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ramkumar thats a great and creepy tree head. did you have to under expose each shot to get the double just right? I love that beer head shot as well and I will have to go out and try for one (at least on digital for now)


Apr 11, 2014 at 02:31 AM
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p.3764 #2 · p.3764 #2 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


kwoodard wrote:
Nothing to convert on the Series E glass. Mount and go.



Wow. I have a whole new stock of glass to fish and no conversion pain. who knew! Grr I'll find somethin old to convert.. you just watch!



Apr 11, 2014 at 02:40 AM
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giag wrote:
ramkumar thats a great and creepy tree head. did you have to under expose each shot to get the double just right? I love that beer head shot as well and I will have to go out and try for one (at least on digital for now)


I was shooting in Manual mode., for the first shot, I over exposed to blow out the sky with the face., this resulted in white sky and face slightly dark. The second shot was correctly exposed for the trees.

The second photo will only be overlayed on black areas., resulting in the tree head.



Apr 11, 2014 at 02:41 AM
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p.3764 #4 · p.3764 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


OK another question for the experts. My DX 1.5 factor makes me yearn for something good and wide but small and compact. Is a 20mm going to be enough? do I really want to drag a huge tokina 11-16 around? Whats the prime lens solution for wide on DX and manual ais-esq


Apr 11, 2014 at 02:43 AM
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Mr. G wrote:
Stay safe Andy.

Prayers that you and yours and all of your neighbors pull through this intact. 305kph thats about the top speed of a corvette Z06, 190mph.

That's a lot of wind.

Gregg



Same from me Andy, take measures and stay safe.

Rafael



Apr 11, 2014 at 02:54 AM
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p.3764 #6 · p.3764 #6 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Macro, er....Micro question.

I'm eyeing up getting a 105/2.8 AIS - but wondering gif I should go with the a 135/2.8 or 135/2 with an extension tube. Any thoughts?

TIA.

c



Apr 11, 2014 at 02:54 AM
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giag, I use a crop sensor camera too and sometimes find a 20mm is not enough but sometimes just take a 28mm, 55mm and 105mm. It all depends on your photographic needs. It's hard to say whether 20mm is wide enough for your photographic needs. The 20mm f3m5 or f4 lenses are very small and the field of view is wide so one of those might fit the bill.

Craig, for 1:1 reproduction the 105 f2,8 micro Nikkor also needs a tube. The PN-11 or something with similar length (52,5mm)

When you look at the work Ronny posts here you see that the 135 f2 is a very capable lens used in combination with tubes. No doubt the 135 f2,8 will be just as good, but a bit less bright.



Apr 11, 2014 at 03:09 AM
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giag wrote:
OK another question for the experts. My DX 1.5 factor makes me yearn for something good and wide but small and compact. Is a 20mm going to be enough? do I really want to drag a huge tokina 11-16 around? Whats the prime lens solution for wide on DX and manual ais-esq


I used the Nikon 12-24 f4.0 for many years on DX. Great lens and not too large or heavy. Very sharp even wide open. Equivalent to an 18mm.

Gregg



Apr 11, 2014 at 03:09 AM
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About half way through today's posts, outstanding pic's and of course love the lens porn and information. Took a few pic's on the way home last couple days, using the 180 2.8.













Will post a few more after I get though all the posts.

Thanks for looking,
JD

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Apr 11, 2014 at 03:21 AM
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More great photo's everyone, welcome to the new posters. Enjoying everyone's work.

Here are a couple more all with the 180 2.8 again. The hawk and squirrel are very heavy crops.




















Thanks for looking,
JD

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craigjohn wrote:
Macro, er....Micro question.

I'm eyeing up getting a 105/2.8 AIS - but wondering gif I should go with the a 135/2.8 or 135/2 with an extension tube. Any thoughts?

TIA.

c


Buddy gave you some fine advice. We love our fast lenses, but when shooting close we tend to stop down whether we're adding tubes to the equation or simply shooting with a micro lens. Frankly, having experienced the joys of shooting with tubes with a variety of lenses, I've concluded that I don't need a micro lens. Granted, if you're into really close work it makes sense to have a micro lens in the equation, but tubes will almost always be added. I love shooting with the 135 f/2.8 in its various iterations with tubes. Of course the 135 f/2 will work with tubes and as Ronny has demonstrated over and over again, it is a stellar lens used that way. But you can get where you want to go without mortgaging your home... I just bought a 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI for $65 plus shipping. It is not as bright in the viewfinder as Buddy notes, but it performs extremely well with and without tubes.

Kit building at its ultimate will lead one to the great MF Nikkors, all of which come at a premium. But along the way there is a great number of very fine lenses that can be enjoyed while keeping a bit of money available for food...

You might want to check another thread I started some time ago in the Macro World forum titled...

Shooting with Tubes.

You'll learn a bit about how tubes work and more importantly, you'll see a wide variety of lenses being used. I love using tubes with 105mm, 135mm, 180mm and 300mm lenses. One set of tubes makes every lens a tool for getting close. Good luck and have fun!



Apr 11, 2014 at 04:14 AM
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Has this thread always been this insanely fast? Takes my breath away.

It is a delight to have so many new participants who've discovered the joys of shooting with these beautiful lenses. I've been singing their praises for over three and a half years, but I've learned along the way that many folks who discovered these lenses long ago still love them. I'm looking at a mint copy of the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI, a very nice copy of the 16 f/3.5 K AI and a 20 f/3.5 U.D. AI sitting on the desk in front of me. If I turned around I'd be looking at a mint copy of the 180 f/2.8 AI-s, a very clean 80-200 f/4.5 AI, a 20 f/2.8 AI-s that had the last number listed on photosynthesis when I bought it, and a 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI that looks like it came out of a box new. My world is filled with extraordinary lenses produced by Nikon and with people from around the world who love them ALMOST as much as I do...

Wow... this is great!

Thanks to everyone who contributes to the vitality and integrity of this thread. And stay well Andy. Thanks Samy for giving us a heads up on this one...



Apr 11, 2014 at 04:25 AM
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Someone say tubes & macro?

Pk13 and 28/3.5 HC on D7000. Makes for exactly 1:1 magnification at the infinity mark.

This is a single shot at f/8. I should have done f/16, but was worried about diffraction.


_DSC8841 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



Apr 11, 2014 at 04:38 AM
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Very sweet Kevin... you know this game very well... But you need to drop something on the Macro World thread... it hasn't had a post for FIVE days...


Apr 11, 2014 at 04:39 AM
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Yeah. I haven't been able to shoot for a while. Tomorrow is going to be a 12 hour day for me at work. Right now I only have an M2 tube, and the new D7000 is very finicky when it comes to stop-down metering. My old one didn't have an issue, whereas the new one does. I don't know if it's just a technique thing or what. All my shots I have to over expose them according to the internal light meter. It's annoying, but I am learning to compensate. If someone wants to trade me a PK13 for my mint M2; as long as it works, I don't care if the outside is not pretty.


Apr 11, 2014 at 05:36 AM
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I have one photo to share before winding up this day. I spent most of the day with Sue at her new home getting it ready for her to move in. There is a great deal that needs to be done and I'm committed to helping her in any way I can. Today that had me scraping underlayment off the floor in a closet. The closet had been used by the previous owners to hold their cat's litter box. The closet stinks so bad that we've needed to deal with it. We've tried cleaning but clearly the closet is going to have to be dismantled and reconstructed to get rid of smells that have saturated the sheetrock and the shelving. Not fun and likely not inexpensive... but it needs to be done.

I took a bit of a break in the early evening, taking my recently arrived and finally cleaned 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI lens for a short spin in manual mode. It was too dark for anything else. This is one of the shots i liked... a conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2 of benches in the courtyard in front of Sue's new home... For the fun of it...


Rest well everyone... I'm exhausted. It will be a great relief when all the chores are done and Sue can move into her hew home.



Apr 11, 2014 at 05:41 AM
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Andy - We'll be praying for you, and get the heck out of there!

Curtis - You're going to have to take a break after all that work. Why don't you come over and sit on the porch with a cool one?



Apr 11, 2014 at 09:40 AM
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giag wrote:
OK another question for the experts. My DX 1.5 factor makes me yearn for something good and wide but small and compact. Is a 20mm going to be enough? do I really want to drag a huge tokina 11-16 around? Whats the prime lens solution for wide on DX and manual ais-esq


Gia, the 16mm fisheye works wonderfully with a DX sensor. Ray used to use his a lot when he was shooting with the D7000.



Apr 11, 2014 at 09:42 AM
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craigjohn wrote:
Macro, er....Micro question.

I'm eyeing up getting a 105/2.8 AIS - but wondering gif I should go with the a 135/2.8 or 135/2 with an extension tube. Any thoughts?

TIA.

c


I have used both the 105/2.8 Micro and the 135/3.5 + tubes for macro, but never made a "scientific" comparison.
My general impressions are:
If you need critically sharp images at the borders for macros, then the 105/2.8 Micro (or the f/4 version) is the best one.
But if you are not interested in the borders and/or is a casual macro shooter, then the 135mm with any tube is an excellent combo, with the advantages of low cost (tubes) and more working distances than the 105/2.8 micro.
As Curtis already told you medium telephotos + tubes in general have revealed here and mostly in the "shooting with tubes" thread exceptional images (see Ronny's 135/2+Vivitar tube for example).



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Apr 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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asiostygius wrote:
I have used the 105/2.8 Micro and the 135/3.5 + tubes for macro, but never made a "scientific" comparison test.
My general impressions are:
If you need critically sharp images at the borders for macros, then the 105/2.8 Micro (or the f/4 version) is the best one.
But if you are not interested in the borders and/or is a casual macro shooter, then the 135mm with any tube is an excellent combo, with the advantages of low cost (tubes) and more working distances than the 105/2.8 micro.
As Curtis already told you medium telephotos + tubes in general have revealed here and mostly in
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All one has to do is look at Ronny's images with the 135 and tubes to be sold on what Jose just said.



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