Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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dgjean wrote:
Though I generally prefer the 105/2.5 Ai, the 105/1.8 Ai-S is no slouch!

Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S


Stunning! I've been doing street shooting at night of late and greatly enjoying the process, though as I observed before, the streets of Marin County don't quite have the charm of Venice.

I'll share a photo taken last Thursday evening in downtown San Rafael nonetheless. Shot with the 28 f/2.8 AI-s, ISO 1400.







dgjean
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Wonderful catch CGrindahl with superb natural color!



camerapapi
Registered: Oct 15, 2002
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These are some of the sharpest, more colorful photos I have seen in this forum.
Any questions about the quality of Nikkor optics?

William Rodriguez
Miami, Florida.



CGrindahl
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camerapapi wrote:
These are some of the sharpest, more colorful photos I have seen in this forum.
Any questions about the quality of Nikkor optics?

William Rodriguez
Miami, Florida.


I can only guess that these wonderful lenses fell out of favor with the vast majority of photographers because AF shooting doesn't require the same degree of concentration as MF shooting. I know for those who've shot for decades, manual focusing is second nature. I was shooting yesterday afternoon and friend who'd observed me shooting before exclaimed, "You're shooting manual!" and proceeded to tell me about his long lost Nikon kit. Obviously my left hand turning the lens gave me away.

I can't help but wonder how many of the folks posting images from the MF Nikkor lenses are actually still shooting with them. Quite a few photos posted have been recycled through other threads and could have been taken long ago. For me its all new and refreshing, reinvigorating my photography. I'm now an apostle...

From this morning, taken at the Marin Rowing Club with the 28 f/2.8 AI-s at f/4.













Kingfishphoto
Registered: Nov 26, 2005
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Curtis.
Iam still using mine, not every day, but often Last week i took one AF lens and four MF lenses to the New Jersey State Fair.
Cheers
Harry



dj dunzie
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CGrindahl wrote:
I can only guess that these wonderful lenses fell out of favor with the vast majority of photographers because AF shooting doesn't require the same degree of concentration as MF shooting. I know for those who've shot for decades, manual focusing is second nature.


I'm not sure I could ever claim it's "second nature" for me, but with some practice and nice bright viewfinders it's surely possible to get sharp shots consistently, even with moving targets. Granted this isn't Dwayne Wade, but kids' street ball does require some degree of quick left hand focussing...

200/f4 AI





















My ONLY real beef with this lens (200/f4 AI) is the fact that it's anything but macro in the close focus distance. This was about as close as I could get here:







Kingfishphoto
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Dj dunzie.
A set of Kenko extension tubes would be a happy addition to your lens arsnel. They are great problem solvers.
Harry



CGrindahl
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DJ - Absolutely, you were able to keep up with this youngster, or at least your lens with a little help from you left hand kept up... You're right, of course, this lens has a long minimal focus distance... of course, that can work well if what you're shooting is up in the air.

I hadn't entered the lens into the camera as yet so the EXIF is screwed up, but this WAS shot wide open with the 200 f/4 AI-s that i came upon for the princely sum of $89 Buy it Now on E-Bay. That no doubt spurred my interest in these manual focus lenses.



CGrindahl
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Kingfishphoto wrote:
Dj dunzie.
A set of Kenko extension tubes would be a happy addition to your lens arsnel. They are great problem solvers.
Harry


I'm educable... could you give a brief primer on how one would use tubes with this lens and what the benefit would be?



dj dunzie
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Kingfishphoto wrote:
Dj dunzie.
A set of Kenko extension tubes would be a happy addition to your lens arsnel. They are great problem solvers.
Harry


You know what you may be right. I've looked at them previously and just figured with a 150EX Sigma I have my macro covered anyway, although still to play with some real close ups with various lenses might be worth looking at again.



Steezus
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Extension tubes are awesome on a macro set up.



ecidi
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CGrindahl wrote:
ecidi wrote:
200 f4 ais


That is brilliant.



Thanks CGringahl



dj dunzie
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The Sigma is pretty darn sweet without the tubes... this is only in this thread because, well I manually focussed it...







Likely the sharpest lens I've ever used.


NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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I have a set and the 200 f/4 AI-s. I'll have to give it a whirl tomorrow and see how it works.

dj dunzie wrote:
Kingfishphoto wrote:
Dj dunzie.
A set of Kenko extension tubes would be a happy addition to your lens arsnel. They are great problem solvers.
Harry


You know what you may be right. I've looked at them previously and just figured with a 150EX Sigma I have my macro covered anyway, although still to play with some real close ups with various lenses might be worth looking at again.



shmn
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All these photos just go to show (yet again) that the latest and greatest equipment isn't necessary for good photos...it's all about the user.



CGrindahl
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I visited another of the communities near where I live this evening and took a few more shots with the 28 f/2.8 AI-s at f/4, 50 f/1.2 AI-s at f/1.4 and 135 f/2.8 AI at f/2.8. Here are three, one from each lens...



















---XR---
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shot from some bigger Ai-S Nikkor gold- 400mm 3.5








CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
I have a set and the 200 f/4 AI-s. I'll have to give it a whirl tomorrow and see how it works...

You know what you may be right. I've looked at them previously and just figured with a 150EX Sigma I have my macro covered anyway, although still to play with some real close ups with various lenses might be worth looking at again.



I'd love to see what you get with that lens and a tube. Have fun playing!




CGrindahl
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---XR--- wrote:

shot from some bigger Ai-S Nikkor gold- 400mm 3.5


All right! That's some serious glass. I can't really tell at this size, but it looks awfully sharp... Thanks for stepping in.

Any 600mm AI-s shots out there?



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
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I don't have a 600 but the 400/5.6 Ai does pretty good hand held:

Nikkor 400/5.6 Ai

Canal Grande, Venezia by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


And the 500/8N Reflex Ai-S hand held from the deck of a vaporetto:

Reflex-Nikkor 500/8N Ai-S

St. Mark's Basin, Venice by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr



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