Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9318
Country: United States

Jerri isn't quite as camera shy as Taz, but Tom, all I have to do is pick up a camera and he's there. He even tried to photobomb the others as I was shooting, but those never come out good (Tom, that's not your better side when you do that)

(all with Nikki)



paulski66
Registered: Oct 18, 2012
Total Posts: 123
Country: United States

I love those normal primes. Sweet!

So, I think this may be the most active single thread anywhere on the internet. I run marathons and participate in several training threads on various fora, but none of those comes close to matching the vitality of this thread. It is a bit overwhelming.

That said...

I have a 135 f/2.8 AIS opportunity. Under $100, good not great condition. Glass is clean, lens a little banged up.

I already have the 28 f/2.8 AIS and the 105 f/2.5 AIS. What do you think...is the 135 at that price a good deal? A good lens to have in my collection?

Also - and I feel so ashamed - I bought a 20mm f/2.8 AF-D the other day. Yes, AF, as in auto focus. It was available at a great price. Haven't really gotten the chance to test it out yet, and it might be going back, but since I went FX I needed something wide...



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2488
Country: United States

Now, here is a test to make sure this 5.8cm lens I just got works. It is very clean inside, cannot see any defects shining a bright light into it. This lens cannot be ai converted without cutting the ring. It has the easiest aperture ring to take off, you just remove a little screw and it screws off without removing the bayonet mount, however I do not want to cut it. It did not mount on my ai cameras, so I removed the aperture ring temporariliy to mount it on the D800 and make sure it is a good sample.

Here is a link to a formal test where they compare it to the 50mm 1.4G
http://www.lenstip.com/114.1-article-50_years_of_Nikon_F-mount_%E2%80%93_Nikkor-S_5.8_cm_f_1.4_vs._Nikkor_AF-S_50_mm_f_1.4G.html


nikon nikkor 5.8cm 1.4 D800 test 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 5.8cm 1.4 D800 test by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Then tested it while setting the aperture by inserting a little screwdriver in the slide and setting exposure compensation accordingly.

The center is quite sharp at 1.4 and it softens strongly but gracefully to the edges, could be use artistically if I knew how.

It becomes quite sharp and contrasty as you close it down, at F8 the entire frame is excellent, with some curvature of field. This lens has the best bokeh of all the 'normal' nikkor lenses I know. Check the samples and the crop.

At 1.4 , center is very sharp

nikon nikkor 5.8cm 1.4 D800 test 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

at ~5.6 to 8.0, the whole frame is quite nice

nikon nikkor 5.8cm 1.4 D800 test f 8 5 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Check the crop

nikon nikkor 5.8cm 1.4 D800 test f 8 5 crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Fully open the bokeh is quite smooth. I don't want to cut it, so it will get very little use until I can get a solution, like the aperture ring from a bad lens that I could use while saving the original.

nikon nikkor 5.8cm 1.4 D800 test 6 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Here's a shot from the top of the Smokys at sunset. The view was tremendous and no photo can do it justice. There were a lot of photogs there and most were shooting Nikon. Including the lady next to me who had a brand new D800 This was using my D7000 and the 16mm 3.5 at F5.6 1/80



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Ron nice work with the 50mm
Laura the skies are just beautiful. Such color!
Jose I just love the Owl shot, perfection and I love the perfect pose!


+1 on all three!

Laura, thanks for the Deere shot!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

paulski66 wrote:
I love those normal primes. Sweet!

So, I think this may be the most active single thread anywhere on the internet. I run marathons and participate in several training threads on various fora, but none of those comes close to matching the vitality of this thread. It is a bit overwhelming.

That said...

I have a 135 f/2.8 AIS opportunity. Under $100, good not great condition. Glass is clean, lens a little banged up.

I already have the 28 f/2.8 AIS and the 105 f/2.5 AIS. What do you think...is the 135 at that price a good deal? A good lens to have in my collection?

Also - and I feel so ashamed - I bought a 20mm f/2.8 AF-D the other day. Yes, AF, as in auto focus. It was available at a great price. Haven't really gotten the chance to test it out yet, and it might be going back, but since I went FX I needed something wide...


Paul, that sounds like a pretty good price if it's not too beat up.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Here's a shot from the top of the Smokys at sunset. The view was tremendous and no photo can do it justice. There were a lot of photogs there and most were shooting Nikon. Including the lady next to me who had a brand new D800 This was using my D7000 and the 16mm 3.5 at F5.6 1/80


Ray, looks like you had quite the adventure, what a lovely shot.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Rafael, that 5.8cm is a beautiful looking lens, I'm jealous.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Thank you Leighton. Yes we had a wonderful time. 75 degrees for the first week and snow for the next 3 days. Then back to sun shine and 65 degrees in Charleston SC



leighton w wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Here's a shot from the top of the Smokys at sunset. The view was tremendous and no photo can do it justice. There were a lot of photogs there and most were shooting Nikon. Including the lady next to me who had a brand new D800 This was using my D7000 and the 16mm 3.5 at F5.6 1/80


Ray, looks like you had quite the adventure, what a lovely shot.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9318
Country: United States

And a couple of Nikki sitting on my dishwasher



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Poland

Oh man, those are some gorgeous lenses Rafael. That 58 makes some beautiful bokeh.

Ray, some sunset! Most were shooting Nikon, how many Nikon MF lenses though?

Laura, that is another stunning sunset. Quite a series.

Lovely owls Jose.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
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Laura, you may have told us but I can't remember. What did they have to do to Nikki at the repair shop?



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

rafaelcasd wrote:
Laura, great sunsets with one of my favorite lenses.
Jose, your 400mm needs a vacation in San Diego, great shot of the owls.

Finally got around to checking my new acquisition: the 5.8cm 1.4. This is purely a historical buy, could not resist the combination of price an condition with original filter and shade. To celebrate most of my 'normal' lenses attended a party:
50mm 2.0, 5.8 cm 1,4, 50mm 1.4 SC, 55mm 1.2 ai, 55 mm 1.2 s and 50mm 1.2 ais.
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very beautiful Rafael - but I see a clear gap in the collection - you have the 50mm f1.4 S and SC....but in 55 1.2 you have only the S. I can hear the SC calling your name.

ben



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

Thanks Ron, Chuong, Rafael, Ray,Leighton and Mark for the kind words.

Laura, killer Jerri and Tom portraist with wide open Nikki!!

Ray, impressive sunset; supposedly this lens controls flare/ghosts very well.

Rafael, what beautiful "lens porn" shots; your lenses appear all near mint!
Thanks for sharing your impression with the 58/1.4



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

It is difficult, but far from impossible: BIF with manual focusing lenses!
Inspired by Ron and Ray BIFs, I managed to capture this Southern Crested Caracara flying. Burst mode was activated and after 5 shots, this was the better.



Southern Caracara in flight with Nikkor 400mm f5/6 AI EDIF by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 AI (narrow tripod collar) , ISO 320, f/8 at 1/1250s, hand held, ~40% cropped.



And a Burrowing Owl shortly before landing:


Burrowing Owl shortly before landing by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 AI (narrow tripod collar) , ISO 320, f/8 at 1/1250s, hand held, ~30% cropped.


For sure the faster IF focusing helped a lot with these BIFs, something harder to get with the 400/5.6ED non IF.



markhout
Registered: Jan 21, 2004
Total Posts: 721
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
Finally got around to checking my new acquisition: the 5.8cm 1.4. This is purely a historical buy, could not resist the combination of price an condition with original filter and shade. To celebrate most of my 'normal' lenses attended a party:
50mm 2.0, 5.8 cm 1,4, 50mm 1.4 SC, 55mm 1.2 ai, 55 mm 1.2 s and 50mm 1.2 ais.


Congrats Rafael!

I am interesting in your (and anyone's) take on the 50 and 55mm 1.2 lenses. I am looking to shoot wide open only portraits, with flare and dream-like bokeh. The center should be tack sharp though. Which 50/55mm 1.2 lens would you recommend?

Thanks!



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

asiostygius wrote:
leighton w wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Ok I go on Vacation for two little weeks and 61 pages have gone by along with more new members to the thread. It might take me a while to read all of that! We've had a great time over the last two weeks with a lot of photos taken. Here's one that I really liked. I call it " The Photographer" Taken with my D7000 and the 16mm 3.5 F8 1/200 This is a down payment on many hours of editing to follow
]

Welcome home Ray! We missed you. Can't wait to see more from your trip. This one is very very nice, I LOVE the processing you did on it.


+1
I overlooked this one, really great scenario, composition and PP. Well done.


+1

me too - don't know how I missed it....well done Ray . That wooden fence in the foreground really brings the composition to life.

ben



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2488
Country: United States

bruni wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
Laura, great sunsets with one of my favorite lenses.
Jose, your 400mm needs a vacation in San Diego, great shot of the owls.

Finally got around to checking my new acquisition: the 5.8cm 1.4. This is purely a historical buy, could not resist the combination of price an condition with original filter and shade. To celebrate most of my 'normal' lenses attended a party:
50mm 2.0, 5.8 cm 1,4, 50mm 1.4 SC, 55mm 1.2 ai, 55 mm 1.2 s and 50mm 1.2 ais.
[



very beautiful Rafael - but I see a clear gap in the collection - you have the 50mm f1.4 S and SC....but in 55 1.2 you have only the S. I can hear the SC calling your name.

ben

Ben, would you know where I can find a mint ai converted 55mm 1.2 SC?



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

Great shots Jose. I don't believe I've ever seen a Southern Crested Caracara before, cool looking bird.



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

mp356 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
We're having lovely autumn weather. Here's a panorama i created in Photoshop from four images taken this afternoon at the edge of San Francisco Bay not for from the entrance of San Quentin penitentiary with the 180 f/2.8 AI-s mounted I've shared photos of the San Rafael-Richmond bridge before. The image is 1600 pixels wide. Enjoy.

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On the left you see tanks used by the Chevron refinery located on the opposite side of the hill. You can make out a tanker to the right of the bridge. There is a dock for off-laoding tankers at that location. Super tankers are not permitted to enter San Francisco Bay so there are smaller tankers that run out to the larger ship and then return with the crude oil to be refined by Chevron.


Nice pano Curtis. What a beautiful area you live in.
Scott



+1
beautiful Curtis. That row of low lying clouds is wonderful. We don't get clouds like that.

ben



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