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Since it appears that I'm not going to get my laundry all done and grocery shopping done so I can go to Concours (today only) I guess I will post some of the sunflowers taken with the 55 f/3.5 Some year I will make it to Concours....





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Sep 14, 2014 at 03:38 PM
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Ken Hill wrote:
Jay I like your recent posts and have to note Andy's humor regarding the "ladder."

David the scene as captured from the shore is very nice and the "low light" adds to it. Nice!

Raphael, surely one of your better comparisons. I am always amazed by the 18mm 3.5. There are 18mm F4 offerings from time to time but the 3.5's seem scarce! The flower fields shot is brilliant!



Thanks everyone for the kind comments, Laura I am glad you liked the La Presa lake window, it is a favorite for me, always like a landscape looking out a window. You should share your sunflower processing secret, they are the best ones I have ever seen.

Ken, as you know I have a number of wide angles: 8mm 2.8, 15mm 5.6, 15mm 3.5, 16mm 3.5, 16mm 2.8 AFD, 18mm 3.5, 20mm 3.5 UD, 20mm 2.8 AFD. I am far from any kind of wealthy, but being single now I am OK with old torn sofas and mint lenses.

I do not use the AFD lenses much, the wides are relatively new acquisitions, in this order: 20mm AFD 1992 new, 16mm AFD 1995 new, 18mm 3.5 new 2001, 16mm 3.5 2003 ebay, 15mm 5.6 ebay 2004, 15mm 3.5 ebay 2006, 20mm UD ebay 2008, 8mm ebay 2011. Dates Approximate.

The point I want to make here is that each of the MF lenses requires a very specific and deliberate approach to focusing at any aperture, to match the plane of sharpness to the three dimensional real world if you are to get the best 36mp photo one can. there are also some lenses that do not work all that well fully open, such as the 8mm and the 15mm 3.5. Others work well fully open, such as the 15mm 5.6, the 18mm, the UD. The 16mm 3.5 is so astounding if you close it down to f/8 or 11 that I never use it other wise.

Another consideration for me in their use is how they handle contrarian light, the sun in the frame or grazing elements, the 8mm, 16mm, 18mm, handle this well; the 15mm 3.5 does OK, the 15mm 5.6 and the 20mm UD do not, but having said that they can produce interesting effects.

Being occupied with the other wides I neglected the 18mm, but Ray Steele's wonderful photos with it made me want to spend the time to discover it again.

Last posting for a while, (I wonder if the addiction is the lenses or the thread)

nikon nikkor 18mm 3.5 ais D800 Guachimonton structure and clouds by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 18mm 3.5 ais D800 Guachimonton Piramid and mountain. by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 18mm 3.5 ais D800 Guachimonton Piramid and ball court by Rafael CA, on Flickr




Sep 14, 2014 at 03:41 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
(I wonder if the addiction is the lenses or the thread)





That's like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg...

What we've learned over the four years this thread has been going is that some folks find these lenses so compelling that they end up rebuilding their kits and doing a different sort of photography. Others are curious and spend some time with us but then move on. I think here os Chris Dees from Amsterdam who was with us for perhaps a year. I met Chris in 2012, when he picked me up at the airport in Amsterdam and drove Rinie and I to Rotterdam where she lives. I'd purchased a lens for him, a 16 f/2.8 AI-s and shipped it on before our meeting. He subsequently built quite a fine kit of MF lenses, then added chips to them all. But his passion includes shooting birds and next I learn he has sold his kit of MF lenses and moved on with his life.

There is no one size fits all here. Those of us who've stayed with the thread won't likely be selling our MF lenses any time soon. Yes, we may massage our kits as Andy is doing at the moment. I love that we don't get caught in the belief we all need to have every lens... we'll leave that to you and Jose...

Kit building is forever AND it involves both buying and selling lenses, as well as adding new/old cameras to the mix. What happens on this thread is we have a wonderful place to share our enthusiasm for these lenses, and to learn from others as we building our kits. Lens comparisons are wonderful in helping us get a sense of what these lenses can do. But it is the joy found in using these lenses that is the glue that keeps it all together... that and the generous spirit that exists on this thread that has attracted so many great people. We are blessed...



Sep 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM
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David, I own four 50mm primes including the 50 f/1.2 AI-s, 50 f/1.4 S.C. AI, 50 f/1.8 AI-s and 50 f/2 H.C. AI. They are all excellent lenses. You've read what Rafael has to say from his vast experience shooting with lenses at this focal length. His collection at 50 and 55mm is rather breathtaking, in fact.

From my perspective, the appeal of the 55 f/1.2 has less to do with sharpness wide open than how a lens that fast renders out of focus areas. For me there is something magical about shooting wide open with an f/1.2 lens and between the 50 and 55 I like bokeh with the 55 better. But it isn't a cheap lens, so whether it makes sense to add one to your kit is all about shooting style, personal preference and discretionary resources. Of course, some of the magic for me with the 55 came into perspective with my eventual discovery of the beauty of scalloped focusing rings. That is a totally different metric having nothing to do with sharpness or bokeh...

Happy shopping David...



Sep 14, 2014 at 04:19 PM
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Kevin and I connected on the telephone yesterday and have arranged to have lunch today before he heads across the state to his home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He and his wife have been enjoying an anniversary celebration on the west side of Marin with its gorgeous beaches and charming small towns. I'll have my camera along so perhaps I can capture a few photos to share with everyone. It is always a delight to meet someone who spends time on this thread.


Sep 14, 2014 at 04:23 PM
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I'm not at all surprised Leighton that you would find the 85 f/1.4 AI-s such an outstanding lens for the kind of shooting you do at the market. It is rather the sweet spot of your much loved 50-135 but gives you the speed that allows for some delicious bokeh play. We know it is a great lens for portraiture.

Now, you need to contact that woman across the way who appears to be raising her camera toward you as you take that photo to see what she came up with. We want a link to that photo so we can see you in action...

Love everything you're dropping on the board. As the days shorten I imagine your busy season beginning to wind down. I know the market continues for some time and that with your plastic enclosures you'll continue growing for quite awhile, the autumn in fast approaching... this is actually my favorite time of year, though in the Bay Area, September can be the warmest month.



Sep 14, 2014 at 04:30 PM
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NightOwl Cat Your sunflowers are 3D on my screen, beautiful. The 'Earworm' actually looks like the flower is behind the background! Great shots!

Leighton You are getting great results from that 85mm f/1.4

Raphael Wow, what a collection!

D800 24mm PC-E
Not Foggy Enough





-Jay-



Sep 14, 2014 at 04:53 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I love that we don't get caught in the belief we all need to have every lens... we'll leave that to you and Jose...



You better look in the mirror when you say that!



Sep 14, 2014 at 04:55 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I'm not at all surprised Leighton that you would find the 85 f/1.4 AI-s such an outstanding lens for the kind of shooting you do at the market. It is rather the sweet spot of your much loved 50-135 but gives you the speed that allows for some delicious bokeh play. We know it is a great lens for portraiture.

Now, you need to contact that woman across the way who appears to be raising her camera toward you as you take that photo to see what she came up with. We want a link to that photo so we can
...Show more

You hit the nail on the head. The 85 is turning out to be a favorite FL for market shooting. When I owned the D7000 I shot with the 50mm a lot because of the crop factor being 75mm with that lens. now I know why.

I'll see if that gal actually got anything of me or if it broke her camera.

It is starting to slow down a tad and I'm REALLY looking forward to it slowing down even more. In fact, I wouldn't mind a killing frost.



Sep 14, 2014 at 04:59 PM
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HCE HCE wrote:
NightOwl Cat Your sunflowers are 3D on my screen, beautiful. The 'Earworm' actually looks like the flower is behind the background! Great shots!

Leighton You are getting great results from that 85mm f/1.4

Raphael Wow, what a collection!

D800 24mm PC-E
Not Foggy Enough
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5593/15236994462_44bc5c9e21_o.jpg
-Jay-


Thanks Jay!

All I can say about this image is WOW!!! This is definitely one of your best. I just love the blue light coming from the building.



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This weekend we were in Camargue for a long horse ride through pounds and salt marshes and along the beach Great moment!







180 2.8 ais




Sep 14, 2014 at 05:03 PM
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Chuong, congrats on the new arrival
Jay, "foggy morning" is very nice, like the mood and compo
Ken, I love the "sleepy lttle corner", well seen and composed
Laura, the sunflowers pics have amazing colors
Rafael, I enjoyed the rendering and the warm tones in the Piramid shots
Leighton; great b/w shots

Bravo to all



Sep 14, 2014 at 05:15 PM
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To celebrate my new camera arriving tomorrow. Here's a few from the Kennedy Space Center using the 16mm 3.5








Sep 14, 2014 at 05:33 PM
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Great shots Ray.

Did I miss something? New camera?



Sep 14, 2014 at 05:36 PM
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That's all I can say at the moment Leighton but sent you a P.M.


Sep 14, 2014 at 05:40 PM
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Finally (don't believe it) it is Sunday after all. We have to clean the church windows.

nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 S.C. D800 Cleaning the San Benito Churck window by Rafael CA, on Flickr

And meditate upon Franciscan monastery garden wall graffiti (or fresco). Both 55 1.2 at 1.2

nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 S.C. D800 San Francisco de Asis on an old convent wall by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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Sep 14, 2014 at 06:01 PM
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Georg, loved the 180/2.8 shots;

Steve, what a "crazy" tube (129.5mm!) with the 85mm; great result;

Ray, liked youyr shots with the V1 + 180/2.8; how about manual focusing with V1??

Buddy and Ronny, great dog action shots;

Ken, loved the "dramatic" clouds;

Scott, beautifully captured old cars with 35/1.4 and 85/1.8;

Laura, great sunflower sets;

Andy, superb macros as always;

Francesco and the other injuried guys, wish fast recover;

Rafael, thanks for the very interesting appraisal on wide angle lenses.


An unperceived and curious reflection at the moment of the shot:

"Flowers in my eyes"

"Flowers in my eyes" by labecoaves, on Flickr


D7100 + TC14A + PK13 tube + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 + macro bracket + SB-400 flash + improvised diffuser, hand held, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/160s. Top: 33% cropped, bottom 100% cropped to show the flowers reflected in the eyes.
The TC14A is magnifying 1.4x the 55/2.8 + PK-13 combo.



Sep 14, 2014 at 06:04 PM
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leighton w wrote:
You hit the nail on the head. The 85 is turning out to be a favorite FL for market shooting. When I owned the D7000 I shot with the 50mm a lot because of the crop factor being 75mm with that lens. now I know why.

I'll see if that gal actually got anything of me or if it broke her camera.

It is starting to slow down a tad and I'm REALLY looking forward to it slowing down even more. In fact, I wouldn't mind a killing frost.



Get serious, you'll be taking snow off the "hoop houses" before you know it!



Sep 14, 2014 at 06:44 PM
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Ken Hill wrote:
Get serious, you'll be taking snow off the "hoop houses" before you know it!


I guess I better watch what I wish for.



Sep 14, 2014 at 06:55 PM
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Well, the viewfinder isn't connected so it's not a slr design nor is it a rangefinder. that's the big downside. On the upside, they are getting very cheap! and there are some good lenses. the other difference is the aperature controls may be more limited than with normal nikkors I think not sure though..

Gia



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