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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/8724729959_c97d940279_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


Fantastic shots Ronny! I could as easily have re-posted them all but I'll restrain myself. Knowing how thin the focal plane becomes when shooting with extension tubes, I'm even more impressed with this series of captures. Clearly you were on a tripod with aperture stopped way down, likely with remote release. Regardless, your technique was impeccable... the results sublime.



May 10, 2013 at 02:52 PM
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rd4tile wrote:
Guys:

I'm looking at getting a 28mm MF. I've kind of narrowed it down to the f2.8 CRC AI-s or the f2 AI-s. I will be using it mostly stopped down. Any major difference in IQ/character that would push you one way or the other between the 2? I notice the f2 seems to sell for a little more overall.

thanks

Rich


raboof wrote:
The f2.8 gives you closer focus distance. The f2.0 gets you an extra stop and a bit bigger. Can't go wrong with either one if you are stopped down so maybe getting a lighter one, the f2.8


What Chuong said. Both lenses have Close Range Correction but minimum focusing distance is a bit shorter with the f/2.8 lens. Some folks knock the f/2.8 at infinity and if you're concerned about corner to corner sharpness stopped down you may want to explore this matter a bit more fully. But I'm inclined to believe if there is a problem it is discovered through pixel peeping rather than viewing a print or full size image displayed on a computer.

I used the 28 f/2.8 AI-s extensively on a trip to the Netherlands a few years ago and was very happy with the results. I used the 28 f/2 AI-s on a trip last year to Turkey and was equally happy. I don't believe you could go wrong with either. I'd likely save a few dollars and buy the f/2.8. Here's a link to a very nice looking copy of that lens offered on the Buy and Sell board for a fair price.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1211513/0?keyword=Nikon,28#11541394

Good luck Rich and share some photos with us once the lens arrives.



May 10, 2013 at 03:05 PM
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Amazing... it is possible to take photos of flowers with wide lenses as well... Here are three photos taken with the 35 f/1.4 AI-s yesterday. I've driven by this home many times and stopped on a few occasions to take photos of the roses. Yesterday the home owner was watering when I stopped by. He was most appreciative of my compliments.





Because of the bright morning light I had to stop down a bit... summer is on its way. But CRC works every time, stopped down or not.



May 10, 2013 at 03:51 PM
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Nice work on the pano Jose and congrats on finishing your collection!
Ronny nice capture on the bees, very sharp!
Curtis lovely flowers and yes the 35mm 1.4 is great for flowers and everything else. 35mm on D600 is like the 24mm was on my D7000. So to me it's W I D E

Edited on May 10, 2013 at 04:46 PM · View previous versions



May 10, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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Thanks guys
No, have not used tripod and remote ...they are taken handheld
I think used the tripod up to 5 times since I started taking pictures in 2010
when I got my first Dslr Nikon D80
my interest in photography started quite late .. I'am 42 year old

and you may laugh but a remote I don't own one I buy lot of lenses.. but not a remote for a few dollars.. Haha
'll get one




Great flowers Curtis

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May 10, 2013 at 04:45 PM
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Ronny - Great macros! I love all the pollen on the bees.

Curtis - Love the last flower shot. I haven't seen the 35 mounted on your camera in quite a while.



May 10, 2013 at 07:30 PM
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Thanks Leighton

Bee and few with 180mm + Extension Tube 36mm


Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr




May 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks Leighton

Bee and few with 180mm + Extension Tube 36mm

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7397/8727285166_979677166b_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/8726165807_043868eab3_b.jpg
NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/8726165689_f80e395584_b.jpg
NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


I think you have found your calling! These are all exquisite! That one with the bee is awesome!



May 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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how did you bribe those bees to keep coming you "your"flower? If I tried this, they'd go to any flower but the one I am focused on.


May 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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Ronny, wow, amazing work with the 135/2 and the 36mm-tube again! This is truly spectacular stuff.

Curtis, very nice work with the 35/1.4! The second rose-shot is especially nicely framed.

Jose, very nice view from your balcony! The "loser" 50mm does quite well in your test.

Philippe, your seascapes are fantastic. Love the sparkling water. Makes me wanna visit France ;-)

Ben, your nightly Nikki-stitches are top notch. The second image is a perfect "this big city never sleeps"-picture. Amazing.




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Just like Curtis I've tried to use a wide-angle for close-ups too, but the 35/1.4 is not a wide in my book
Here's an image taken with my out-of-wack 20/3.5 Ais coupled with a 8mm-Nikon tube to the D3s:


some tiny leaves after a thunderstorm - 20/3.5 Ais, PK11A, f/5.6, cropped



May 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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georgms wrote:
Just like Curtis I've tried to use a wide-angle for close-ups too, but the 35/1.4 is not a wide in my book
Here's an image taken with my out-of-wack 20/3.5 Ais coupled with a 8mm-Nikon tube to the D3s:





That's an awesome shot, Georg

I just managed to put the D2X modes on my D700. I didn't know it is possible.



May 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
I think you have found your calling! These are all exquisite! That one with the bee is awesome!



Ronny - amazing series - and I'm in awe that you can do this handheld. Wonderful stuff.

ben



May 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I appreciate all the suggestions for where Sue and I might land. I'll admit John, that after your note last evening I found myself perusing real estate listings in Puget Sound. If we went to the Olympic Peninsula we could likely pull it off. Seattle is certainly a gorgeous place but a move like that would be a much bigger deal than heading to Florida simply because Sue's family will offer their support. Sue's mom is getting on in years and there is something appealing to her about being close right now. Of course, she can do that occasionally with
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Curtis - mmmm how you rmind works - I never said anything about a wooden stake.

ben




May 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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Chuong, thanks, I'm glad you like the kinda wild bokeh ;-) The 20/3.5+PK11A-combo is pretty sharp in the central part of the image.

Weird things happened while stitching shots taken with the 20/3.5 Ais in the engine-room of an old East-German-ship:

Downsized from 17000x4000pixels: That's a nice big crankcase, but I have to learn to pre-visualize panos. And I should try other stitching-programs...



May 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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georgms wrote:
Chuong, thanks, I'm glad you like the kinda wild bokeh ;-) The 20/3.5+PK11A-combo is pretty sharp in the central part of the image.

Weird things happened while stitching shots taken with the 20/3.5 Ais in the engine-room of an old East-German-ship:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7348/8727486872_7f5d8747a9_o.jpg
Downsized from 17000x4000pixels: That's a nice big crankcase, but I have to learn to pre-visualize panos. And I should try other stitching-programs...


I like it Georg! What are you using to stitch with? I use PS5 and have used PTGUI in the past. I want to try Microsoft ICE as well...



May 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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Thanks, Kevin! It was done with PS6 (auto-everything-setting). Right now Hugin gives my MacMini a stitching-workout...


May 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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I like that it goes on for about 380 degrees - took me a while to wrap my head around it, so to speak


May 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM
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pburke wrote:
I like that it goes on for about 380 degrees - took me a while to wrap my head around it, so to speak

Back when Shockwave was still around, I used to make a lot of QuickTime VR's... Essentially the same technique as this, but we would make sure the ends met up cleanly too. Gives you a full 360 view.



May 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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Peter, yes, it should go around for over 360 degrees - but the very first frame ends up somewhere in the middle of the stitched pano.
I've tried Hugin and AutoPano and got the same strange results. I'm probably too impatient to learn how to use these programs properly.
Right now I try to create small pano-parts (5-6 stitches each) and will try to stitch the smaller panos together. But it's already late in the night, maybe I have to play with this tomorrow.



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