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designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
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Ok, was able to get out some this afternoon almost springlike in Virginia. Here is a shot with the 50mm 1.2 AIS on my new D700. Put some Provia juice on it, just 'cause I like messing around...



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
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Better try again

Reagan



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
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a.RodriguezPix wrote:
leighton w wrote:
My wife took a photo of our sheep one evening last year. One of our friends who is an outstanding artist saw it on FB and asked if she could make a painting of it. She did and this is the result. She used a combination of paint and different colored strips of magazine paper and clued it to a board. I thinks it's marvelous! The photo was great too.



Very nice!


very cute Leighton

but it would be way cooler if you were in the pic .....(just giving some of it back Leighton .....lol)

ben



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Lovely pic, David.

designdog wrote:
Ok, was able to get out some this afternoon almost springlike in Virginia. Here is a shot with the 50mm 1.2 AIS on my new D700. Put some Provia juice on it, just 'cause I like messing around...



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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designdog wrote:
Ok, was able to get out some this afternoon almost springlike in Virginia. Here is a shot with the 50mm 1.2 AIS on my new D700. Put some Provia juice on it, just 'cause I like messing around...

Looks like you are off to a great start David

Ray



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
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Thanks for the advice Ray and Reagan
and the link



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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We went to the West Coast of South Africa for a couple of days. The place we chose is Paternoster, a fishing village turned big city getaway (Cape Town is only about 100 miles away).(See more at http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/paternoster.php ) Since 1994 the fishing industry has been affected by government giving away concessions to big operators and many former fisherfolk live close to the breadline....

We stayed in a converted cottage right on the beach and very close to a number of excellent restaurants. As it was Ingrid's birthday we chose the "Noisy Oyster" for her special lunch and for the rest had to content ourselves with less salubrious establishments and home barbecued fresh Cape Rock Lobster which we bough for a song.

My lens choice was simple 28 -45 f4.5 zoom (Exif shows 25 so as to avoid conflict with the 28 f2.8 data), my 80-200 f4 zoom and the 300 f4.5 generally tied to the TC14b.

A couple of images ..



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Peter your panos are first rate. It looks like the location is wonderful for a getaway for you and the pretty Birthday girl!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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The local fishermen are a hardy lot and go to sea from a very sheltered bay into the unpredicatble Atlantic in search of Rock Lobsters and other fish as and when they are able to get a quota. The results have to be sold to local fish factories. They go to sea in small boats powered by low HP outboards and have no navigational aids - in foggy weather they stay ashore as quite a number are lost at sea each year.

Some pics..(just after daybreak with the 300 + TC14b on a tripod (Yeah I know I coudl have upped the ISO but I AM getting old..)



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Peter your panos are first rate. It looks like the location is wonderful for a getaway for you and the pretty Birthday girl!


Thanks Ray - every time I get back from a trip I get angry at the relatively poor images I produce but I can't get to shooting shot after shot. In 6 days I shot 154 pics - about 5 rolls of 36 film which seems inordinate - but then I read about "new" cameras with "only 50 000 actuations". How to change the mindset??



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Peter even shooting on a tripod these speeds seem way to slow to stop the movement of the people. It would be far better to let the camera decide the ISO and put the speed where it needs to be. The noise reduction ability of a program like Llightroom can some in handy. If you have a 300mm plus 1.4 you really need to be at 1/400 as a starting point, even on a tri-pod. Then you can experiment slower speeds if you want to show "movement"
BTW I sometimes shoot that many shots in a day



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Ray gives good advice though the D200 is not quite so forgiving at higher ISO settings as is the D7000 or the recent FX cameras. But ISO 100 and f/8 are not compatible with high shutter speeds. I would definitely shoot Manual Mode with the 300 so I can set shutter speed at an appropriate level. !/400th is reasonable. And for a shot this far away you could comfortably shoot wide open and have adequate depth of field. You might get away with ISO 400 or 800 in the daylight with those settings.

And don't forget that D7000 prices are softening quite a bit. With that camera you'd keep the cropping factor and never again have to worry about high ISO shooting. You can set the camera for Auto ISO and set manual mode wherever you want. You'll definitely get a good shot, at least so long as the wine you've been drinking hasn't affected you hand/eye coordination...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Advice .. looking to buy me a lens
shall have a nikon 28 f2.8 ai-s as soon as it turn up a Used that is in good condition ..
Now I'm thinking to make an offer on a 24 f2.8 ais ..
what do you think of it?
180mm f2.8 ai-s is also on the wish list ..
thinking on a 50 1.8 does it matter with ai or ais
thanks in advance

Ronny / /


You already have the 135 f/2 AI-s and the 28 f/2.8 AI-s is on its way. I don't think the 24 f/2.8 makes much sense when you have the 28. If you're a big fan of going wide the 20 f/2.8 AI-s would make more sense, but considering where your kit stands at the moment, it would seem something between 28 and 135, as well as something longer than 135 make sense. The 180 is a great lens at a very reasonable price so for someone wishing to build an MF kit, that lens will be a wonderful addition at some point. But it seems the midrange is called for... a 50 f/1.8, EITHER AI or AI-s would work, but so would the excellent 50 f/2 AI or an earlier version that has been AI'd. 85mm is a wonderful focal length and Nikon offers a number of MF alternatives there from the converted pre-AI f/1.8 to the f/2 to the awesome f/1.4. Needless to say, the faster the lens, the higher the price tag.

Finally, within that range is the 105 which again comes in a number of flavors at a wide range of prices. I love the expensive f/1.8 AI-s but also love the inexpensive f/2.5 P AI'd that cost less than a hundred dollars.

Frankly, buying Nikkor MF lenses we seldom make a serious mistake since all these lenses have their strengths. Half the pleasure is in experimenting. Enjoy the adventure Ronny!



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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CGrindahl wrote:
And don't forget that D7000 prices are softening quite a bit. With that camera you'd keep the cropping factor and never again have to worry about high ISO shooting. You can set the camera for Auto ISO and set manual mode wherever you want. You'll definitely get a good shot,


make sure you keep the auto-iso limited to 3200 on the D7000 - those iso6400 shots are extremely noisy.

Not an MF shot, so remote link here - this was iso6400 after the auto-iso took over. OK, so there wasn't really any daylight to speak of.

Just a little more light and iso3200 got me this image, which is significantly more usuable



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
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CGrindahl wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Advice .. looking to buy me a lens
shall have a nikon 28 f2.8 ai-s as soon as it turn up a Used that is in good condition ..
Now I'm thinking to make an offer on a 24 f2.8 ais ..
what do you think of it?
180mm f2.8 ai-s is also on the wish list ..
thinking on a 50 1.8 does it matter with ai or ais
thanks in advance

Ronny / /


You already have the 135 f/2 AI-s and the 28 f/2.8 AI-s is on its way. I don't think the 24 f/2.8 makes much sense when you have the 28. If you're a big fan of going wide the 20 f/2.8 AI-s would make more sense, but considering where your kit stands at the moment, it would seem something between 28 and 135, as well as something longer than 135 make sense. The 180 is a great lens at a very reasonable price so for someone wishing to build an MF kit, that lens will be a wonderful addition at some point. But it seems the midrange is called for... a 50 f/1.8, EITHER AI or AI-s would work, but so would the excellent 50 f/2 AI or an earlier version that has been AI'd. 85mm is a wonderful focal length and Nikon offers a number of MF alternatives there from the converted pre-AI f/1.8 to the f/2 to the awesome f/1.4. Needless to say, the faster the lens, the higher the price tag.

Finally, within that range is the 105 which again comes in a number of flavors at a wide range of prices. I love the expensive f/1.8 AI-s but also love the inexpensive f/2.5 P AI'd that cost less than a hundred dollars.

Frankly, buying Nikkor MF lenses we seldom make a serious mistake since all these lenses have their strengths. Half the pleasure is in experimenting. Enjoy the adventure Ronny!


Thanks Curtis for the Advice
I thought that building a MF nikon collection ..
I've Started with Nikon 135 f2 and also 105 2.5 ai they I have and
I bought just 50 1.8 ai
then I imagined 180 f2.8 ai-s and 28 2.8 ais to
Then I get it probably be enough ;-)
Have my zeiss to
21mm
35 f2
50 MP
85 1.4
100MP

so I'm probably a bit of a lens addict



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Country: United States

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Advice .. looking to buy me a lens
shall have a nikon 28 f2.8 ai-s as soon as it turn up a Used that is in good condition ..
Now I'm thinking to make an offer on a 24 f2.8 ais ..
what do you think of it?
180mm f2.8 ai-s is also on the wish list ..
thinking on a 50 1.8 does it matter with ai or ais
thanks in advance

Ronny / /

CGrindahl wrote:
You already have the 135 f/2 AI-s and the 28 f/2.8 AI-s is on its way. I don't think the 24 f/2.8 makes much sense when you have the 28. If you're a big fan of going wide the 20 f/2.8 AI-s would make more sense, but considering where your kit stands at the moment, it would seem something between 28 and 135, as well as something longer than 135 make sense. The 180 is a great lens at a very reasonable price so for someone wishing to build an MF kit, that lens will be a wonderful addition at some point. But it seems the midrange is called for... a 50 f/1.8, EITHER AI or AI-s would work, but so would the excellent 50 f/2 AI or an earlier version that has been AI'd. 85mm is a wonderful focal length and Nikon offers a number of MF alternatives there from the converted pre-AI f/1.8 to the f/2 to the awesome f/1.4. Needless to say, the faster the lens, the higher the price tag.

Finally, within that range is the 105 which again comes in a number of flavors at a wide range of prices. I love the expensive f/1.8 AI-s but also love the inexpensive f/2.5 P AI'd that cost less than a hundred dollars.

Frankly, buying Nikkor MF lenses we seldom make a serious mistake since all these lenses have their strengths. Half the pleasure is in experimenting. Enjoy the adventure Ronny!

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks Curtis for the Advice
I thought that building a MF nikon collection ..
I've Started with Nikon 135 f2 and also 105 2.5 ai they I have and
I bought just 50 1.8 ai
then I imagined 180 f2.8 ai-s and 28 2.8 ais to
Then I get it probably be enough ;-)
Have my zeiss to
21mm
35 f2
50 MP
85 1.4
100MP

so I'm probably a bit of a lens addict




Aren't we all!



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

MDoc9523 wrote:
Peter your panos are first rate. It looks like the location is wonderful for a getaway for you and the pretty Birthday girl!

+1



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

You're doing wonderfully well Ronny and the Zeiss lenses certainly must add to your pleasure in shooting manual focus. Were I to take the Zeiss plunge it would likely include all five of those lenses.

And remember... there is nothing wrong with being a lens addict. (I have to say that since so many of my friends on this thread are certified lens addicts.) ..



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

CGrindahl wrote:
You're doing wonderfully well Ronny and the Zeiss lenses certainly must add to your pleasure in shooting manual focus. Were I to take the Zeiss plunge it would likely include all five of those lenses.

And remember... there is nothing wrong with being a lens addict. (I have to say that since so many of my friends on this thread are certified lens addicts.) ..

I resemble that remark!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

You SHOULD Ray... You and a few others were definitely in my mind when I said that. Arguably, you have done more with less than anyone else on this thread... your last two lens purchases excepted. You are definitely an inspiration to anyone with a modest budget, whether you're scrambling to find Nikon AI conversion kits or simply machining aperture rings where none are available. You've done a masterful job in putting together a wonderful kit that works beautifully with your D7000. Well done!



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