Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3551
Country: Singapore

James: Steve Wakeman posts in the Your Best Nikon Shots thread too, lotsa Sydney harbour shots, absolutely smashing. His user name is elbeasto



Paul Gabel
Registered: Jun 17, 2012
Total Posts: 316
Country: Netherlands

Haven't posted for quite sometime, but have been reading this thread all the time. I must admit I got a bit coy by all the great pictures that y'all put out.
Here's a little set with the 35mm 1.4 ais, on the ferry to the island of Texel.


_PG21201 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG21471 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG21495 by Apapa56, on Flickr



Paul Gabel
Registered: Jun 17, 2012
Total Posts: 316
Country: Netherlands

And while I am at it: a few concert shots with the 135mm 2.0 ais


_PG21887 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG21715 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG21875 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG22218 by Apapa56, on Flickr



box185
Registered: Oct 14, 2012
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Country: United States

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box185
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mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Ray, personally, unless you needed the money from the sale of one lens to finance another, then I wouldn't sell any of them. I've said this in the past, but I really think collecting these old lenses are somewhat of an investment. I believe they'll only go up in price in the future.

Just my 2 cents.

Thank you Philip, Eric and Leighton. I agree with a lot of what Philip says, especially my zooms (which I seldom ever use) Eric it is hard to say goodbye to some lenses, but then again, if some one else could really use them....
Leighton I think that the only lenses that will appreciate in true value are the "fast glass" lenses. The others are just too plentiful.


What a dilemma Ray! On one hand having these lenses and being able to use them at different times is fun. However, if there are some that do not get much use, why not sell them and just keep your favorites. Besides, you can always buy them again some day. As Curtis and others say, "Kit Building is Forever".



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2973
Country: United States

box185 wrote:
I am relatively new on this forum - lurking for a couple of months, I suppose. I am enjoying the opportunity to learn from everyone here - very friendly community it seems. I have decided to break silence and comment on your four photographs - what can I say . . . amazing - this is what I aspire to. I have several manual focus lenses that I use with a D7000, but I really struggle with getting the focus right as you have done in these with the difficult 55mm f/1.2 lens at wide open apertures. These images inspire me to keep trying . . .

Welcome! As a fellow D7k shooter, look forward to seeing your shots.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7749
Country: United States

Samy, 100% crop just means snip out of the original and paste into a new file as new almost looks like the bird is standing on its beak on the water

saph wrote:
Here's a crop of the diving gull. Laura, not sure how to calculate a 100% crop.

Samy


David. I entertained getting it and cannibalizing the one I have and making the nicer one have the kit AI to it. There's 52 lenses there at the moment.

Oh, and for anyone looking, there's a 16 f/2.8 fisheye there at the moment...

http://www.keh.com/camera/Nikon-Manual-Focus-Fixed-Focal-Length-Lenses/1/sku-NK06999046136N?r=FE

David Antilley wrote:
NightOwl Cat wrote:
I'll bet Curtis bought it . He's been quiet for two days now.

Reagan wrote:

I guess "Nikki" is has an external following

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1168801

Reagan




Laura,

Curtis didn't get it but he definitely made me do it! I have grow to like the scalloped focus rings and build quality of these old lens. Thanks to Reagan as I would have missed it if he didn't provide the link.

Monty,

Love the Bokeh t-shirt, great find.

David



Samy, love the moon shot. It's been cloudy here at night so not much chance of getting a good shot.with the v1, yet.

saph wrote:
Wasn't me depleting the KEH inventory

Moon with the 500 F4P + TC-301. This was with the Gitzo tripod/ballhead focused in live view. I don't have a remote for the D800 so I set the timer (I believe its at 10s), and I could definitely see the image settle down in live view within those 10 seconds.

Samy


Thanks Georg, that sounds like a fun lens to try on it, I should also try the 80-400VR on it (SHhhhhhhhhh) All I can think of with your Swedish artist is "Don't Sneeze!"

georgms wrote:

Laura, impressive detail on the wine bottle taken with the 50/1.2 on the V1!
I'm still learning on how to use this camera properly, but at least some of my early results are promising (this is strictly confidential, because it doesn't belong to this thread, but I've had a blast with the V1 on my AF-S 200/2 ;-).


Welcome, Paul, and that's an impressive list you have there I shoot with FX, DX, and CX. Glad you introduced yourself Look for the focus confirmation dot, but at 1.2 you're going to have a razor thing margin of error there.

box185 wrote:
I am relatively new on this forum - lurking for a couple of months, I suppose. I am enjoying the opportunity to learn from everyone here - very friendly community it seems. I have decided to break silence and comment on your four photographs - what can I say . . . amazing - this is what I aspire to. I have several manual focus lenses that I use with a D7000, but I really struggle with getting the focus right as you have done in these with the difficult 55mm f/1.2 lens at wide open apertures. These images inspire me to keep trying . . .




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

kwoodard wrote:
box185 wrote:
I am relatively new on this forum - lurking for a couple of months, I suppose. I am enjoying the opportunity to learn from everyone here - very friendly community it seems. I have decided to break silence and comment on your four photographs - what can I say . . . amazing - this is what I aspire to. I have several manual focus lenses that I use with a D7000, but I really struggle with getting the focus right as you have done in these with the difficult 55mm f/1.2 lens at wide open apertures. These images inspire me to keep trying . . .

Welcome! As a fellow D7k shooter, look forward to seeing your shots.

Welcome! We are glad to have you. I shoot with the D7000 also. I read your profile and that is quite an impressive array of manual focus lenses!.Nice to have you Paul

Ray



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Paul those are some great shots with the 35mm 1.4 and the 135mm 2.0



vpik01
Registered: Feb 28, 2012
Total Posts: 587
Country: United States

I agree with James - Georg that old shot of the interestingly arranged tiles is awesome. The look in the artists face is really compelling!

Another one from Thanksgiving morning, D600 with 35/1.4 AI-s;


Trusting the Sun by Tony DeFilippo, on Flickr



vpik01
Registered: Feb 28, 2012
Total Posts: 587
Country: United States

Paul - thanks for diving in! Great sets with the 35 and 135, both awesome lenses! I love the tele shots of the singers in particular!



Matt OHarver
Registered: Sep 18, 2006
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Country: United States

montym wrote:
I found a cool BOKEH t-shirt you bight like.
I live in t-shirts, this one is on my buy list!




click here


Did you buy everyone one?


I won't post all of the photos I want to comment on, because I'd make a whole new page. But I wanted to tell everyone I enjoyed the past few pages. Some of those "through the window" shots just had my jaw dropping to the floor. Great stuff!

Monty you are really rocking that 55MM it makes me smile(and cry a little) each time I see you post one of Rocky with it!

I didn't buy any MF lenses lately although the KEH sale had me interested. But I am having my MRI done in the morning and that photo is going to cost me what a nice piece of Nikkor would!


Matt



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Hard to keep up with you fellow MF-Nikkor-shooters!
Some random notes about the last pots:
Americo, very, very nice bokeh-play!


georgms, Thank you very much, I appreciate it lot, and my knees do as well! I have actually learned how to read the little green/red focus confirmation dot from this forum, so everyone here is partly responsible for the sharpness achieved in my photos! next, hopefully someone could recommend a decent affordable tripod! Thanks again!



zippy_monster
Registered: Jan 19, 2011
Total Posts: 158
Country: United States



Sunset looking out over the valley and bay. D600 - 105/2.5 Ai - 1/250th - /8 - ISO 1000



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

Nikon D700, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AIS, handheld.



Masked by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

James Markus wrote:
I like this, georg. The toning in this reminds me of Ilford's multi-contrast pearl finish papers. Just the right amount of warm tones. How did you convert it?

georgms wrote:
My last pictures taken with MF-Nikkors aren't that interesting, so here's a shot taken early this year:
...
a young swedish artist building up his piece of modern art - D700, 28/2Ai at f/4



James, thank you! There was no toning at all involved this time ;-)
Ilford's pearl finish paper was a long time favorite of mine as well. I have a nice Leitz-enlarger with a spiltgrade-modul sitting on the attic, but not the room to set it up properly. How I miss a real "wet darkroom"...
My standard routine to convert digital files to monochrome is to pick one of SilverEfex's presets and to fiddle with the sliders until the result suits my current taste. If someone wears jeans on the picture I'll usually start with the "push+1.5"-setting



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3455
Country: Germany

Paul, fantastic sets! I like especially the last two images from the ferry-series and the second and last shot from the jazz-session.


box185 wrote:
I am relatively new on this forum - lurking for a couple of months, I suppose. I am enjoying the opportunity to learn from everyone here - very friendly community it seems. I have decided to break silence and comment on your four photographs - what can I say . . . amazing - this is what I aspire to. I have several manual focus lenses that I use with a D7000, but I really struggle with getting the focus right as you have done in these with the difficult 55mm f/1.2 lens at wide open apertures. These images inspire me to keep trying . . .


Welcome, Paul!
I'm a D7000-user as well, but to be honest I prefer FX-bodies for the use with MF-Nikkors. I have the highest respect for fellow D7000-users like Ray, Jose and Kevin who are mastering the tough job of nailing the focus with fast lenses.
In certain situations using LiveView for critical focusing works really well, but unfortunately not for snapshots and/or moving subjects. Have you thought about installing an aftermarket screen with a split-prism and microprism ring?

Laura, I still have to select a few MF-Nikkors that work really well with the V1, but trying out lenses on this neat camera is already fun.

Tony, thanks! Regarding your fine picture of the building: "Nomen est omen" ;-)

Americo, a D700 with a 85/1.4 is quite a load for a tripod - I would look at the secondhand-market for something made out of heavy metal (or wood). If you don't wanna go hiking with it some pounds more shouldn't be a dealbraker. Some stuff made today (especially the cheap kits sold as a package) has way too much plastic in it for my taste.

Zippy_monster, that's a beautiful landscape-shot! Welcome! Nice to see another fan of the legendary 105/2.5!



montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
Total Posts: 4711
Country: United States

zippy_monster wrote:


Sunset looking out over the valley and bay. D600 - 105/2.5 Ai - 1/250th - /8 - ISO 1000


Beautiful capture. At first I thought this was one of John's. trust me, that's a compliment.
Perfect light!




montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
Total Posts: 4711
Country: United States

Matt OHarver wrote:
montym wrote:
I found a cool BOKEH t-shirt you bight like.
I live in t-shirts, this one is on my buy list!




click here


Did you buy everyone one?



Matt


Not yet. I will wait until the charge card flips in to the next billing cycle. I've spent more than my allotment this month



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