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Ken Hill wrote:
Raphael I have your Kimber's cousin in my safe. Left to me by a retired GySgt who passed a year ago April. He held a USMC shooting record until broken by then LCpl Brian Zins, who then went on to become an 11 time National Champion. Some things are more important than money!



Show it to us some day Ken.





Aug 30, 2014 at 04:46 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Rafael, if that lens doesn't make the grade, we've been given some insight into the standards you use in buying lenses… VERY high indeed. I wouldn't buy that lens either but for different reasons. For all the wonderful images posted by folks who love to shoot at 35mm, it is not my preferred focal length. I've said before that I'm more drawn to 28 if I want to go wide. Having two 35mm lenses, one an AI-s at f/1.4 and one O at f/2, I feel quite satisfied. Spending big bucks for another f/1.4 doesn't tickle my fancy, despite
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It is funny how the mind works Curtis, particularly mine, I have never been a fan of the 35mm focal length, used to use it a lot on film, but mostly out of laziness or convenience.

Now that for good or bad I pay a lot of attention to my methodology, the 35s have fallen aside, Nevertheless I want to explore them again.

This 608xxx 35mm 1.4 ais will likely stay, it is perfect like new. It is surprisingly not as flat field as my 35mm 1.4 46xxxx, it is a bit sharper in the center, a little more contrasty, could be just that it is cleaner inside and newer.

I am going to keep it.

Took the new lens to Cruising Grand, it was Pantera day. All at 1.4, of course. No added saturation but used vivid pic control on the camera, and a polarizer.

nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais D800 46xxxxx and 608xxxx series 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais 608xxx D3 Pantera Dinner Cruising Grand 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais 608xxx D3 Pantera Dinner Cruising Grand by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Austin of England

nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais 608xxx D3 Austin of England Cruising Grand 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Not all were Yellow

nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais 608xxx D3 Pantera Dinner Cruising Grand 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

It was a nice evening, this new 35mm handles bright lights better than the older ais

nikon nikkor 35mm 1.4 ais 608xxx D3 nice evening by Rafael CA, on Flickr


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Aug 30, 2014 at 04:57 AM
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vivid and polarizer - you certainly don't have to add saturation with that approach


Aug 30, 2014 at 05:11 AM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
600-800$ is a good deal.


Thanks Rafael

Is one in Sweden for sale for 788$
How is the performance? Given that it was only done in about 700-1000 copies
should not the price been higher if it is very good




Aug 30, 2014 at 07:09 AM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks Rafael

Is one in Sweden for sale for 788$
How is the performance? Given that it was only done in about 700-1000 copies
should not the price been higher if it is very good



Performance is excellent, as good as an 18mm or 20mm, but with strong field curvature, the 3.5 is a bit better. A 14 2.8 AF is only $1200 and is also a bit better. No distortion at all on this 15mm, be mindful that it gets blue blobs if the sun hits the big front glass, this can be shaded with the hand.
15mm F5.6 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Wildflowers 15mm f5.6 @ f16 QDC ai by Rafael CA, on Flickr

san juan capistrano 15mm qdc ai 5.6 f5.6 nikon nikkor D3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

This one is full res in flickr with a D800 at f/8.0

nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Lake hodges scrub oaks by Rafael CA, on Flickr




Aug 30, 2014 at 07:58 AM
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85mm f/1.4 ais on Df



Aug 30, 2014 at 08:34 AM
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HCE HCE wrote:
My new and improved internet is installed, took all afternoon.

Mihai Great set, like the patterns in the 1st and last especially.

Peter What a beautiful shot of the trail!

D800 180mm f/2.8
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5565/15077363922_9c4ca76425_o.jpg
-Jay-


Thanks Jay! BTW what is different at the new internet connection? How good it is?

Love your picture too!

Peter +10 what Jay said!



Aug 30, 2014 at 09:43 AM
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Ken and Rafael, like your guns... Nikon or third party, AF or MF, whatever Bullets looki great too!

Fons very interesting capture!

Yesterday on the Danube, with 50/1.2




Aug 30, 2014 at 09:52 AM
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Mihai, wonderful view at the Danube!!

Fons, quite a view up the "crane". Very interesting and colorful photo.

And enjoying the virtual coast to coast gun show



Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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Thanks guys! What a fine place to come for suggestions on improving one's images.... FYI, I tried Kevin's, Ray's and Leighton's suggestions for handling reds (albeit in post processing with LR5) and managed to tame the reds in this image IMO. The most significant change was changing the while balance from "as shot" to auto as Ray suggested. Here is a comparison of the image as previously posted, then with LR5 PP (WB=auto, mild -ve EC, and -22 on the luminance slider for the red channel. Any thoughts? Top images is the original image posted, followed by a LR5 redo.

Cheers and good light,
David





© dhamments 2014


Original Reds - ? Too Much

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/3.5    1/250s    720 ISO    0.0 EV  





© dhamments 2014


Reds with WB = Auto, -ve EC and -22 Luminance

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/3.5    1/250s    720 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Lately I have been attracted to play with some of the MF zooms. I could even get the 35-50/3.3-45 and the 43-86/2.5 for ten euros each ... so why not. Today I decided to give the 35-70 a spin at a football tournament of my son.
This little lens is kind of ... unique almost. It behaves very differently depending on the focal, the distance and so on. It can generate spinning bokeh with sharp photos, decently creamy bokeh, not ce sharpness or lot of haze and CA. This means actually it will be fun to use it as it needs a lot of learning in order to get the best out of it.
And before Nuno asks :-) no a 300mm is an overkill for these events as distances are such that even a 135 can be too long. So I took only the 35-70 along.























Aug 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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My new internet is the same speed as the old, but without the failing hardware.
It is "fiber optic", but remains copper for 2 miles

Hope the new website has a section for shootouts!

James Lovely portrait, very engaging.

Fons Great shot, makes me dizzy with the height the way it is framed. I'll bet it would make a great pano setup.

Mihai The fisherman is caught at just the right instant and the photo really works for me. The river must have a WB problem though, it is known as the "Blue Danube" over here


D800 35mm f/1.4





-Jay-



Aug 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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David I don't think auto worked very well in your example.
I don't know LR at all, but the best way I have discovered to tame the reds is to reduce exposure in ACR while looking at a magnified view of the brightest red until I see full unblocked detail. This is often quite a bit of adjustment. Then I brighten things up in PP.
Below is an example where I probably could have reduced the ACR exposure even more, it is a little hot.


D800 180mm f/2.8





-Jay-



Aug 30, 2014 at 01:48 PM
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I've had my eye on the 50 1.2 for a while. I've been intrigued with it but not sure I wanted to spend the 500 they typically seem to go for. Recently one popped up at Adorama for ~350 so I jumped on it. This is an older lens so it only has 7 aperture blades, but I am happy with the trade off on price. I wont try to dissect its performance as there are many reviews out there already, and I largely agree with what I've read. I will say the glow that is often mentioned when using this lens at 1.2 reminds me of the effect of using the defocus control on my 135 DC.

I've only had the lens for a couple of days and it is proving a joy to use. Focusing isn't as difficult as I feared, and it has proved sharper wide open than I thought it would be. I thought 1.2 would be useful when ISO is into 5 digits and the light gathering would offset noise and absolute lens sharpness would be a minor concern. I am still learning the lens and using 1.4 more often than 1.2 until I get the hang of how to quickly and accurately use the focusing aid at 1.2.

A few of my shots over the last couple days:

DSC_1415 by Diallo Jamal, on Flickr

DSC_1462 by Diallo Jamal, on Flickr

DSC_1322 by Diallo Jamal, on Flickr

DSC_1367 by Diallo Jamal, on Flickr

DSC_1327 by Diallo Jamal, on Flickr

DSC_1326 by Diallo Jamal, on Flickr



Aug 30, 2014 at 02:11 PM
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Sammy and Jay Thanks!

David first one seems more natural on my monitor but the second has more appeal...

HCE HCE wrote:
My new internet is the same speed as the old, but without the failing hardware.
It is "fiber optic", but remains copper for 2 miles



Well, while Romania is one of the poorest country in Europe with quite a bad infrastructure, regarding internet we blow out 95% of the world. I'm very happy for that. I have (up to) 1GB fiber optic contract with incredible speed. Right now speedtest.net showed 95Mbps / download and 46Mbps / upload. Don't ask me what "wageperhour.net" shows here nor gasolineperliter.net is...

HCE HCE wrote:
Mihai The fisherman is caught at just the right instant and the photo really works for me. The river must have a WB problem though, it is known as the "Blue Danube" over here

-Jay-


Thanks again! While I wanted a retro look for this picture, Danube probably is blue in Wien or it was blue in Johann Strauss' time Believe me or not, where I live, about 100 miles before Danube go in the Black Sea, the river is very muddy.

BTW your flower looks very nice!




Aug 30, 2014 at 02:26 PM
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I had to go back Diallo and make certain we'd said hello before and we did, but it was 1200 pages ago. And your most recent post is thirteen months ago. Congratulations on the 50 f/1.2 AI. Now, don't be a stranger. We won't bite...


Aug 30, 2014 at 02:38 PM
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Hard to keep up with this fast pace. Great images everyone. Glad there is a like button or it would be hopeless.


Aug 30, 2014 at 02:52 PM
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dhamments wrote:
Thanks guys! What a fine place to come for suggestions on improving one's images.... FYI, I tried Kevin's, Ray's and Leighton's suggestions for handling reds (albeit in post processing with LR5) and managed to tame the reds in this image IMO. The most significant change was changing the while balance from "as shot" to auto as Ray suggested. Here is a comparison of the image as previously posted, then with LR5 PP (WB=auto, mild -ve EC, and -22 on the luminance slider for the red channel. Any thoughts?

Top image is the original image posted, followed by a LR5 redo
...Show more





© dhamments 2014


Initial Post

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/3.5    1/250s    720 ISO    0.0 EV  





© dhamments 2014


LR5 redo with Auto WB

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/3.5    1/250s    720 ISO    0.0 EV  





© dhamments 2014


LR5 redo with "As Shot" WB and slider -1.4 EV EC

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/3.5    1/250s    720 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 30, 2014 at 02:53 PM
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why don't you post the RAW file somewhere and let us all dabble with it?


Aug 30, 2014 at 02:59 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I had to go back Diallo and make certain we'd said hello before and we did, but it was 1200 pages ago. And your most recent post is thirteen months ago. Congratulations on the 50 f/1.2 AI. Now, don't be a stranger. We won't bite...


It's been a while since I've posted, but I do regularly visit this thread and am inspired by all the excellent captures I see.



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