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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!



Nice window shopping Philippe!



Apr 08, 2013 at 01:32 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Who knows Ray, the D600 might be comfortable in my hand, which isn't big either, but I've for so long hand a handful that it seems strange to hold a smaller camera. Point and shoot cameras frighten me. Cellphone are impossible. If folks ask me to take a photo with one I decline. I'll try a point and shoot but reluctantly.

As an aside, I checked EXIF data to see how many photos I took during Nikki's visit. Including all shots with all lenses beginning with the photo of the box when it arrived, to the last photo taken a Marin
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Curtis, wow! 2453 images. You deserve to drink all the beers in this image!



Apr 08, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

I promised a few more shots of my time with Nikki. I'd wanted to share a few photos of the colorful Victorian homes that are found all over San Francisco. The first image was shot with Nikki, the others with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd which was called for on narrow streets. San Francisco is noted for its "bay windows that thrust out from the front of a building, whether a single family home or apartment building. I've lived in buildings with this feature and it is quite lovely, especially for viewing up and down a street.

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rjqgZ2TIKoA/UVuEFO454_I/AAAAAAAATjA/Q7q21qjc0Ko/s1200/85.1.8.HC.AlamoFourPanorama.jpg

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-zI6bCCh1raw/UVvT7Kb0ekI/AAAAAAAATm4/Jk9UWUc-_dk/s1000/24.2.8.NC.SFVictorian.01.jpg



Curtis, I love seeing these "painted ladies". Years ago I spend a full day wandering the streets of SF taking images of these wonderful victorians. I went through many rolls of Kodachrome 64 (Pentax 35mm Spotomatic with a cheap manual focus zoom). Man was I tired that night! Great images. Please keep them coming.



Apr 08, 2013 at 01:44 AM
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leighton w wrote:
It's happy hour! SIL's first brew and it's VERY good.



Nice one Leighton.



Apr 08, 2013 at 01:47 AM
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Paul Gabel wrote:
There were Cuban musicians playing

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8099/8628951955_d3339e3bac_b.jpg
_PG24906 by Apapa56, on Flickr
180mm/2.8 ais fully open, 1/160 sec iso 400




Paul, nice series. This one has a wonderful feel and background. The sheet music reflection is very nice.



Apr 08, 2013 at 01:50 AM
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Deang,

You are making me think about breaking out the X Pro1 tomorrow! To my eye it made the best of the bunch!

We're these OOC jpegs or raw?



Apr 08, 2013 at 01:57 AM
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Signs of Spring! Some flowers decide its safe to pop their heads up. Taken with the 16 3.5 Ai. Thanks Tony, she is very nice.







Apr 08, 2013 at 02:00 AM
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Scott congrats on the 16mm, what a great start. Looks like you've got the hang of the fisheye already!


Apr 08, 2013 at 02:09 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Scott congrats on the 16mm, what a great start. Looks like you've got the hang of the fisheye already!



Thanks Ray. After seeing the great work you and others have done with this lens on a D7000, I could not resist. So far I am really liking what can be done with it.



Apr 08, 2013 at 02:11 AM
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Thanks Curtis, John, Georg and Ray for the comments.
Curtis, John and Kevin for the tips on photoshop.

Paul, welcome back, terrific set with the musicians;

Leighton, I loved the "first brew" + flowers shot;

Ray (Ohio), well done warp at PS.

Scott, congrats on the new 16/3.5, lovely debut shot, and looking forward for more images!



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Before bed, these are for John, some Vesuvius crater views (excuse the size):


Vesuvius Crater border - 4 shots panoramic with Nikkor 16/3.5 by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/125s.
Four horizontal shots pano. The tiny moon is showing at top-right and at the left some water evaporation (I suppose) is visible.


An alternative view of the crater (2 horizontal shots, one above the other):


Vesuvius crater alternative view - 2 shots pano by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/125s.
The tiny moon is showing at top-right.



Apr 08, 2013 at 02:17 AM
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leighton w wrote:
It's happy hour! SIL's first brew and it's VERY good.

What a nice colorful beer, Very nice shot








Apr 08, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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designdog wrote:
Deang,

You are making me think about breaking out the X Pro1 tomorrow! To my eye it made the best of the bunch!

We're these OOC jpegs or raw?


Really? I much prefer the M9 files.

They were all RAW then converted to jpeg via LR4.

I'm not that keen on the X-Pro ... I hated the X100 due to it's AF, but the size and IQ always intrigues me with Fuji so I bought the X-pro 1 and honestly I find nothing special about it.

I'm actually going to sell all my Fuji gear along with the D800e and just use the M9 for now.

I never use my Nikon AF lenses, so they are going too ... too many lenses and too many choices when I'm going out to take photos.

I am obviously keeping all of my MF Nikkors and will be on the hunt for a lightly used D700 locally. That will be enough for me



Apr 08, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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deang001 wrote:
Really? I much prefer the M9 files.

They were all RAW then converted to jpeg via LR4.

I'm not that keen on the X-Pro ... I hated the X100 due to it's AF, but the size and IQ always intrigues me with Fuji so I bought the X-pro 1 and honestly I find nothing special about it.

I'm actually going to sell all my Fuji gear along with the D800e and just use the M9 for now.

I never use my Nikon AF lenses, so they are going too ... too many lenses and too many choices when I'm going out to take photos.

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Well, if I had an M9, perhaps my perspective changes!

So the XP1 is the closest I will get. Back when I knew nothing about photography I had an M6 and some Summicrons. Basically I just liked the way they looked. Had a Porsche 911 and it just seemed to fit.

Then I got married. Goodbye Porsche. Goodbye Leica. Hello happiness and more realistic sensibilities.

I do like my D700 and MF lenses, and there is a 24-70 AF on hand for laziness...

The XP1 is a tough call for me. I really like it. I just like the D700 more...



Apr 08, 2013 at 02:52 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

You hit half of the grip problem John. On the backside the ridge for holding the thumb is much less pronounced on the D800. But it is the slightly narrower front grip that caused my fingers to cramp. The wider front grip on the D700 allows me to hold the camera without curling my fingers. Here is a screen shot showing the front of the two cameras.

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FSRTaUzMbl0/UWG_JhY9N8I/AAAAAAAAT1A/rksE8CODZlk/s1233/D800D700Front.jpg

You can see the narrowing of the front grip. That did me in...


You are quite right Curtis. The D700 has a rounded front grip with good thumb rest while the D800 has a sharper grip and virtually no thumb rest. I didn't like it, but I've managed to adapt to the D800 - mostly by making sure I've got a better grip on it than I did the D700. Sometimes you just have to wonder how some design decisions get made. I'm sure the D700 grip and thumb rest drove some people mad and the D800 is the cat's meow for others. Too bad the grips, etc. aren't customizable . . . .



Apr 08, 2013 at 03:58 AM
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asiostygius wrote:
Before bed, these are for John, some Vesuvius crater views (excuse the size):

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/125s.
Four horizontal shots pano. The tiny moon is showing at top-right and at the left some water evaporation (I suppose) is visible.

An alternative view of the crater (2 horizontal shots, one above the other):

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/125s.
The tiny moon is showing at top-right.


Awesome Jose - love looking down into the belly of the beast. BTW - what software do you use to stitch your 16/3.5 shots together?

- John



Apr 08, 2013 at 04:00 AM
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Wish I had selectable raw resolution on the D800, its photos blow me away. The D3 is excellent but the D800 just adds a whole new dimension, just don't want it all the time.

Will give you a rest from testing, I am happy with the 55mm 1.2 SC. The Carlsbad flower fileds are open, here is a few shots with the D800, 55mm and the 15mm 5.6. This last lens does not need to be focused in most this type of photo, its field curvature will bring the whole flower field in focus.

It is the one on the left here:


nikon 15mms by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Here is the flower fields


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 SC Carlsbad flower fields 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 SC Carlsbad flower fields by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Yes Leighton the horizons are not matched to the frame borders, try tilting the monitor.


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Apr 08, 2013 at 04:15 AM
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A quick followup from my PanSTARRS images. Here's a link to an AVI file created from a series of still images.

http://www.seanet.com/~hinkey/PanSTARRS/PanSTARRS.avi

Also the same thing in an animated .gif form (too bad about the 8 bit color . . .)







John



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georgms wrote:
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, 1/1000sec - love the bokeh on the goalie ;-)


You're right, love the bokeh on the goalie. Two great shots there Georg.

Just so you're not alone, here's some more sports shots with Nikkon MF lenses. This time the 180mm with the TC201. Rugby doesn't have the same end-to-end speed as Ice Hockey but is still pretty quick. We lost heavily yesterday (0-27) but it was mainly in the last few minutes and we were playing a team two divisions higher than us in a cup game so it was a very good test to see the gap between us and the next levels up.

The TC201 + 180 combo worked really well despite the appalling light. I might get the 105mm on the D200 and take that as well for some of the closer action as I struggled when play was closer than 15m to me. Sone sharpening applied and a bit of cropping but nothing too radical.
























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Apr 08, 2013 at 05:16 AM
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Thanks for all the beer comments!

Dean - I agree with you the M9 is the best of the bunch. My D70 ALWAYS blew highlights. I kept it on -0.3 or 0.7 all the time which seemed to help. I also used spot metering when it was a high dynamic scene. This sort of thing can be VERY frustrating. I would do a little more research, it could be that your meter is off and needs to go into Nikon for an adjustment.

Ray (OH) - I like the original better.

Paul - Nice sets, I love how the light is going through the glass of wine on to the menu in the first one.

Scott - Congrats on the 16mm, now you're going to have to get the D600 to take full advantage of it!

Jose - Nice one of the crater, looks sorta of creepy.

Rafael - I don't care about the horizon in these, the colors are just too good!

John - Now that's cool!



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