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It has happened. I snagged a dirt cheap MBD10 off the board with the intention of selling it to my good friend. He's nearing retirement and his wife has the purse strings TIGHT, so even $10 a week may get him in trouble. So I took the opportunity to dive into old glass and traded for his 50/1.4.









May 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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Beautiful Jason... that pretend 50 f/1.8 sold with the Df is so lame compared with the real thing. This is exactly how the Df should look and feel. If I ever buy that camera it will be precisely for this reason. I can stop looking for converted lenses and just play... Very sweet.


May 16, 2014 at 03:19 PM
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Technically this one is already converted....I think. He milled the aperture ring down. It's nice because I don't have to worry about flipping the coupling lever on the DF, at least I don't think I have to. He's had this lens for 40 years now.


May 16, 2014 at 04:24 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Scott that is one of your best flower photos!


Thank you Ray. Certainly a subject type that I need improvement in (there are many others too )

Chin, really like the lines and graphic nature of the street corner and air conditioner image.

Ken, nice selfie(s). Get better soon.



May 16, 2014 at 04:25 PM
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Thanks guys
Have been happy with some of my shots so far
Coulda been more productive I suppose
I'm wearing down my stockpile of unprocessed images quickly



May 16, 2014 at 05:35 PM
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I don't know why but I thought of georg as I processed this
He hasn't been around lately, no?

>>

I walked past, and stopped, frozen step in mid-air
And rewound my self to step into the alley
Between open boxes of jumble-sale women's shoes
Whistling softly to capture its attention
I didn't because I can't



making prints for the broom by Zichar, on Flickr



May 16, 2014 at 05:37 PM
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Really nice flower Scott
Get better soon Ken
Great set Nuno
Nice Jason



Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 3 000 000 views ) auf Flickr

Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 3 000 000 views ) auf Flickr

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

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May 16, 2014 at 05:51 PM
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Wonderful flowers joanlvh and Ronny!

D800 85mm f/1.4 with 12mm tube






D800 135mm f/2 with 12mm tube @ f/2





-Jay-



May 16, 2014 at 06:32 PM
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Ken That 1st mile is a hard one! Hope all is soon well with you and equipment!

Curtis Thanks for the shooting suggestions but I'm currently distracted by the smaller plants, it is a very colorful time of year.

Scott Great Tulip color!

Samy Beautiful museum shots. Those Gods led interesting lives!

D800 45mm PC-E
Let's be careful out there





-Jay-



May 16, 2014 at 06:38 PM
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Jason_Brook posted this pic..







...which is precisely why I want the DF. That is just all kinds of Nikon sexiness.



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A few selections from the last time I got to go out and shoot. Taken with either the 55/1.2 AI or the 75-150/3.5 E (listed as the 80 in EXIF). Again, D7000...

First one is "Kathy"

_DSC9711 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Next up is the automotive classroom on campus.

_DSC9708 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

From the Horticulture dept.

_DSC9698 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Don't touch! Small furnace. Believe this one will hit 2200 degrees. I saw a guy with an old film camera try to do a long exposure of the furnace when it was on. He was shooting into the bowels of the furnace, melted a hole not only through the film, but deformed the plastic back as well. With the 55/1.2.

_DSC9543 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Natures wonders..

_DSC9723 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



May 16, 2014 at 09:01 PM
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Folks shooting with the Df seem to be enjoying the experience. I know there has been much criticism of the fact you can't change the focusing screen to facilitate shooting with MF lenses they've so promoted with this camera. I guess we'll know more when someone active on this thread gets the camera and reports how well it handles our much loved lenses.

Speaking of which... I drove to Fort Baker and the northern shore of the Golden Gate to take a few photos of the bridge for the thread I started in City, Streets and Architecture forum. Steve, Ray and Kevin have all stopped by, which is a delight. Of course, I've no wish to ignore my first love, which is this thread, so here are a couple of shots from this morning...


I really don't like the processing of this image but I like the perspective... taken underneath the bridge and showing the San Francisco skyline and the Oakland Bay bridge. This was shot with the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI... a two photo panorama stitched in PS6. Same lens used below. Always fun to find unusual angles for capturing the bridge.




May 16, 2014 at 09:13 PM
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Lens Porn Alert!!!!
My latest incarnation of the W I D E S



My latest acquisition the 18mm 3.5 AIS thanks to a trade with Scott!
"keeping them in the family'"






May 16, 2014 at 09:24 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Lens Porn Alert!!!!
My latest incarnation of the W I D E S

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v93/p992405393-5.jpg


My latest acquisition the 18mm 3.5 AIS thanks to a trade with Scott!
"keeping them in the family'"

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v167/p552250516-5.jpg


http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s5/v133/p953234312-5.jpg



Hey Ray, where is your 20mm 3.5 Ais? Very nice line-up. I especially like that lens second in from the left.


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May 16, 2014 at 09:27 PM
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I hope it is in your hands


May 16, 2014 at 09:28 PM
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Cool... SOOO many ways to keep massaging one's kit. And you're right Ray, it is always good to keep these lenses in the family.

Way to go guys. Scott, you need to give us a family portrait when the 20 arrives. You can't let Ray have all the fun. Beautiful lens by the way. Very nice...



May 16, 2014 at 09:47 PM
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Overcast wet morning yesterday when I went out to the car to take youngest to school, the end of our cul-de-sac / Close tarmac/bitumen as an oof bg, first flowering of our pink frangipan tree, 180/2.8 @ 2.8.

_AGM1017 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

Andy



May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Folks shooting with the Df seem to be enjoying the experience. I know there has been much criticism of the fact you can't change the focusing screen to facilitate shooting with MF lenses they've so promoted with this camera. I guess we'll know more when someone active on this thread gets the camera and reports how well it handles our much loved lenses.


Curtis - a quick reply on the Df (getting ready to head out for the weekend) and will provide more in-depth feedback next week, but I have been shooting with the Df since the week it came out last fall (I got the body only). Almost all of my shooting has been with MF lenses. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I used an AF lens on the Df. I have no technical explanation on why the focus screen/manual focus capability is better on the Df but it truly is when using most MF lenses when compared to my D800 and from what I remember on my D700 (no longer own, but had a Katzeye screen in that). In my experience, the only challenges my soon to be 52yr old eyes have had are with my 50 f1.2 AIS and ultrawides. But then again focus is generally not an issue for me on the ultras because I am using zone focusing most of the time anyway.

My 28mm's, 35, 45P, 105, 200, etc all just "snap" in and out of focus. Of course this is assuming decent light. Even the best can be challenged in very low light situations. In that case, I use live view for critical focus. Another topic for discussion, but the response/refresh rate of live view on the Df is head and shoulders above my D800. Of all the MF lenses I have (in my profile), believe it or not, the one I enjoy the most due to size and focus ability is my 50mm f1.8 Series E. It is a joy to shoot with.

I am one of our church photographers, and I really avoid using flash except when absolutely necessary and the combination of the Df with its low light capability and classic MF glass has been my go to rig all year. My D800 has been relegated to my 80 - 200 AF/80-400 AF zoom for wildlife and being used for video (of course using classic MF glass). Favorite for video on my D800 is the 50-300 f4.5 ED AIS.

I have a 55 f1.2 S Non AI being delivered tomorrow and will just miss it for my weekend trip. That purchase was a direct result of the influence of this thread I am interested to find out if the 55 f1.2 is any easier to focus vs. the 50 f1.2

Have a good weekend everyone.

George




May 16, 2014 at 11:13 PM
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Wow. Thanks George. That was a very fast response but even better, it was succinct and to the point. I'll tell you, you're not making it any easier to strike that camera off my wish list

As I said before, you really belong on this thread with your great affection for these lenses. I'll be curious to hear your report on the 55 f/1.2. I love the fact you can mount that on the Df without needing to cut the aperture ring. I know it can be done with great care, as Jose does it, but there is something comforting to know these lenses can be left in the "natural" state. Happy shooting George.



May 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM
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Well, after a half hour of playing with my new 50/1.4 all I can say is......Dear Jesus how can I hide buying a 135/2 from my wife?!?!?! I need one, NOW. *cough* would trade 85/1.8G *cough*

Seriously though, this is my first OLD lens. I was not expecting quality like this or the character. I was expecting its shortcomings to be bad, real bad, but they're not. The shortcomings give character, gorgeous character. This thing is so creamy compared to modern 50's.

As for using it on a DF, I have no opinion, as I've never shot a full manual lens before today. I'm 26, cut me some slack

50mm F/1.4 Nikkor S (non-ais) by Jason Brook, on Flickr



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