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Great to see you Mihai and wonderful to see your work on the thread. I do have a question however. You're NOT saying the NOCT will be buried WITH you are you? If its not going to be in your casket, I'm suggest it would be a perfect bequest to someone who would treat it with great care and lavish upon it a great deal of love... I know I'm older than you, BUT...

I don't believe you've ever shared a photo of your kit Mihai. Really, I believe you owe it to your cyber friends on this thread to do so. We know that both you and Don Jean own this lens. Andy from Austria has posted on the thread with it as well and there are a couple of folks who've dropped by with photos taken with that classic lens. But I'd LOVE to see a photo of the lens sitting in the midst of you MF Nikkor collection. I know you have one... How about it my friend?



Aug 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM
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Have to acknowledge your most recent offering Philippe. That is one of the best street photos we've seen on this thread. Great work both in the capture and in the post processing. I know this kind of work really tickles your fancy, which is evident in so much of what you've shared on the thread over the last year. Thanks so much for sharing your passion with us.


Aug 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM
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And Ronny, I think you've posted so many extraordinary photos on this thread as well as the Shooting with Tubes thread that it is easy to get a bit blasé about it, which is pure silliness since these are all gorgeous photos. You have real talent for working with these MF lenses especially went mounted on extension tubes. Love seeing your work on this thread Ronny.




Aug 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
More will be revealed before the weekend is over. I promise...

The weekend is nearing its end Curtis.... don't forget your promise! Enquiring minds NEED to know....

Cheers and good light,
David



Aug 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM
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I probably shouldn't play on the fact you're from Norway Frode, but then all my grandparents came from Norway the early part of the last century. My parents were born here and so was I. Although I don't speak Norwegian I feel an affinity for your homeland. I'm delighted to welcome you to our thread. You've definitely caught the flavor of what this is all about. Funny, when we made the decision a fews years ago to limit this thread to Nikon MF lenses mounted on Nikon cameras there was some grumbling. I pushed the matter simply because I didn't want to have any issue that could possibly create divisions. I didn't want to be comparing Zeiss lenses and Nikkor lenses. I didn't want to compare how Nikkor lenses perform on Nikon or Canon cameras. Without those opportunities for creating division, the only thing we were left with was celebrating these lenses. That probably offended a few folks and led some to walk away out of boredom. If you can't have a fight on the internet, what use is there for it...

Are these MF Nikkors the best lenses ever manufactured? Probably not, but they perform admirably, especially in the hands of a skilled photographer. And, they give those willing to experiment with them a very different experience than what one has shooting with AF lenses. We celebrate all of that and to my delight, we've found there are some very talented photos who want to share the adventure with us. You've gotten a taste for that and appear to want more of it. I've been blessed to experience it for four years and could not be happier. I enjoy many things on FM and play all over the internet, but this is the place I call home. I'm here multiple times most days, just to catch up with friends.

Happy shooting and enjoy yourself with this splendid collection of fine folks from around the world.



Aug 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM
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I think my partner in crime would resist my doing this... but I'm going to risk it anyway...

I sent this early yesterday morning to Fred Miranda as a private message. He responded later in the day saying he had a lousy internet connection and would get back to me once he returns home. This is what I told him...

From: CGrindahl
To: Fred Miranda
Date: Aug 23, 2014
Subject: Companion Website
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Hi Fred - No doubt you're aware of the considerable interest there is among Nikon shooters in manual focus lenses. The thread I started four years ago in the Nikon forum, Manual Focus Nikon Glass, is the second longest on FM. It is also the most active. It will probably surpass Mustang Air to Air in total posts by the end of this year. I've been surprised and delighted my rather simple appreciation thread morphed into this juggernaut. As I've said repeatedly, I started the conversation but it truly belongs to everyone who
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Digest this folks. We'll have much to discuss in the coming weeks and months...



Aug 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM
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Curtis,
When I joked a day ago about waiting for the other shoe to drop about Nikonglass, I had no idea it would be a 6 on the Richter scale.

Your thoughts on this make sense and are in order. I support you as well as the FM site which to me has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and integrity. It would be terrific if one site gathered the accumulated facts and put them at the MF glass users disposal.

I wish y'all well!



Aug 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM
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Ken Hill wrote:
Curtis,
When I joked a day ago about waiting for the other shoe to drop about Nikonglass, I had no idea it would be a 6 on the Richter scale.

Your thoughts on this make sense and are in order. I support you as well as the FM site which to me has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and integrity. It would be terrific if one site gathered the accumulated facts and put them at the MF glass users disposal.

I wish y'all well!


+1 Curtis..... Wow, that was a quick response to my last post! I think it's a wonderful idea as I've often found myself wandering aimlessly through the MFNG thread trying to find something I thought I read "a few months ago". I appreciate that we have many manual focus glass experts on this thread and their combined knowledge / expertise could be better harnessed so to speak. I'm certainly not finished my "kit building" and look forward to what you guys come up with as a research tool.

Best of luck, and please let me know if I can help you in your endeavor in any way.

Cheers and good light,
David



Aug 25, 2014 at 12:34 AM
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Many fine images once again this weekend! I had a chance to go into a local nature reserve this morning and attempted a few images with the Leighton lens. It wasn't quite long enough for the smaller birds that presented themselves, but with some judicious cropping, here are a few at 135mm... (forgot to change non-cpu data table from the 16mm)

Cheers and good light
David



© dhamments 2014


Juvenile Green Heron

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    16mm    f/4.0    1/640s    280 ISO    -0.3 EV  





© dhamments 2014


Painted Turtle on a Log

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/3.5    1/200s    1250 ISO    +0.3 EV  





© dhamments 2014


Bug and Bokeh

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    16mm    f/3.5    1/640s    125 ISO    -0.3 EV  





© dhamments 2014


Waiting for a Customer...

  NIKON D7100    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    16mm    f/3.5    1/640s    1100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Aug 25, 2014 at 01:23 AM
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one for our Ferrari fans here - this one only held together by red duct tape.

600mm f/4.0 on monopod,

f/8.0 1/400s ISO 100







and something that felt like Steve McQueen could walk into the frame any moment to complete the Le Mans movie scene...

600mm with TC16a

f/5.6 1/500s ISO 400








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Took the 180mm 2.8 ED and the 16mm 3.5 to San Juan Capistrano.

There will be several postings on this over the next few days, one or two photos at the time.

nikon nikkor 16mm 3.5 D800 San Juan Capistrano mission by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Same place, very different lens

nikon nikkor 180mm 2.8 ED ais D800 San Juan Capistrano mission by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Same place different view, this one is full size in flickr and shows the sharpness of the 16mm well

nikon nikkor 180 2.8 ED ais D800 San Juan Capistrano Cactus Arches by Rafael CA, on Flickr

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Aug 25, 2014 at 03:05 AM
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Glad all of our friends in Northern CA are OK!

Spent the day down at Mt. Rainier coaxing the kids to do the Skyline Trail up to Panorama Pt. and around.
Lots of complaining, but they made it to the end. The clouds were threatening all day and we were finally poured on for the last 1/2 mile back to the car (so the cameras went in the backpack for that).

Usual lens characters: 16/3.5, 45/2.8P, 135/3.5 AIS (plus a few others).




  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/350s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    135mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 25, 2014 at 03:32 AM
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and a few more . . .




  NIKON D800    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    16mm    f/8.0    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    16mm    f/8.0    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    16mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 25, 2014 at 03:33 AM
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and some more . . .




  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/2.8    1/350s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/5.6    1/350s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/8.0    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    45.0 mm f/2.8 lens    45mm    f/11.0    1/180s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 25, 2014 at 03:35 AM
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Fantastic landscape John, well captured.

Over a few years and with D3 or D800, the Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe

15mm 3.5

san juan capistrano 15mm qdc ai 5.6 f5.6 nikon nikkor D3 8 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

16mm 3.5

nikon nikkor 16mm 3.5 D800 San Juan Capistrano Virgin of Guadalupe 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

55 1.2 at 1.2

san juan capistrano 55mm 1.2 f/1.2 ai nikon nikkor D3 11 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

180 ED 2.8 at 2.8

nikon nikkor 180 2.8 ED ais D800 San Juan Capistrano Virgin of Guadalupe 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Is there a best lens for each subject?



Aug 25, 2014 at 03:57 AM
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Thanks for commenting Joseph, Georg and Ken. And thanks for the likes.


Aug 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Great to see you Mihai and wonderful to see your work on the thread. I do have a question however. You're NOT saying the NOCT will be buried WITH you are you? If its not going to be in your casket, I'm suggest it would be a perfect bequest to someone who would treat it with great care and lavish upon it a great deal of love... I know I'm older than you, BUT...

I don't believe you've ever shared a photo of your kit Mihai. Really, I believe you owe it to your cyber friends on this thread to
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So now we see Curtis' plan. This whole thread is to encourage us to bequeath him our collections of lenses and he plans to outlive all of us. :-)

But echoing what others have said Mihai, Vă rugăm come back and post some more! Or I'll have to come to Romania to "encourage" you. Mulțumesc. (P.S. I owe you a mail, I will send soon!)


Another fantastic week-end of photographs everyone, but certainly the best post was another one from Curtis which has left me feeling like this....(35-70mm f/3.5)






Weeeeee - Nikonglass



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Aug 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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Curtis and all other Bay Area contributors

Glad to hear that you are all OK after your little tremor the other day !!

It is quite a moment to be in an earthquake area, I was in the Bay Area, Milpitas in 1984 during the Morgan Hill event (6.2) ... so I have some empathy for your situation.

This was the first and so far only experience of an earthquake I have had, and long may it continue to be that for me. But it was a most unusual feeling, and you guys live with that possibility every day ... and live in some sort of fear of 'The Big One'. As Robin Williams once said, that will be when Nevada becomes wine country ...

Keep well and safe over there. We do think about you and your situation.

Steve



Aug 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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Thanks Steve. I was trying to explain it last evening to my nephew who has never experienced an earthquake.

The first shock arrives and things are rumbling, the building shaking a bit. As it happens you have no idea whether this is going to be a small tremor, a more serious tremor OR the BIG one. The one yesterday began with a jolt and then kept "rolling" and "rolling." I was jolted awake and simply waited. It is hard to keep track of time in those moments but after ten, fifteen, twenty seconds it stopped shaking. It wasn't the Big one... I heard last evening that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that devastated the city was FIVE HUNDRED times more powerful than what caused an estimated $1 Billion worth of damage yesterday. I've no doubt that another earthquake of that magnitude would be devastating for the Bay Area. Although building codes are much better there are plenty of old buildings around the area and fires associated with ruptured gas lines will still ravage neighborhoods.

If this weren't such a awesome area to live, earthquakes would certainly be a reason to leave. But having been here for over forty years and having experienced a few of these events, I think I'll take the risk and stay... There are about seven million men and women who feel the same way and many of them live in much more hazardous earthquake zones than I do. As an aside, my street has been torn up all summer as the local utility company has replaced an eighty year old gas main. Interestingly, the new line is made out of PLASTIC, no metal. That might be of benefit in an earthquake...



Aug 25, 2014 at 01:33 PM
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NEWS ALERT!

So about this mysterious website...

WATCH BELOW...



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