Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8398
Country: United States

Turned out to be a fantastic late winter afternoon here in Seattle so the whole family went down to the beach for low tide.
Took the 16/3.5, 50/1.2, 90/3.5CV, 135/2, and 400/5.6 ED with me, but I never took the 135/2 off the camera.

Can't wait to see the results, but I'll have to as those little plastic strips with light sensitive chemicals on them need to be "E6 processed" so I hear . . .

All with the newly rebuilt FE2. Hope the focusing screen is accurate as I rarely shot anything other than f/2. Now why again can't modern DLSRs have a focusing screen as bright and crisp as my FE2 . . .?

When I get the slides back I'll image them with my 55/3.5 and D800 since my CoolScan 5000ED is long sold.

John



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

John, I can really understand your wish for a DSLR with a screen like the FE2. Based on Dylan's hint I've replaced the stock-screen of my D700 with the screen from an old Miranda, and while it's a huge improvement over the standard-screen, it's still not like a classic SLR.
Just in case you stumble across a Leicaflex SL, have a look through it's finder - it doesn't get any better than this in my opinion. Nikon should really offer a screen made for manual focusing.
Btw, shooting with a manual SLR is a great experience - the shutter-sound, the handling, the feel to work with something "mechanical" is hard to beat. Hope the slides turn out great ;-)



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

leighton w wrote:
Ok, I have reached the extreme of boredom. So much so, I have stooped to taking shots of my boot! I did manage to hobble out to the propagation greenhouses to take a few snaps of crops Barbara has started. it's always nice to go in there this time of year to get a green fix.

BTW Reagan, these were all with nice 28mm f2.8 AI-s you sold me, thanks again.








Leighton, loved the bokeh playing on this one!


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

CGrindahl wrote:
A macro with the 135 f/2.8 AI and a Vivitar tube whose length I don't recall...



Beautiful capture!



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

MarkdV wrote:
Some love for a lens that doesn't get much use from me, the 75-150mm Series E. A versatile range of focal lengths covered but a couple of peculiarities the stop it becoming a firm favorite like the vignetting on the FX sensor and the zoom creep I haven't quite eliminated yet.
However I think it gives a very nice colour rendition and can make some very pleasing images.







Mark, I loved the rich colours and the subject isolation.


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

This might be a good choice:
http://www.focusingscreen.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_92&products_id=593

Ming TheIn put the screen from his F6 on his D700, to help him with all those Zeiss lenses...



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

georgms wrote:
A quick grab from this morning:

16/3.5Ai at f/16, D700


Georg, you and John are masters of shots of the sun with the 16/3.5!



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

Lieutenant Z wrote:
Jose nice & interesting images from Pompeď. What a stunning place !

Nothing special from me, just that pic taken with 85 HC :







Welcome back!
Nothing special
Oh yes, for your standards, but for me it is a great capture!


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

leighton w wrote:
Ok, I have reached the extreme of boredom. So much so, I have stooped to taking shots of my boot! I did manage to hobble out to the propagation greenhouses to take a few snaps of crops Barbara has started. it's always nice to go in there this time of year to get a green fix.

BTW Reagan, these were all with nice 28mm f2.8 AI-s you sold me, thanks again.



Really like this one with your new 28 2.8. Also glad to hear your are on the mend. Thank you for sparing us numerous shots of your boot, lampshades, TV screen, and anything else within visual range of your chair.



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

Lieutenant Z wrote:
Jose nice & interesting images from Pompeď. What a stunning place !

Nothing special from me, just that pic taken with 85 HC :




Hi Philippe. Welcome back. Nice b&w! This guy does look like he could be taking a nap. The piece of art on the easel says "no print". Is he only selling the original?
Scott



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

So on a day when Peter, Philippe, Jose, Ben and Georg are all stopping by it is a great day... add the new participants like Dave and Kevin as well as a few usual suspects and we keep moving this thread along. All good with fine conversation and some excellent photographs... the perfect mix, at least for me.

Here is another with the 80-200 f/4.5 AI with a PK-13 attached, shot wide open, hand held. It works...


As an aside I'm listening to Glann Gould at the moment as he plays the Goldberg Variations by Bach. I've been rather mesmerized of late by Bach's Cello Suites and am revisiting some old favorites, made possible with ease by YouTube. I own the CD but have not seen this video of Glenn Gould performing, though I have to say I'd rather listen than watch him leaning over the keyboard.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
That was with the 135 f/2.8 AI that got VERY little use on that trip and didn't make a subsequent trip. Of course, I discovered it is an excellent lens with tubes and put it to use that way.

I'll post the windmills shot for those newcomers who weren't around back then... two and a half years ago... amazing we've been at this so long...


Rain started to fall only moments after this was shot.



Very nice Curtis. Good to see this again. Where is our friend Renie?



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

MarkdV wrote:
Some love for a lens that doesn't get much use from me, the 75-150mm Series E. A versatile range of focal lengths covered but a couple of peculiarities the stop it becoming a firm favorite like the vignetting on the FX sensor and the zoom creep I haven't quite eliminated yet.
However I think it gives a very nice colour rendition and can make some very pleasing images.



Mark, I like your work with the 75-150. I had one of these and parted with it. I now have the 50-135. They are both nice and both (in my case) had/have zoom creep. How are you trying to stop your zoom creep?
Scott



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

Thanks Samy, Scott, Philippe and Georg.

Wow Curtis, another great tube work with the 80-200/4.5!


Today I was busy "testing" some MF Nikkors on my new D600, but managed to edit some from Pompeii.

Pompeii's Large Theatre with Nikkor 16mm f/3.5


Pompeii's Large Theatre with Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1250s.
4 vertical shots pano. A FX camera probably would need just 2 shots.
The theatre was built in the 2nd century B.C. and could accommodate ~ 5,000 people seated.



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

asiostygius wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
A macro with the 135 f/2.8 AI and a Vivitar tube whose length I don't recall...



Beautiful capture!



Curtis, you have returned to the forum with renewed energy. Your close-up work with the tubes and flowers is outstanding.



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

asiostygius wrote:
georgms wrote:
A quick grab from this morning:

16/3.5Ai at f/16, D700


Georg, you and John are masters of shots of the sun with the 16/3.5!



+1 Georg. Nice work.



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

No flowers or sun here. Just another cloudy winter day. Tried something different. This is quite abstract. What do you think? Better yet, what do you see? Taken with the 50 1.4 ais at f2.8, at minimum focus distance. Thanks for looking.
Scott



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

mp356 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
That was with the 135 f/2.8 AI that got VERY little use on that trip and didn't make a subsequent trip. Of course, I discovered it is an excellent lens with tubes and put it to use that way.

I'll post the windmills shot for those newcomers who weren't around back then... two and a half years ago... amazing we've been at this so long...

Rain started to fall only moments after this was shot.



Very nice Curtis. Good to see this again. Where is our friend Renie?


I had a long Skype conversation with her this afternoon. She has been very busy at work as well as immersed in her choral music. She is part of a large chorus in Rotterdam as well as a chamber choir drawn from the chorus. They do some adventurous music and it demands a fair amount of study to prepare. I expect we'll see her again at some point.



sbarricklow
Registered: Jan 14, 2003
Total Posts: 2132
Country: United States

Front yard daffodils using a 50 mm f1.2 with a PK-13 extension tube for the first image, and the 50 mm f1.2, wide open for the second image.



montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
Total Posts: 4717
Country: United States

Me and my shadow...

Monty



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