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rafaelcasd wrote:

Even the doghouse looks cool

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3689/9157209990_07cbed1867_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 at f11 d800 dog house by Rafael CA, on Flickr


if that's your dog house, I want to be a dog



Jun 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
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There are conditions:

must be housebroken, not bark at night, not howl at the ambulance, not chase coyotes, and neutered.

It really is the doghouse because that's where my ex used to send me.


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Jun 28, 2013 at 03:59 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Rafael, when you first encountered this thread you'd show up infrequently but you would from time to time share photos of your amazing lens collection. I had the sense that were you to become fully engaged on this thread that we were in for a treat. You have, and I couldn't be happier. The collection of images from different lenses you post above is fantastic. I have a deepening respect for your understanding of these lenses and for your passion for them. Needless to say, it was my enthusiasm for these lenses that motivated me to start this thread, but
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Thanks everyone for the positive response to the 15mm shots and the multi lens series.

Thank you Curtis for the kind words, it would be a treat to see you in San Diego.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:06 PM
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aerial view of the chess board - 55mm f/1.2 with TC16-a at something like f/4 and ISO 400 to get it sharp in the low light while hand holding high up on a chair. This was the only one out of 10 shots I could use. The 55mm certainly doesn't have VR







it isn't the best board to teach somebody how to play - too busy to get a good overview, but certainly interesting to look at, which is probably what attracted my daughter to learn how to play.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Here's few more of the re-edits from Charleston, SC with the 16mm 3.5

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v93/p1638375827-4.jpg


Hi Ray. Another nice series from Charleston. The 16 3.5 is a very nice lens. Thank you for the comment.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
The day ended well, I am falling in love with the 15mm.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2822/9155126857_fba26f21cb_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 at f8 d800 sun set by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Lovely sky Rafael.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:27 PM
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saph wrote:
While waiting for a cloudless night for a moon shot, I found a couple more images from the Reading, Pennsylvania World War II show.

World War 2 era prop engine hard at work - 300 4.5 ED AIS
http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b530/sa_maryland_fotofun/ReadingWW2Show2013/WW2PropEngine_zps1230494b.jpg



Very nice Samy.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:29 PM
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pburke wrote:
aerial view of the chess board - 55mm f/1.2 with TC16-a at something like f/4 and ISO 400 to get it sharp in the low light while hand holding high up on a chair. This was the only one out of 10 shots I could use. The 55mm certainly doesn't have VR

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/forum_pix/fredmiranda/55mmf1.2/DSC_2903_web.jpg

it isn't the best board to teach somebody how to play - too busy to get a good overview, but certainly interesting to look at, which is probably what attracted my daughter to learn how to play.



Certainly ornate Peter. I like the vantage point and shadows.



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:33 PM
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Thank you Georg and Leighton for the comments.
Scott



Jun 28, 2013 at 04:34 PM
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Thank you all so much for your comments on the Charleston photos. Several folks have asked for a direct comparison between the 16mm 3.5 on DX vs FX. These shots are unscientific but they were both set at F16 in A mode. The first shot is with FX and second with DX using Center Weighted Average. They are SOOC









Just by way of comparison here is the first shot taken on FX using the 24mm 2.8 You can see that it is about 3 degrees less than the 16mm 3.5 So the 16mm on DX = 21mm on FX







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MDoc9523 wrote:
Thank you all so much for your comments on the Charleston photos. Several folks have asked for a direct comparison between the 16mm 3.5 on DX vs FX. These shots are unscientific but they were both set at F16 in A mode. The first shot is with FX and second with DX using Center Weighted Average. They are SOOC



There's an illustration for at least half the reason I went from a DX body to FX. Not just how it changes this particular lens, but the performance of all my wide angle lenses. DX is handicapped at the wide end and you need (expensive) custom DX glass like the crazy 8-16mm Sigma to get something wide onto that tiny sensor. I didn't buy my 14mm Rokinon until after I got the D600, because on DX that massive lens is 'just" a 21mm, less than my comparably tiny 20mm f/3.5 Nikkor.



Jun 28, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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mp356 wrote:
Very nice Samy.


+1



Jun 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Thank you all so much for your comments on the Charleston photos. Several folks have asked for a direct comparison between the 16mm 3.5 on DX vs FX. These shots are unscientific but they were both set at F16 in A mode. The first shot is with FX and second with DX using Center Weighted Average. They are SOOC

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v107/p1655242669-4.jpg


http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v94/p1793482852-4.jpg



Hi Ray - thanks for doing this. I made a crude comparison of these images by copying them to PSE, cropping the FX by 1/3 and comparing the results side by side. At 400% the DX was marginally better than the FX probably because the exposure of the highlights was more accurate. What it did show though was that there is nothing to choose between the D7000 sensor and the D600 sensor in a pixel peeping exercise when the subject is the identical size.

This is what one would expect as the D600 has 50% more MP than the D7000 on the same type of sensor.

I'm sure Peter's comments on the wide end are absolutely relevant but I'd love to see the impact at the long end, say 300mm.



Jun 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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I just got a super clean 300mm/4.5 "K" lens from KEH. I just finished installing the AI ring on it. It's raining here right now - will post some shots later.

Here is a pic of the lens. Non-AI ring on the left: I stuck my head out the window and took one shot of a rose bush just to test.













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Jun 28, 2013 at 08:30 PM
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pburke wrote:
There's an illustration for at least half the reason I went from a DX body to FX. Not just how it changes this particular lens, but the performance of all my wide angle lenses. DX is handicapped at the wide end and you need (expensive) custom DX glass like the crazy 8-16mm Sigma to get something wide onto that tiny sensor. I didn't buy my 14mm Rokinon until after I got the D600, because on DX that massive lens is 'just" a 21mm, less than my comparably tiny 20mm f/3.5 Nikkor.


The reverse is true for me. Every time I have tried to talk myself into saving for a FF, I end up talking myself out of it. I like the Dx a lot because I can get away with not as pristine glass. I only use the central part of the lens and that is mostly where the sharpest images come from. Also, I like that I don't have to shell out as much for reach. Would I turn a FF down if the opportunity presented itself and I had the funds for one, probably not, but something to save for...not in the cards for me. I would like the sensor in the D7100, but for now, I am good with a Dx and my D7000.

I had an epiphany last night. I shoot more than pictures and was thinking about some of the pistol holsters I have seen people wear. Also, the department I work in includes the fashion department (sewing, etc.). Once upon a time I tried on my grandfathers shoulder harness holster. It was designed to carry two .45 Colts as well as 4 additional magazines. It fit so well that all the weight was felt on my legs, not my neck/back/waist. I am going to meet with the department chair for fashion and see if it (a new camera strap) could be a special project for an advanced student.



Jun 28, 2013 at 08:36 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
I like the Dx a lot because I can get away with not as pristine glass. I only use the central part of the lens and that is mostly where the sharpest images come from.


theoretically, I was thinking the same. However, when in photoshop and editing images, more often than not I turn off lens correction and definitely disable the vignette correction. I fact, unless I am stitching images, I find myself ADDING extra vignetting to the corners, so I really don't care too much about image quality down to the edges when the overall image is what asks for the light to lead the eyes to the center anyway. So unless the corners are solid black, the quality of the image way out there is less important to me than coverage or low light performance (could never shoot stars with a wide angle on DX for example)



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pburke wrote:
theoretically, I was thinking the same. However, when in photoshop and editing images, more often than not I turn off lens correction and definitely disable the vignette correction. I fact, unless I am stitching images, I find myself ADDING extra vignetting to the corners, so I really don't care too much about image quality down to the edges when the overall image is what asks for the light to lead the eyes to the center anyway. So unless the corners are solid black, the quality of the image way out there is less important to me than coverage or low
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That is a good point. I add in a bit of a vignette also. Stars are hard with a Dx. Can be done though. When I first got my D7000, I was given an 18-55/3.5-5.6 Sigma Dx lens, basic kit thing. Did a lot of night photography with it. Might have to post those in the "other" thread.



Jun 28, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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Ray, thank you for the comparison! I have yet to try the 16/3.5 on the D7000.

Kevin, I hope the harness-idea works well for you. On the FX- vs DX-theme: I for my part was never really happy with my DX-bodies (the Fuji X100 the only exception). I love big and bright finders and the D700 brought back the fun into digital photography for me. I rarely used (and use today) MF-optics on the DX-bodies, while they feel like being at home on the D700. But I love shooting wide angle lenses and also love a super-shallow DoF, so I'm probably biased towards FX for this reason as well. Birders and macro-shooters might love the crop-factor ( I do from time to time while shooting sports), but for everyday use I prefer FX.
The argument of using just the central, better performing area of the image circle of a given lens proved to be not really valid for me. In fact, I think Nikon's FX 12MP-sensors are more "forgiving" than the 16MP-sensor in the D7000.
But that's just my personal opinion, not based on critical tests, rather from using a variety of lenses in the field.
Btw, I've just tried my old 28/2Ai on the D7000 and was surprised by the almost bitingly sharp images it delivered on DX, so please take the words above with a grain of salt.



Jun 28, 2013 at 09:26 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
That is a good point. I add in a bit of a vignette also. Stars are hard with a Dx. Can be done though. When I first got my D7000, I was given an 18-55/3.5-5.6 Sigma Dx lens, basic kit thing. Did a lot of night photography with it. Might have to post those in the "other" thread.



Kevin, I did stars with the D7000 and D90 with the kit lenses, but most were fuzzy, and in all cases I had to go for star tracks. I never was able to get anything decent with a short exposure (e.g. sub 20 seconds to avoid tracks) and using a fast long lens such as my 85mm f/1.4 would have required a star tracker, which I wouldn't use enough to justify owning. With a fast 14mm f/2.8 and maybe one day a 24/1.4 on FX, though, I can snap a 15 sec image wide open and have a large number of stars without needing really high ISO. I can't post those in the other thread, since the lens is manual focus...





Jun 28, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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georgms wrote:
Ray, thank you for the comparison! I have yet to try the 16/3.5 on the D7000.

Kevin, I hope the harness-idea works well for you. On the FX- vs DX-theme: I for my part was never really happy with my DX-bodies (the Fuji X100 the only exception). I love big and bright finders and the D700 brought back the fun into digital photography for me. I rarely used (and use today) MF-optics on the DX-bodies, while they feel like being at home on the D700. But I love shooting wide angle lenses and also love a super-shallow DoF, so I'm probably
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Georg, I know what you mean about the viewfinder. This was one of the main reasons I switched to the D600 from the D7000. It really does help in focusing.



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