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jhinkey wrote:
This same guy actually has a ton of great gear currently on CL - one of which is a 500/4P that I can't currently swing the $$ for. He's not terribly close to me - about an hours drive or so on the opposite side of the Seattle metropolis, otherwise I might pay a visit and take a peek at his gear in person.


That 500 seems to be in fantastic shape... where there is a will, there is a way, John!



Apr 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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philipj wrote:
That 500 seems to be in fantastic shape... where there is a will, there is a way, John!


Well, I'm in the market for the 500/4P and a Voigtlander 180/4 APO - which will complete my lens needs

What I really need to do is sell off a bunch of my gear that doesn't get used that much to afford such things - some of which will be some of my MF glass unfortunately.



Apr 26, 2013 at 08:49 PM
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John, the Voigtlander 180/4 APO is a superb lens. One of the instructors where I work has that lens. Even though it isn't as fast as many other lenses, its sharpness, contrast, everything is stunning.


Apr 26, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
John, the Voigtlander 180/4 APO is a superb lens. One of the instructors where I work has that lens. Even though it isn't as fast as many other lenses, its sharpness, contrast, everything is stunning.


That's what I have seen and heard. It's to replace my 200/4 AIS, which also is on the selling list.
It's only ~8x the price of the Nikkor.

If anyone is going to be interested, I plan to put on the B&S forum this weekend:

80-200/2.8AFS
20/3.5 AIS
50/1.2 AIS
200/4 AIS
100/2.8 E AIS
135/2.8 AIS

All in VG to EX+ shape . . .

Have not quite come to grips with parting with my 105/2.5 AIS nor my 135/2 AIS . . .



Apr 26, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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Some night work in a rainy Bucharest with Noct 58/1.2. Taken from a hotel balcony a few weeks ago.


























Apr 26, 2013 at 09:40 PM
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Mishu01 wrote:
Some night work in a rainy Bucharest with Noct 58/1.2. Taken from a hotel balcony a few weeks ago.

http://www.graphy.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/5894bw.jpg

http://www.graphy.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/5893bw.jpg

http://www.graphy.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/5898bw.jpg

http://www.graphy.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/5906bw.jpg


Bucharest is one of my favorite cities I have ever visited. Spent a week there. These are all very well captured, I like them a lot! (I have a class picture in front of that statue, brought back some nice memories for me)



Apr 26, 2013 at 09:48 PM
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Mishu01 wrote:
Some night work in a rainy Bucharest with Noct 58/1.2. Taken from a hotel balcony a few weeks ago.




Well done Mihai I like them all at first I thought Don was back

Reagan



Apr 26, 2013 at 09:54 PM
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pburke wrote:
I think your best option with features like this is the "OFF" position. What other than adding noise will it do? I recall how I once messed up a lot of tripod shots in low light, pushing iso to high levels, while I was wondering "wow, there is a lot of light here, I thought this exposure should be a few seconds..." I've used it initialy thinking it would save a few shots, but in the end it had more negative than positive effect on my picture taking. I now make sure it's off, all the time, any lens, and
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Actually, the best option is to shoot Manual Mode in which you set both aperture at the lens and shutter speed in the camera. Once you've done that Auto ISO will do its thing up to the maximum set, which is by default 6400 on the D700. I play back and forth between Aperture Priority and Manual Mode all day long depending on lighting conditions. Needless to say, shooting with tubes reduces light, so even on bright days, I can shoot wide open with the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF in Manual Mode so I can keep the shutter speed up to a manageable level.

Auto ISO is a dream. Here is a shot I took in my living room with Nikki, Manual Mode at f/2, 1/60th of a second, that required ISO 360.




Apr 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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Reagan wrote:
Well done Mihai I like them all at first I thought Don was back

Reagan


Me too Reagan!



Apr 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM
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Curtis On the D7000 and the D600 you set the minimum ISO and the maximum ISO and the min shutter speed and the camera chooses the ISO. I almost always shoot in auto iso. The only problem I have ever had is when I forget to change the speed based on the different focal length. For the 300 4.5 I usually choose 1/1000 but the 24mm I may only set at 1/100.


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I am in a bit of a conundrum... I have a very bad back, spend most of my days in pain that nothing can really be done about. I love my kit, I finally have it fleshed out about where I want it. It does everything I want and does it well. My problem is its weight. If I go on a trip, I usually take my whole kit (camera, 4 lenses, tripod, flash). My last trip, I was in pain for nearly a week after. My photography is evolving and I am needing less and less gear per outing, but even an afternoon with the D7000 around my neck sporting a 28/2.8 or 50/1.8, I am getting home with pain from the base of my skull to just below my rib cage. This isn't good, has me concerned, even has my doctor concerned. One of my coworkers has an M9 with a 35mm lens on it. Man, felt so nice, and the camera took superb pictures...probably 85% of what I shoot could be shot with it. Now an M9 with the 35mm is WAY out of my price-range. I told my friend this and she said, "This is what you want then..." and tossed me her Fuji X100. Not as sharp/clean as the M9, but at a tenth of the price, I was impressed. Loved its look, took very nice pictures, didn't feel that bad in hand. I may have to sell my DSLR and get one of these. What are your thoughts? Any of you in a similar boat when it comes to the weight of your kit and your body rebelling against it? How do you deal?


Apr 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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Kevin just a thought.I too have trouble with the weight so I bought the Black Rapid strap for my camera. It has made a world of difference in the strain on my neck. I can walk all day and not feel the strain at all. I have given thought to getting a couple of small lens cases that have the loops and mounting them on my belt. I think that this might be better than all of the weight in one bag. You could try a mono-pod instead of a tripod then it can double as a walking stick. Now I make myself choose max 3 lenses.


Apr 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Curtis On the D7000 and the D600 you set the minimum ISO and the maximum ISO and the min shutter speed and the camera chooses the ISO. I almost always shoot in auto iso. The only problem I have ever had is when I forget to change the speed based on the different focal length. For the 300 4.5 I usually choose 1/1000 but the 24mm I may only set at 1/100.


I can do the same if I'm willing to go to the Menu, but as your example notes, the minimum shutter speed will depend on the focal length of the lens you're using. Shooting manual mode is much simpler than going into the menu to change the minimum shutter speed. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a minimum higher than 1/30th of a second. Setting it a 1/100th of a second would mean anything from 85mm down would be covered. However, I am happy to shoot at 1/30th when using either the 20 or 24mm lenses.

I was reacting in part to Peter's suggestion that Auto ISO be turned off because all it would ever do is add noise. I think Peter's decades of experience shooting film is evident in that comment since recent generations of Nikon DSLR cameras play quite happily with very high ISO. Here's a shot I took last Sunday at a friend's home with the 50 f/1.4 S.C. AI'd. Since I was shooting inside and needed a bit of depth to the images I set the camera at f/4 and shutter speed at 1/60th of a second. For this shot, the camera required ISO 6400. Yes, if you looked at the darkest part of the image at 100% resolution grain would be evident. This is completely unprocessed apart of reduction in size.



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Apr 27, 2013 at 12:15 AM
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Hi Kevin, Ray is spot on: a very good camera-strap will make a huge difference (broad Op-Techs work for me).
That said, the X100 is a very good camera and in my opinion a great addition to a Nikon-kit. But I wouldn't and couldn't trade my Nikon-setup for a rangefinder-like camera, not even for a Leica. If you have any questions about the X100, please don't hesitate to ask (here, over at flickr or via PM).
Best of luck for your neck, Georg.



Apr 27, 2013 at 12:17 AM
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I have tried the Black Rapid Sport strap. Messed with it for an hour, was never able to get it comfortable. Georg, I will see if there is a local shop that carries the brand you have. I have tried a variety of staps to no avail. The closest I got to comfort was using a strap off a tripod. Very padded and wide. The problem with it was because of its size, it interfered with using the camera. An option I have also considered is a hand strap... I used that in my film days.


Apr 27, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
I am in a bit of a conundrum... I have a very bad back, spend most of my days in pain that nothing can really be done about. I love my kit, I finally have it fleshed out about where I want it. It does everything I want and does it well. My problem is its weight. If I go on a trip, I usually take my whole kit (camera, 4 lenses, tripod, flash). My last trip, I was in pain for nearly a week after. My photography is evolving and I am needing less and less gear per outing,
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Sorry to hear about your pain Kevin. I personally use the SpiderPro holster. Here is the link. I have the 2 camera version since I shoot weddings and it was the best $225 (Price when I bought it) I have ever spent. It puts all the weight on my waist, so there is nothing hanging around my neck. I carry my D700 with 70-200 VR II and SB700 on one side and my D800 with my Sigma 35mm and SB900 on the other hip. Since I am just using my legs to carry the weight I don't have any fatigue, even after an 8 hour wedding.

–Tony



Apr 27, 2013 at 01:08 AM
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Kevin, I use a hand strap all thr time
I also have a Black Rapid but use it when I go hiking or on vacation


Reagan



Apr 27, 2013 at 01:11 AM
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Kevin, Reagan and John - thanks for commenting on my Bucharest night series.

Kevin, good to hear that you visited Bucharest. When did that happen? I also understand your problem with the weight of the gear. I have it as well... my back and my hips are hurting. But I have a sling kind of Kata bag that fits a camera and two - three lenses. If I take AF kit I'll probably put 28 and 85 f/1.8 AF-S which are quite lightweight and if I go MF I generally take 28/2 45/2.8 AI-P and 105/2.5... No flash, no tripod... Only in trips with the car or at special events I take my heavy gear like f/1.4 primes, etc. Having said that I do not see myself renouncing to my heavy glass or to my DSLRs in favor of any rangefinder or mirrorless system. In the worse scenario I'd add a Nikon 1 camera and I'd use it with some small primes from my kit when I do not need DSLR IQ.



Apr 27, 2013 at 01:11 AM
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Mishu01 wrote:
Some night work in a rainy Bucharest with Noct 58/1.2. Taken from a hotel balcony a few weeks ago.

http://www.graphy.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/5894bw.jpg


Mahai, wonderful set! I really like this one. Very nice scene.



Apr 27, 2013 at 01:31 AM
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Mishu01 wrote:
Kevin, Reagan and John - thanks for commenting on my Bucharest night series.

Kevin, good to hear that you visited Bucharest. When did that happen? I also understand your problem with the weight of the gear. I have it as well... my back and my hips are hurting. But I have a sling kind of Kata bag that fits a camera and two - three lenses. If I take AF kit I'll probably put 28 and 85 f/1.8 AF-S which are quite lightweight and if I go MF I generally take 28/2 45/2.8 AI-P and 105/2.5... No flash, no tripod... Only
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I was there in 1989. We were there for a night and day, then moved on to the next city. Long trip, but well worth it.



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