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Thanks for the kind comments guys. I appreciate them!


Apr 09, 2013 at 02:37 PM
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kings_freak wrote:
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I really like this one, Jeff!

Tony


+1!!



Apr 09, 2013 at 02:51 PM
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John, I don't recall, have you ever posted specs of your computer?
I gotta get an upgrade, I can't stitch tiffs only jpegs and 10 is just about the limit before MICE crashes. PS crashes at 8 images, depending on how detailed the shots are



Apr 09, 2013 at 02:54 PM
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Hi All,
Snooping around for a reasonable quality 24 or 20mm lens. couple of options of a certain auction website, what's the going rate for a 24mm f2.8 Ai and is there a big difference between that and the Ai-s version?
Also seen a not too expensive 24mm F2.0 but Bjorn Rorslett doesn't seem too keen on this one, what's peoples thoughts?

Thanks!



Apr 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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leighton w wrote:
I agree with you Ray, not quite up to the primes. But I do like your images.


It's funny but when I shot Canon, I had mostly zooms and that seemed to be the trend. I see that a lot with Nikon users now also. I suppose they have their convenience, but I am just enthralled by the prime lenses. My zooms just seemed to sit and I bet I haven't shot with the 100-300 for 6-8months



Apr 09, 2013 at 03:27 PM
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georgms wrote:
Ray (from Florida) - beautiful work with the 85/1.4 and impressive demonstration of the 100-300/5.6's abilities when coupled to a D600 (and your hands). I'm still in awe about the size of the butterflies (everything's bigger in America, right? ).



Thank you Georg. A couple of people have mentioned about the size of the butterflies, maybe it's just that the flowers here are smaller



Apr 09, 2013 at 03:30 PM
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Ray, Sent you a PM

Reagan



Apr 09, 2013 at 03:48 PM
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MarkdV wrote:
Hi All,
Snooping around for a reasonable quality 24 or 20mm lens. couple of options of a certain auction website, what's the going rate for a 24mm f2.8 Ai and is there a big difference between that and the Ai-s version?
Also seen a not too expensive 24mm F2.0 but Bjorn Rorslett doesn't seem too keen on this one, what's peoples thoughts?

Thanks!


Mark, I just came home from a short walk with the 24/2Ai (mounted via FT-1 on the Nikon 1 V1).
Nancy ("waysaz") and Jose did some amazing work with their copies (the Ais-variant, if I'm not mistaken).
It's a unique lens with a very, very lively bokeh (I love it ;-).
The 24/2.8 is less temperamental in the bokeh-department and probably the better choice.
I've never tried the 20/2.8Ais, but have it's AF-sister and that's a good, but not very good performer.
Main difference between Ai- and Ais-lenses is the much longer focus-throw at the older Ai-lenses. But I'm sure there are other differences too (coatings and so on).



Apr 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM
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kings_freak wrote:
I finally got a few minutes to play around with my new, to me, 24mm 2.8 NC.

Tony

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8633057893_e67764cc99_b.jpg
Flare Test by T&J Photography, on Flickr



Very Nice shot Tony. 24mm 2.8 is one of my favorites



Apr 09, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
It's funny but when I shot Canon, I had mostly zooms and that seemed to be the trend. I see that a lot with Nikon users now also. I suppose they have their convenience, but I am just enthralled by the prime lenses. My zooms just seemed to sit and I bet I haven't shot with the 100-300 for 6-8months


When you pick up primes like the 85 f/1.4 AI-s and 35 f/1.4 AI-s as you recently did, you're bound to become a fan of prime lenses. The recent portrait of a young boy you posted brought an immediate smile to my face. I knew you'd been playing with the 85 again. Although I appreciate the capability of the zoom lenses in my kit, they seldom are mounted on my camera. Primes are simply too delicious to leave at home.

I shot this yesterday with Nikki's older sister, the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd. Needless to say, I'm really enjoying the pre-AI lenses that have been added over the past year.


Shot at f/2... rather nice isolation. This has a real 3-D pop to it.



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Here are a couple of photos from the end of my day in San Francisco, the first taken from the ferry, the second as I walked back to my car showing the ferry terminal. Both shot with the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd and then converted in Silver Efex Pro 2.





Apr 09, 2013 at 05:06 PM
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Zichar wrote:
John, I don't recall, have you ever posted specs of your computer?
I gotta get an upgrade, I can't stitch tiffs only jpegs and 10 is just about the limit before MICE crashes. PS crashes at 8 images, depending on how detailed the shots are


Well, it's something like this:

Windows 7 64 bit
32GB RAM
500GB Boot Drive
RAID 1 Data Drive (2x1TB) (it's just about full! 2x2TB WD RE4 drives are on the way)
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz Quad Core 8MB 95W
Asus P8P67-M Pro REV 3.0

I use PTGui Pro or CS6 for stitching - usually one of them will do it. I have a lot of problems when either the images are dark or there is not a lot of high contrast detail. PTGui will always eventually stitch them together, but it's more work so I always try CS6 first. I tried out a lot of panorama stitching software before settling on PTGui.

- John



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Here are a couple of photos from the end of my day in San Francisco, the first taken from the ferry, the second as I walked back to my car showing the ferry terminal. Both shot with the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd and then converted in Silver Efex Pro 2.

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Ud5HswLl-uA/UV4fxCdNQaI/AAAAAAAATwQ/lz02pefDmfE/s1000/55.1.2.SC.FerryReturnsSEP.jpg




Curtis, I like especially this shot - the framing with the diagonal rolling wave is great. And I really like your B&W-conversion.



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:17 PM
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Thanks Georg. I'm doing a bit more experimenting in SEP with my own treatment. As with any tool used in post processing, there is a learning curve. I think this set of Nik tools will prove very useful. I'm certainly enjoying the process. Here are a couple more photos taken in Muir Woods.


Here you get a sense of the scale of the place. These are big trees...



All shot with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd.



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:28 PM
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mp356 wrote:
+1 Ray! It does not matter what lens is in your hands, you always produce beautiful images.


+100
Excellent butterfly set!



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
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Some pictures from a short walk with a 24/2Ai mounted onto the V1 via FT-1:


the 24/2Ai is a warrant for some lively bokeh - 24/2Ai at about MFD, wide-open, Nikon V1


I'm not 100% happy with the B&W-conversion here, maybe I'll re-do this one


birchbark - I could stare for hours at it



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8393/8631540805_56d207e6b2_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


Very nice image, including the bokeh.



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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georgms wrote:
Mark, I just came home from a short walk with the 24/2Ai (mounted via FT-1 on the Nikon 1 V1).
Nancy ("waysaz") and Jose did some amazing work with their copies (the Ais-variant, if I'm not mistaken).
It's a unique lens with a very, very lively bokeh (I love it ;-).
The 24/2.8 is less temperamental in the bokeh-department and probably the better choice.
I've never tried the 20/2.8Ais, but have it's AF-sister and that's a good, but not very good performer.
Main difference between Ai- and Ais-lenses is the much longer focus-throw at the older Ai-lenses. But I'm sure there are other
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Thanks Georg, also for the advise on the rugby pics, I have made the cropping you suggested and it looks much more impactful.

I think I will see if I can find a copy of the 24mm F/2, I have the AF 14-24mm f/2.8 so I think I can go for a "crazy" lens here. Of course if a bargain appears I can always change my mind.



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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MarkdV wrote:
Thanks Georg, also for the advise on the rugby pics, I have made the cropping you suggested and it looks much more impactful.

I think I will see if I can find a copy of the 24mm F/2, I have the AF 14-24mm f/2.8 so I think I can go for a "crazy" lens here. Of course if a bargain appears I can always change my mind.


Well, Mark, I would call the 14-24/2.8 a crazy lens too
In my opinion there's no match for this monster in the MF-Nikkor line-up. But I don't wanna carry the 14-24 all day and that's why the compact and lightweight MF-Nikkors have their place in my heart and camera-bag too ;-)



Apr 09, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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Thanks, John, Leighton, Ronny, Jeff and Georg for the comments.

Rafael, very rich colours with your 15/5.6;

Mark, I liked your rugby set with the 180/2.8;

John, as usual terrific sunset pano with the 400/5.6, but wow - 18 shots!!

Georg, impressive work with the "maligned" 24/2 + V1.




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