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Thanks Georg, Leighton, and Peter for your kind comments on my bee photo.

Speaking of the close-focus abilities of the 28 2.8 AIS, here's a silly photo from my trip. We were at a restaurant waiting for our food, and I aimed the camera at my older son. He stuck his face right up into the lens to stop me from getting a real shot, so I just went with it and asked him to hold still for a second and focused as close as I could. This is uncropped (though it is on a DX body).







Eric J.



Aug 30, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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georgms wrote:
Tom, I like your Shanghai-by-night series a lot. Good stuff! Shallow DoF and the Fuji 400's grain work great together.


thank you kindly!



Aug 30, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Loving the conversations about lens options. That surely is an important element of this thread. Granted, each of us has our own relationship to lenses in our kits so differences of opinion are natural.

Tom, with regard to the 28 f/2.8 and 35 f/1.4 I'd share this. Early in my buying days I bought three lenses in a package deal. I didn't really know that much about what I was doing, but after checking prices on E-Bay where I first encountered these three lenses, and after the seller moved them to this website, I made a ridiculously low offer that he
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Thanks Curtis. Sometimes I think I get too wrapped up in acquisitions. It is great fun just to acquire these lenses, even if they sit unused! I have been mulling over a lot of options this past 3 weeks, a seemingly ENDLESS set of options. I could buy the 35mm f/14 ais along with the 135mm f/2, all priced nicely at my local store. I could buy the 35mm f/2 Distagon. I came within 10 minutes of buying my dream lens, the 21mm f/2.8 Distagon last Sunday. I bailed on it at the last second. So much money, yet I can afford it. I could buy the 28mm f/2.8. My god, the choices are reproducing there are so many!!

So, I'm taking a step back, and trying to be more analytical about it all. My first conclusion, I actually *have* the 35mm focal length covered already. My Fuji GA645 has a 65mm f/4 lens that is about 35mm in 135 format. It is an astonishing lens, tack sharp deep into the corners with a beautiful drawing style loaded in contrast. It's not manual focus, nor is it particularly fast at f/4, but it is a damn good lens and I should use it more, of course attached to the GA645 camera.

So with regards to Nikon lenses, I should expand my capabilities with either the 135mm f/2 or the 20mm f/2.8 ais. My family and I are setting up a holiday in Xi'an China for next month and I think going wider might be a smart move.

Thanks again for all the comments!!




Aug 30, 2013 at 01:59 AM
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Ronny, the bokeh of your 135mm is like a canvas backdrop.



Aug 30, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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Reagan wrote:
So Far I got Ray, Leighton,David and Scott maybe one other but I can't remember right now


Yes Reagan, you got me. Still loving the lens.



Aug 30, 2013 at 02:59 AM
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Interesting discussion and opinions on the 28/2.8 and various other options. I've always used a 35mm as a "normal" lens and currently using the AIS 35/2 which is a fine lens. I also have the AIS 24/2.8 which also a fine lens, but with much increased field curvature. Recently I picked up an AI 28/2 for something in between, distortion-wise, but unfortunately this one is soft and should probably go to Melville for CLA. Now I'm tempted to try the 28/2.8
If I could have only one lens it would be the 35/2 though.

cheers



Aug 30, 2013 at 03:05 AM
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Early morning light and fog. Taken with the 28 2.8 ais.












Aug 30, 2013 at 03:08 AM
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Really like this image Georg. Is your 35 ai a 7 blade version or the 9? I haven't got any images yet with such nervous background as your example. I have three different 35's now, and I can't seem to part with any of them. This was a test shot I did a few weeks ago of one of my sons - Angus. It is f1.4 on the left, and f8 on the right. I have been really happy with my 35 ais, but it does render differently to the 35 f2 ai, and the 35 f2 afd.








georgms wrote:
I would call the 35/1.4's rendering "candystore-bokeh". It's really wild, depending on the subject, distance and f/stop.
For some subjects it's nice, for other subjects really distracting.
Here is a shot, posted before, that illustrates the 35/1.4's rendering:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7790454374_e56877a695_o.jpg
Spielzeug von georgsfoto auf Flickr
Sorry Philippe ;-)




Aug 30, 2013 at 03:28 AM
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A couple of years ago I picked up an Ex AIS 80-200/4 at my local shop for a nice price. I had shot one briefly on film (in the previous millennium!) and preferred the 75-150 E, but thought I'd try it on digital. Again it just doesn't perform that well for general usage. One day I used it in the studio and found it does very well:
http://www.stevenhanner.com/p887987596/e1003c96c
That's wide open and @ 200mm

And here it is wide open and @ 80-100mm.





Just giving this somewhat unpopular lens some love.




Aug 30, 2013 at 03:36 AM
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mp356 wrote:
Early morning light and fog. Taken with the 28 2.8 ais.


Nice! Love the 2nd one.

cheers



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eric: nice closeup of the eye, the focus is spot on
scott: great fog shots, the compositions and processing are pleasing.

a few here from Rockport, MA. I was there just a few weeks ago on vacation and am still processing all of my photos.

first shot is the 20mm f/2.8 and the rest are the 5cm f/2 all shot wide open, which I'm pretty addicted to the look of currently. i really enjoy how smooth and beautifully it vignettes wide open














Aug 30, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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mp356 wrote:
Early morning light and fog. Taken with the 28 2.8 ais.







Nothing like fog. I really like the composition of this one. Well seen.



Aug 30, 2013 at 09:53 AM
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stevenvh wrote:
A couple of years ago I picked up an Ex AIS 80-200/4 at my local shop for a nice price. I had shot one briefly on film (in the previous millennium!) and preferred the 75-150 E, but thought I'd try it on digital. Again it just doesn't perform that well for general usage. One day I used it in the studio and found it does very well:
http://www.stevenhanner.com/p887987596/e1003c96c
That's wide open and @ 200mm

And here it is wide open and @ 80-100mm.


Ahh yes, a cat being a cat, nice capture.



Aug 30, 2013 at 09:54 AM
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ZippZopp17 wrote:

eric: nice closeup of the eye, the focus is spot on
scott: great fog shots, the compositions and processing are pleasing.

a few here from Rockport, MA. I was there just a few weeks ago on vacation and am still processing all of my photos.

first shot is the 20mm f/2.8 and the rest are the 5cm f/2 all shot wide open, which I'm pretty addicted to the look of currently. i really enjoy how smooth and beautifully it vignettes wide open

http://zopfx.com/fmpics/_DSC6673.jpg




I really like this one Peter, but I think I'd crop out the person in the lower right.



Aug 30, 2013 at 09:56 AM
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Scott, I'll second Leighton's opinion about shot #2: beautiful work!

Peter, I can understand your love for the 50/2's look ;-) And ditto about a possible crop on the shore-image.

James, the 35/1.4's rendering especially wide open is unique. I've never found a background like the one on the sample-shot ("Spielzeug") again, maybe it was just the shape of the leaves in the backround (maple-trees in the background if memory serves, but I could be wrong). I'll have to compare it to (or with?) my old Summilux-M 1.4/35 someday. The old Leitz/Leica-design is special too



Aug 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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Some more 35/1.4-smaples from a short walk through the garden. Sensible natures might scroll hastily down, you've been warned ;-)


Ai 35/1.4 at f/16, cropped a bit - D700


Ai 35/1.4 wide open, D700, cropped a bit - Nik's Detail extractor used


candystore-bokeh, Ai 35/1.4 wide open


Kodak Panatomix X - preset used here, the fast 35 wide open



Aug 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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p.3088 #17 · p.3088 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


^wow that is some really LSD inspired bokeh there!



Aug 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
^wow that is some really LSD inspired bokeh there!


Tom, you're a chemist, right?



Aug 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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georgms wrote:
Tom, you're a chemist, right?


Yes, but sadly not synthesizing interesting compounds.....heh heh.....



Aug 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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georgms wrote:
Some more 35/1.4-smaples from a short walk through the garden. Sensible natures might scroll hastily down, you've been warned ;-)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/9626095525_0f9338f62b_b.jpg
Ai 35/1.4 at f/16, cropped a bit - D700

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3731/9629327296_374f7b6e96_o.jpg
Ai 35/1.4 wide open, D700, cropped a bit - Nik's Detail extractor used

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/9629327360_2734d4e886_c.jpg
candystore-bokeh, Ai 35/1.4 wide open

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5504/9629327676_5f652e7111_b.jpg
Kodak Panatomix X - preset used here, the fast 35 wide open


Excellent set, all of them!



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