Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
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MDoc9523 wrote:
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!


Ugh me too!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Yup...



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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CGrindahl wrote:
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!


Thank you Curtis. I appreciate the compliment. Many of the lenses that I have were part of a larger purchase where I sold the items I didn't want to pay for them. Some were in need of AI'D ing or piecing together. It is a matter of patience and diligence to keep looking. To those who are just starting this adventure there are many deals to be had. Try to think outside the box. You can't go wrong with any of these lenses.
My Canon friend told me that the problem with the older Nikkors is that they are too sharp. Well I will take them!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Quick one from a family hike this afternoon. I've taken this shot before with the 16/3.5, but it was son nice I took it again today!

More to come from the 16/3.5 and the 135/3.5 AIS.

Time for dinner . . .

John



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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A couple of shots taken this afternoon with the 135 f/2 AI-s with the PK-13 extension tube attached. The first is shot at f/8, the second at f/4... same plant but different clusters of blossoms. The first has an adjacent balustrade and the second an adjacent house.




MDoc9523
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John what a beautiful photo. So perfectly framed!
Curtis the second one really shines!



jhinkey
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One more quick one before I have to go . . . 135/3.5 AIS



CGrindahl
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Thanks Ray. I love that flowers are so available to shoot, at least in the right season. These blossoms suggest that spring can't be too far away, which makes me happy. Cold, wet weather does not appeal to me... Unfortunately, Florida is too hot, too humid and TOO FLAT...



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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CGrindahl wrote:
Thanks Ray. I love that flowers are so available to shoot, at least in the right season. These blossoms suggest that spring can't be too far away, which makes me happy. Cold, wet weather does not appeal to me... Unfortunately, Florida is too hot, too humid and TOO FLAT...


But Florida has tons of very photogenic alligators too;-)

We still have some snow here and I'm perfectly fine with this fact. Snow till easter, followed by a nice long, sunny spring, followed by a nice sunny and not too hot summer, followed by some nice sunny fall-months until the first snow arrives - now this would make me really happy ;-)



georgms
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Oosty wrote:
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..)


Peter, love the panos - excellent pictures of your country! The fishermen must be very brave men indeed - the South African waters are known as troublesome.
Btw - don't be too shy on using high Iso-numbers on the D200 - especially pictures converted to B&W can take some grain (the D200's noise is more film-grain-like then the one from the D7000 in my opinion).



georgms
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John, the Dead Trees are absolutely awesome! Your panos and mountain-shots are fantastic in every way, but images like the tree stumps (or the volcanic crater-details, if memory serves) have an extra appeal for me because of their qualities as abstracts.



Oosty
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MDoc9523 wrote:
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 wrote:
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...


georgms wrote:

Btw - don't be too shy on using high Iso-numbers on the D200 - especially pictures converted to B&W can take some grain (the D200's noise is more film-grain-like then the one from the D7000 in my opinion).



Thanks for the comments, gentlemen.

It's not that I'm unaware of the iso requirements merely not thinking of the basics that I learned 40 years ago that I find irritating. Typically one has the camera on a tripod, the image is sharp in the viewfinder and using "aperture" rather than "manual", everything looks great until a week later when you process the shot.

I'm also fighting off the D7000 "A S", Curtis, so get thee behind me!



Oosty
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georgms wrote:
John, the Dead Trees are absolutely awesome! Your panos and mountain-shots are fantastic in every way, but images like the tree stumps (or the volcanic crater-details, if memory serves) have an extra appeal for me because of their qualities as abstracts.


+1



jhinkey
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georgms wrote:
John, the Dead Trees are absolutely awesome! Your panos and mountain-shots are fantastic in every way, but images like the tree stumps (or the volcanic crater-details, if memory serves) have an extra appeal for me because of their qualities as abstracts.


Thanks Georg - Yes, I purposefully look for abstract images like the tree stumps in landscape images, otherwise I find things get a bit repetitive and boring.
Many people think landscapes are only just wonderful wide angle images, but I think those (like my first image) are the least interesting.



Oosty
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georgms wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Thanks Ray. I love that flowers are so available to shoot, at least in the right season. These blossoms suggest that spring can't be too far away, which makes me happy. Cold, wet weather does not appeal to me... Unfortunately, Florida is too hot, too humid and TOO FLAT...


But Florida has tons of very photogenic alligators too;-)

We still have some snow here and I'm perfectly fine with this fact. Snow till easter, followed by a nice long, sunny spring, followed by a nice sunny and not too hot summer, followed by some nice sunny fall-months until the first snow arrives - now this would make me really happy ;-)


Georg, your wishlist really made me smile and brought to mind this song by a famous English comedy duo of the '50's and '60's -

"
A Song of the Weather

January brings the snow,
Makes your feet and fingers glow.

February's ice and sleet
Freeze the toes tight off your feet.

Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wert not so unkind!

April brings the sweet spring showers,
On and on for hours and hours.

Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day.

June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops.

In July the sun is hot.
Is it shining? No, it's not.

August, cold and dank and wet,
Brings more rain than any yet.

Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood.

Then October adds a gale,
Wind and slush and rain and hail.

Dark November brings the fog
Should not do it to a dog.

Freezing wet December, then
Bloody January again!"



jhinkey
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Oosty wrote:
georgms wrote:
John, the Dead Trees are absolutely awesome! Your panos and mountain-shots are fantastic in every way, but images like the tree stumps (or the volcanic crater-details, if memory serves) have an extra appeal for me because of their qualities as abstracts.


+1



Thanks Peter!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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CGrindahl wrote:
Thanks Ray. I love that flowers are so available to shoot, at least in the right season. These blossoms suggest that spring can't be too far away, which makes me happy. Cold, wet weather does not appeal to me... Unfortunately, Florida is too hot, too humid and TOO FLAT...



Nice images Curtis. If Florida is not to your liking, how about a bit of upstate NY in February.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Leighton, I really like this painting. Worth posting again. BTW, this weeks WA is tailor made for you, the topic is "Doors".



mp356
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Thank you Ray, Leighton, Ronny, and Georg for the comments on the night street scene.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Here's some more from today with the 135/3.5 AIS and 16/3.5 AI.

John



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