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leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

designdog wrote:
This will be fun. Maybe you can help me with my next Nikon MF lens purchase!

I bought a Rokinon 85 1.4 with chips that does not seem to be working on my D700. So I am returning it tomorrow, and am not going to replace it. Will keep with my 85 2 ai until I find an 85 1.4 ais that is reasonably priced. Months or years.

So I will have ~ $400 in my lens kitty to work with. Here is my set now: 28 2.8 ais, 50 1.2 ais, 85 2 ai, 105 2.5 ais, 135 2.8 ais. Also have a 35-70 2.8D and 70-210 4 in auto focus.

My thinking is one of the following: 20 4 ai, 180 2.8 ED, 300 4.5 ED IF.

Any thoughts will be appreciated. I will take your comments in mind, and prioritize my ebay search accordingly. No rush, here...


David, The 20mm, 180mm and 300mm are all excellent lenses. It really comes down to your shooting style. But out of the three you mentioned, personally, I'd go for the 180mm.



designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 227
Country: United States

Thanks, Leighton. Don't really have a shooting style. Seems to me I am more infatuated by the equipment!

Here is what I was just doing, and something that might be of interest to others here:

In Lightroom, Library mode, hit the backslash key to bring up the Library Filter (make sure you have selected a folder containing a representative amount of recent photos. Mine has over 46,000...) Choose Metadata. You can then see all of the Cameras and Lenses you have used to take the photos in that folder, or folders. You can see a count for each item, etc. Fascinating.

For me, it shows that I took almost as many photos with the X100 in one year as I did with the 7D in four. I think this is more about the shooting experience than about the quality of the image. And I have already taken more photos with the D700 than with the X Pro 1 (although that may change if Adobe does indeed update Lightroom tomorrow...)

So, no pattern. The 180 is the last of the supposed Nikon classic mf lenses that will round out my lineup, and I am leaning to it...



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

designdog wrote:
Thanks, Leighton. Don't really have a shooting style. Seems to me I am more infatuated by the equipment!

Here is what I was just doing, and something that might be of interest to others here:

In Lightroom, Library mode, hit the backslash key to bring up the Library Filter (make sure you have selected a folder containing a representative amount of recent photos. Mine has over 46,000...) Choose Metadata. You can then see all of the Cameras and Lenses you have used to take the photos in that folder, or folders. You can see a count for each item, etc. Fascinating.

For me, it shows that I took almost as many photos with the X100 in one year as I did with the 7D in four. I think this is more about the shooting experience than about the quality of the image. And I have already taken more photos with the D700 than with the X Pro 1 (although that may change if Adobe does indeed update Lightroom tomorrow...)

So, no pattern. The 180 is the last of the supposed Nikon classic mf lenses that will round out my lineup, and I am leaning to it...

I have a 180 2.8 AI and rarely use it. If I go long I reach for the 300mm 4.5 EDIF. Long seems missing from your line up. You can also add a TC-14 and have a 400 5.6 so there is a lot of versatility. If you go for the 300 be sure to get the EDIF version. I had the non ED version and was a lot heavier and suffered the purple CA. Just my 2 cents



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9300
Country: United States

180 for sure. Check B&S here too.

designdog wrote:
This will be fun. Maybe you can help me with my next Nikon MF lens purchase!

I bought a Rokinon 85 1.4 with chips that does not seem to be working on my D700. So I am returning it tomorrow, and am not going to replace it. Will keep with my 85 2 ai until I find an 85 1.4 ais that is reasonably priced. Months or years.

So I will have ~ $400 in my lens kitty to work with. Here is my set now: 28 2.8 ais, 50 1.2 ais, 85 2 ai, 105 2.5 ais, 135 2.8 ais. Also have a 35-70 2.8D and 70-210 4 in auto focus.

My thinking is one of the following: 20 4 ai, 180 2.8 ED, 300 4.5 ED IF.

Any thoughts will be appreciated. I will take your comments in mind, and prioritize my ebay search accordingly. No rush, here...



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9300
Country: United States

If you do decide to hunt down a 180, I do have a beater that I'm getting ready to sell off since I bought one in a bit better shape, just haven't gotten around to listing it yet.

designdog wrote:
Thanks, Leighton. Don't really have a shooting style. Seems to me I am more infatuated by the equipment!

Here is what I was just doing, and something that might be of interest to others here:

In Lightroom, Library mode, hit the backslash key to bring up the Library Filter (make sure you have selected a folder containing a representative amount of recent photos. Mine has over 46,000...) Choose Metadata. You can then see all of the Cameras and Lenses you have used to take the photos in that folder, or folders. You can see a count for each item, etc. Fascinating.

For me, it shows that I took almost as many photos with the X100 in one year as I did with the 7D in four. I think this is more about the shooting experience than about the quality of the image. And I have already taken more photos with the D700 than with the X Pro 1 (although that may change if Adobe does indeed update Lightroom tomorrow...)

So, no pattern. The 180 is the last of the supposed Nikon classic mf lenses that will round out my lineup, and I am leaning to it...



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
mp356 wrote:

Leighton, the second train image was taken at near minimum focus distance. You are going to like your 28 2.8.


Thanks Scott, that's good to know.



Hi Leighton. Here is another taken with the 28 2.8 ais at minimum focus distance, wide open. Hope you are healing up. We are missing your photo contributions.
Scott



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9300
Country: United States

Neat shot! uhoh, I hear my wallet screaming..

mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:
mp356 wrote:

Leighton, the second train image was taken at near minimum focus distance. You are going to like your 28 2.8.


Thanks Scott, that's good to know.



Hi Leighton. Here is another taken with the 28 2.8 ais at minimum focus distance, wide open. Hope you are healing up. We are missing your photo contributions.
Scott



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9300
Country: United States

Ode To Monty



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

Thanks Laura. The 28 2.8 ais is a nice little lens. Makes a great general purpose lens on my D7000. Great close focus, sharp, and contrasty. What more could you want.
Scott



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

NightOwl Cat wrote:
Ode To Monty



Laura, I like these. Nice studies.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4614
Country: United States

My orchids survived the last cold spell and even decided to bloom
50 1.4 SC

Reagan



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4614
Country: United States

Nice shot of the train Scott
Laura, I had to stop and think about what month it was. You had me momentarily confused

Reagan



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4676
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Here are some recent shots. First three are with the Series E 28mm (first one is a reverse macro) and the last is the 80-200mm f/4.5. I have also been working on my B/W conversions. Zichar (Chin) kindly sent me a magazine on converting images for B/W with a variety of different techniques. Hope you approve Chin!

BTW, this is not a crop. I had the penny standing up on my 80-200 and the camera sitting on a small stack of books...


DSC_6121 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

This one was INCREDIBLY harsh light. I didn't do any gradient masks or anything like that. The shadows were really that hard.


DSC_6135b by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


Kevin, I like these two a lot! The conversion worked very well. I also like your moon shoot, but I can't tell if that's some kind of processing artifact or just the clouds on the lower left side.


It is a processing artifact. I wasn't very worried as it was more of an exercise. There was an out of focus tree in that spot and I removed it. The color version looks fine but the conversion makes it noticeable.

Thanks for the compliments all, I appreciate them. It seems I have found my groove for architecture, need to work on people.



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

Thank you Samy, Kevin, John, Chin, Mark and Scott
Kevin nice work on the moon shot
Mark very nice shots. Little birds are the hardest - so little to aim at
Ronny very nice work and for sure worth the modest price. A lot of lens for the money
Scott another great train shot. You gotta love that sharp little lens!
Laura it's so nice to have the pumpkins back
Reagan beautiful flowers. Nice color



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5046
Country: Sweden


Thanks
Scott: Great train shot .. love the last one
Great shot Laura
Reagan: Beautiful flowers



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

Scott, thanks for another great sample, and thanks for the plug on the B&S board.

Laura, Great set, now let them go as long as Monty did.

Reagan, very nice, I love the first one. But you need that 1.2 back.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4614
Country: United States

I need them all back
I am not going to spend your money till you post some photos

Reagan



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

Reagan wrote:
I need them all back
I am not going to spend your money till you post some photos

Reagan

Don't be hard on Leighton he is still recovering.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5046
Country: Sweden

Reagan wrote:
I need them all back
I am not going to spend your money till you post some photos

Reagan





rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 877
Country: United States


I copied this quote from and Ebay ad for a lens.

" Up for sale a classic and definition to the term Super Telephoto the Nikon/Nikor 800mm f8. This monster will do what it is designed for with super sharp results.... bring objects close and within a small angel of veiw. This lens was limited when it was new due to the F8 to F32 range (film days) , but today with the new high ISO range cameras it shines in a new light (get it new light). I have had it for several years and it has gotten me some great nature shots using a D2X. I upgraded to the D3x and had problems getting good images. I contacted Nikon and found it is not compatible with the D3X or D800. I have used it with a D7000 and its fine. Nikon said the newer cameras refocus the image internally ?.


Oh really is that is what has been wrong with some of my lenses on my D800! They refocus internally! Hum so I guess the D7000 does it externally! Man where do people get this stuff.



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