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CGrindahl wrote:
Received a PM this morning from our friend David in West Australia reporting the two lenses I sent him, one from Reagan, the 24 f/2.8 AI-s and one I bought on his behalf, a PRISTEEN copy of a 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI, ARRIVED yesterday. Shipping First Class International can be a bit nerve wracking because there is no tracking available and no insurance can be bought... but the price is rock bottom and every package I've sent has arrived safely. One also needs considerable patience because they seem to send it by horseback and sailing ship. Sent on April
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Thanks again to Curtis and Reagan for their efforts getting these two new additions to my kit! I'll give both a good workout tomorrow... I'll be back!
Cheers and good light, David.



May 01, 2014 at 03:38 PM
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Well said and a valuable contribution. I agree the 28 f/2 AI-s is a step up from its slower companion. I found the extra stop valuable when shooting in the underground cisterns in Istanbul. It was also a wonderful walk around lens.

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b9WnqGbNCts/T5eKtrnFe5I/AAAAAAAAMMo/0ilgsIj2YAc/s1200/50.1.2.HagiaSophiaDistant.jpg

So yes, Curtis W., if you can afford an extra one or two hundred dollars, this is not a bad lens to try. But the f/2.8 is by any measure not a waste of money. Kit building is forever, so you can trust the fact if one lens strikes your fancy, another will. That is why I have a
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Nice pic of the old "Holy Wisdom". I would like to think some of these Nikkors will be around in 1500 years time.

I love your attitude to lens collecting. I convince myself that all I need is the perfect "kit" and then I will stop; the theory is that the perfect kit is the one you have with you, the lens in the cupboard is just clutter. These 52mm thread Nikkors should make that an actuality, I really can fit four lenses in my coat pockets. Try doing that with most the current AF lenses. So in theory I can sell all my M42, FD and MD lenses. Now I have the 50mm f1.2 AI that will fit on pretty much any current make of camera, and probably most to come in the future, will I ever need a different fast 50? They may have slightly different rendering, but, realistically I am not going to carry a bunch of different 50s just in case?
In practice though, like Gollum with his "precious", my other non-nikon lenses are too nice to sell. And I can convince myself that they are actually an investment. Now full frame mirrorless cameras are out there, the APS-C era is coming to an end and demand for good quality full frame glass will only increase.



May 01, 2014 at 03:55 PM
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Steve, I'm impressed with the performance of the 135 f/3.5 Q. I've been tempted by this lens simply because of its beautiful design but hesitated because reviews are less than glowing. Perhaps I should know by now that even the most modest of these lenses has something to offer. Of course, having added so many f/2.8 lenses at this focal length to my kit it really doesn't make much sense to buy the slower lens, no matter how sweet it looks. But I'll certainly enjoy what you, Buddy and Georg do with the lens...


May 01, 2014 at 04:00 PM
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basilisk wrote:
Nice pic of the old "Holy Wisdom". I would like to think some of these Nikkors will be around in 1500 years time.

I love your attitude to lens collecting. I convince myself that all I need is the perfect "kit" and then I will stop; the theory is that the perfect kit is the one you have with you, the lens in the cupboard is just clutter. These 52mm thread Nikkors should make that an actuality, I really can fit four lenses in my coat pockets. Try doing that with most the current AF lenses. So in theory I can
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And that is the reason I keep saying "Kit Building is Forever."

I thought I was building the perfect kit as i bought a variety of AI-s lenses, but then Ben arrived from Sydney, Australia with his kit of pre-AI lenses. It took me some time to buy my first converted pre-AI lens but when I did the adventure took a whole new direction. For the last year and a half I've bought nothing but converted pre-AI lenses. Yes, all these lenses are wonderful to use, but there is something special about the all metal, often scalloped focusing ring found on the pre-AI lenses. The 50 f/1.2 is a fine lens, but when I'm putting the lenses in my camera bag to head out the door, it will generally be with the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI rather than the 50. Of course, unless one is willing to cut aperture rings, buying pre-AI lenses that have the Nikon AI conversion kit already installed is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding clean copies of these lenses also is a challenge. They've been around sometimes for 40 years, which means they've been thrown in many pockets, camera bags. But I've enjoyed the hunt. Now I'll use the lenses and enjoy the conversation these treasures permit on this thread. Always nice to meet a kindred spirit... :



May 01, 2014 at 04:09 PM
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Alleyways and a door .....

The door for Leighton ....

Taken with the D700 a couple of months back and then I forgot about them .....

Using the 55mm f1.2 ...... quite a capable lens ..... IMHO

Steve




© Stokesey 2014

A floor so cunningly laid that wherever you went ...... it stayed beneath your feet !!!

  NIKON D700    55mm    f/5.6    1/6s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





© Stokesey 2014

A miserable back alley in Manchester ... such a dull day !!

  NIKON D700    55mm    f/1.2    1/60s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





© Stokesey 2014

St Anns Church - back door .... is this for the sinners amongst us ??

  NIKON D700    55mm    f/1.2    1/40s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 01, 2014 at 04:22 PM
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p.3718 #6 · p.3718 #6 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Tuileries Gardens, Paris :







105 2.5 ais




May 01, 2014 at 05:00 PM
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Another photo from the 135mm f/2.8 factory AI'd lens.






Nikon D610 - Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 AI @ f/2.8







100% crop - holy cats this bugger is sharper than expected.



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May 01, 2014 at 05:36 PM
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50 1,4 S:




May 01, 2014 at 05:39 PM
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Thanks
Nice pictures as usual


NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 3 000 000 views ) auf Flickr



May 01, 2014 at 07:00 PM
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Excellent images from Steve, George, Curtis, Philippe, Flow and Craig.

Here is my contribution for today though I have not taken out my camera due to yesterday's continous rains.
Taken using the 400mm f3.5 AI
Easter egg hunt by ramkumar999, on Flickr



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DF+85












May 01, 2014 at 07:42 PM
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For the good of the order I want to bring folks attention to an auction about to end on E-Bay for a set of Vivitar extension tubes designed for AI and AI-s lenses. These are the tubes Ronny is using for all those drop-dead gorgeous flower photos he regularly posts here and on the Shooting with Tubes thread. Here's a link to the auction...

Vivitar Extension Tube Set for AI and AI-s Lenses

The Buy It Now price is VERY reasonable... $20.00. These tubes aren't as well made as the Nikon tubes but they are far from flimsy. I have a set that I'm keeping in the glove box of my car. The set includes three tubes, 12mm, 20mm and 36mm. The auction ends in a bit less than TWO hours. This is a great buy!



May 01, 2014 at 08:07 PM
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As usual when I'm away for a while the great images keep flowing in.

Among the many wonderful shots, Ronny's dahlias stand out - focus, colour and variety are magnificent.

Well done and thanks for sharing.



May 01, 2014 at 08:09 PM
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d800 35mm f/1.4ais wide open obviously
looking at the particular artifacts



May 01, 2014 at 08:10 PM
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A flower photo from this morning taken in West Marin with the 85 f/18 H AI attached. Light was bright but the D700 handled it well. It feels like summer with temperatures today expected to be above 90 degrees Fahrenheit... that is 32 degrees Celsius...




May 01, 2014 at 08:11 PM
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In keeping with the 135 theme I took my 135 F2 out for a spin today. This one is at 2.8 More to come




May 01, 2014 at 09:03 PM
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Ray, you mean the 135 f/2 AI-s has an aperture setting of f/2.8? I thought it only had f/2...

Great flower shot Ray especially with the visitor doing its thing.. Brilliant colors, such fine clarity. Great glass produces great results, at least it does so when the photographer holds the camera steady...

Love it.



May 01, 2014 at 09:26 PM
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Thank you Curtis. Out of respect for the theme I did restrain myself from 2.0 on most shots


May 01, 2014 at 09:36 PM
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DSC_0713.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr

Nikkor 85/2 Ai + PN-11

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May 01, 2014 at 09:38 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
For the good of the order I want to bring folks attention to an auction about to end on E-Bay for a set of Vivitar extension tubes designed for AI and AI-s lenses. These are the tubes Ronny is using for all those drop-dead gorgeous flower photos he regularly posts here and on the Shooting with Tubes thread. Here's a link to the auction...

Vivitar Extension Tube Set for AI and AI-s Lenses

The Buy It Now price is VERY reasonable... $20.00. These tubes aren't as well made as the Nikon tubes but they are far from flimsy. I have a set
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I beat you to it Curtis. I bought these a couple of hours ago. What I like about this set, apart from only costing me £10 + post, is that it finally gives a use to the rabbits ears on all my AI/S lenses

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-set-of-Vivitar-Extension-tubes-in-Nikon-Ai-fit-/141267001032?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=3PvdPu1cN3DpuAWrChB5Rz4Hh6Y%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc



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