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kwoodard wrote:
Really love the last one James! Nicely seen.


+1, the last one is my personal fav too.



Oct 18, 2014 at 09:54 PM
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Tried the 35/2 Ais today, after reading Dean's post. I've got my copy already used around 1996 or 1997, used it quite a bit with various film-Nikons for newspaper-pictures and private/personal stuff too.
The 35/2 Ais isn't a "sexy" lens - it's neither a really great performer, it's not very small or very cheap, it is lacking both the magic "f/1.4"-aperture and a distinct bokeh/background-rendering.
But I don't think it's a bad lens, at least for my kind of stuff it's very useable. But I rarely shoot at greater distances or landscapes and for critical close-up-stuff I use dedicated lenses.
The most critical stuff I would shoot with a 35mm-lens are probably concerts with a large chorus. Everybody, including the photographer, is pixel-peeping here and a lenses shortcomings (or other technical errors) are all too clearly visible. I've shot the last concerts of this kind with the Fuji X-Pro and the very good 35/1.4 Fujinon lens, just because the Fuji is a much more silent camera than my Nikon DSLR's.


Anyway, here are two snaps from earlier today, fall in neighbor's garden:

35/2 Ais wide open, D700, not really great bokeh, but not "dramatic" too


35/2 Ais wide open, D700, this was click # 289.267, I'm over 290k clicks right now after some sports

…and here's an image done two years ago, a fun-shot, bold processed to my liking:

Heimat XXX or "birch from down below" by georgsfoto, on Flickr
birch from down below, Ais 35/2 wide open, D700 too
(for those who are interested, here: Zeiss Distagon 50/2.8 on 6x6 medium-format is a medium-format-shot of the same birch-tree ;-)



Oct 18, 2014 at 11:11 PM
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298k actuations ... that's amazing Georg !! Nice photos too .... as always.

Up close I found in my little tests the 35/2 was very nice as well. At infinity or longish distances the lens was not good. it was around f/5.6 - f/8 only where it was acceptable. I saw a 35/1.4 yesterday but never tested it as the price was so high considering the shape it was it. Maybe I'll just use my 50/1.2 Ai-S for now



Oct 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
Was Curtis the Devil? Jose is filling in his absence.

I Could buy it. If I had not recently bought a 135 2.0. a 180 ED, two 35 1.4, a 20mm UD, and who knows what else, it would be a no brainer.

I am preocuppied with the 35 1.4N right now. I am happy because it definitely has Thorium and is yellow, which is what I wanted.

Tested it to exhaustion against the 608XXX ~ 2008 lens, the N must be 1972, 36 years earlier.

The conclusion is that the old lens is sharper, but not inherently, it is so because the
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Rafael - wow - they all look so beautiful. Just amazing. What a collection you have.




Oct 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM
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deang001 wrote:
298k actuations ... that's amazing Georg !! Nice photos too .... as always.

Up close I found in my little tests the 35/2 was very nice as well. At infinity or longish distances the lens was not good. it was around f/5.6 - f/8 only where it was acceptable. I saw a 35/1.4 yesterday but never tested it as the price was so high considering the shape it was it. Maybe I'll just use my 50/1.2 Ai-S for now


Thanks, Dean. My (very worn) 35/1.4 Ai isn't a good performer at infinity too. The fat and heavy Sigma 35/1.4 is pretty good at greater distances, but as stated it's a brick of a lens ;-)



Oct 18, 2014 at 11:32 PM
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Ronny, amazing stuff as usual
Georg, "we have all the time in the world" is a beautiful picture, truly inspiring

28 2.8 ais,



Nice capture and timing, Z.

Funny you mention going mirrorless. I've just come full circle. I just sold all the non Nikon FF gear I had ... all M43 stuff gone. Sold all my Leica stuff a while back. Slowly getting rid of all my fixed lens film rangefinders as well.

I'm going totally back to Nikon FF now and probably never leave again

The M9 is really nice but lots of shortcomings obviously compared to D700. My friend has an A7s and I've used it a fair few times. Wonderful cam and the pick of all the mirrorless I reckon.

For a totally awesome street cam, try the Ricoh GR. It's a tiny fixed 28mm perspective APS-C. This cam is a nice compliment to heavy gear when you can't be bothered with the weight. Amazing in TAv "snap" mode when set up properly. The files render beautiful in B&W. 90% the street stuff on my little blog is taken with this cam and many @ ISO 25,600 ... it's an awesome fun cam to use.




Oct 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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Dean here's a couple more from Disney using the 35mm 1.4 AIS

5.6


1.4


1.4



Oct 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM
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georgms wrote:
Thanks, Dean. My (very worn) 35/1.4 Ai isn't a good performer at infinity too. The fat and heavy Sigma 35/1.4 is pretty good at greater distances, but as stated it's a brick of a lens ;-)


Thanks for the info, Georg. So the 35/1.4 isn't any good either at infinity? Even when stopped down past 2.8?

Yeah, I've been looking into the Sigma 35/1.4 for a while. The AF issues put me off though but the 3D rendering look it gives look incredible. I ended up buying the 35/1.8 G FX lens yesterday and it's very nice. I have a Nikon F6 coming next week too !!! I'm very much looking forward to using teh F6 with the MF lenses and the G lenses I have. It's probably the cam I have been most lusting after and this is what some of the funds of my M43 sales went to




Oct 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Dean here's a couple more from Disney using the 35mm 1.4 AIS

5.6
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v52/p822771117-5.jpg


1.4
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v110/p887846788-5.jpg


1.4
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v105/p210048396-5.jpg



Images look great, Ray. certainly from that last image it has quite a "look" wide open in the day. Interesting. Thanks.



Oct 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM
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Dean, my personal experience with the MF 35/1.4 is limited to one copy, a "banged up" Ai-variant. I wouldn't use it for more critical work at greater distances with apertures of f/2.8 or even wider apertures.
Rafael has much more luck picking up better performing lens-copies ;-)

Btw, really enjoyed a quick look at your blog, what a fascinating world you've captured!



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georgms wrote:
Dean, my personal experience with the MF 35/1.4 is limited to one copy, a "banged up" Ai-variant. I wouldn't use it for more critical work at greater distances with apertures of f/2.8 or even wider apertures.
Rafael has much more luck picking up better performing lens-copies ;-)

Btw, really enjoyed a quick look at your blog, what a fascinating world you've captured!


I'll keep looking but maybe just stick to the 50/1.2 for now. I love this lens. I also like the 28/2 and maybe Reagan's initial idea of just using this and cropping if need be may the best for me. It is a great lens.

Thanks for the blog compliment. A bit depressing shooting in these areas so have stopped for a while.




Oct 19, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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Georg, love that 6x6 shot a lot. It's awesome.

georgms wrote:
Tried the 35/2 Ais today, after reading Dean's post. I've got my copy already used around 1996 or 1997, used it quite a bit with various film-Nikons for newspaper-pictures and private/personal stuff too.
The 35/2 Ais isn't a "sexy" lens - it's neither a really great performer, it's not very small or very cheap, it is lacking both the magic "f/1.4"-aperture and a distinct bokeh/background-rendering.
But I don't think it's a bad lens, at least for my kind of stuff it's very useable. But I rarely shoot at greater distances or landscapes and for critical close-up-stuff I use dedicated lenses.
The
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Oct 19, 2014 at 12:42 AM
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D800 24mm PC E
Mars





-Jay-



Oct 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM
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Samy, that is one beast of a lens.

Ray, nice Disney compositions.

Philippe, nice work with the 28.

James, lovely fall scenes.

Ronnie, wonderful macro work.

Georg, interesting studies with the 35 f2. You always get the most out of a lens.

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Oct 19, 2014 at 12:52 AM
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Somesville Bridge. Taken with the 25-50 f4 Ais. Thanks for looking.
Scott







Oct 19, 2014 at 12:54 AM
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deang001 wrote:
I'll keep looking but maybe just stick to the 50/1.2 for now. I love this lens. I also like the 28/2 and maybe Reagan's initial idea of just using this and cropping if need be may the best for me. It is a great lens.

Thanks for the blog compliment. A bit depressing shooting in these areas so have stopped for a while.



I love the 28 focal length It is just wide enough and if I had a D800 I could turn it into a telephoto with the crop

Reagan



Oct 19, 2014 at 12:55 AM
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You are going to hate going home Scott
Love the reflection

R



Oct 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
Georg, love that 6x6 shot a lot. It's awesome.



Thanks, Kevin! The Distagon 50/2.8 for the Hasselblad focal-plane-shutter models is like a 28/1.4 for 24x36 on steroids ;-) It's a very large, heavy lens with floating elements ("CRC" in Nikon-terminology).
Shooting medium-format is not always fun (weight of this stuff, limited film-offers today), but I love the in most cases generous view-finders.
With some luck I can finally set up a proper wet darkroom next year. Still have a very good Leica-enlarger for 24x36, hope I can find a reasonably priced medium-format enlarger. The well proven "Beselers" are somehow rare over in Europe, maybe I can find a Kienzle or Durst or an old Agfa. The hybrid-workflow (scanning of negatives) is not the real stuff for me. I already fear that I'm unable to perform the "SilverEfex-magic" in the real wet darkroom ;-)



Oct 19, 2014 at 01:04 AM
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Scott, I recall this scenery, it was shot with a longer focal-length, if memory serves (was about 2 years back or so). A beautiful photograph of this peaceful place!

edit: found it: it was the 28/2.8 Ais, my memory isn't up to the task anymore ;-)

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Oct 19, 2014 at 01:06 AM
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deang001 wrote:
Nice capture and timing, Z.

Funny you mention going mirrorless. I've just come full circle. I just sold all the non Nikon FF gear I had ... all M43 stuff gone. Sold all my Leica stuff a while back. Slowly getting rid of all my fixed lens film rangefinders as well.

I'm going totally back to Nikon FF now and probably never leave again

The M9 is really nice but lots of shortcomings obviously compared to D700. My friend has an A7s and I've used it a fair few times. Wonderful cam and the pick of all the mirrorless I reckon.
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Thank you for the tip but the Sony A7s is FF, high ISO and can be used with Leica M lenses... above all it has a silent shutter...



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