Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4449
Country: United States

raboof wrote:
Mark, I really like "The Whole of The Thing" and the one from the bus.


+1 Mark. Thank you for the tower images. Philippe is probably cringing at seeing this tourist icon.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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CGrindahl wrote:
I took my own advice and shot a few photos yesterday with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd and the PN-11 52.5mm extension tube attached. Not much working room with that combination, and, of course, as with tubes generally, the focal plane becomes razor thin, even when stopped down a bit.




Rust! You gotta love rust!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4449
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asiostygius wrote:
NiXer, killer set with one lens never or rarely seen here.
I liked the most the first 3. What light did you use?
Please, keep more shots with this lens coming.


+1 NiXer. Nicely done.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4449
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Here's another pano of my hometown - this time shot from another church-spire ;-)

6 vertical shots with a 105/1.8 stitched in PS CS6


Georg, wonderful detail and tones.
Scott



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1139
Country: United States

Laura, thanks for the bookmarking tip. Very handy!

Nice pano of your hometown, Georg.

Tony, good report on your wife after the fall, phew!

Peter, the cold is much more miserable than the snow. In fact, as dull brown and grey as winter typically is, I welcome snow and try to get out in it as it provides some color. Kinda hard to hold the camera steady when I try to stop briefly and shoot while on cross country skis.

Leighton, Jose, Scott, Jose, Georg, Jeff, appreciate the kind words on the brick home shot.

Ray



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3142
Country: United States

OK folks... I had enough people wonder what the hood ornament shot would look like in B/W. Since the Dodge is really old, I tried to give the conversion a feel like it was just as old as the truck (sans any scratches in the picture...)

Original:


DSC_4698 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

B/W:


DSC_4698bw by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Taken with the Series E 50mm, f/1.8. Which should I enter into the contest? Tomorrow is the last day.



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1139
Country: United States

Thanks to everyone that took time to post their take on the various MF Nikkors. My very limited contribution would be as follows (for all of us Cold Stone Creamery fans):

Like it
20 f3.5 AI - nice, small light wide, better up close than at long distances, very resistant to flare. But I purchase a beat up copy with a dented filter ring but has clean glass. The slight softness at distance may be a result of the damage to the filter ring knocking something out of alignment just a little, maybe?

Love it
100 f2.8 Series E - good performer, very light and compact mid-tele
200 f4 AI Micro - good performer, love the focusing (the focus ring almost turns all the way around, easy to adjust focus minutely in closeup mode
75-150 f3.5 Series E - this would probably move up a notch if I used it more, but I find myself shooting mostly primes when I pull out MF lenses.

Gotta have it
28 f2.8 AIS - reputation of not sharp in the corners, but I think it's due to a lot of field curvature, when I focus using live view on edge / corner subjects it seems to do fine.
55 f2.8 Micro AIS - sharp and contrasty both up-close and far away
105 f2.5 AIS - everything you've read is true, contrast does improve with some slight stopping down
200 f4 AI - nice compact tele, sharp at f4 but improves in contrast at 5.6 and 8.0. The minimum focus distance is a little long compared to today's tele-zooms, but it seems to stay an honest 200mm at minimum focus.

Temptations from this crazy thread
16 f3.5 - can't justify the going price for as often as I'd use it
Any of the faster glass (105 f1.8, 135 f2, 85 f1.8/2.0, 50 f1.2, 35 f1.4) - though price and frequency of use would make it hard to justify for me
25-50 though John's comments would make me think twice.
50-135 based strictly on what I've read around here

And finally opinions on previously owned and sold when reconfiguring my lens arsenal.
135 Series E - never quite warmed to this lens, probably because I shot the 75-150 more back then
28-50f3.5 AIS - nice sharp lens, the shape of OOF highlights bothered me at times, but I would probably pick one up again if the price was right. I paired this with the 75-150 for good IQ with manageable weight and size, similar filter size, and good optics in my film days.
28 f2.0 AIS - definitely regret selling this one, but I would have a tough time picking this today over the 28G
55 f3.5 AI Micro - loved it, now I have the 2.8 and I think they perform similarly (from memory).



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

Kevin - color!



niXer
Registered: Oct 06, 2010
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Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
NiXer, killer set with one lens never or rarely seen here.
I liked the most the first 3. What light did you use?
Please, keep more shots with this lens coming.


The Medical-Nikkor is unique because it has a built in ring-light. What is kind of a downer though is you need a power-supply for it and unfortunately I have the AC unit which means I'm tethered to a power outlet. There is a DC Unit but requires 8 D batteries and is harder to find. I know there are some on eBay but I already spent a lot on the lens itself I need to regroup my money!

MDoc9523 wrote:
Nixer I think those are the first shots I have seen using the medical lens - very nice!


Thanks

Foggy14 wrote:

nixer, nice set with the Med-Nikkor!


Thanks

mp356 wrote:
+1 NiXer. Nicely done.


Thanks

georgms wrote:
niXer - amazing work with the rare Medical-Nikkor! Would love to hear how this lens works with a recent DSLR.


It actually works great with my D3. Though I wish I had a D4 or D800E. Being able to do 50 ISO would help out a lot.

And in the case of the D800E... I can imagine the pictures at 100%.



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1137
Country: United States

I've been having fun playing around with a 1.8 ND filter. Here's a long exposure pier shot taken with the 28mm 2.8 with a high key b&w conversion. Cheers, Jeff.



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
Total Posts: 4469
Country: United States

Gorgeous!

Foggy14 wrote:





I've been having fun playing around with a 1.8 ND filter. Here's a long exposure pier shot taken with the 28mm 2.8 with a high key b&w conversion. Cheers, Jeff.

Edit...weird...how you doing your frames, Jeff?


CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13636
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
Pburke, thanks for the tips and the professional "lens porn" shots; you have a nice collection;
but remember the motto over here: "kit building is forever"


I know... my wish list is growing the more often I come here. I hope the following lenses will join my kit eventually

80-200 f4.5
16mm f3.5
50mm f1.2
180mm f2.8
35mm f1.4
500mm f4


That would make for a very sweet kit. The only lens in that list missing from mine is the last one, which has tickled my fancy on more than one occasion. I love what I've seen from that lens on this thread. The problem for me is that I don't tend to shoot long and this lens comes with a rather hefty price take, unlike the 300 and 400mm lenses already in my kit. It also calls for use of a tripod, which up until now I've avoided acquiring. I'll never say never, but I will always enjoy work from those folks using that and other long lenses. I'll leave the birding to Jose and Samy...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13636
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Jeff, that is a stunner. I love this kind of shot. My guess is there would be a market for a shot like this, if you feel so inclined to license your work. Gorgeous.



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1137
Country: United States

Thanks for the comment Jim!

I've been using the frames from the pulldown menu when I upload on the site. Not sure why they dropped when you quoted my post.



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1137
Country: United States

Thanks Curtis, I really appreciate your comments!



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS, handheld, also, I used a 5500K lightbulb, with WB set to about 5500K! I used LR4 pre sets on the non original ones!
#1

original photo Americo.Rodriguez 2013 by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr


#3

Americo.Rodriguez 2013-2 by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr

#5
Americo.Rodriguez 2013 by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr

#7

Americo.Rodriguez 2013-4 by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2155
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
pburke wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
Pburke, thanks for the tips and the professional "lens porn" shots; you have a nice collection;
but remember the motto over here: "kit building is forever"


I know... my wish list is growing the more often I come here. I hope the following lenses will join my kit eventually

80-200 f4.5
16mm f3.5
50mm f1.2
180mm f2.8
35mm f1.4
500mm f4


That would make for a very sweet kit. The only lens in that list missing from mine is the last one, which has tickled my fancy on more than one occasion. I love what I've seen from that lens on this thread. The problem for me is that I don't tend to shoot long and this lens comes with a rather hefty price take, unlike the 300 and 400mm lenses already in my kit. It also calls for use of a tripod, which up until now I've avoided acquiring. I'll never say never, but I will always enjoy work from those folks using that and other long lenses. I'll leave the birding to Jose and Samy...


The 500 f/4p is absolutely hand-holdable, unless you plan to to use it for macro shots . I shot the Canon 600 f4 handheld at times and that lens is twice as heavy. The 500mm Nikon comes in closer to a 300 f2.8 in weight. It was about the only long lens on the Nikon side I coveted at the time, mostly because you can handhold it so well. It's barely 7 pounds. It has held its value quite well over all those years, which is why it probably will be the last lens on that list I will ever purchase, if ever. Shooting a 300 f2.8 with a 1.4x is close to the same thing and that can be found for about half the price of the 500.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3142
Country: United States

Having an 80-200mm f/4.5, it's an amazing lens. Although counter intuitive, I have taken 200mm shots at f/4.5 hand held at 1/40 sec on my D7000. It seems very well balanced and is beautifully sharp for a zoom.

Speaking of that lens, mine has some messed up filter threads. Any idea how to fix?



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States


Original Americo.Rodriguez 2013-133 by aNikkorGuy, on Flickr



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1425
Country: Australia

James Markus wrote:
Gorgeous!

Foggy14 wrote:
hg
I've been having fun playing around with a 1.8 ND filter. Here's a long exposure pier shot taken with the 28mm 2.8 with a high key b&w conversion. Cheers, Jeff.


Edit...weird...how you doing your frames, Jeff?



+1 wonderful Jeff

ben



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