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I've tried my luck again by using MF-Nikkor's for ice-hockey. It might work well for goalie-portraits, but I'm unable to follow action. Here are two shots taken this evening:


D700 at ISO6400, 105/1.8 Ais at f/2, 1/800sec - tons of sharpening applied


D700 at ISO6400, 105/1.8 Ais at f/2, 1/1000sec - love the bokeh on the goalie ;-)



Apr 07, 2013 at 07:29 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
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Also Jose, to mention something I've noted before, backing off on luminance in the blue channel can really help with haze. I have to increase saturation a bit but it seems to be effective. If you didn't try that you might want to experiment a bit and see if it proves useful, as in the wide shot of Naples, which is a stunner, by the way.



Thanks Curtis for the tip. I will try next time, but where exactly I should backing off the luminance? At ACR or inside CS5, Where exactly? Sorry, but I am no PP expert, on the contrary



Apr 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
Nice mountain tops Mark and thanks for sharing your impressions on the combos used.

A panoramic view of the Bay of Naples from the mount Vesuvius:

Excuse the size, but the original was almost 7000 pixels at long side:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8262/8629045614_f5cae77221_o.jpg
Bay of Naples from Vesuvius - 2-shots pano- Nikkor 16/3.5 by labecoaves, on Flickr

Soon before reaching the crater border of the Mount Vesuvius I took this picture of the Bay of Naples. Unfortunately there was some haze and air pollution. Herculaneum is near the left border, not far from the sea.

2 horizontal shots pano, no defishing or any kindo of lens "correction".
D7000 + Nikkor
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Wow Jose - love these images. You just keep pulling them out. It makes me want to head to Italy for our next big vacation!

Do you have any shots of the crater itself?

I also have haze problems with long distance shots, etc. and need to go into the blue channel and modify the curve. Sometimes this works sometimes not.

I've also found that on a clear blue day at low altitude everything has a blue cast to it due to the blue sky, I then need to warm up the scene a bit either with curves or by modifying the WB temperature (cloudy day settings sometimes work really well to take out the blue color cast that a bright blue day can produce).

Keep these images coming - me and my girls are loving them!



Apr 07, 2013 at 07:51 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
Thanks Curtis for the tip. I will try next time, but where exactly I should backing off the luminance? At ACR or inside CS5, Where exactly? Sorry, but I am no PP expert, on the contrary


My guess would be in ACR. That is where I do it and how I pull out fringing.



Apr 07, 2013 at 07:57 PM
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Just some brief notes after looking at the past pages:

Jose, love the Bay of Naples! I still have to try my 16/3.5 on DX - maybe I will give it a go in the coming days.
It would make a nice wide-angle-lens for my old D100 (IR-conversion planned).

Reagan, good job with the 105/2.5! The cactus-shots look pretty sharp

Peter, the Protea-image is great! Love the D200's colors and the crisp detail.

Philippe, great to see you posting here again! The spring-cleaning pictures are excellent (and the other ones are not too shabby too ). I've missed your distinctive style.

Samy, wow, the images taken with the 500/4P and the TC16A are fantastic. Personal favorite is the first Cardinal-portrait.

Leighton, very nice work at the market!

Rafael, thanks for sharing your impressions about the fast 50/55's. Sorry to hear about the broken pipe - but you've made the best out of it (=good pictures). The sculptures-shots are awesome - love the rendering of the 55/1.2.

Mark, love the very first mountain-view and the tiny violet blossom.

Jeff, very nice poppies!

Sam, the Iris is beautifully taken - love the smooth bokeh!

Philip, nice to see your beautiful work here again! I like both "girl-portraits".

Chin, love the nightly Singapore-image!

Ronny great work with the 180/2.8! Your focusing-skills are top-notch!

John, great to see some close-range-action-shots with the tiny 45/2.8!

Designdog, please keep your fine images coming! The 25-50/4 is pretty high on my personal wish-list.

Ray from Ohio - I like the stitched bridge a lot! I wouldn't do anything further in PS.

Jorge, that's outstanding photography at the fair. Emotions pure - extremely well captured.

Kevin, love the plants taken with the 135/2.8! Very nice colors and I like the bokeh.

Curtis, I really like your San-Francisco-images. Hard to pick a fav - maybe the creamy (in every way ;-) Irish Coffee.






Apr 07, 2013 at 08:04 PM
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I took some shots with the D600 and 85mm 1.4. After the firmware update this camera seems much sharper. These are all at 2.8






Cropped close up



Apr 07, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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Curtis I love the S. F. photos especially the painted ladies
Jose what a great Pano!
Mark what thrilling views!
Georg I can't believe what you can do with action shots on MF



Apr 07, 2013 at 08:34 PM
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
trying to duplicate Ben's pictures through shop-windows (page 2479, http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2478#11284175).
But clearly, he is the boss!




yeah right, lol.....love the shallow focus , looks like you used a much longer lens than 85. I wanted to go out on the weekend and take some "purple" shots to entice you back....but you beat me to it, as usual.

ben



Apr 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Yes, I have shot with the D700 and loved the feel of it. But when it came down to the deciding factor of IQ the D600 won out over the D700.

I did have sensor dust/oil, but a wet clean took care of that. I understand now that cameras being sent in to Nikon for cleaning are getting their shutters replaced. This tells me that they have discovered and fixed the problem.


I decided to buy the D800 last June and also to keep my 2007 D3 last year, my cameras are not durability tests as they are pampered. Got very lucky with both, no issues at all. The D3 needed periodic sensor cleaning for the first year or so. The D800 has been very clean and I could not detect AF sensor differences from left to right with any lenses. Just drop it on the floor with the lens facing down and it takes care or any stubborn dust particles.

KNOCK on WOOD.



Apr 07, 2013 at 09:09 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

I took some shots with the D600 and 85mm 1.4. After the firmware update this camera seems much sharper. These are all at 2.8

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v94/p1522082232-5.jpg



Love this one Ray!



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It's happy hour! SIL's first brew and it's VERY good.







Apr 07, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

I hesitate to share this image considering the magic of Dean's work in Hong Kong, but the conductor on the cable car insisted I sit on the right side so I'd have a view down Grant Street into the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. Yes, there has been a vibrant Chinese community here since the Gold Rush in 1849 and this neighborhood continues to attract both tourists for the charm and locals who love the shops and restaurants, but... it is NOT Hong Kong. But, so be it...

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ryjNI7AmaGA/UWG_WIp3MLI/AAAAAAAAT34/r3D_kARTZEc/s1000/85.1.8.HC.ChinaTownGrantStreet.jpg

This was shot with Nikki. What follows is a shot of the line
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Love it

Man, you have done a fine job with her, Curtis !!

I love the images of the Victorian houses as well ... very San Francisco.

BTW, looks like you are getting on very well with Silver Efex Pro. The B&W conversions you have been dishing out look great and you seem to have a particular style you have settled on.



Apr 07, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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Regarding the D800's tendency to over expose, I did a bit of research yesterday and it seems quite prevalent.

I found this from Thom Hogan which probably explains what happened. It's funny too that my first DSLR was a D80 and I wanted to smash it after a while because of the same problem !! Now I seem to be back there again.

It's really been bugging me a lot lately, so I took 3 of my cameras (D800e, M9 & X-Pro 1) to a temple yesterday and shot the exact image with all three several times all with basically the same focal length lens or equivalent. Even the M9 nailed the exposure way more than the D800. The X-Pro 1 did too. I find myself having to take the image 2-3 times adjusting the EV to get it right. I don't think this is very good for such a technologically advanced camera on Matrix mode. Compared to my other two cameras, I find images from the D800e just too bright and washed out.

The handling of the body doesn't bother me in the slightest. I have the grip as well but only use it with long lenses ... but even the grip is OK. But yes, I too favour the D700 in hand over the D800.

Anyway, I guess I need to adjust the way I'm shooting or sell the thing and go back to a D700. I do like the sharpness it seems to give wide open though.

From Thom ...

You think I'm done? Barely started, really. Apparently Nikon believes that the D80 matrix metering system was the world's best (it was in actuality the worst matrix metering system Nikon has produced). More so than any other camera, the D80 would rethink its matrix patterns based upon the gray value it found underneath the current autofocus sensor. Put the focus on a bride's white dress and you got underexposure. Put it on the groom's dark suit and you got overexposure. Well, it's back. Not nearly as bad as the D80 was, but the D800 has the same tendency to overemphasize correcting what's under your chosen autofocus sensor. Try this little test at home: set your camera up on a tripod pointed at ColorChecker chart. Make sure the chart is a large part of the frame and that you can put your autofocus sensor on the individual white to black patches on the bottom. Now try moving the autofocus sensor in matrix metering and see what you get. I just did it: 1/320 on white, 1/200 on black (all other settings and lighting not changed). That's two-thirds of a stop difference when the exposure shouldn't have changed at all. This is a step backward, and not the matrix metering most of you high-end Nikon DSLR users are used to.

Why isn't it being complained about? Because a lot of you are shooting people. The color metering information in the viewfinder actually does a good job of finding skin tones and doing the right thing with them. So if you focus on people, matrix meter not so bad. Focus at different parts of a high contrast landscape, matrix meter bad. (Okay, "bad" is probably too harsh a word: the meter is never truly bad, just wrong a lot more than it was on my D3 models.)


I have added an some images here from yesterday. I'm no technician but the first one is what I see a lot from this camera.

I also added





D800e







D800e







D800e




Apr 07, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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I hope you all don't mind me adding two images from other cameras (I'll delete them if needed) but it shows the difference a see all the time. The focus was on the middle of the scene. It's very irritating. Exif is always wrong in the M9 ... all images shot with the M9 were at f/2. XPro images are at f/1.4





D800e







M9







Xpro-1







D800e







M9




Apr 07, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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Chin, the night landscape is extremely well done, even if it's an old standby location.

Sam, the dreamy 1.2 iris shot is just the ticket for that flower and that setting.

Samy, you're making a pretty good argument for the TC-16A

Peter, thanks for the beautiful pics of flora from South Africa, I always enjoy seeing these pics since they are different from the flowers I usually see.

Reagan, "what's the point" is sharp and to the point!

Curtis, I remember seeing some of those Victorian homes, just beautifully done.

Georg, MF hockey - now that's a sport that'll challenge the MF user, I think the images you posted showed a fine job, and downsizing for the web helps to hide slight focus misses, I think.




Apr 07, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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Kevin, I gave your suggestion a shot on the bridge pano, but could not get it to work in LR. And for some reason, when I manually selected the profiles, I did not get a 14mm profile, closest were fisheyes, or the 14-24. None of the profiles looked right, in fact the 14-24 profile did not correct much distortion at all.

Ray, Jeff, Georg, thanks for the comments on the bridge shot.

Anyway, I reworked it a little in PS (if nothing more than to learn something new), and here's what I got .... and now the pier looks like it's toppling over ....








Original stitch






Warped in PS for some distortion correction




Apr 07, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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One from Friday evening, 28mm f2.8AIS




Red trail this way




Apr 07, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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What a tremendous load of beautiful pictures since my last posting. Haven't had time to comment, but still would like to contribute a few photos to the thread.

Went to a 'Sunday Jazz and Wine' event: small culinary bites accompanied by tasteful wines and some jazz.


_PG24729 by Apapa56, on Flickr
50mm/1.8 ais 1/160 sec at f8.0 iso 5600


_PG24730 by Apapa56, on Flickr
50mm/1.8 ais 1/160 sec at f8.0 iso3200

The lady apparently was not feeling quite well even before it started.




Apr 08, 2013 at 12:36 AM
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There were Cuban musicians playing


_PG24906 by Apapa56, on Flickr
180mm/2.8 ais fully open, 1/160 sec iso 400


_PG24901 by Apapa56, on Flickr
180mm/2.8 ais fully open 1/160 sec 120 1000


_PG24842 by Apapa56, on Flickr
85mm/1.8 H-C ai'd fully open 1/160 sec iso 280

And since I didn't have a wide-angle with me, I had to make do with a nifty fifty for a 12-shot vertical pano (forgot to adjust the non-cpu register though).


Aruán Ortiz pano by Apapa56, on Flickr
50mm/1.8 ais 1/250 sec f4.0 iso 1600




Apr 08, 2013 at 12:44 AM
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MarkdV wrote:
Dear All,

I've just returned from a weeks camping by Lake Garda, not the warmest camping I've ever done but one of the prettiest spots. I have 30 pages to catch up on and 800+ images to go through which put the 35-70mm f/3.5 and the Series E 75-150mm (programmed in camera as "80mm") through their paces and they did very well, I'm sure that's no surprise to most of you.

Here's some teasers SOOC. I'll post a selection from each lens and a bit of my thoughts on them later.

Cheers,
Mark.


Great series Mark. Really like the first image. Can not wait to see more.



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