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the solitaire wrote:
Those are mighty sharp images Ram. The only lens that sharp in my collection must be the 105mm micro Nikkor.


nampramos wrote:
Really nice that last one Ram! Love the detail on the bird and the background. How heavy is that lens?


Thanks Guys. This is shot at f5.6 which is where the optimum sharpness begins. F8 is spectacular and F11 is too.
The lens is around 6 lbs. You can read about it here.
400mm f3.5

I could still use f4 if there is no cropping involved and if its a landscape styled photo.



Jun 21, 2014 at 04:37 PM
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How does the 400/3.5 compare to the 400/5.6 though?

I have a 300/4 AFS which with the TC17EII becomes a 500mm and I am very satisfied with it so its more for curiosity than any other thing.



Jun 21, 2014 at 04:57 PM
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I was out taking some equine shots today. Here is one with 135mm f2.0 AI








Jun 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM
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Ram very sharp indeed

Laura pre focus serves me well as in the past skateboarders and the few taken earlier today of the golfer in full swing. Very nice series but no way in the "same league" as the Lakeland "Flying Tigers."

Nuno very good beach setting and shots.

Ray me salivate over a Vette .... yeah you bet!

Scott love the series and the block buildings

Steve the birds are very well done and natural

Chin ... how did you do that?

Phillippe some things like old men staring are universal

Kevin et al I think I'll try my 25-50 with the new info.

Curtis ... went to the car dealer yesterday and hung out. Learned I an lease a NEW Corvette C7 CHEAPER than I can lease a Power Chair to get around in. It's been six weeks yesterday. To my surprise a good friend dropped off a Power Chair that was used by his family. It has a 25 mile range does 5 MPH and can turn on a dime. Using it keeps my left shoulder from blowing out that will be needed once I can put weight on my legs.

Well I took the chair down the road today and took the 180 ED. Got some good shots and shot a flower and a kitten as well as momma cat based on the inspiration I get from this thread.






© Ken Hill 2014


Roadside flower!

  NIKON D700    180mm    f/2.8    1/160s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





© Ken Hill 2014


Momma cat!

  NIKON D700    180mm    f/2.8    1/250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





© Ken Hill 2014


Hiding from me!

  NIKON D700    180mm    f/2.8    1/60s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





© Ken Hill 2014


Charlie ... (he thinks he's their dad!)

  NIKON D700    180mm    f/2.8    1/100s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM
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the solitaire wrote:
Rafael, I really like those old cars and when using manual focus glass it seems they shine even brighter. Your post processing will certainly add to that (wish to share the secret?)

I will be joining the FX ranks soon. I wanted to wait a bit with the purchase but a perfect opertunity came along and I purchased a used but very nice D3 (straight swap for my AF-S 14-24 f2,8 which feels redundant now that I own the much prettier looking and smaller 20mm UD Nikkor).

A few things have me wondering. One of which, and maybe the most pressing
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Congrats on the D3 Buddy, I just use Capture NX2 with the Nik Plug in, obsolete software, these were processed with either old photo, or solarization, plus color and contrast tweaks.

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 @ 2.0 D800 pierce arrow 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 @ 2.0 D800 pierce arrow by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 @ 2.0 D800 pierce arrow 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Jun 21, 2014 at 05:20 PM
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ramkumar999 wrote:
Thanks Guys. This is shot at f5.6 which is where the optimum sharpness begins. F8 is spectacular and F11 is too.
The lens is around 6 lbs. You can read about it here.
400mm f3.5

I could still use f4 if there is no cropping involved and if its a landscape styled photo.



Do not like to repost, BUT you are talking 400mm 3.5, it is a fantastic lens at any aperture. Best at 8.0 as Ram says. Needs a little axial and lateral correction, easy to do. Works great with TCs, all of them. The real advantage over the 5.6 is the use of TCs with no real loss of quality.

If you bought yourself a 400mm 3.5, buy a TC300. a TC 14B, a TC 201, and combine them any way you want, you will have a fantastic 560mm 5.0, an excellent 800mm 7.1, a usable, 1600mm, a 2240mm to play with, and with the TC16a a great auto-focus 640mm 5.6 as a bonus.

Nikon Nikkor 400mm 3.5 F/3.5 TC300 TC 300 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 400mm 3.5 ais TC300 TC 201 blood moon by Rafael CA, on Flickr

NIKON NIKKOR 400MM 3.5 TC16A D800 RUSTY EAGLE by Rafael CA, on Flickr

400mm 3.5 chula vista implosion san diego nikon nikkor D3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


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Jun 21, 2014 at 05:29 PM
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A few from today with the Nikkor 85/1.4

f/2

DSC_4661-Edit.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr

f/8

DSC_4642-Edit.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr

f/2.8

DSC_4684-Edit.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr

f/2

DSC_4650-Edit.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr



Jun 21, 2014 at 05:31 PM
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55 1.2 ai :









Jun 21, 2014 at 06:22 PM
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Thanks Ram & Scott.
Ram, great use of the 400/3.5;
Nuno, nice B&Ws;
Rafael, superb, as usual.

Scott, I used the D600 to make some test shots with the 25-50/4 ais:
excuse the scenario, the weather was horrible today


f/4 lefts; f/8 rights

TOP: lens set at 25mm(above) or 50mm (bottom) optically and in the camera set at 25mm;

MIDDLE: lens set at 25mm(above) or 50mm (bottom) optically and in the camera set at 50mm;

BOTTOM: lens set at 25mm(above) or 50mm (bottom) optically and in the camera set at 35mm;



D600+25-50mm-f4-ais-menu-setups-exposure-comparison por labecoaves, no Flickr


You can see the histograms revealing that in fact the 50mm set is the best overall, 25mm set is underexposing, and surprisingly the "average" 35mm set (for the lens would be 25+50=75/2= 37.5mm) is visibly overxposing.

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Jun 21, 2014 at 07:11 PM
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Jose, thank you for taking the time to do this comparison. It looks like your 25-50 behaves just like mine depending on the non-cpu setting being used. This seems to be a unique issue with this particular lens. Mine exposes the best when entered as a 50mm f4.

Rays friend Ted pointed out the unique nature of the aperture moving position back and forth as the lens is zoomed in and out. This is also a unique feature to this lens from what I have been able to find on the internet. My guess is that they are related in some way. Very interesting.
Thanks again,
Scott



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Chuong, the image of the horse is stunning. Wonderful detail and framing.

Ken, the flower study is very nice.

Rafael, great images with the 400 f3.5.

Philippe, love this detail shot of the statue.




Jun 21, 2014 at 07:34 PM
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I have a Birthday party to attend this evening, so I just dropped by to post a few from the market. I know I know...taken with the 50mm f1.2 AIS. Ray you were right, the 55 micro doesn't do 1.2! the last three were at 1.2.

Robin's Peppers by T. Leighton Womack, on Flickr

Susan's Carrots by T. Leighton Womack, on Flickr

Mr. Calixto by T. Leighton Womack, on Flickr

Our New Potatoes by T. Leighton Womack, on Flickr



Jun 21, 2014 at 07:56 PM
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Leighton, these are great. The 50 1.2 renders very nice backgrounds.


Jun 21, 2014 at 08:31 PM
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Lock 30. Taken with the 25-50 f4 Ai @ f16 using the "new" non-cpu entry. The mid-morning light was not very flattering, but I like the contrast and depth field sharpness. Thanks for looking.
Scott







Jun 21, 2014 at 08:36 PM
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good deal from the friend with the lend

Love the shots, particularly the kitten playing peekaboo with you

I have some news to share, too, that I'll save for another post...

Ken Hill wrote:
Curtis ... went to the car dealer yesterday and hung out. Learned I an lease a NEW Corvette C7 CHEAPER than I can lease a Power Chair to get around in. It's been six weeks yesterday. To my surprise a good friend dropped off a Power Chair that was used by his family. It has a 25 mile range does 5 MPH and can turn on a dime. Using it keeps my left shoulder from blowing out that will be needed once I can put weight on my legs.

Well I took the chair down the road today and took
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Jun 21, 2014 at 08:45 PM
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Scott, the photo looks as though it was taken with a tilt-shift lens. If you captured that without requiring some fancy footwork in post processing, I want to give kudos both to you AND to that lens. I know it is a fine lens but this is insanely clean. Of course, knowing your acuity when it comes to lines, I wouldn't put it above you to play with a bit of perspective on this... Very nice photos with the angles, lines and brilliant colors.


Jun 21, 2014 at 08:48 PM
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Good to remember that this is the longest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere with the brightest light. Not exactly ideal conditions for shooting in the middle of the day... which I did...

I've been busy cleaning up my computer and hard drives. A friend has been recommending that I add a 3 TB drive to my collection for quite some time and I finally bit. B&H has a Western Digital drive for $94... no tax, free shipping. I bit.

When I sold my Mac Pro a few years ago so I could avail myself of the great deals offered for a 27" IMac, I pulled three drives from Mac Pro bays and installed them in drive cases. I'd created a file management protocol with the Mac Pro that I continued despite the change in location. It was okay, but not ideal. With arrival of the 3 TB drive I thought it might make sense to move things about and bring a bit more order to the system. Of course, when you move photo files, Lightoom gets unhappy so I've created new catalogues for Canon, Nikon and travel photos. In the process, as I mentioned before, I did a bit of pruning... In fact, I threw out about 450 GBs of Canon photos, paring the catalogue down to about 85 GB. And now, I'm beginning to do the same with my Nikon photos. I joked with the friend who suggested the 3 TB drive that at the pace I'm going in throwing out files, I'll no longer need that drive...

I've been a bit remiss in making my contribution to the thread largely because rather than shooting I've been pruning. But today I encountered some lovely lotus flowers that I couldn't resist shooting. So here are four from today, shot at high noon... all with the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF... hand held, wide open.







Jun 21, 2014 at 08:59 PM
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Got a letter in the mail today from school, couldn't figure out what was going on. Opened the envelope, and there, inside the envelope, was a letter informing me that there's a spot for me starting in the fall semester, should I choose to accept it. I have until Friday, 27 Jun, to accept the spot. Kind of puts my plan for taking Pharmacology by itself off kilter, but I suspect that once I stop spinning the chair around in circles, I'll probably accept the spot. I just want to make sure I'm thinking this through properly and budgeting a major expense for uniforms and books ($1000+) on such short notice.



© NightOwl Cat 2014

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Jun 21, 2014 at 09:04 PM
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Scott, marvelous angles and composition! And Swedish colors

Leighton, the veggies are glad to model for you and happy you kept the 50 1.2!

Jose, very nice testing of the 25-50 with the different CPU entries. I am at a loss why the entry would change exposure for this lens. And your obsolete equipment shots are wonderful!

Philippe, nice 1842 statue. And what you did with that in-focus man with the 105 2.5 was superb even by your own standards!!!

Rafael, you and the other folks here have really been showcasing the 400 3.5. The 400 5.6 takes the 1.4 TC very well however with the reduced light the focus dot becomes iffy. I am sure with higher magnification TCs that issue would be worse.
And wonderful classic cars. I never made it to the car show last week. Long story. The hood ornament is terrific.

Ram, great goose portrait, and liked your night sky a few pages back. Still hard to believe NJ has areas where one can see the Milky Way Love the cropped sharpness on the sparrow with your 400 3.5! The weight is more than double that of the 400 5.6 ED. The one thing I love about the 5.6 is I can carry it for long periods of time. I will have to think about the 3.5's weight vs. the advantage of adding various TCs. But wait, I am not buying any more lenses for a very long time!

Chuong, just great portrait of that beautiful horse!

Ken, cute cats and the dog! Especially the peeking kitty. And also cow town.

Steve, love the grey headed crane. That last pic is a great portrait, brings out quite some character in the bird. And just found the swan portraits too! Great work with the 500 F4 P!!!
BTW, loved the rotated version of the looping plane, don't mind at all and thanks for doing that! I thought there was something not quite there and your change resolved that.

Ray (OH), thanks for the note on the S2. No, any shots with the sun in the frame were definitely at 1/1000s, which is the fastest that camera goes, and with the wide angle 3.5cm lens. I will still cross my fingers until the next roll gets developed though

Ray (FL), just came across your superb Charleston gallery. Will need to steal ideas from there on what to photograph since that's on the agenda.

Chin, what a terrific set for Oolong's model portfolio!

Nuno, great flora from Madeira!

Laura, I really liked that last pic of the batter, looks like your 180 2.8. Great action shot!!

Curtis, I like your wish list of 'toys'.



Jun 21, 2014 at 09:47 PM
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Found this photo from a walk a few weeks ago with the S2 and 13.5cm 3.5 lens mounted. Colors by Fuji - Velvia 100.

VelviaGreenAndRed by maryland_photos, on Flickr

Not long enough of a tele, but hopefully one can barely make out the Canon photographer on the opposite bank.



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