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mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
Here's some more from today with the 135/3.5 AIS and 16/3.5 AI.

John


John, I really like the third image in this set.
Scott



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4212
Country: South Africa

leighton w wrote:
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


Thanks Leighton.

The adjacent farming area is really bleak too but as it's winter rainfall, suitable for wheat and your favourites, sheep, almost exclusively Merino.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4212
Country: South Africa

mp356 wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
Here's some more from today with the 135/3.5 AIS and 16/3.5 AI.

John


John, I really like the third image in this set.
Scott


Scott

Really nice snowscapes and the reflection is excellent.

I can see why my son took his family sledding in the Poconos yesterday!



OldProf
Registered: Sep 19, 2009
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This is a huge and popular thread (although I think the pictures are repeated too many times).

I still use MF lenses from when I started photography in the late sixties. They are wonderful. Could we make a compilation of what are the best MF lenses in your opinion. I apologize if this has been compiled before.
Saba



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4212
Country: South Africa

Jeff (Foggy 14)

Congratulations on your assignment win!



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Country: United States

OldProf wrote:
This is a huge and popular thread (although I think the pictures are repeated too many times).

I still use MF lenses from when I started photography in the late sixties. They are wonderful. Could we make a compilation of what are the best MF lenses in your opinion. I apologize if this has been compiled before.
Saba

Saba welcome to the thread. I can't speak for others but of the lenses I own, the best three would have to be the 16mm 3.5K, 35mm 1.4 AIS and the 85mm 1.4 AIS Each have the own charm and serve well across a wide spectrum, each are sharp and have great color.



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

OldProf wrote:
This is a huge and popular thread (although I think the pictures are repeated too many times).

I still use MF lenses from when I started photography in the late sixties. They are wonderful. Could we make a compilation of what are the best MF lenses in your opinion. I apologize if this has been compiled before.
Saba


You may regret this question, it could turn out to be a long list with a long discussion! The next best thing to shooting with these lenses is discussing them.

For me I love the 180mm f2.8 and you can't beat the razor thin DoF of a 50mm f1.2.

KR,
Mark.



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
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Country: Poland

jhinkey wrote:
Here's some more from today with the 135/3.5 AIS and 16/3.5 AI.

John


Oh man, If I had to live in the U.S. I would sure more to where you are John. Just incredibly stunningly amazing. Although perhaps I wouldn't as I know I couldn't compete with your great talent in taking such beautiful images.



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

Oosty wrote:
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!


Peter I love the D200. I used mine for over 6 years (and still do occasionally) and it went through everything I could throw at it - on horseback through the surf, in the rain at rugby matches, in -20C (about 0F) at night (Battery life was not long!) and dropped numerous times. I love the colour rendition in this camera but of course the High ISO noise is a drawback.

Not sure what you can do to overcome years of habit of being careful of the number of shots due to being used to the limited qty of film. Perhaps you could designate an hour where you just decide to see how many shots you can take and go for broke, although of course at the end of the day it's not how many photos you take but how many you're happy with that counts.



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

Don't know whether to damn Phillippe - or thank him. He forced me to buy the 24mm PCE then he returned it and moved on....and here I am still stuck on it.

ben


Customs House - nikon 24mm PCE by benmorgan28, on Flickr


obsessed with the red bike - nikon 24mm PCE by benmorgan28, on Flickr


the red bike - nikon 24mm PCE by benmorgan28, on Flickr



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

Reagan - you really want to replace the 50mm f 1.8 - it's such a nice lens?

ben


Town Hall steps by benmorgan28, on Flickr



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

CGrindahl wrote:
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.







That combination just destroys the background, nice!

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

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

Thanks Scott, someone else mentioned the doors to me as well. Maybe I'll hobble out to get something.



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

mp356 wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
Here's some more from today with the 135/3.5 AIS and 16/3.5 AI.

John


John, I really like the third image in this set.
Scott


+1 Love it!



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

OldProf wrote:
This is a huge and popular thread (although I think the pictures are repeated too many times).

I still use MF lenses from when I started photography in the late sixties. They are wonderful. Could we make a compilation of what are the best MF lenses in your opinion. I apologize if this has been compiled before.
Saba


Welcome Saba, you're right, this has been done before. In my opinion, all of the Nikkor lenses (except a couple) are worth owning. Once you start shooting them it becomes really difficult to pick favorites. And what's one person's favorite might not be someone else's. Most people on here will pick the primes over any of the zooms, but not me. I happen to really like the 50-135mm f3.5 AI-s and I consider it one of my favorites. And as they say a lot on forums YMMV.

We talk about "desert island lenses" from time to time and among the ones I feel fairly confidant everyone would agree with are the...

28mm f2.8

50/55mm f1.2

85mm f1.4

105mm f2.5

135mm f/2

180mm f2.8 ED

300mm f4.5 ED

You'll notice that there are no zooms in this list!



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

bruni wrote:
Don't know whether to damn Phillippe - or thank him. He forced me to buy the 24mm PCE then he returned it and moved on....and here I am still stuck on it.

ben


WOW! Really like the first two Ben. Did you do much in post with the first one? IT IS SHARP!



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

bruni wrote:
Reagan - you really want to replace the 50mm f 1.8 - it's such a nice lens?

ben

I could probably on about $70 for it so I will keep it a while Just leave the TC 14-A on one of them

Reagan



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

Peter, nice series from your vacation
Curtis, always great flowers from the 135 and your lighting is always perfect
John, you probably get tired of me saying how great your mountain photos are. I guess here all I get to see is the flat ocean disappearing into the horizon

Reagan



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

Ben, are those HDR ?
the color and sharpness are extreme and I like them
Something different from you

Reagan



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3761
Country: Singapore

Just came back from a short vacation (and almost no internet!), so I load up the thread and just sat there on my seat, mind numbed at the number of pages added since!

I brought my FE2 and the 35/2 AI, finished up the whole roll. And found out yesterday, to my abject horror, that the guy who used to help dev and scan my stuff has left to work abroad. I've got a roll of Tri-X in the canister now and nowhere to go, bleah.



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