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p.3838 #1 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Nikkor 85/2 Ai with D610 seems to be a good combo for me.

DSC_1020.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr


A question about wide angles.

Since I will be spending June, July and August in Madeira Island, I need a pretty good wide angle for all the landscape. Right now I have the 24/2.8 but I get flares on my pictures quite easily. What would be a better alternative?

I read that the 28/2 is better at infinity than the 28/2.8 Ai-s. Is that correct?



Apr 28, 2014 at 07:27 PM
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georgms wrote:
Another picture "stolen" from neighbors garden, my favorite location for close-ups:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7449/14048628391_8a77a963e1_o.jpg
neighbors garden again von georgsfoto auf Flickr
Placing the sun behind some distant twigs, leaves or blossoms was difficult, but the only way to bring it's power down ;-)
D700 - shutter click # 281.350 - ISO200 - 1/3200sec - 50/1.2 Ais wide open, don't recall if I used the PK-11A here or not.


Georg - it's not often I'll dare to be negative. I don't like the bokeh at all - it drowns the subject. Sorry, but that's how I see it .



Apr 28, 2014 at 08:47 PM
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p.3838 #3 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Kevin, saw this on the People Forum. You may have already seen it, but
this is it: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1290450
I sure wish you did not have to sell your Nikon equipment.
All the best, and I hope you keep in touch. You are a valued member of the mf
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Ed



Apr 28, 2014 at 09:03 PM
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p.3838 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


from yesterday..85 f/2 stopped down to f4.
















If anyone finds the last image offensive, I apologize. Please inform if you feel it is and I shall replace with only the link.



Apr 28, 2014 at 09:14 PM
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p.3838 #5 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Lestor, nice B&W-set! I like the framing of the first a lot. The statue/sculpture - nice framing too - would look maybe even better if shot with the 85/2 at full aperture.
Based on my experience: bare breasts on sculptures are mighty fine for our friends from the USA and other parts of the world that are discredited as "prudish" among us Europeans



Apr 28, 2014 at 09:35 PM
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p.3838 #6 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Big Appa wrote:
Kevin, saw this on the People Forum. You may have already seen it, but
this is it: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1290450
I sure wish you did not have to sell your Nikon equipment.
All the best, and I hope you keep in touch. You are a valued member of the mf
gang!

Ed


I have, I am a regular over in the Alt forum as well. Heck, the reason we haven't seen Reagan that much is because he is busy playing with his new X100s (that he got for a screaming deal...lucky guy).

My body just can't take the weight anymore. I have done physical therapy off and on for decades with just enough help to keep me going. This latest blow was the tipping point for me.



Apr 28, 2014 at 09:42 PM
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Leighton, I was under the impression everybody in Staunton would buy goods at the farmers market or the Middlebrook General store, not at the large chain store ;-) Nice shot of this "modern landscape".


Apr 28, 2014 at 09:48 PM
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georgms wrote:
Lestor, nice B&W-set! I like the framing of the first a lot. The statue/sculpture - nice framing too - would look maybe even better if shot with the 85/2 at full aperture.
Based on my experience: bare breasts on sculptures are mighty fine for our friends from the USA and other parts of the world that are discredited as "prudish" among us Europeans


Thanks Georg..Your BW shots are an inspiration for me..
I tried f2 but there was direct sunlight on the fountain which was washing out the images. This was the best i could with exposure lock..




Hope our friends like our sculptures



Apr 28, 2014 at 09:49 PM
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Nuno, yeah, a short tele like the 85/2 makes a great walkaround-lens.

Jay, I like your shot of the agave (?) a lot. Great framing, great play with textures and shapes.



Apr 28, 2014 at 09:53 PM
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p.3838 #10 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Lestor, the strutting statue is very well done in B&W. Although its left foot seems to be on the precipice Good work with all those monochrome shots!

Here's back to flowers with the 10.5cm f4 T, one of the many variants of Nikon's long and outstanding 105mm line. This lens has a tiny 34.5mm filter size, and a little front preset aperture ring. There are no click stops like some of its early rangefinder lens predecessors such as the 8.5cm f2. So this shot was somewhere around f/5, in between the f/4 and f/5.6 marks.

1stOneToBloom by maryland_photos, on Flickr




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Lestor, the light is much nicer indeed on the f/4-variant.


Apr 28, 2014 at 09:56 PM
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Nuno, nice steeple in the background, some similarities with that of the Trinity Baptist church here that I posted yesterday.

As to the 28s, I have the 28 f2 and the 3.5 versions, but people on this thread swear by the 2.8 AIS version, and have too many examples to back up that conclusion.

nampramos wrote:
Nikkor 85/2 Ai with D610 seems to be a good combo for me.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2910/14073788503_d0c8ef0346_c.jpgDSC_1020.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr

A question about wide angles.

Since I will be spending June, July and August in Madeira Island, I need a pretty good wide angle for all the landscape. Right now I have the 24/2.8 but I get flares on my pictures quite easily. What would be a better alternative?

I read that the 28/2 is better at infinity than the 28/2.8 Ai-s. Is that correct?




Apr 28, 2014 at 09:58 PM
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And I'll bet Reagan will be selling that equipment soon enough. I haven't visited that thread, wonder what kind of pics he is posting?

Kevin, hope you recover from the latest setback soon. Always takes time for the body to heal.

kwoodard wrote:
I have, I am a regular over in the Alt forum as well. Heck, the reason we haven't seen Reagan that much is because he is busy playing with his new X100s (that he got for a screaming deal...lucky guy).

My body just can't take the weight anymore. I have done physical therapy off and on for decades with just enough help to keep me going. This latest blow was the tipping point for me.




Apr 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM
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p.3838 #14 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Samy, nice to see spring is coming to life over at Maryland too ;-) Very nice and fresh colors captured with the sweat 10.5cm f/4 T!

Leighton, thanks! Yes, I shoot a lot, but not as much as some fulltime-sports-shooters over here. My D700 is pretty much beaten-up, but still works as it should (first shutter). I fear the day when it stops working, as a general clean up and shutter-replacement would probably be really expensive (repair-costs in Europe are higher than over at the USA).

Peter, sorry, I've tried a lighter version of the blossom with a less "screaming" bokeh, but don't like it myself. Maybe I'll try to capture the same blossoms tomorrow with a short tele-lens. Thanks for sharing your opinion, highly valued by me.



Apr 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
I have, I am a regular over in the Alt forum as well. Heck, the reason we haven't seen Reagan that much is because he is busy playing with his new X100s (that he got for a screaming deal...lucky guy).

My body just can't take the weight anymore. I have done physical therapy off and on for decades with just enough help to keep me going. This latest blow was the tipping point for me.


Kevin, maybe a fixed lens compact is indeed the most neck-friendly solution. Hope you recover soon. Based on your preference for slightly longer focal-lengths a Sigma DP3 might be worth further investigations. But please take your time, recover first and think about photography later.
All the best, Georg!



Apr 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM
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p.3838 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Sorry I haven't been around much the last few days. I have been testing a few of the new lenses that were added to my collection recently. Of main concern to me was a comparison between the 24mm 2.8 AIS and the 28mm 2.8 AIS. I alway thought of these two lenses as though you had to choose between them. That it was always the 24 VS the 28. I have come to realize that they can actually feed off of each other.
We often talk about this or that lens being a brother or sister to another. Of all the lenses Nikon makes I believe that these two lenses are the most like true Brothers. One has blue eyes and the other has green. The size and shape are often confused in a bag.



The comonly held belief is that the 28 is a better lens than the 24 and it is but.....only in certain areas. In other areas the 24 is much better. The 28 is a specialist in subjects that are close up, especially those shot wide open. It will focus down to two feet {the 24 only focuses to three feet}and truly is sharp as a tack. However I believe that this comes at a cost. In the photos that I took over the last few days the 24 is clearly the winner in corner sharpness. The 28 holds the edge in overall contrast which in film days was very important. That brings me back to the two purposes. The 28mm is wonderful for wide angle close ups or situational portraits. The 24 is better for sweeping landscape or photos where you need the corners sharp. I realize that my opinions here are completely open to disagreement.
You can see the photos at:
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/p1017367403



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Apr 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM
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p.3838 #17 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Thanks Samy.

Yes, I have seen that many have the 28/2.8 Ai-s but I have also seen that the majority of the photos taken with it are close ups and not infinity shots.

I really want to have a good lens at infinity for the amazing landscapes Madeira Island has to offer. I do not want to arrive on the island and then realize my 24/2.8 Ai is not up to the task!

Examples here (not my photos)
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3



Apr 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM
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Wow Nuno if those are pics from Madeira I want to go there too!

Great job Ray in posting that mini review of the wide angles. That reminds me, I haven't used the 24 2.8 myself for quite a while but I remember looking at photos in detail and it definitely had excellent corner to corner sharpness.

Georg, thanks. I had to go look at which photo made Peter complain about Now that is definitely quite some character that you have brought out of the 50mm 1.2. Did you also do some post processing? Of your recent pics I really liked the soccer action shot, that's a tough pic to take with a 400mm manual lens.

Thanks folks for the comments/likes on the recent pics.



Apr 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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p.3838 #19 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Ray I tend to agree with you. I use the 28 far more that the 24, mainly because of the close focusing capabilities. But when I want to go WIDE I'll choose the 24. I've often thought about selling the 24, but it's the widest lens I own so that keeps it in the bag.

Thanks for your thoughts on this and I like your samples.



Apr 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM
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nampramos wrote:
Thanks Samy.

Yes, I have seen that many have the 28/2.8 Ai-s but I have also seen that the majority of the photos taken with it are close ups and not infinity shots.

I really want to have a good lens at infinity for the amazing landscapes Madeira Island has to offer. I do not want to arrive on the island and then realize my 24/2.8 Ai is not up to the task!

Examples here (not my photos)
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3


The 24mm is a great lens and if you want to do yourself a favor, make sure you take a good tripod. Here's a photo using the 24mm 2.8 AIS on a tripod. It is a sharp great quality lens. The photo is NOT HDR
Shot at 1/20 F11




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