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Ray, here's some early fall colors. All three with the 28 f2 N.

Fall's at the end of the tunnel..






Or just down the road?






And finally, fall tours, courtesty of Farmer Stan:







Oct 04, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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Robson, very impressive work with the Cyclocross images using the 35 1.4 AIS! The last two action shots are stellar.

Dan, the 180 is a superb lens, look forward to seeing more of its results.

Ray, I like the image composition and colors of the Great Black Swamp.

Buddy, beautiful acquisition. My 55 1.2 S is about the same shape, and has terrific results. You are correct about the older 105s, anything that Nikon has put out in that focal length from early on has been great.

Molson, love the growing family, immaculate lineup! You could put up a donation link for your "growing family" just like Ken Rockwell does. j/k

Ronny, superb as always!!

Jay, terrific find at that price for the 55 1.2!

Rafael, the last two are the best of the set with the 15mm.




Oct 04, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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leighton w wrote:
I just purchased the Nik software bundle for $126.00 using this coupon code "HDRsoftware15" if anyone's interested. It seems like a great deal considering what it used to cost.


It's about time Leighton... I guess with so many of us posting BW photos processed with this excellent suite you could only resist so long. Well done and thanks Google for making this excellent software available at a price we can afford. I'll be waiting for your market shots converted with Silver Efex Pro 2.



Oct 04, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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molson wrote:
I added a really clean AIS 200mm f4 to my collection yesterday, so I thought it was time for a new "family photo"...

Left to right - 16mm f3.5 AI, 20mm f3.5 AI, 28mm f3.5 AI, 50mm f1.8 AIS, 55mm f3.5 AI, 135mm f3.5 AI, 75-150mm f3.5 Series E, 200mm f4 AIS, and 300mm f4.5 ED-IF AIS


Yes! That's what we like to see Cliff. Wonderful collection of very sweet looking glass. We can never have too many photos of gear...



Oct 04, 2013 at 07:37 PM
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What's for lunch Mr. Grindahl?


Oct 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
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the solitaire wrote:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1374921_398980283558457_566269337_n.jpg

Picked this up from ebay a little while ago.

It doesnīt have the factor Ai conversion kit but the original aperture ring shows a finely machined surface on cutout needed for the Ai conversion. It moves through all the stops nicely with crisp clicks. Looks like a job well done.

The focus ring has no play watsoever but runs a bit dry. Not too much resistance but I might have it lubed just the same.

The exterior is in somewhat rough shape but the glass is like new. It looks like someone recently cleaned it. Will go out now to make some
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Congratulations on the 55 Buddy. It remains one of my favorite lenses. Alas we live in a world in which AI conversions of pre-AI glass is the rule since there are no more conversion kits available, at least not at the places we've discovered. But as Jose and others have demonstrated, it is still possible to treat these great lenses with respect when making such conversions. The S.C. is simply a beautiful lens. Have fun with it.



Oct 04, 2013 at 07:42 PM
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leighton w wrote:
What's for lunch Mr. Grindahl?


Its going to be a Chinese chicken salad but at the moment I'm having a cup of French Market coffee, the New Orleans favorite with chicory in it. I've not bee drinking much coffee but had a hankering for it when I sat down at the computer. Awfully fine coffee...

So I see you're back to banker's hours Leighton... Barbara must be loading the truck for tomorrow's market...



Oct 04, 2013 at 07:45 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Its going to be a Chinese chicken salad but at the moment I'm having a cup of French Market coffee, the New Orleans favorite with chicory in it. I've not bee drinking much coffee but had a hankering for it when I sat down at the computer. Awfully fine coffee...

So I see you're back to banker's hours Leighton... Barbara must be loading the truck for tomorrow's market...



Enjoy your coffee, I'm off to do afternoon chores and to make sure Barbara loads it right.



Oct 04, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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Samy, thanks for the demonstrations of the 105mm lenses in your collection. You are much more adventurous than I am with regard to your kit building. I've gone back no further than the 105 f/2.5 P but your offerings with the older lenses have definitely gotten my attention. It appears that Nikon's reputation for exceptional glass has been earned over the long haul. I don't think I'll go farther back than the pre-AI lenses already in my kit but I certainly enjoy what others are doing with both old glass and film. The possibilities seem endless. Thanks for your contribution to the conversation.


Oct 04, 2013 at 07:48 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Enjoy your coffee, I'm off to do afternoon chores and to make sure Barbara loads it right.


I thought about you this week as I finished a wonderful book called "Plainsong" set in Colorado with a number of characters working the land. I know from my mother's family, many of whom were farmers, how consuming is the life you and Barbara share. I may poke fun at you from time to time but I have an appreciation for how hard you work to sustain your farm. Sue's brother, who has been a carpenter for a few decades and who bought five acres in upstate New York a few years ago has become increasingly involved first in gardening and more recently in raising livestock. His life is taking a rather radical turn from contractor to farmer and he is absolutely loving it... but he is a hard worker so the combination works well.

Get those chores done my friend. There is likely a beer waiting for you at the end of the day...



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MDoc9523 wrote:
Nice bokeh. It's a 180 so you need to keep your speed up. I use auto ISO to keep my speed to at least 1/250 unless I use my tripod

Ray


What Ray said. It is very important when shooting with long lenses to keep an eye on the shutter speed as the camera meters. I often find myself moving from Aperture Priority to Manual Mode to make certain I have sufficient shutter speed for the focal length mounted. Once you have the non-CPU register set for your Function button and get comfortable with moving from Aperture Priority toe Manual Mode, all you have to do is keep your hand steady as you press the shutter. You'll likely discover as most of us have, the pure pleasure of watching the image come into focus in the viewfinder as you turn the focusing ring. I call it a religious experience but that is not required...

Another thing to note is that if you feel inclined to use Spot Metering, which can be useful if you have very bright light in the scene, is that it will work properly only if you use the center focusing point. Keeping track of metering becomes the other variable to remember when shooting with these lenses. Thankfully, modern DSLR cameras doing a very effective job of metering and the latest cameras have outstanding dynamic range so it is hard to miss a shot.

Have fun Don. If you are at all like most of the folks on this thread you're going to enjoy this so much you'll begin hunting for additional MF lenses to add to your kit. As I've often said, "kit building is forever..."



Oct 04, 2013 at 08:02 PM
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geezfools wrote:
welp, think I'm sold on a D700 after way too many awesome photos shown here! I got my D300s because it had video, now with the iPhone 5s (for random video stuff) and me wanting to go full frame, it's time to track down a low shutter count D700. The search begins!


Good move Justin. I know there are fans on this thread of both the D600 and D800 but my D700 continues to impress me every time I use it. You should be able to find one at a decent price. I'm at about 54,000 shutter actuations on the camera I bought used here on FM and expect it will last for many more years. I'd consider a replacement, but the camera I want has yet to be released by Nikon. Until they do, I'll simply enjoy the D700.

Good luck shopping...



Oct 04, 2013 at 08:06 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I thought about you this week as I finished a wonderful book called "Plainsong" set in Colorado with a number of characters working the land. I know from my mother's family, many of whom were farmers, how consuming is the life you and Barbara share. I may poke fun at you from time to time but I have an appreciation for how hard you work to sustain your farm. Sue's brother, who has been a carpenter for a few decades and who bought five acres in upstate New York a few years ago has become increasingly involved first in gardening
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Back from chores with a home brew in hand! Ahhhhh



Oct 04, 2013 at 08:29 PM
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Buddy, congrats to your 55/1.2! I hope the new focus-screen will work for you (DX-finders and MF-focusing don't go well together for me).
Btw, I know many really happy D300-users, it's a quality-camera for sure ;-)

Jay, your blossoms-example with the 55/1.2 doesn't look like it was taken with a 50$-lens

Samy, nice work with the 28/2N! I like the Farmer Stan-shot the most. Btw, the 10.5cm 4T looks really neat compared to the other 105's.

Rafael, love the last shot of your "final" mission-church-set! The angle of view and the strong contrasts work very well together.

Ronny, excellent work as usual on your latest flower-shots!

Ray from Ohio, I like especially the second shot of the wetlands. Wide-angle, close focus and a shallow DoF go very well together.

Curtis, nice to see you chime in ;-)



Oct 04, 2013 at 08:36 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
What Ray said. It is very important when shooting with long lenses to keep an eye on the shutter speed as the camera meters. I often find myself moving from Aperture Priority to Manual Mode to make certain I have sufficient shutter speed for the focal length mounted. Once you have the non-CPU register set for your Function button and get comfortable with moving from Aperture Priority toe Manual Mode, all you have to do is keep your hand steady as you press the shutter. You'll likely discover as most of us have, the pure pleasure of watching the image
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Thanks guys for the great tips... I need to learn more about MF lenses. For the image I posted, I actually had mounted on a tripod - thus not a need for faster shutter per se. It was dusk (low light) and I had turned off the ISO-Auto so I can eliminate some of the noise.

I'll likely be shooting a bunch this weekend and I'll post some stuff on here to get this group's feedback!

Cheers!
Dan



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Ahhh chicory coffee reminds me of New Orleans and beignets (is that how one spells them?). I did find the Cafe Du Mond coffee cans at local stores in the Baltimore area, although I only dip into the can once a week or so at the most.

Here's another 28 f2 N fall shot, at f/2.8. As seen in the previous set, the fall colors for the most part are still scant and muted. So for now this toadstool stool will have to do.

This was at the Oregon Ridge Nature Park in the north eastern part of Baltimore. Need to explore this park more, did not get much time today.









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Just a note on these settings, and these are all personal preferences or what one gets used to. I have never taken to Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority, or Auto ISO, I just adjust each dial or ring. Maybe a bit slower to do that. Also, after a certain point in my DSLR life, I switched almost exclusively to spot metering.

I would say the 180's a great starter lens for the manual focus addiction

CGrindahl wrote:
What Ray said. It is very important when shooting with long lenses to keep an eye on the shutter speed as the camera meters. I often find myself moving from Aperture Priority to Manual Mode to make certain I have sufficient shutter speed for the focal length mounted. Once you have the non-CPU register set for your Function button and get comfortable with moving from Aperture Priority toe Manual Mode, all you have to do is keep your hand steady as you press the shutter. You'll likely discover as most of us have, the pure pleasure of watching the image
...Show more



Oct 04, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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Curtis, you are welcome. I am done with adding any more lenses for now

Georg, with its tiny front barrel, the 105 f4 T does not balance well on the D800. It looks far better suited to the much less bulky Nikon F see the photos here at the De Stoutz page: http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_10.5cm_f4_405749.html





Oct 04, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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Thnx Curtis and Georg. I had some real fun with the 55 f1.2 today. It allowed me to make a few shots I would have missed due to low light otherwise.

I have seen some reviews and opinions stating that the 55 f1.2 has 2 faces. I think this is very true. At normal shooting distances itīs really sharp but when you shoot subjects further away with the lens wide open or at f1.4 things get really soft. Iīll have to upload some more pictures to show what I mean. I really like the unique character of this lens already.

Here are some of the pictures I mad today (without the focus screen so I bracketed focus a few times)

This first shot is at f4



f2





f1.4



f1.2



f1.4 again



f2




Oct 04, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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Buddy, congrats on the 55, man what a deal! Nice images, a nice looking dog too. These 1.2 lenses are fun to shoot with.


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