, thank you for these. My observation is that wide open, they are very similar. Stopped down to 5.6 is when the 55 looks a little warmer and maybe the 50 a tad sharper.

I think one could be happy with either version.



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rafaelcasd wrote:
Did you notice that Philippe's and John's daughters look alike? MF gene similarity



+1

Reagan



Apr 06, 2013 at 08:48 PM
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As I sold one more garbage AF lens from the discount D600 kit (the "plastic fantastic" 24-85mm f/4.5-5.6 VR: it is trounced at borders by the 50-135mm ...), I had the opportunity to buy a really cheap (for Brazilian standards) 85mm f/2.

This is one of the first test shots, reddish clouds yesterday afetr sunset.
Though I made no formal test (some day perhaps i will made the "battle of the MF 85s), it appears to be very sharp, contrary to some reports in internet, but in accordance with our lately absent friend, Mihai,


After sunset clouds with 85mm f/2 AI by labecoaves, on Flickr

One of the first test shots with the Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI.
D600 + Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI + tripod, ISO 800, f/4 at 1.3 seconds of exposure.




Apr 06, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
Did you notice that Philippe's and John's daughters look alike? MF gene similarity


Hah! Hopefully Philippe's daughter are more well behaved than mine.

Great B&W conversions aren't they?

John



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:10 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
As I sold one more garbage AF lens from the discount D600 kit (the "plastic fantastic" 24-85mm f/4.5-5.6 VR: it is trounced at borders by the 50-135mm ...), I had the opportunity to buy a really cheap (for Brazilian standards) 85mm f/2.

This is one of the first test shots, reddish clouds yesterday afetr sunset.
Though I made no formal test (some day perhaps i will made the "battle of the MF 85s), it appears to be very sharp, contrary to some reports in internet, but in accordance with our lately absent friend, Mihai,

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8254/8624850153_92dd6ddb07_b.jpg
After sunset clouds with 85mm f/2 AI by labecoaves,
...Show more

Beautiful colors, I love my 85mm 2.0. use the 1.8 more but the 2.0 is just as good, IMHO



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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Thanks Rafael.
I would add the 85/2 would be perfect to stay light: it is almost the same size of a 50mm! I was luck enough to get a near pristine copy.



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:34 PM
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Jose, you get some of the best skyscapes here! Good choice to get the 85 f2 AI, you certainly are being a self-adjuvant

asiostygius wrote:
As I sold one more garbage AF lens from the discount D600 kit (the "plastic fantastic" 24-85mm f/4.5-5.6 VR: it is trounced at borders by the 50-135mm ...), I had the opportunity to buy a really cheap (for Brazilian standards) 85mm f/2.

This is one of the first test shots, reddish clouds yesterday afetr sunset.
Though I made no formal test (some day perhaps i will made the "battle of the MF 85s), it appears to be very sharp, contrary to some reports in internet, but in accordance with our lately absent friend, Mihai,

One of the first test shots with the Nikkor
...Show more



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:35 PM
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p.2622 #17 · p.2622 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


First time there's better weather and sun to try out the TC16A with the 500 F4 P. This is at 1/4000s, f/9 (effective since the lens aperture was set at f/5.6), and ISO 800.

Cardinal at 800mm:








Apr 06, 2013 at 09:37 PM
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p.2622 #18 · p.2622 #18 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


And a quick crop of the cardinal image to check how the 500 F4 P holds up after tacking on the TC16A converter.








Apr 06, 2013 at 09:44 PM
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p.2622 #19 · p.2622 #19 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Samy, fantastic details!
You managed very well this 800mm f/6.4 heavy artillery.

Edited on Apr 06, 2013 at 11:06 PM · View previous versions



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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Just a brief note on the TC-16A. It definitely assists in the focus and in good light snaps right to the little green dot. But the caveat is one has to turn the focus ring manually to a very narrow band around the correct focus, so the photographer is still doing let's say 95% of the work.

Can't remember if I tried it with the 400 5.6 AIS, it certainly would turn it into a 640 f9. The TC is very small so it won't add much to the very doable weight/bulk of the 400 for walks/hikes. Will have to see if the 400 maintains its superb quality with the TC though. I would think a monopod would be essential for that FL.

BTW, the 800mm combo for the cardinal was balanced on the window sill. Could get better results on a stable tripod.

Samy



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:52 PM
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