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Rafael, I loved the set of images from the car scene. The 18 seems the perfect lens for what you were doing. Today they held May Madness in downtown San Rafael with classic cars lining the main street. I'd forgotten about the event but as I drove home along an adjacent street I saw the barricades and then in the distance a few beauties. Inspired by your work I wandered about until I found a parking space and headed down to the event. Light was bright in the middle of the day so shooting was a bit challenging. I ended up converting quite a few images with Silver Efex Pro 2. It was a great deal of fun shooting and a great deal of fun processing images. Here's a downpayment...





The first three were shot with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd and the last with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd which proved especially useful shooting cars. The two Corvettes in the last photo are from 1965, the coupe and 1966, the roadster. I owned two 1965 Corvettes at different times, one silver roadster and one silver coupe. My Corvette days are long gone, but I'm still a fan Rafael, as I know you are.



May 12, 2013 at 04:19 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
What a sweet looking house John. If you have one next door for $350,000 let me know... Actually, though I may be willing to revisit Seattle, Sue wants less rain and more sun... Obviously, it works for a great many people but we've been spoiled by California weather... not to be confused with Florida weather...


Thanks - it's been a huge amount of work to get it looking like this from the incredibly sorry shape it was in when we bought it . . .

Well, if you can make it from November through April you can get through May & June. After July 4th and through mid October typically is pretty darned nice . . .



May 12, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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I know that Seattle is perfect for you and your family with so many opportunities to get into wilderness areas relatively close at hand. Puget Sound, Lake Washington and the two mountain chains make for a stunning setting. I remember my three years there fondly. I was rather blown away when I arrived in February, having left twenty below temperatures in Minneapolis, and finding flowers in bloom. I thought it was paradise until it started raining the following September and then seemed never to stop...

You're right, of course, summer can be delicious. It is the overcast skies and rain of winter that are a challenge. Only Buffalo, New York has fewer clear days than does Seattle... 54 to 58, and only Pittsburgh has a lower percentage of sun reaching the ground... 45% to 47%. San Francisco has 160 clear days, by comparison.

http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/weather-averages-index.php

Interesting stuff...



May 12, 2013 at 04:55 AM
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One thing that impressed me at the May Madness car show today was that some of most interesting work on cars is being done by Latinos who are very much into low riding and adding hydraulic systems in their cars, which permits them to bounce up and down the road. There were quire a few such cars displayed today, including one that is quite stunning. Everything has been modified to perfection. Here are a series of photos taken with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd of that special vehicle. First looking down the street at the line of cars. You'll see the white car that has lifted off the pavement. That is the one...



And here is the heart of the hydraulic system. Note the eight batteries lined up at the sides of the trunk to provide power to the system.


And here is the engine compartment. Practically everything has been chromed.


Every detail has been impeccably done. This is high art, in my opinion.



May 12, 2013 at 05:04 AM
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Chuong, I like your framing of the sparrow (?). Very nice background-separation too - your 300/2.8 works great for this purpose.

Rafael, nice work at the Dinner (or is it "Diner"?) Crossed palm-trees are a neat idea.

Philip, thanks! The "Aunties and Uncles" restaurant looks like a good place to get good traditional fare (called "Hausmannskost" over her).
The flare/ghosting seems weird, I've had similar things going on with the 55/1.2.
The B&W-shot is cool - I'm not brave enough to shoot wide open from the hip ;-)

John, your daughter looks like the happy cashier of your yard-sale;-) A very nice portrait!

Curtis, love your car-shots, especially the Malibu-details. The hotrod works great in B&W. Lotsa work in the low-riders, amazing craftsmanship nicely captured!



May 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:


And here is the heart of the hydraulic system. Note the eight batteries lined up at the sides of the trunk to provide power to the system.

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hrD9-QVsmPo/UY8LgKftNAI/AAAAAAAAU2o/oFr55aMEBPU/s1000/24.2.8.NC.LowriderHydraulics.jpg



They are already half way there to get this into plug in hybrid configuration. Definitely impressive workmanship, even if the purpose is hard to comprehend for an outsider. Perhaps the purpose is unimportant at this level of modification, as it becomes more of a "because we can" thing

Love the Malibu steering wheel shot




May 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Rafael, I loved the set of images from the car scene. The 18 seems the perfect lens for what you were doing. Today they held May Madness in downtown San Rafael with classic cars lining the main street. I'd forgotten about the event but as I drove home along an adjacent street I saw the barricades and then in the distance a few beauties. Inspired by your work I wandered about until I found a parking space and headed down to the event. Light was bright in the middle of the day so shooting was a bit challenging. I ended
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Curtis. great photos of an excellent event, I grew up in El Salvador with many relatives living in the Bay area and LA, this was back when the smell of leaded gasoline meant good times coming in a car or a boat, we did cruise the town to meet our friends in a very relaxed and happy way, and would talk endless about the latest engines and their horsepower. Those times are gone and the world is much more complex now, but the old car hobby is still strong, bringing good memories and a good time to us old timers, while conveying to the younger people a sense of the times past. Corvettes in particular, being two seat sports cars with no practical use, were very appealing to us kids. My attraction to these cars was sealed when my rooMmate at Berkeley owned one he received as a high school graduation gift from his optician dad, no real purpose to the car other than having fun.

Always been curious about San Rafael, should move there to escape SoCal and not have to spell my first name ever again.

Really liked the 105mm photo of the Chevy steering wheel, brought memories of riding the front bench seat of my godparent's Impala.


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May 12, 2013 at 03:10 PM
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Lovely memories Rafael. When I'm looking at cars I'm always observing who lingers at particular models, ever mindful of the fact that certain cars are associated with our youth... perhaps cars we owned or cars we dreamed of owning but couldn't afford. Like most youths I spent WAY too much money one cars. I'm amazed my father was willing to co-sign when I bought my second car, a two year old 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible that cost $3,000. I was making $329 a month at the time. And what I got for my effort was an unending series of raspberries from kids who told me I was driving "daddy's" car... I had it for only two years because a friend bought a beautiful 1956 Corvette and another friend returned from Las Vegas with a slightly less beautiful Corvette from the same year that he didn't like. Needless to say I bought it and my Corvette adventure began.

There is little doubt that my decision to buy a 1999 Acura coupe twelve years ago came in large measure from my appreciation of its design. Before that I owned two Toyota Celica GTS hatchbacks. I still love cars.



Somebody's vision of a 1937 Ford Coupe.


Reworking of a Deuce coupe with a 1960 Chevrolet convertible very much in the style and size of my Bonneville. They feel a bit like an aircraft carrier when one is driving down the street...

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May 12, 2013 at 04:03 PM
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Here is another 1960 Chevrolet, this one a two door hardtop. These were all shot with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd, a very sweet little lens.


And something completely different... a 1950 Mercury in original condition, though totally restored.


I spoke with the owner. His father owned the Mercury dealership and when this car was traded in in 1960, having been driven for ten years by the well known "little old lady who only drove the car to church." And it was true in that case. His father bought the car for $125 and gave it to his son who has owned it ever since. He turned to a sportier car at some later date and put this car into storage. It wasn't until five years ago that he committed himself to its restoration. The first time he showed it was in San Rafael and he won best in show. The car is immaculate. He will compete with it in Palm Springs where cars that are in original condition can compete. He noted the chrome extension on the exhaust pipe and said that would have to be removed because it was not available when the car was originally sold. This is what these folks are into.

I would observe, however, that living in an upscale community like this, it often happens that folks with big bucks buy these cars already restored and show them with a pride that at least to me rings a little hollow. I love the owners who've through sweat, tears and a stretched budget created these beauties. Of course, I don't blame them for wanting to get some of their money back on resale. I guess the world works just exactly the way it does...



May 12, 2013 at 04:12 PM
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Great jobb on those shot on the last pages
Nice shot Philippe
Great shot Georg! like the picture on the chairs
John..like both shot ! Wonderful house and cute daughter
Great shot Philipj
Curtis: Nice shot on the cars
Nice shot Leighton
Great bird shot Chuong








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Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



May 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
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A few Baltimore sights. All taken with the 28 3.5 PC, using shift function. f8 or f5.6.

Jade Express






Ashburton pumping station






Church across the Ashburton pumping station






Edit: cloned out quite a noticeable dust bunny in the sky in the first and 3rd pics. I guess those sensor swabs need some work to do soon



May 12, 2013 at 05:19 PM
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Peter (WI), terrific mountaineering shots again.

Lieutenant, mesmerizing reflections off that boat!

Georg, I am really enjoying the engine room images. Very interesting subject.

Leighton, like those two market images. Where's more

Chuong, good capture of the little bird with the 300 2.8+TC. Is the 300 new?

Philip, nice street images, quite interesting flare in the second image. Was there a light source just to the right of the frame?

John, very nice house. I guess I should stop at garage sales this year to see if anyone's got any old lenses by chance

Curtis and Rafael, enjoying the antique car pics.

Samy



May 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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And one more of the Ashburton pumping station with the 28 3.5 PC. Looked it up and the building is from the 1930s. Would be a lot more plain if it was built more recently, I think.








May 12, 2013 at 05:56 PM
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saph wrote:
John, very nice house. I guess I should stop at garage sales this year to see if anyone's got any old lenses by chance

Samy

Samy -

I've heard stories of great Nikkor finds at yard and estate sales, but I've never seen any Nikkors at yard sales in my neck of the woods!

- John



May 12, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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I hope someone can help me. I have a D600 and currently looking for a MF prime for outdoor portraits and occasionally waist up. Looking for great bokeh and DOF close to wide open

Currently looking at
105 F1.8
105 F2.5
135 F2
135 F2.8

There are obviously several fold differences in price between the faster and slower counter parts of the 105 and 135. Seeing as there's so much experience in this thread with MF Nikon gear, I'm hoping someone can help me compare the 105mm F1.8 vs. F2.5 and 135mm F2 vs. F2.8.

I really like wide open bokeh to be circular and it would seem the 9 blade diaphragms of the F1.8 and F2 would really cater to that. Not entirely sure of sharpness of these lens wide open, however.

For funsies, how about the 180 F2.8 ED AIS?

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May 12, 2013 at 06:38 PM
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Yes and Ray keeps telling us about the deal he finds at yard sales. We should be so lucky John... though I'm really not missing much from my kit at the moment. I doubt I'd find a NOCT lying around in someone's garage, or a 200 f/2. I think my shopping days have come to an end...

Lovely work with the PC lens Samy. I've always gotten the sense that using this lens can be quite challenging. How do you find it?



May 12, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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The 105mm f/1.8 AI-s is a favourite of mine, I find the way it balances on the larger FX bodies great, and I have no complaints about sharpness wide open, though I also don't print large. Here are a sample of portraits with the 1.8, all wide open except for the last one, at f/2.8.


Margot by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Rocio by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Alley Sue by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Smoking by philipjohnson, on Flickr

You will find that there are chromatic aberrations with this lens, LoCA being present with sunny, backlit situations. I used to own the 105mm f/2.5 AI-s and found it to be an excellent performer too, and if you would prefer the lower cost and smaller size I wouldn't hestitate to recommend it either. At f/2.5 it is already a great performer, with less issue with chromatic abberations. You really can't go wrong with either 105mm lens, and if you are content with the slower aperture the f/2.5 would likely fit all your needs.

For the 135mms, John H, Curtis, and a few others have a lot of experience, so hopefully they will chime in.



May 12, 2013 at 06:46 PM
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Here are two photos taken of a friend who needs a photo for the jacket of a book she will have published later this year. The first was shoot a couple of months ago with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s, the second shot yesterday with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd that cost three hundred dollars less than the faster lens. We're not there yet...



And here is a shot taken with the f/1.8 of another friend whose book is coming out this year as well. I'm honored to do this kind of work for a friend. This is the image that will be used on the book jacket.


I love all four of the lenses you list though the faster lenses always intrigue me. But generally for portraits you're stopping down. I tend to shoot at f/2.8 or even f/4 if I'm closer to the subject. Considering how affordable the 105 f/2.5 is in its different iterations, it wouldn't cost you very much to give it a try. It is surely among the best lenses Nikon has made. You simply can't go wrong with any version. The P has a different optical design but I love it every bit as much as the newer versions. Just make certain that the lens you buy will fit on your camera because older pre-AI versions won't until they've been converted.


The four 105mm lenses in my kit... I guess I love that focal length.



May 12, 2013 at 06:53 PM
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Excellent shots with the 105 F1.8 and F2.5! Good to know about CA on the 1.8 vs 2.5, philipj.

Thanks for the help thus far. Currently looking back several pages to see if I can find examples of each. I'm new here, so please let me know if there is a thread search function rather than just a forum search.



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