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The sun in the northwestern France is not as shiny as in California, but here are a couple oldtimer car pictures I took with the 28mm 2.8 ais last week, all on a D700:


_PG26059 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/200 sec at f8 iso 200

It shows very little moustache distortion at close range:


An English moustache by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/1600 sec f2.8 iso 200

And some more CRC at work, earlier last week in Central France:


_PG25816 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/1000 sec, f5,6 iso 200 and some shadow lifting in Aperture



May 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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p.2725 #2 · p.2725 #2 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


In Central France I visited the Pont-Canal de Briare, an aquaduct across the Loire river built between 1860 and 1896


_PG25537 by Apapa56, on Flickr

20mm/3.5, 1/160 sec at f8 iso 400, bw conversion with Nik Silver Effex


_PG25573 by Apapa56, on Flickr

20mm/3.5, 1/160 sec at f8 iso 500, bw conversion with Nik Silver Effex


_PG25561 by Apapa56, on Flickr

20mm/3.5 1/160sec at f8 iso 200




May 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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Ronny, amazing close-ups again! I wonder how many hours do you spend laying in the grass with the Nikon ready in your hands ;-)

Jeff, that's very cool framing on your coral tree shots!

Reagan, I really like the first shot ("infinity sign"). The 28-50 seems to be a neat and versatile lens.

Ben, thanks for the clarification - I was worried a bit ;-)

Peter, congrats! Can't wait to see some massive background blur produced by your new 55/1.2 ;-)

Leighton, sorry, missed the shot with the horses - I've looked at a gallery with strange hats and so
The "real" tilt-shot is remarkable, great and eye-catching work on a subject that has probably been shot from every angle with every lens.



May 15, 2013 at 01:02 AM
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p.2725 #4 · p.2725 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Two macros with the 300mm/4.5 EDIF ais


_PG25299 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/100 f5.6 iso 200 with PN11 and PK13 tubes, hand-held


_PG25939 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/250 f5.6 iso 200 with PN11 tube and TC14B converter, hand-held and fill flash with built-in flash on D700





May 15, 2013 at 01:03 AM
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Zichar wrote:
Yay, I'm off work and will be heading to South Australia this Friday. I've been waiting for the longest time! Haven't had a break in almost a year (sorry Leighton). Packing my gear now and it feels soooo heavy. Tempted to leave the 45PCE at home but what can I say, my allegiance is with this thread


Chin, I hope you will have a great and restful trip!



May 15, 2013 at 01:05 AM
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300mm/4.5 EDIF ais does long distance pretty nice too, all with TC14B:


_PG26226 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/2500 f5.6 iso 200


_PG26219 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/1000 f5.6 iso 200


_PG26231 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/1000 f5.6 iso 200



May 15, 2013 at 01:08 AM
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Paul, it's great to hear/read from you again. Great work as usual. I especially like the classic B&W-images. The macros are wonderful too - the colors of the flower-shot are excellent.


May 15, 2013 at 01:10 AM
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And while I was experimenting, a few tulips with the 135mm/2.8 Q ai'd and a PK13 tube:


_PG25594 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/400 f8 iso 200


_PG25618 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/320 f8 iso 200



May 15, 2013 at 01:11 AM
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Here's a shot taken today during a warning strike.

I like the PC 85/2.8D for stuff like this (D700, PC 85/2.8D tilted, f/2.8)



May 15, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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georgms wrote:
Paul, it's great to hear/read from you again. Great work as usual. I especially like the classic B&W-images. The macros are wonderful too - the colors of the flower-shot are excellent.



Thank you Georg, you, and others on the thread have been showing some great work. I don't feel I am competent enough to give comment on them, other than that those pictures were awesome. They do indeed inspire me to try things out myself.

Paul



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Hello!

I have two technical issues, that perhaps someone can help me with.

The first involves something we are all doing here, manually focusing a lens on, in my case, a D800. I have noticed, with many of my shots of plants, trees, and flowers - with a variety of MF lenses - that it seems almost as if the camera "sees" through the fauna and focuses on something behind it. At first I thought it was because the fauna is moving slightly in wind, as even shots at f8 are affected. This may indeed be the case. But it is happening despite may rigorous efforts at steadying the camera and aiming at a large piece of flower etc.

Any thoughts?

The second issue is with Bridge CS6. Despite the fact that I have the fastest processor on my iMac, and 32GB of memory, when I hit the space bar for an enlarged view, it is out of focus. Yet, when I click into that view for 100%, it snaps back to focus. Should, if anything, be the other way around. Note: I have waited for the previews to be refreshed etc, and it still does it.

I am trying to wean myself off of Lightroom, as the new features of Photoshop CC look up my alley, and I have had the subscription at a beta tester discount, since day one.

Seems to be a learning curve with the D800 that I did not experience with the D700. So far, there is no "aha" moment for me...



May 15, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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Paul Gabel wrote:
Thank you Georg, you, and others on the thread have been showing some great work. I don't feel I am competent enough to give comment on them, other than that those pictures were awesome. They do indeed inspire me to try things out myself.

Paul


You're not competent enough? Your fine work speaks another language, Paul.
But just like you I really like the highly inspiring, peaceful character of this wonderful thread.



May 15, 2013 at 01:26 AM
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designdog wrote:
Hello!

I have two technical issues, that perhaps someone can help me with.

The first involves something we are all doing here, manually focusing a lens on, in my case, a D800. I have noticed, with many of my shots of plants, trees, and flowers - with a variety of MF lenses - that it seems almost as if the camera "sees" through the fauna and focuses on something behind it. At first I thought it was because the fauna is moving slightly in wind, as even shots at f8 are affected. This may indeed be the case. But it is happening
...Show more

Sorry about your trouble! Do you focus by the focus-confirmation or on the screen/groundglass in the finder? Todays screens are not made to be used for manual focusing and nailing focus is tricky. For static scenes focusing via Live-View works great.



May 15, 2013 at 01:35 AM
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Thanks. I am using the focus confirmation.


May 15, 2013 at 01:42 AM
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designdog wrote:
Thanks. I am using the focus confirmation.


There are some issues that might cause focus-errors: a too small or not contrasty enough target for the AF-system (read: the focus confirmation) is one of the more likely reasons.
You could also check if the lenses work 100% with the focus confirmation: "nail" focus with Live-View and check if the focus-confirmation shows focus as dead on (this should be done from a tripod).
Here is another thread about this stuff.
Hope this helps!



May 15, 2013 at 02:02 AM
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Foggy14 wrote:
Here are a couple wide open shots of a flowering coral tree, sometimes called a "flame tree."



Very nice Jeff. I especially like the first image.



May 15, 2013 at 02:15 AM
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Foggy14 wrote:
Ronny, thanks for your comment. Terrific bee shot with the 135/2. I'm in awe of your steady hands!


+1 Ronny. Amazing work.



May 15, 2013 at 02:16 AM
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Paul Gabel wrote:
In Central France I visited the Pont-Canal de Briare, an aquaduct across the Loire river built between 1860 and 1896

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7284/8738982179_ee466c4ab2_b.jpg
_PG25573 by Apapa56, on Flickr



Very nice canal images Paul. This one is very nostalgic.



May 15, 2013 at 02:20 AM
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A few more from Letchworth all taken with the 105mm f4 micro. I have been carrying this lens as part of my lightweight kit. The first two are taken at infinity. The sharpness seems quite good. The last image is focused on the stone wall. Taken at f5.6, the bokeh is not as smooth as I had hoped. The wall and tree are very sharp however. Thanks for looking.
Scott

















May 15, 2013 at 02:31 AM
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Our European contingent is entertaining us big time of late... Paul, Ronny and Georg do these lenses proud. Love that heavily loaded bee Ronny, and those tulips knock me out Paul. And I love the fact we continually get to see what you're up to when at work... always interesting subjects. I've never heard before of a "warning" strike. Workers here are on strike or they're not... negotiating happens in between. Though come to think of it, unions will on occasion to informational picketing to make their point. Happily I no longer need to be concerned with such things either as a representative of labor or management... I've done both at one time or another. I even got fired one time for helping a union to organize. Live and learn...



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