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Actually they all have 5 elements from the P and later. The chrome P had 5 elements in 3 groups and the the later models had 5 elements in 4 groups. The 10.5 cm had 3 elements in 3 groups.


Jun 04, 2013 at 12:41 AM
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Thanks Kevin, I appreciate the kind words.

kwoodard wrote:
Of the work you have posted, I think these simple images are the best thus far. I love them both, I would be pleased as punch if they were mine.


Leighton. It reminded me of a sundial too...As to chances; I have another one that stuck into the top of a stained cedar fence post that is rotting out. I guess if you drop enough of them...they find every place possible to land.

leighton w wrote:
What are the chances! I like this one because it reminds me of a sundial. The lighting is great as well.


Ray, it was so graphic it was hard to miss.

pbraymond wrote:
James, nicely done on the Maple seed pics. Isn't it great when things just set themselves up for you?


Thanks Georg, I hadn't used the D300 in a while - it proved to be a good match to the micro. Love the dragon boaters photos!

georgms wrote:
James, I like your maple-seed-images a lot. Excellent work, and I love your approach to get more than "just 1 shot" out of this subject. Playing with different lenses, angles and such is so much fun and the pictorial results worth the extra effort.
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Jun 04, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Actually they all have 5 elements from the P and later. The chrome P had 5 elements in 3 groups and the the later models had 5 elements in 4 groups. The 10.5 cm had 3 elements in 3 groups.


True, but the way they're grouped makes a difference. That is the reason the earlier lenses were spoken of as having a Sonnar design while the later were referred to as Gauss. And there is always the question of what exactly each element was doing. Here's a discussion of the evolution of this lens...

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/105mmnikkor/105mm25.htm

Note the graphic showing the shape of the elements and how they were grouped... very different beasts. The later optical design appeared in the last P lens with the wide focusing ring, then in the K, AI and AI-s. The Sonnar design was in the original P lenses. Check subsequent pages for precise noting of which versions and which serial numbers had which design. The Sonnar P definitely has a different character which I find quite pleasing.

Here are four 105s... posted previously. And the 105P has been replaced with a cleaner copy...


105 f/1.8 AI-s, 105 f/2.5 P AI'd, 105 f/2.5 P.C. AI'd, 105 f/2.5 AI-s



Jun 04, 2013 at 01:20 AM
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p.2771 #4 · p.2771 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


A few more from Sunday up at Mt. Rainier . . . . a pretty gloomy day in the mountains. It started to rain just as we were leaving.



























Jun 04, 2013 at 03:34 AM
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Good light today, so I took the 600mm on a walk along a small lake in the area where I saw some Pelicans while on a bike ride yesterday. They were still there, and the light was getting nice around 7pm. I bushwhacked my way to a spot as close as I could get (80-100 feet) and fired off about 175 images in about 45 minutes. I've never taken photos of birds with a big lens, nor on the water, and definitely not in flight, so this is probably more a lens test result than anything special. Would have loved to have the TC-16a already, but that's not going to be here for another day or two. The D600 resolution saved the day - you can crop these images way beyond DX and still have something to show online.

all D600 on Manfrotto video tripod (heavy with pretty useless fluid head)

f/8.0 1/1000s ISO 100







100% crop







f/5.6 1/1250s ISO 100







f/5.6 1/1600s ISO 100







f/4.0 1/1000s ISO 100










Jun 04, 2013 at 04:03 AM
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The birds were mostly sitting around and cleaning themselves. Must be the thing they do in the evening - what do I know? I had no idea pelicans would even be in this part of the world. But once in a while some bird would fly off or at least stretch its wings. Got a few of those in focus, too.

First shot I took today - wide open f/4.0 1/1000s ISO 100, this is almost full frame







looks like some tasty geese to me f/5.6 1/1250s ISO 100







getting ready for landing approach - all the actual landing images are just out of focus, which is a bummer - this guy did the full skid on feet thing before coming to a stop f/5.6 1/1250s ISO 100

















Jun 04, 2013 at 04:41 AM
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and the last set from the lake

f/5.6 1/1000s ISO 100







light was fading fast - half the area in front of me was in dark blue shadows when I took this one

f/4.0 1/1600s ISO 400







which was about the time when the big bully bird arrived - here's his landing,
f/8.0 1/1600s ISO 400







he then went over to a nice spot, whacked the bird resting there over the head to clear the spot and then hopped on himself - last shot I took as the light was fading

f/5.6 1/1250s ISO 400







I need to clean the camera - sensor dust on some shots at f/8 with a 600mm... must be bad in there.

One thing about the lens - I had to correct quite a bit of purple and especially green fringing on the edges of just out of focus highlights. It wasn't too hard, but it seems that every image was a little different, so a "synchronize all" doesn't work. Maybe that's why even the existing camera profiles have the fringing sliders at zero...

Happy camper, though - very nice colors, contrasty and after a little practice I wasn't even looking at the focus confirm dot - with the light I had it was quite easy to just focus with the view finder. I did a few live view checks, especially at f/4.0, where at 80 feet, there's not much depth of field. I hope I can do this again with the 1.6x teleconverter soon








Jun 04, 2013 at 04:54 AM
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Thanks Georg, Samy and Ray for your words on the Bellinzona pics.

Samy, interesting bokeh comparison, the older 10.5cm really rules the bokeh roost there.

Georg, good couple from the dragon boating. looks like a great day out. Hope you're not affected by the flooding, or was that the only way the kids could get to school? Interesting shot with the 85mm, I imagine trying to hit a moving target from a moving platform was tough.

John, lovely pics from Mt Rainier.

Peter, amazing pelican shots. great work.






Jun 04, 2013 at 04:54 AM
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A couple of shots with the 300mm, one from a while ago in the rain and one from Saturday when we finally got a break in the clouds.












Jun 04, 2013 at 04:55 AM
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I had really liked this 50 1.2 image on full colors, but my perception is that most people do no like strong colors as much as I do, it is just the way my eyes see the world.

So here it is in B and W, it is ok if you don't like it but is worth a try. No image processing other than BW.


8928717021_08f69b2016_2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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Exciting stuff Peter. You, Samy and Jose are the only ones among us with long glass to show off. These are very nice, as you note with excellent color and contrast. A beauty for sure. Well done. But just imagine what you'd have if you had 36 megapixels behind that lens...


Jun 04, 2013 at 06:24 AM
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Peter (Madison), terrific first use of the 600. Really liked all the pelican shots, one of the ones that stood out was the pelican yawning. And excellent focus on the flying birds!

With the TC16A, you would get around 1000mm and ~f8, lots of reach for birding in reasonable light. With these superteles, the IQ dropoff seems to be almost none to minimal (anecdotally for me the TC14B is the best, with the TC16A and TC301 a bit less so). At those fls, the stabilization is the key. I depend on the focus confirmation dot a lot more in most cases.




Jun 04, 2013 at 08:41 AM
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John, super views of the majestic slopes on that mountain.
Mark, really like the red fiery sky from the break in the clouds.
Rafael, very interesting conversion. To me the lady sitting in the back seems to be more of a statue with the live couple dancing in the front. Cool shot with the 50 1.2.



Jun 04, 2013 at 08:49 AM
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Spent the weekend in Port Elizabeth - South Africa's "windy city" which lived up to its reputation with strong, cold gales!

Went out early Sunday morning and got a couple of shots with the ai'd 28 2.8

The sculptures are amazing - cut out of steel plate about 1/3" thick. The 3D effect is terrific.





Nelson Mandela







Ordinary South Africans ...1







Ordinary South Africans ...2




Jun 04, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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Thanks Jeff and Georg.

Ray, another great sunset set with the 35/1.4;

Rafael, magical shots with the 50/1.2 wide open; I liked the most the first one with the dreamy effect;

Peter B, great flowers with 55/1.2 and excellent Pelican "test" shots; I would like all my tests had such quality; looking forward to your results with your new 960mm f/6.4;

James, loved the maples seeds, specially the capture with 200/4 micro;

John, lovely set from Mt. Rainier;

Mark, great debut with your new 85/1.8 K ("Nikki's daughter"); and I loved the reddish sky too;

Samy and John, great bokeh comparison/discussion; I made some tests too at MFD of the 105 Sonnar, 105 AI and 105 /2.8 micro, but had no time to post here yet;

Georg, loved the dragonboat race pictures.


Last days over here we get cloudy or rainy weather. I took the 180/2.8 ED to capture these interesting clouds surrounding the "Pico do Jaraguá" ~ 1135m above sea level. The scene was around 12 km away my balcony, and since there was some rain, the atmosphere was relatively free of pollution.



Pico do Jaraguá surrounded by clouds by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED + tripod, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/40s. ~30% cropped.




Jun 04, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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p.2771 #16 · p.2771 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Peter, nice set with the 600mm. Pelicans in Wisconsion? Who knew?



Jun 04, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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John, I like the second last shot of the second climbing set - it reminds me of old Dutch paintings (ice skaters in Dutch winter-scapes).

Peter from Madison, wow, beautiful bird-images! I like especially the 2 last shots from your first set. The pelican-reflections work wonderful here.

Mark, great work with the 300: interesting mood at the "rain-shot" and amazing sky at the second image.

Rafael, I prefer the color-version of the surreal dancer-image. Pictures like this one look best when printed really large in my opinion.

Peter from Knysna, very cool looking shots from the steel-sculptures. The first one is the strongest picture, it was probably easier to frame than the other sculptures.

Jose, I like the depth of your "Pico do Jaraguá"-image a lot.



Jun 04, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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Very nice scene Jose. What's the temp like?
The helicopter looks like a Dassault, but I'll wait for Lt to chime in



Jun 04, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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Thanks for the comments on the dragon boat images, really much appreciated!

Today I went out for a short walk through the garden, looking for snails and other potential subjects ;-)
After seeing so many stunning shots from Ronny, Kevin and Curtis with their (your) 135mm-lenses and extension tubes I was eager to give the old 135/3.5 Ai a try.

Here's a two-leaf-combo that caught my attention for it's graphical qualities:

135/3.5 Ai at f/11, Kenko 36mm tube

This bud looked interesting enough to snap a picture:

135/3.5 Ai wide open, Kenko 36mm tube, cropped a bit
I don't feel real comfy working with colors, but wanted to give it a try ;-)
Lotsa dust-particles, didn't removed all...

And finally a tiny twig, found on a Mountain (?) Ash:

Eberesche von georgsfoto auf Flickr
two vertical shots (135/3.5 Ai wide open, 36mm tube) stitched



Jun 04, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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p.2771 #20 · p.2771 #20 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Wow Georg!
All three are great, but I'm particularly fond of #2, dust and all.
My 135/3.5 AIS is one of my MF lenses that I plan on keeping (in addition to the 135/2 AIS until something from Nikon comes out . . . .) and I've never tried it with tubes.
I think it does very well in macro mode . . .

- John



Jun 04, 2013 at 02:39 PM
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