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Tom - I'm impressed with the fine grain of the Neopan Acros 100. This is one film I never used.

Samy - Thanks, I'm also glad I inspired you to use the 1.2. What a beautiful image you created with it.



Jul 28, 2013 at 03:00 PM
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Even though I use a crop format sensor camera I think a 50mm f1.2 might come my way as soon as the 28mm f2.8 has arrived. I found that the 50mm f2.0 Ai is a nice lens but it works better with tubes or on bellows then it does on itīs own. The OoF rendering of the various 50mm f1.4 lenses never quite convinced me to pick one up but the 50mm f1.2 images look spectacular, and it does surprisingly well in your backlit flower images.

Is there a difference between the Ai and Ai-S versions of this lens?



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
Another pano from this past week. 45/2.8 P with a B+W Kaesemann CPL. 6 portrait image stitch (assembled in PS6 via automerge after some adjustments in NX2) hand held.
1/180 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

I swear every time I use this CPL sharpness takes a noticeable hit, though not evident in this image due to the size.

Similar to the one-shot wide angle I did with the 16/3.5.

John

This one might deserve a big print that hangs in the living room . .


Beautiful Panorama John, it certainly deserves a large pring, a mounting/frame and hanging where people will see it.

Your polarized comment was interesting to me, I see no sharpness loss with my Nikon polarizers, they are relatively new.



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:15 PM
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Buddy, the specs are slightly different - the AI has 7 blades vs. the 9 blades of the AIS version, other than that I am not sure of the difference. The price is somewhat less for the AI version.

the solitaire wrote:
Even though I use a crop format sensor camera I think a 50mm f1.2 might come my way as soon as the 28mm f2.8 has arrived. I found that the 50mm f2.0 Ai is a nice lens but it works better with tubes or on bellows then it does on itīs own. The OoF rendering of the various 50mm f1.4 lenses never quite convinced me to pick one up but the 50mm f1.2 images look spectacular, and it does surprisingly well in your backlit flower images.

Is there a difference between the Ai and Ai-S versions of this lens?




Jul 28, 2013 at 04:22 PM
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Some feline images to keep the thread going.

35mm 1.4 N, 1/40s, f/2:






10.5cm 2.5 P, 1/25s, wide open:







Jul 28, 2013 at 04:25 PM
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Thnx Samy, thatīs definitely something to keep in mind. I think that for this one itīd be a good idea to save up some and go for the Ai-S version because OoF rendering will be the main reason for me to pick up the lens.

The OoF rendering is somewhat odd for the 50mm f2.0 Ai lens I own. It tends to create haloīs around stuff thatīs slightly out of focus before it completely blurs objects that are nearer or further away

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Jul 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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the solitaire wrote:
Even though I use a crop format sensor camera I think a 50mm f1.2 might come my way as soon as the 28mm f2.8 has arrived. I found that the 50mm f2.0 Ai is a nice lens but it works better with tubes or on bellows then it does on itīs own. The OoF rendering of the various 50mm f1.4 lenses never quite convinced me to pick one up but the 50mm f1.2 images look spectacular, and it does surprisingly well in your backlit flower images.

Is there a difference between the Ai and Ai-S versions of this lens?


The AI-s version has nine aperture blades while the AI has seven. Whether that is critical to getting the image you want is certainly up for discussion. Needless to say we are shooting with lenses with 6, 7 and 9 blades and getting good results. But unless the price differential is significant, I'd say go for the AI-s. It is certainly a much appreciated lens on this thread, though a number of us have been smitten with the 55 f/1.2 which to my mind has a smoother bokeh and comes at a lower price. Different strokes, no doubt. I have no plans to sell my 50 f/1.2 AI-s.

Here's a photo of the 50 next to the first 55 I bought. I think of the 55 as a sumo wrestler...


I liked the 55 enough that I searched out a pre-AI version that had the Nikon AI conversion kit. I'm partial to scalloped focusing rings.



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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I just have to say:

It was my wife's birthday so I let her splurge
I remember sliding my card across the counter
Choose the accommodation you like, I said
Feeling like a million bucks and with a twinkling smile to boot
Anything, a break from the all motels and caravan parks

And so we arrived to pick up the keys from the Visitor Center
The intermediary, with said owner miles and miles away
I whipped out my wallet, the printed deposit sheet in my hand
When we were told that it just wasn't possible to pay
Because the booking wasn't done through the Center
But a third-party aggregate website the owner decided to use for the first time

A few long distance roaming phone calls
Plus anxious nail-biting watch the second hand on my watch
Moments of nervous refreshing of my inbox
The foreign telco rubbing hands in glee at my extortionary data package
All after a hard day's driving and almost closing time
Not particularly pleasant to be stranded in an unknown town
With a cooler bag filled with choice groceries if I may add

My wife, she broke down, finally she cried
When the lady at the other end ticked her off
Saying that in no certain terms would we be allowed in
Non-payment means illegal trespassing
Punctuated with a long and silent full stop

Blessed are we, to meet friendly faces and helping hands
At every stage of all our trips

The staff at the Center, possibly a local volunteer
Simply handed us the keys and told us to have a great night
I raised my eyebrows
She gave us a smile

Saying, look, she's way across the state
You're right here, I can see the bills in your hands
It's not like you don't want to pay
Her colleagues nodding, a choir in unison
Then with a shrug she sent us on our way
A wave a cheerful it'll all work out in the morning

So it did
And this, the morning's reward, brought to you solely
By the generosity of that woman
From the wonderful staff of Port Lincoln Visitor Center



racquet games by Zichar, on Flickr



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:27 PM
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Here is a shot I got yesterday in the middle of the day with the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd which has 7 aperture blades compared to the 200 f/4 AI-s that has nine. This was shot at f/5.6.


And for something quite different with the same lens followed by conversion in Silver Efex Pro... Wide open.




Jul 28, 2013 at 04:29 PM
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Beautifully written Chin and a stunning photo to cap off the post. Happy birthday to your wife and what a story to tell of the event. You have talent my friend.


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CGrindahl wrote:

The AI-s version has nine aperture blades while the AI has seven. Whether that is critical to getting the image you want is certainly up for discussion. Needless to say we are shooting with lenses with 6, 7 and 9 blades and getting good results. But unless the price differential is significant, I'd say go for the AI-s. It is certainly a much appreciated lens on this thread, though a number of us have been smitten with the 55 f/1.2 which to my mind has a smoother bokeh and comes at a lower price. Different strokes, no doubt. I have
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Weight is not something Iīd be bothered about. The 55 f1.2 could also be an option. I also believe that the amount of aperture blades has less of an influence on OoF rendering as the lens construction has. From my experience with AF lenses both the AF 85 f1.8D and AF-S 105 f2.8VR have 9 rounded blades. Bokeh with the 85mm is hit and miss where the OoF rendering of the 105mm VR lens is always smooth.

Iīll have to browse through this thread a bit when I find the time to compare results from the 55 and the 50 Ai vs the 50 Ai-S versions. The search function wasnīt exactly helpful there

Good news, the 28mm f2.8 Ai arrived at the customs office. I should be able to pick it up somewhere within the next 2 weeks.



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:34 PM
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the solitaire wrote:
Weight is not something Iīd be bothered about. The 55 f1.2 could also be an option. I also believe that the amount of aperture blades has less of an influence on OoF rendering as the lens construction has. From my experience with AF lenses both the AF 85 f1.8D and AF-S 105 f2.8VR have 9 rounded blades. Bokeh with the 85mm is hit and miss where the OoF rendering of the 105mm VR lens is always smooth.

Iīll have to browse through this thread a bit when I find the time to compare results from the 55 and the
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Buddy, my humble opinion is that the 50 is a bit sharper across the frame at any aperture, but the 55 has better image look at 1,2 and better bokeh.


Nikkor 55mm 1.2 SC S and ai by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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p.2954 #13 · p.2954 #13 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


I wasn't so much speaking about the weight of the 55 as the squat shape. It is very close to the weight of the AI. The AI-s is a bit lighter.

I imagine you're aware that the AI-s version of the 28 f/2.8 has Close Range Correction but the AI does not. MFD is 0.2 versus 0.3 meters... probably not enough to write home about and depending on how you intend to use the lens likely not an issue. The lenses have different optical designs. I'll interested to hear your experience with the lens. I've certainly had excellent results with the pre-AI lenses that all have different optical designs. Frankly, I enjoy seeing how they compare with the newer versions. I've yet to be disappointed. Have fun with your new lens.



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:48 PM
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Always love lens porn Rafael. So sweet! If I were wealthy I'd have a collection like that...



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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Zichar wrote:
I just have to say:

It was my wife's birthday so I let her splurge
I remember sliding my card across the counter
Choose the accommodation you like, I said
Feeling like a million bucks and with a twinkling smile to boot
Anything, a break from the all motels and caravan parks

And so we arrived to pick up the keys from the Visitor Center
The intermediary, with said owner miles and miles away
I whipped out my wallet, the printed deposit sheet in my hand
When we were told that it just wasn't possible to pay
Because the booking wasn't done through the Center
But a third-party aggregate website
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Great story, great image!



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Always love lens porn Rafael. So sweet! If I were wealthy I'd have a collection like that...


Yea, me too!



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Always love lens porn Rafael. So sweet! If I were wealthy I'd have a collection like that...


If you had a collection like Rafael's you'd probably no longerr be wealthy



Jul 28, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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Zichar wrote:
I just have to say:

It was my wife's birthday so I let her splurge
I remember sliding my card across the counter
Choose the accommodation you like, I said
Feeling like a million bucks and with a twinkling smile to boot
Anything, a break from the all motels and caravan parks

And so we arrived to pick up the keys from the Visitor Center
The intermediary, with said owner miles and miles away
I whipped out my wallet, the printed deposit sheet in my hand
When we were told that it just wasn't possible to pay
Because the booking wasn't done through the Center
But a third-party aggregate website
...Show more

Simply excellent words and image . . .



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:09 PM
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You're definitely right Peter but I think Rafael has pretty deep pockets. Occasional shots of his home and his Corvettes suggest that he has done well in life. I'm happy for him and certainly admire his taste in camera gear. If anyone belongs on this thread it is him. That he shares occasional photos of his lenses is delightful.

And Peter, I love the shot from our balcony with your new lens. You have a very sweet home. South Africa looks a great deal like California, at least it appears so from photos you've shared. I'll look forward to your experience with that lens. I've always been a bit intimidated by them. They seem much too complicated for a simple fellow like me...



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:09 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
You're definitely right Peter but I think Rafael has pretty deep pockets. Occasional shots of his home and his Corvettes suggest that he has done well in life. I'm happy for him and certainly admire his taste in camera gear. If anyone belongs on this thread it is him. That he shares occasional photos of his lenses is delightful.

And Peter, I love the shot from our balcony with your new lens. You have a very sweet home. South Africa looks a great deal like California, at least it appears so from photos you've shared. I'll look forward to your
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Was this a "Freudian slip"?



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