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Today I should be in mostly harsh light, but even. Will try again. My settings look ok though?


Aug 03, 2013 at 05:51 PM
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Settings seem OK. I would try it in a controlled environment. Like I say, around the house.


Aug 03, 2013 at 06:57 PM
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rattymouse wrote:
50mm f/1.2 AIS with Ektar 100 film.


I can't believe you're shooting in color. This is sacrilege.

kwoodard wrote:
Typically I spot meter, but in this exercise I was center weighting it. EV was set to -0.3. I tried about 30 shots of different subjects an all except one were completely white (the one that wasn't was still wildly overexposed). All subjects were flowers in bright light down to shade.


Careful with spot metering. On non-CPU lenses spot metering will only use the center focus point.

As for me, I added a new Nikon branded lens to my stable -- a 20/4 AI.



I definitely need to play around with it a bit more. The corners improve dramatically through /11 and my 58mm polarizer vignettes quite heavily on it. But... it's so small.


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Aug 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
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So the 13.5 cm came in, with a polarizer filter, a shade, caps. I turned out to be in excellent condition, particularly the glass, very clean. Will not be able to use it yet because it is the no-screws in the bayonet mount type, cannot be converted without cutting, which I will do.

It was $19.95 plus $6 shipping.


nikon nikkor nkj 13.5 cm taken with 55mm 3.5 D3 side by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor nkj 13.5 cm taken with 55mm 3.5 D3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


The interesting part is that it came with a perfect Nippon Kogaku front cap, these are very hard to find in this condition, mostly because the platic around the chrome buttons is very weak and most are broken.

This cap made a perfect partner to the 1959 5.8cm 1.4, the only lens I bought to collect, here it is next to a newer 50mm 1.4 sc, correct period filters and caps:


nikon nikkor nkj 5.8cm 1.4s 50mm 1.4 sc D3 with 55mm 3.5 micro front side by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The top caps!


nikon nikkor nkj 5.8cm 1.4s 50mm 1.4 sc D3 with 55mm 3.5 micro front cap by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Back caps


nikon nikkor nkj 5.8cm 1.4s 50mm 1.4 sc D3 with 55mm 3.5 micro back cap by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Back lens, note the 5.8 cm has no screws.


nikon nikkor nkj 5.8cm 1.4s 50mm 1.4 sc D3 with 55mm 3.5 micro back by Rafael CA, on Flickr

and the front


nikon nikkor nkj 5.8cm 1.4s 50mm 1.4 sc D3 with 55mm 3.5 micro front by Rafael CA, on Flickr

As I have shown before, the 5.8cm does create sharp but antique looking images.


nikon nikkor 5.8 cm 1.4 Nik Kodachrome Vista gas and steam D800 Titan IH tractor by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Sorry for the long post.

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Aug 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
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You do know how to get a person excited Rafael with those lens photos. How sweet it is!

I doubt I'll get into the older lenses that require machining of the aperture ring but I certainly love to look at them. And what a great price. You are a serious collector Rafael, though like me you shoot with the lenses rather than simply displaying them. Gorgeous!



Aug 03, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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Kevin, I only shoot manual mode when lighting is low or the focal length long enough that the shutter speed can't handle it when I'm shooting hand held. That sometimes happens when shooting with tubes that in themselves diminish the light reaching the sensor. I certainly wouldn't be doing it in bright light because without metering I wouldn't know how fast to make the shutter speed. Remember that your camera can't go below ISO 100, so if the shutter speed you select isn't fast enough to deal with bright ambient light the image has to be overexposed. Auto ISO is really only useful in lowlight situations.

And as observed, remember that spot metering will only work with these MF lenses when you use the center focusing point. I tend to use spot metering when light is the brightest simply so I don't blow out details in an image. That can create problems when focusing on a dark subject with a light background, but high key lighting has its own charm when done well.

I'm with Dylan, that the best place to test out Auto ISO is inside with even light. 1/500th of a second is hardly necessary for any but your longest glass and I don't think you'd choose to use the Tamron 500 f/8 for inside photography. Try it with your 50 f/1.8 and set the shutter speed to 1/60th or 1/80th of a second with Auto ISO engaged. That will give you a clear indication if anything is wrong with your camera. You can set the aperture where you will.

Good luck.



Aug 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
So the 13.5 cm came in, with a polarizer filter, a shade, caps. I turned out to be in excellent condition, particularly the glass, very clean. Will not be able to use it yet because it is the no-screws in the bayonet mount type, cannot be converted without cutting, which I will do.

It was $19.95 plus $6 shipping.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/9431804418_fbe71699bf_b.jpg
nikon nikkor nkj 13.5 cm taken with 55mm 3.5 D3 side by Rafael CA, on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/9431804578_ea72ba971d_b.jpg
nikon nikkor nkj 13.5 cm taken with 55mm 3.5 D3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The interesting part is that it came with a perfect Nippon Kogaku front cap,
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Don't be sorry, I love moments I can break out the popcorn. Personally, I loved this post. I love that vintage look, one of the reasons I pick the lenses I use. Whenever you want to add me to your will, be much obliged.



Aug 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Kevin, I only shoot manual mode when lighting is low or the focal length long enough that the shutter speed can't handle it when I'm shooting hand held. That sometimes happens when shooting with tubes that in themselves diminish the light reaching the sensor. I certainly wouldn't be doing it in bright light because without metering I wouldn't know how fast to make the shutter speed. Remember that your camera can't go below ISO 100, so if the shutter speed you select isn't fast enough to deal with bright ambient light the image has to be overexposed. Auto ISO is
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Thanks for the input. That's essentially what I did, but outdoors. I set shutter at 1/500 to cover all the lenses I had with me (28-200 total). I used matrix and center weighted metering and I think I had something messed up the first time. Haven't pulled the shots off the camera, but the viewfinder looks ok.



Aug 03, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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leighton w wrote:
They say good images tell a story, this one certainly does.



+ 100!



Aug 03, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
With Dean showing up I'd note that the 50 f/1.2 AI-s is one of his favorite lenses. He actually bought one brand new from a shop in Hong Kong. Sadly, we don't have the ability to go directly to photos or I'd direct you, Tom, to a couple of his wide open shots of trolleys. I love those shots. I'm with Dean completely, your film work definitely adds something special to this thread.

How much longer will you be in China? And when are we going to see some photos of your family? What kind of school do your children attend
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Again, thanks for the kind words, which inspire me to get out even more and shoot.

I'm afraid that I do portraits of my family mostly with my medium format camera. I typically buy Fujifilm 160NS for pics of my kids since it's colors are geared for skin tones. (I shot about half a dozen pics of my kids yesterday as they were dressed up for a piano recital). For my Nikon FM2, I buy Kodak Ektar film for color which is a bit on the heavy side for portrait work. I'll search the archives and see if there are any monochromes from my Nikon.

We are in China on an open ended commitment. We are probably here at least until the end of 2014. We homeschool our kids as the international schools are about $25,000 per year. That is no lie, it is that expensive.




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Don't be sorry, I love moments I can break out the popcorn. Personally, I loved this post. I love that vintage look, one of the reasons I pick the lenses I use. Whenever you want to add me to your will, be much obliged.


That is a superb photo! The motion blur of the flywheel is just excellent! I love the classic look this lens gives and think it would be excellent on a film camera.




Aug 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM
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Anyone know why sometimes my text comes out tiny like in the post above? I hate that but dont k now how to stop it.




Aug 03, 2013 at 09:55 PM
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adh67 wrote:
I really like this one, not bad for a first try.

Bert


+1
I would say excellent for a first try!



Aug 03, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

I went out to the Circle Bar Ranch today to take some photos. Usually I take my 300mm to look for birds and gators, but today I was armed with my D600, tripod and 24mm 2.8 AIS. I wanted to take some shots of the marsh land that is so beautiful and prevalent here. So I mounted my camera on my tripod and off I went

The Stream
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v115/p1858596039-5.jpg


The Marsh
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v79/p1817237046-5.jpg


This fellow was starting off on the levee trail that runs between the marsh and the stream.

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v111/p1658665480-5.jpg



Ray, stunning images. Did you use some kind of tonal conrast or are these HDRs ?



Aug 03, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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saph wrote:
Not much work this week with camera and lenses, only some quick photos.

And one with the 35 1.4 N, also with the PK-11A:
http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b530/sa_maryland_fotofun/Flowers/Marigold_zps69534503.jpg



It deserves another look!



Aug 03, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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rattymouse wrote:
Again, thanks for the kind words, which inspire me to get out even more and shoot.

I'm afraid that I do portraits of my family mostly with my medium format camera. I typically buy Fujifilm 160NS for pics of my kids since it's colors are geared for skin tones. (I shot about half a dozen pics of my kids yesterday as they were dressed up for a piano recital). For my Nikon FM2, I buy Kodak Ektar film for color which is a bit on the heavy side for portrait work. I'll search the archives and see if there are any
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Wow! That ain't cheap for sure, though Marin Academy in San Rafael costs $37,430 a year... Hardly surprising the number of Mercedes, BMWs and Range Rovers driven by students who attend that school.

Home schooling makes sense to me. That will certainly keep your wife busy. A close friend has a son with an I.Q. off the charts who is being home schooled at the moment. There are quite a few resources available to support home schooling, now being delivered via the Web. You have the added benefit of living in a different culture which doubtless gives your children many opportunities, simply be rambling about town with you and your wife. And someone must be taking piano lessons. Wonderful.

Well, we'll get to enjoy your take on Shanghai for some time. I'm really delighted by that. I love your work Tom.



Aug 03, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
Ray, stunning images. Did you use some kind of tonal conrast or are these HDRs ?


I was wondering at the treatment of the second image which seems to have received quite a bit of work when compared with the other two. I don't know if it is HDR or simply the hard work necessary to handle difficult lighting. I'm curious as well...



Aug 03, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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rattymouse wrote:
Don't be sorry, I love moments I can break out the popcorn. Personally, I loved this post. I love that vintage look, one of the reasons I pick the lenses I use. Whenever you want to add me to your will, be much obliged.

That is a superb photo! The motion blur of the flywheel is just excellent! I love the classic look this lens gives and think it would be excellent on a film camera.



Were I shooting film I'd definitely be checking out these older lenses. That said, I believe the FM2 requires an AI lens. I guess you'd need an earlier camera to mount these older pre-AI lenses without conversion. I guess that shouldn't be a problem for someone shooting film. I know little about these early cameras however and won't likely head that direction myself... But the lenses sure are enticing.



Aug 03, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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We homeschool our kids as the international schools are about $25,000 per year. That is no lie, it is that expensive.

The private schools in Baltimore are close to the same cost, starting in 1st grade and continuing on up through high school. We have one of the worst public school systems in the country, so this is the cost of sending your kid to a good school. It's also one of the reasons my wife and I are looking into moving out of the city when our first child arrives.

Back on the topic of manual focus lenses, here's a few shots I took with the 50 f2 over the 4th of July weekend (yes, I'm that far behind sorting and PPing my pictures). The first shows the interesting - IMO - bokeh this lens renders, while the final two are some shots inside an antique store. I hope you enjoy them.






Bokeh!







This just feels antique to me







The loyal guard dog




Aug 03, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Wow! That ain't cheap for sure, though Marin Academy in San Rafael costs $37,430 a year... Hardly surprising the number of Mercedes, BMWs and Range Rovers driven by students who attend that school.

Home schooling makes sense to me. That will certainly keep your wife busy. A close friend has a son with an I.Q. off the charts who is being home schooled at the moment. There are quite a few resources available to support home schooling, now being delivered via the Web. You have the added benefit of living in a different culture which doubtless gives your children many
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The difference here is that ALL the international schools are $25k and up. There are no cheap options that are valid. And a local school is not in the cards, although my kids are 100% fluent in Chinese. The work load that they put on the kids here is beyond insane. 3rd graders study harder than I did in university!

My kids are tutored in piano, swimming and art, all in Chinese. It is my greatest happiness to see them so bilingual. Not only that, my son can read and write Chinese.





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