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designdog wrote:
Thanks for the input! Sounds right up my alley, except for perhaps the absence of instant gratification.

I read somewhere that the 35 2.8 SC had similar "3d" qualities to the 25-50. Perhaps that would be a good place to start. Already have a 50 1.2 AI-s that is near perfect.

Is there a recommended conversion source?


I had two lenses converted by John White and can recommend his service. I think there are others who do the same thing (somebody offers this on ebay, I think).

Peter




Apr 06, 2013 at 02:09 AM
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saph wrote:
Another image from Washington, this is at the Lincoln Memorial. 50 1.2 AIS, f4 and 1/125s.

http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b530/sa_maryland_fotofun/WashingtonDC/Lincoln_zps10f7c7f8.jpg


Very sharp Samy. Nice b&w conversion.



Apr 06, 2013 at 02:12 AM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
Final test shot of the day for the 'new' 55mm 1.2 SC, my garden is very natural, here is some natural flowers (weeds)

At 1:1.2, which do we like best?
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8402/8622002673_733c25f377_b.jpg
Nikkor 55mm 1.2 _7SC Arrival by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Rafael, I vote for the f1.2 version.



Apr 06, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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Stitched 12 shots, D700 28mm f2.8AIS, and distortion bound to give some heartburn. Yes, I'm going to try to figure out what I might be able to do in PS.





Not the Golden Gate Bridge :-)

  NIKON D700    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    28mm    f/8.0    1/320s    800 ISO    +0.7 EV  




Apr 06, 2013 at 02:16 AM
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pbraymond wrote:
Stitched 12 shots, D700 28mm f2.8AIS, and distortion bound to give some heartburn. Yes, I'm going to try to figure out what I might be able to do in PS.

Save it as a tiff and pull it back into ACR and run it as a 14mm lens and see if the distortion comes out better/straighter. Very cool shot though, I like it.



Apr 06, 2013 at 02:32 AM
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^^^^^^^I love the distortion Ray. Dont do a thing! !!@


Apr 06, 2013 at 03:20 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Love your lens photos Rafael. You have a very discerning eye and have put together a first rate kit of lenses. I thought I was being indulgent with both a 50 f/1.2 AI-s and a 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd but you definitely take the prize. At the moment I'm focusing on upgrading the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd, the lens on the far left of the photo above. This is the Sonnar design with five elements in three groups. The link you offered to a later version of the P lens has five elements in four groups. That is the design
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It is really an investment.

Here is the 55 1.2 SC out on the street I live on, all plants are blooming. Used some mid aperture.


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 yellow bush by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 yellow bush 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Apr 06, 2013 at 04:06 AM
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And back at the old Califia testing grounds, this is the new 55mm 1.2 SC all photos at full aperture (1:1.2) on a D3 (no need for 36 mp). I am telling you these things are SHARP at 1.2, just need even light to work well. For some optical reason much easier to focus wide open than the 50mm 1.2.


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 CAlifia 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 Califia 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 Calififa 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 CAlifia by Rafael CA, on Flickr

AND the obligatory 100% proof that these things are sharp at 1.2


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 CAlifia crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Apr 06, 2013 at 04:11 AM
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Wonderful photographs Rafael!


Apr 06, 2013 at 05:54 AM
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Foggy14 wrote:
Wonderful photographs Rafael!


+1


Thanks
Peter : Yes it my daughter on the trampoline


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

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

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



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pburke wrote:
AI conversion. $30 plus shipping, unless you must go with the original conversion rings sold by Nikon years ago, which can be hard to find for the more common focal lengths. Example for a rare 15mm lens



Peter, another option, if you is good with handworks:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/02/06/nikkor-ai-conversions-diy/

I know it will be considered blasphemy here, but it is just me.
While myself was at first eagerly looking at factory rings, right now I prefer to maintain the original aperture rings (mostly the scalloped ones). Ater no more than 10-15minutes of simple filing down work on the aperture ring at the right place (see link above) and a black paint final touch, the lesn is perfectly ai'd and with the original ring. I am not good with handwork, but the procedure is so straightforward tha I was more than capable to do the job. Additionally, I noted that the aperture claw do not need to be filled down or removed forever, but it can be reisntalled at its original place without interfering with camera's aperture tab. This is great since no butchery work is needed. Unfortunately many people have unnecessarily destroyed the good looking of their lenses doing that butchery.
Right now I have a 16/3.5 and a 400/5.6 ai factory rings with no use...


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Apr 06, 2013 at 01:05 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:



Quite a number of us have been avidly pursuing pre-AI lenses that were made entirely of metal. They have scalloped focusing rings. As Peter and Rafael mention, these older lenses must be converted before they may be used by modern Nikon DSLR cameras. That may be done reasonably inexpensively by having the aperture ring cut down. The more elegant solution, the one that I opted for and that Rafael has done as well, is to find lenses that already have installed, an AI conversion kit manufactured by Nikon some years ago. They are available, as Peter noted for only the
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What a great scalloped collection Curtis.
I am considering to myself a more humble collection including just the 20/3.5 UD or 24/2.8 NC; 35/2 OC; 50/2 HC; 105/2.5 P (Sonnar); 105/2.5 PC (Gauss) and the 200/4 QC (got a pristine copy, what a beauty!!).

Of all these above the 20/3.5 UD is the more expensive, those near pristime and with the factory ring maintaining the scalloped aperture ring (beautiful and more functional) normally are priced above USD 280-300.00 at ebay.
Add to this the fact that Rafael monopolized the last copies of the rare HN-9 hoods of this lens
so, better to be conformed to the fact my widest scalloped wide angle will be the 24/2.8 NC.



Apr 06, 2013 at 01:26 PM
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mp356 wrote:
Rafael, I vote for the f1.2 version.


Agreed!
For scientific purposes the first one would be better, but for aesthetic or artistic appreciation, no doubt this is far better.



Apr 06, 2013 at 01:29 PM
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Thanks John, Peter, Leighton, Laura, Jeff and Samy for the comments.


Curtis, awesome San Francisco sets, but I liked the most the "Irish Coffee";

Kevin, what beautifully captured blue flowers + bokeh;

Leighton, fantastic snowstorm;

Reagan, what a beautiful flower scneario with the 25-50mm;

Ronny, another killer bokeh set with the 135/2.



Apr 06, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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The university foyer is outstanding Georg.

Curtis, the posts of the Oakland Bay Bridge and the previous posts of the Golden Gate bridge leaves me jealous. As you can see by the bridge shot I posted, the aesthetics and settings pale in comparison. I'm sure your eye has a lot to do with it too.

Agentbird (sorry, can't remember your name) the TS shot at night in Singapore shows great use of the tilt feature!

Leighton, the first shot in the D600 sensor error post is my favorite in awhile.

Ddog, your home looks gorgeous (in a gorgeous setting too)! Looks like you'll get along fine with the 25-50.

Rafael, I like the "dreamy" version of the flowers at f1.2.






Apr 06, 2013 at 01:57 PM
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LOVE these sculptures!

rafaelcasd wrote:
And back at the old Califia testing grounds, this is the new 55mm 1.2 SC all photos at full aperture (1:1.2) on a D3 (no need for 36 mp). I am telling you these things are SHARP at 1.2, just need even light to work well. For some optical reason much easier to focus wide open than the 50mm 1.2.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8623932636_7934e20431_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 CAlifia 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8623932732_b8489f3a13_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 Califia 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8546/8623932676_bee7f7d2c7_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 Calififa 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8622828823_a5ace5734b_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc by Rafael CA, on Flickr

AND the obligatory 100% proof that these things are sharp at 1.2

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8395/8622828749_19109bab36_o.jpg
nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 CAlifia crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr
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Apr 06, 2013 at 02:27 PM
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Jose, I can put my hands on one of those hoods right now. When's your birthday?

asiostygius wrote:
What a great scalloped collection Curtis.
I am considering to myself a more humble collection including just the 20/3.5 UD or 24/2.8 NC; 35/2 OC; 50/2 HC; 105/2.5 P (Sonnar); 105/2.5 PC (Gauss) and the 200/4 QC (got a pristine copy, what a beauty!!).

Of all these above the 20/3.5 UD is the more expensive, those near pristime and with the factory ring maintaining the scalloped aperture ring (beautiful and more functional) normally are priced above USD 280-300.00 at ebay.
Add to this the fact that Rafael monopolized the last copies of the rare HN-9 hoods of this lens
so, better to be
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Apr 06, 2013 at 02:28 PM
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Sorry to keep boring you, but here are two more shots from around my home with the 25-50. The first shows the lens at 50mm 5.6. It is a crop, and I could have cropped even closer.

The second shot I have kept a little dark, as the camera exposed it. To me, and I hope this comes across, the two dogs have that dimensional look this lens is famous for.

Not great photos, sorry, but just examples of the capability of this very unique Nikon lens.






D700 25-50 4 AI-s







D700 25-50 4 AI-s



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Apr 06, 2013 at 02:45 PM
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Laura, you offer is too kind - my birthday, approaching fast to almost a half century is next September

On the other hand, I am smelling here a devilish NMFAS enabler leading me me to buy the expensive (but sexy) UD 20/3.5
There is a Canadian copy at ebay, near pristine and factory ai'd - maintaining the beauty/excellent scalloped aperture ring, but surely bidding will surpass the USD 300,00 mark



Apr 06, 2013 at 02:45 PM
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ddog, I am not bored, on the contray, pleased with your images with the venerable 25-50/4.

Have you perceived the metering is better when proper focal lenght is input to the camera menu? For example, an actual 25mm shot, when the lens input is at 25mm deliver better metering than if the lens was input as a 50mm?



Apr 06, 2013 at 02:49 PM
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