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Ray, thnx for the kind words, and yes, NFMLAS definately bit me.
Kevin, I bought that lens somewhere in the 90īs and used it on my FM2. Never really found out much about it but it worked fine with film. It never worked for me on the D70 but with the D300 I already got some pretty nice results. I donīt have the close up lens but the PK-13 works pretty well with the lens. Havenīt tried the PN-11 yet but with the light loss I can imagine things get really dark.
Samy, there are some areas where I wouldnīt mind owning another 2 or 3 MF lenses. A nice 24 or 20mm as well as the 180 Ai-S and 300 f4.5 IF-ED come to mind. I donīt like post processing at all and donīt care much for the fish eye look so even though the 16mm is an awesome lens I wonīt be on the lookout for one of those. A 105mm micro Nikkor would also be an interesting addition.
In regards to your 5.8cm f1.4, it would be interesting to find out what exactly is going on. I do get infinity focus when I turn the focus rig to infinity. Itīs just the corners and edgs of the frame that end up somewhere else.
Best way to have a semi-scientific look at field curvature is to lay a piece of checkered paper on a table and the camera on a tripod. Try to achieve as level an angle as possible while you can still see the checker pattern. Focus on a point somewhere in the middle of the sheet of paper and make a series of photos where you frame the checker pattern like an imaginary horizon across the frame and place that horizon at 1/5th increments higher and lower in the frame.
Also make a shot with the aperture wide open shooting the checkered pattern head on (the way a perfectly flat focal plane would be positioned) from about 3.2 ft/1 meter away.Then focus "right", a bit short and a bit too far. The finer the checker pattern the better this works but 10mm checkers should do just fine.
Leighton, I like that first shot best. Very colorful and the dreamy soft focus look really makes that shot stand out because carrots is about the last subject in the world where one expects soft focus
Jay, thatīs an impressive looking piece of forest. Perfect capture
Rafael, awesome silhouette. You stopped down the lens quite a bit for that one, right? Do you know the aperture used?