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georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Peter, that's an excellent set! I like especially the "Gaura" and the "Bottlebrush". The colors are top-notch and the sharpness is really great.
Comparing these images to some of your older pictures I wonder if you have changed your post-processing (I favor your new contributions).
Anyway - beautiful work!



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Samy, very nice DoF-play on the old industrial building!

Curtis, another beautiful shot with a no-Micro-105! Spring hasn't arrived here, will try some close-ups when some fresh green is showing up.

Mark, sorry, I've lost tracks - congrats to a new 300/4.5 IF-ED?!



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Two quick shots from this sunny morning (the sun is gone now):

D700, 24/2Ai at f/5.6 - university hospital (in this case the pathology)

and as juxtaposition the building at the other side of the small pond:

D700 and 24/2 Ai at f/5.6 too

Looking at these and many other shots I have to conclude that too many of my pictures are too closely framed - lot's of room (pun intended) for improvement ;-)



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3003
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Looking at these and many other shots I have to conclude that too many of my pictures are too closely framed - lot's of room (pun intended) for improvement ;-)


the 20mm can help you improve



David Antilley
Registered: Dec 22, 2006
Total Posts: 313
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
This may be the last posting of the trip before I return this weekend.

It was time to revisit the coffee farm, coffee raised me and paid for my schooling at CAL. Our farm was nearby, but one of the best looking farms I know belongs to my brother's in-laws. Here is the volcano it is in, the farm starts halfway up and ends at the top, over 5000 feet people do not plant coffee and it is virgin forest. 2/3 up the way on the right side is the little house we went to. At the bottom is a modern coffee mill.

A crop of the mill, this was with the 50mm 1.2, the lens I used the most this day. That is cofee beans sun drying on the concrete pad.

A Curtis style rendition at the house, this 50 1.2 has good mountain bokeh at 1.2.

Now the 16mm 3.5

and the last


Lots of great coffee comes from the Santa Ana Volcano area. What is the name of the "Finca."

David



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

The work with tubes is quite impressive! Given my current set of lenses, which tube(s) would you recommend?

50 1.2ais, 85 2 ai, 105 2.5 ais, 135 2.8 ais, 180 2.8 ais (coming soon)

Thanks,

David



David Antilley
Registered: Dec 22, 2006
Total Posts: 313
Country: United States

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks
Great shots everyone !

Had I lived in the United States, I bought it right away Tony ..
very good price .. but now if I buy from you here from the United States, it is Vat and duty
and when the price rises, unfortunately

Looks really good Curtis

Here are a few pictures from today's round with Nitro .. hoping for more pictures this weekend also

Playtime


NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



I have been waiting to see these with the 180mm, fantastic work with Nitro.

David



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2483
Country: United States

MarkdV wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
MarkdV wrote:

Thanks Rafael,

Now another question. I have a free day Sunday, what lens should I go walking with?


No need to ask Mark, if you walk a town full of interesting people the 55 1.2, else the 28 2.8 for more landscapy images, or maybe the 105 2.5 to select an interesting section, perhaps any of the 85s to emphasize the focal plane. aternatively a 35 2.0 for normal street perspective...... Sure this was helpful.


It was. I've unpacked the 300mm. Of course now I have to buy a 35 f2 to follow your suggestion.


Cheers,
Mark.



Show us the lens Mark.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Peter, that's an excellent set! I like especially the "Gaura" and the "Bottlebrush". The colors are top-notch and the sharpness is really great.
Comparing these images to some of your older pictures I wonder if you have changed your post-processing (I favor your new contributions).
Anyway - beautiful work!


+1



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

David, here's a link for Nikon extension tubes:

http://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18874/~/using-nikkor-lenses-with-extension-tubes

As Curtis pointed out, you want to be aware of compatibility of the tubes.

Mark, 35mm is a great walkaround prime fl for FX (can't remember if you have FX or DX though). Look forward to seeing the 300mm shots.

Thanks folks for the input on the Canton shots from Baltimore. Baltimore calls itself Charm City, so I am on a quest to find the charm in it



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Last set from Baltimore's Canton area.

Outback Steakhouse in the Can Company building (35 f2 OC)






The Smoking Swine, a mobile carryout (135 f2 AI)






Back on the water - Banker's Hours (35 f2 OC)






More boats (35 f2 OC)








jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8403
Country: United States

designdog wrote:
The work with tubes is quite impressive! Given my current set of lenses, which tube(s) would you recommend?

50 1.2ais, 85 2 ai, 105 2.5 ais, 135 2.8 ais, 180 2.8 ais (coming soon)

Thanks,

David


Get all three of the Nikon tubes: PK-11A, PK-12, and PK-13. Then you can choose what you need.
If you hunt around you can find them reasonably priced. Curtis has found non-Nikon tubes that work great as well.

- John



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore

Love the flowers Peter!
I'm seriously bushed, woke up early to go cycling the trails in an offshore island, together with Anton
Managed to squeeze in a few shots of course Here's one with the 45PCE
An unexpected find deep in the jungle?



my secret garden (CKC_9303) by Zichar, on Flickr


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

Love it Chin, looks like a Tonka toy!



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore

Heh thanks, that's what my wife said too!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3287
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
One more macro shot with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s with two tubes. I love doing this kind of work.


The focal plane is so narrow when shooting with tubes that finding focus by turning the focusing ring is impossible. In fact, using the green light is impractical so I relied on the viewfinder to tell me when the image was in focus. I gently rock back and forth until I get what I want and then trip the shutter. It works...



Stunning image Curtis!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Peter, wonderful closeups of those bright, colorful flowers.

Georg, the reflections of the buildings with the 24 f2 are very pleasant to look at. No sun here still, and still a few weeks before spring and flowers

Portrait with the 135 f2 AI. Wide open at 1/250s, ISO 640, taken from about 5 feet.

This lens at f2 is supposed to be softer at closer distances to make it more portrait-friendly. The 270 degrees focus throw that Curtis pointed out is very evident and would be terrific for macros. One side effect I noticed is that the green dot stays for quite a few degrees of turn.

Putting on the adjuvant hat I see the 135 f2 and the 105 f1.8 to be smaller and **much** more affordable brothers to the modern 200 f2 VR.







asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3287
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Wow.. great shot curtis

What tubes should I have?
thinking of getting some to 135mm
works they also 180mm?
Thinking of getting someone to zeiss with so I get 1:1 on 100 MP
As I understand, I should have the Nikon PN-11 to 1:1 at 100 MP?


I love using tubes with all my lenses. The 180 and 135 will be very happy with tubes. You will wish to experiment to see what length tube satisfies you. Yes, the PN-11 is the tube that brings the 105 f/2.8 AI-s micro lens to 1:1 so it should get you pretty close with the Zeiss lens.

You should be aware, if you're not already, that with extension tubes you lose infinity focus. A dedicated macro lens doesn't hinder you in that regard. The advantage of tubes is that they can be used with any lens and will significantly reduce the minimum focusing distance. But the tradeoff is you will have a very short range within which you can find focus. This is one reason why AI lenses that tend to have a longer focus throw are attractive lenses when shooting with tubes. Of course, the two lenses your considering, the 135 f/2 and 180 f/2.8 have decent throws at 270 degrees and 190 degrees respectively. I don't know the focusing throw of the Zeiss 100 but the time I used one that belongs to a friend it seemed quite a bit shorter.

Of course, this limitation can be overcome simply by moving closer and farther away from the subject you're shooting. This is what I refer to when I say I rock back and forth as I set up a shot. I virtually never use the focusing ring because even turning the ring can cause me to lose focus.

Here is another shot from today, this taken with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd with the PK-11a and PK-12. I'm less interested in 1:1 than in having enough working room to get a decent shot.


If you're planning to use tubes with Zeiss lenses, you may wish to consider Kenko tubes that will allow the camera and lens to communicate. Nikon tubes will not do so. They were created for manual focus lenses that did not have electrical contacts.


Another jaw dropping capture!!!!!!!!!
I have to experiment more with tubes!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3287
Country: Brazil

Oosty wrote:
Hard to believe it's March already!

Following Curtis' lead I went out with the PN-11 and the 80-200 f4 ai-s and took these in the garden.







Peter, great images with 80-200/4 + PN-11.
Liked the colours on this one.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Oosty wrote:
Hard to believe it's March already!

Following Curtis' lead I went out with the PN-11 and the 80-200 f4 ai-s and took these in the garden.







Peter, great images with 80-200/4 + PN-11.
Liked the colours on this one.

I agree, it also has that "floating" thing going on.


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