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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.


Jul 28, 2013 at 04:33 PM
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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 Id 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.

Ill 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 wasnt 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 Id 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.

Ill 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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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



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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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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"?



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:15 PM
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Jose - what a beautiful bird shot.

Jorge - those hands are amazing

Bert - the macros are terrific

John - just another awesome pano

Leighton - superb shots with the 1.2

Ray - the ibis is tack sharp and I also love the extreme DOF on the stopped down 35

Tom - these film shots are fantastic - just a shame I can't beam my "new" PC lens to you for a week or so to do an architectural portfolio

Samy - the lead is beautifully lit. As for the cats , the "eyes" have it.

Chin - so glad common sense prevailed over idiotic bureaucracy. Pleased your wife had a happy birthday and a couple of really top class images from S Australia.

Curtis - the water lily is lovely. All these old lenses have real character.







Jul 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
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Leighton, Samy, Curtis - thanks. We are very fortunate to be living in a lovely part of an amazingly diverse country. Years ago when South Africans were not the world's best loved people there was a campaign to keep our tourist dollars at home and it was advertised as the "World in one Country". I have travelled the length and breadth from desert to rain forest, beaches to mountains and love it dearly.

Unfortunately, there was a period before digital when I was fed up with the wait for processing and/or return of slides and didn't take many pics at all.

As I've mentioned we're off to England, The US and France in two weeks for about a month and At the moment I'll be taking the PC, the 28 2.8 and one of the 50 f2's. They will suffice for the UK. Once I'm in America I'll have access to my son Simon's lenses and maybe use his D700 for a while - I might trade the PC for something else while I'm there.

Next year though I want to take a bit of an extended trip across SA to revisit some of my favourite spots and this time I will be armed with some MF nikkors. All DV, of course



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:27 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Was this a "Freudian slip"?


I noticed it too, Leighton. However, Curtis and some others would always be welcome to share the view and a beer



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:28 PM
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Oosty wrote:
Leighton, Samy, Curtis - thanks. We are very fortunate to be living in a lovely part of an amazingly diverse country. Years ago when South Africans were not the world's best loved people there was a campaign to keep our tourist dollars at home and it was advertised as the "World in one Country". I have travelled the length and breadth from desert to rain forest, beaches to mountains and love it dearly.

Unfortunately, there was a period before digital when I was fed up with the wait for processing and/or return of slides and didn't take many pics at all.
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If you're close to Virginia, stop on by!



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM
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@Rafael, thatan awesome collection. Its a shame that there is no shop around here with a stock of different f1.2 lenses so I could try them and see if that different look is what I would be going for. Since Im a bit of a stickler for sharpness Ill take your word for it and start looking for a 50mm f1.2 Ai-S, even if that means itll take a while before I can afford it.

CGrindahl wrote:
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
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I am aware of the CRC on the 28mm Ai-S but I got a really good offer on a very nicely looking 28mm f2.8 Ai (around the price point for a well used 28mm f3.5 Ai) so I figured Id go for it since both lenses appear to be quite sharp wide open. Even the 24mm f2.8 is very sharp wide open from what I have recently seen on this thread but in this focal length I was particularly looking for a really low level of optical distortion and corner to corner sharpness. I expect to mostly focus in the 1m to 5m range based on how I currently use the Sigma 28mm f1.8 for this focal length. The Sigma it just too big to carry around.

For a 50mm sharpness is important as well but I would use that lens completely different which makes the f1.2 particularly interesting.



Jul 28, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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Hi gang! I'm getting back up to speed after a two week break for some eye work. Wow, 50 pages since then and a lot of great photos. Going back a few pages:

Chin, "racquet games" is a wonderful shot and the back story was very well done.

Curtis, beautiful flower with the 200/4 QC and I really like the composition of the b&w aloe.

Samy, really enjoyed your work with the indoor leaf.

RM, great look on your temple film shots.

Leighton, beautiful shots with the 50/1.2 and the field landscape is really fine.

Jose, gorgeous balcony bird!

Peter, very nice pano.

Peter in Madison, the Le Mans spoiler is a really nice composition.

Bert, terrific blue-eyed bird in "Resting" and "Lonesome Drop" has a great look.

John, beautiful pano. I really enjoyed your "blue sky" shots from Snow Lake.

Ray, love the results you got from your tripod adventure. Excellent work!

Chuong, beautiful flower with the tubed 105/2.8.

Mark, love "the Fence."

Georg, wonderful Baltic Sea shots. Really enjoyed the white cliffs and clouds.






Jul 28, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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Jeff, thanks and good to see you. Hope your eyes are on their way to a full recovery.


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