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Ronny, excellent flower-shot with the 135/2 and tube!

Kevin, the "Daddy long legs"-shot is impressive, to say the least. Wow!
And I really like the "Pretty Weed" - the light works great here and the picture looks almost 3D-esque ;-)

John, I like the low-tide-shot a lot. Love your point of view on the mystery cable anchor.

Rafael, great set from the car- and bike-show! The first shot is my personal favorite - and the "soft glowing" rendering of the 55/1.2 on the very last image reminds me a bit of my old Leica Summarit-M 50/1.5.

Ray, great job on the mansion (or is it called a "crib" today?)!

Mark, I'm sure the "Meise" will see some fresh green very soon. The last snow-leftovers are finally gone over here.

Samy, nice comparison between 20/3.5 UD and the 24/2.8! My own 20/3.5UD has a kinda "milky" spot on the front-lens, maybe I'll try a local repairman to clean it. What I really like on the 24/2.8 is the very even, soft vignetting at the wider apertures.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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asiostygius wrote:
Ray, speaking of DIY, lately I am preferring to maintain the original aperture ring on the older lenses, so I did a DIY job with the 200 QC. In the last 2 images you can see the result, not a pro job, but easy enough to be done by anyone (including me!).
This site has excellent instructions about the conversion:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/02/06/nikkor-ai-conversions-diy/

These are some side by side images of the QC ai'd (left) and the AI-S versions of the 200mm f/4.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8666554060_e730bc4022_b.jpg
Nikkors 200mm f/4, AI-S & non-AI Q.C versions by labecoaves, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/8665453243_6a8c1782e1_b.jpg
Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI-S & non-ai Q.C versions (blades) by labecoaves, on
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Was it hard to do? I have two lenses that I want to do this on. One should be easy as I have multiple lenses with the same max aperture. The other one is a f/1.4 so I would be guessing a bit. Help!!!



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Thanks Georg. Always a delight to ramble through a nursery filled with flowers.

Love your photo with the underlying story of an arts organization "under the gun..." to use one phrase for describing their situation. I've no idea what it is like to be a photographer given assignments and then needing to consider how best to tell a story through images. Obviously, you're very skilled at producing well crafted images, but you also have a knack for finding a captivating point of view. You say you may at times try to hard to be creative, but that is much better than
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Curtis, thanks! Yes, "playing" with new gear (lenses, but also other tools like the Nikon V1 or flash-stuff) is one receipt to re-invent or re-think given subjects. I've gone through several phases - the "strobist"-phase, the super-wide-phase, the shallow-DoF-phase and lately I just try to mix it all ;-)
The tilt-shift-lenses are amazing in their capabilities and the PC 85/2.8D is one of my favorite lenses right now.
I hope you'll find a good place to capture the baseball-game.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Georg what an interesting shot. The tilt shift lenses are amazing and you have given us an example of how good this lens can be - well done!


Thank you, Ray (and Jeff too)! The people at the paper liked my crazy idea and the resulting "shot" too and it was printed in a good size.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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MarkdV wrote:
One from this morning, 180mm+TC201 just under 10 meters and about 50% crop of the image. Yes, late April and yet more snow. Helps with the birds though since they come where the food is.



Nice image Mark. We had snow flurries here today too. Not as much as you though.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
So following Curtis' urging, I took the 80-200/4.5 out with the PK13. Very fun combo, brings the lens more into what I would use it for! Not selling it now...



Nice series Kevin.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Great shot everyone!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8666077792_df7b96d212_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Beautiful Ronny! Great background.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM
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georgms wrote:
Curtis, thanks! Yes, "playing" with new gear (lenses, but also other tools like the Nikon V1 or flash-stuff) is one receipt to re-invent or re-think given subjects. I've gone through several phases - the "strobist"-phase, the super-wide-phase, the shallow-DoF-phase and lately I just try to mix it all ;-)
The tilt-shift-lenses are amazing in their capabilities and the PC 85/2.8D is one of my favorite lenses right now.
I hope you'll find a good place to capture the baseball-game.


It turned out I won't be able to go to the game tomorrow but I did stop today for what was scheduled as a team photo shoot and was able to grab a few photos of the young man whose mother is becoming a friend. These were shot with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd. A game will have to wait for a bit.



Processed with SEP.

A crew of hard working young men were herding young baseball players, taking orders from parents of photos, buttons and cards; group shots, individual shots, buddy shots. I've little doubt these guys made a great deal of money today, churning out photos.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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Interesting observation about the 24 2.8, George. I just haven't used it in months, may need to check it out more. I went back and looked at larger size photos of the tree with the two lenses. The corners/edges are just smears in the 20UD image (and that's after a bit of cropping at the edges). The 24 2.8 AIS image is sharp all the way across the frame (no cropping). Maybe a slight falloff at the very far edge of the image, but not much, still can make out distinct grass blades at the edges of the bottom corners.

Not sure if that's just my copy of the 20 3.5 UD.



Apr 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM
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Got out this evening - brr, windchill right at freezing.

Been reading really fast when I get breaks, nice work everyone. Maybe I'll return tomorrow and add some well deserved comments on some great images.





Fallen Timbers Monument w/20mm f3.5 AI







Fallen Timbers Monument w/50-135 AIS




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No Curtis, sometimes I am just a simple disciple of you, the main devilŽs adjutant

Anyway, some samples with the old 200 Q.C + 3T (1.5 diopters) close up lens:


single shot at f/11:


Single shot test with Nikkor-Q.C 200mm f/4 F aiŽd + 3T close up lens by labecoaves, on Flickr
Single shot test with Nikkor-Q.C 200mm f/4 F aiŽd + 3T close up lens

This is some of the first test shots with the 1.5 diopters 3T close up lens.
D6000 + Nikkor-Q.C 200mm f/4 F aiŽd hand held, ISO 1250, f/11 at 1/200s. ~10% cropped.



2 shots focus stacking at f/8:


Focus stacking test with Nikkor-Q.C 200mm f/4 F aiŽd + 3T close up lens by labecoaves, on Flickr

Focus stacking test with Nikkor-Q.C 200mm f/4 F aiŽd + 3T close up lens
D6000 + Nikkor-Q.C 200mm f/4 F aiŽd hand held, ISO 1250, f/8 at 1/500s.
This is a composite of 2 images focus stacked. Ideally tripod must be used, but the "burst mode" of camera allowed 2 images in quick sequence - virtually in the same place.

This old lens delivers rich colours.

I made a test with 200QC vs. 200 ais today, at close up and infinity distances, hopefully tomorrow I will post here some samples.



Apr 21, 2013 at 01:12 AM
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Although the 24 f/2.8 in its various iterations is well reviewed, my affection for the 28mm focal range meant that the 24 f/2.8 AI-s I bought some time ago got very little use. It wasn't until I picked up the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd that I really put it through its paces and I am very impressed. I have this photo on my 27" desktop and as a friend says, there are no flies on that photo...


I imagine I'll rely on the 24 for wide shooting from now one, except, of course, in those instances where I really need the 20. But as I've said, I don't think the UD will make it to my kit. The AI-s has not let me down.



Apr 21, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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And since Jose is dropping flower photos on the thread, I'll do the same. This was shot a bit differently from how I typically approach this kind of shooting. No tubes, no telephoto lens... this is with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd shot at Minimum Focusing Distance. Slightly cropped, shot at f/11.




Apr 21, 2013 at 01:22 AM
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I really mounted the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd this morning because as I sat on a bench and looked up I saw this view and wanted to take a photo. I noted these lovely leaves last week but this week I brought my camera. Shot at f/11. It was after taking this shot that I notice the rhododendrons across the courtyard that you see above.


No cropping or sharpening, simply re-sized.



Apr 21, 2013 at 01:26 AM
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Kevin, I am not good with handwork, far from that, but after reading the instructions here:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/02/06/nikkor-ai-conversions-diy/

I was more than capable of doing the job easily.
Do not be in a hurry and use a small and not blunt from use flat file. All you need is around 4-5cm (~ <=2 inches) of filed aluminum. I noted that the claw does not need to be filled, since the camera tab is always below and never touch the claw which I put back in its place.
A final touch is the application of a black matte ink for metal which gives a final good "cosmetic" look to the lens.
I was lucky to have a non-ai 400/5.6 K ring to try before. It was so easy and the result good enough that I even replaced the original in the 400/5.6 K ( it has an advantage - easier grip of the aperture ring with its 4 rows of diamond shaped ridges vs. just 3 of the ai factory) - Now I have a "surplus" 400/5.6 ai factory ring!

I have made this job in the 16/3.5, 200/4 Q.C, 35/2OC, 400/5.6K and 24/2.8NC with great success and saved some USD 170-200.00 to buy another lens

I recommend a reading of Thomas Pindelsk link above.
Hope this is useful to you.


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Apr 21, 2013 at 01:39 AM
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Resuming the Trajan's Column series, this is a slightly view from 30m West - Southwest.
The original was 14000 pixels, this is "only" 6000:


_D7K_20130220_1100-pano-5-shots-wen-WSw-30m by labecoaves, on Flickr

West- South-west view at ~30m of distance from Trajan's Column, Rome. 5 vertical shots stitched.
D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8K ai'd & CPU'd hand held, ISO 100, f/4 at 1/1250s.

I think "Nikki's daughter" is incridibly sharp at f/4 to f/8.

According to Lino Rossi's book, at the base the "personified Danube" rises up to watch the Roman troops crossing the river .



Apr 21, 2013 at 01:58 AM
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pbraymond wrote:
Got out this evening - brr, windchill right at freezing.

Been reading really fast when I get breaks, nice work everyone. Maybe I'll return tomorrow and add some well deserved comments on some great images.

Love the first image a lot...!



Apr 21, 2013 at 03:21 AM
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asiostygius wrote:
Resuming the Trajan's Column series, this is a slightly view from 30m West - Southwest.
The original was 14000 pixels, this is "only" 6000:

West- South-west view at ~30m of distance from Trajan's Column, Rome. 5 vertical shots stitched.
D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8K ai'd & CPU'd hand held, ISO 100, f/4 at 1/1250s.

I think "Nikki's daughter" is incridibly sharp at f/4 to f/8.

According to Lino Rossi's book, at the base the "personified Danube" rises up to watch the Roman troops crossing the river .


Jose, you are incredibly focused, and so is the column. Beautiful, they should move it indoors.

Of my lens samples the 85mm 1.8 H is a little shaper than the K.



Apr 21, 2013 at 03:49 AM
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Spectacular shot Jose. I'm amazed there isn't greater distortion. Very well done!

Here is a humble effort from this evening with the recently AI'd 50 f/1.4 S.C. shot wide open. It is definitely soft wide open. The image may not look it, but if so that is because of Smart Sharpen...


Shot in Manual mode, at f/1.4, 1/60th of a second and Auto ISO at 2200, converted in Silver Efex Pro 2. This place opened a few months ago and has become the first "night spot" I've known in downtown San Anselmo. We tend to roll up the sidewalks at 10 p.m. but this place is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. I'm very happy that it is doing well.



Apr 21, 2013 at 05:07 AM
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The inside of the mansion was simply amazing, especially the ceilings. I had to lay down on the floor to get some of these shots with the 16mm 3.5
Jose the alley shot was de-fished but the following shots were not.










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