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kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
So... after many days of procrastinating, I did my laundry this afternoon. Guess what that means? Bicycle photos... and a few other things as well. These were taken with the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd I bought for myself after buying one for Rinie, who'd already had a spin with Nikki and found herself enjoying the focal length. I've always liked 85mm and at the moment have four primes at that length, three of which are MF. But I wasn't successful finding an H.C. and so we both settled for the older version. It certainly is a fine performer. I'm happy to have it in my kit.



Another great series Curtis. Hope you weren't stuck at the laundry all day!

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
Curtis, the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo Photo shows you were an early DSLR nikkor MF user.

Cadman, great kit for your new D800E, did you receive them all?

Peter, Keurboomstrand looks very nice indeed, your D200 photos have a beautiful yo-no-se-que

Ronny, you have the most beautiful dog in the world, or your photos make it look so

Ron, did you get the TC16A to work? I tried with mine but gave up and bought and already modified one, very useful for sunlit shots with long lenses. Envy your 200-400 4.0

Philippe the Maja painting photo is Maja-estic! and the B&W juxtaposition mind expanding

Leighton, beautiful cemetery, can't say I saw one with a Barn before

Jose, thank you for bringing Pompei back to life for us, did you go to Herculaneum?

Chin, film still exists? you make it live!

Nice Sunsets Sam

Tony great sky in your Lake Skinner panoramas

Mark is knowledgeable about coffe planting altitute and mail order roman empire mosaics!

Rusty Chuong, haunting cemetery tree, Leighton responded and so do I below with a haunting tree of my own

Ben, your dissertation about the look from different lenses is right on. I post below a photo with the 20mm UD fully open in celebration


My haunted tree response 16mm 3.5


nikon nikkor 16mm 3.5 at 11 D800 Coatepeque Lake driveway by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Back home on a rainy day, 20mm UD at 3.5, this will ruin my reviewer reputation but my copy of the UD is sharpest at 3.5, loses sharpness at 5.6 and kind of matched 3.5 at 8.0 with more even illumination.



Love the B&W white Rafael!

–Tony



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

Last year Amazing Grace music store was torn down to make way for a park. George Lucas lives in the neighborhood and decided to buy the property with its very dilapidated building. He paid for the demolition but more importantly for the shop owner, he bought an adjacent commercial building and did a rather elaborate remodel and the store moved. I visited the old store and took photos I posted on this thread. Today I went back and they were happy to let me take photos. I was most interested in bokeh play with the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd. Below are a few shots... And here is a link to the store.

http://www.amazinggracemusicmarin.com/home.html




And one shot at f/4.



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
kings_freak wrote:
Thank you for all the comments on my first Nikki series!

I just received my 16mm ƒ3.5 (that was fast!) and my first thought was that he sent me the wrong lens! I don't know what I was envisioning, but I thought it would be much bigger. I am actually quite happy with it's size. It will make it easier to pack it in the bag and walking around will be no problem. It will get a nice workout tomorrow when I take it and Nikki to the Temecula Rod Run. Should be a pretty day here with cloudy skies and in the mid 60's.

–Tony



Tony, you will be happy with this lens, but do not trust the lens cap, it will come off in your bag and ruin the glass, this was posted before,

quote]rafaelcasd wrote:
A word of advice from my own experience, I have long worried about my 16mm fisheyes, their caps are near useless, cannot keep the lenses on the camera or in a camera bag unless you are actually using it. I started using bubbles with the cap on the lens, but after an incident where the cap came loose within the bubble now I keep it and carry it in camera bags in the Nikon bubble with no caps.

This is what I mean:


These bubbles can be found on ebay for $15 to $20 in good condition, it need not be pretty, do clean the bubble prior to use as it will be dusty after all those years. Make sure your lens bayonets into the bubble tightly, some are worn in the base mount.


nikon nikkor 16mm 3.5 in buble with 55mm 3.5 D3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Thanks for the info on the bubbles Rafael. They do seem very protective, but like John, I like to carry light when possible. The bags he linked to look perfect and not too expensive. It's funny, but at the rod run today they were handing out free beer cozys. The 16mm fit perfectly in it! It just doesn't have a drawstring to close the top, but for free, I thought it a decent solution. I will have to take a picture of it later.

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

NightOwl Cat wrote:
been on the gogo all day, just got home and wanted to post these before I went to sleep so Leighton could see one of them for sure

First two, I'm torn which I like, the first or the second. The 55 is how many years they've been broadcasting, but I also like the bokeh of the second.


I like the separation of the second one. Too bad they couldn't incorporate the 55 years in the sign in front.

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

bruni wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Ben, thou dost protest too much. If you believe that Todd was pulling one over on us, you're free to do your own comparison. Todd was a bit irascible but he was certainly a forthright fellow. I believe he took the photos posted with the lenses he mentioned and processed them minimally and folks couldn't distinguish the Zeiss from the Nikkors. Whatever the secret sauce is that you believe is evident with the Ziess lens wasn't apparent to quite a few folks who use the lens. That was one reason I had to smile.

I don't know if you own the Zeiss 100, but you can likely get your hands on one. Do a comparison with one of the 105s and post it in the Nikon forum and see what folks have to say. The proof is in the pudding...

Todd's was pretty tasty...



lol Curtis - don't go amateur psych on me - yes I do have the 100MP and there ain't no way it looks anything like the nikkor - I'm not saying better - just nothing like.

went out today cause I felt guilty about not taking any pics for weeks. don't know how Sydney ever got a reputation for being sunny - it never shines - never.

And Sydney's overrun with Americans at the moment - yank accents everywhere - first I cop it on here and then out in the streets...yikes!!

ben


saturday - nikon24mmPCE by benmorgan28, on Flickr



That first one is awesome Ben!

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Zichar wrote:
That's a wonderful self-portrait, Tony. Love the soft light and dark bg

Laura, love the goat photo. Was this with the 200/2? I can see the hairs yet the background's all creamy, fantastic

>>

I've another of the 'cross', this time from the other end of the airwell



that you gave to me (Roll 4668 005) by Zichar, on Flickr


I like this version better. Cool building.

–Tony


kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

rankamateur wrote:
I am wandering looking for signs of spring. Has to be spring doesn't it. We are turning the clocks ahead tonight. Has to be spring. 50-135mm trying out the Macro mode(so they call it anyway). 100% Crop

Yeah, that is pretty much what my area looks like too! I have to drive a little bit to see some color.

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
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Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
A bit of bokeh play yesterday with the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd at f/2. That is my car blurred on the right. My laundry is still in the wash cycle in a building on the left...


Six loads...


I think ALL of your lenses are stuck wide open!

Oooh ƒ2! You better watch out, that lens diffraction is gonna start creeping in!!

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
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Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
As I am an incorrigible birder, a little bit of birding at Pompeii's Forum .
An improbable lens and a unusual environment for birding (a storage room for terracota dolia found in the excavations):


D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai, ISO 1600, f/5.6 at 1/1600s. >~50% cropped. It looks like a female House Sparrow.



On a stone block with Nikki's daughter wide open + TC16A:


A little birding at Pompeii Forum 2 by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai'd + TC16A (=136mm f/2.8), ISO 320, wide open at 1/4000s. ~50% cropped. It looks like a female House Sparrow.
I think this is not bad for a wide open 40 years old lens + the overlooked TC16A.

Not bad? I think it looks great! I had a question though. With the DX body and the TC16A, wouldn't it equal 204mm?

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
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rafaelcasd wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :



Philippe, you are an artist, on the other hand how could I compete with a Paris opera here in Escondido................

Paris, Pompei, Ephesus, I give up!
(Or maybe I should move)

+1000! Both as Philippe being an artist and that we having nothing in out area to compete with, settings wise.

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
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Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Some images from this week - but nothing really personal:



portrait of a friendly ceramicist - 24/2Ai at f/4, SB800 in a small softbox from the left, bounced SB800 from the right side

Very nice portrait Georg.

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Thank you all for the comments on my selfie. It was quite a simple shot. I was just sitting in front of the computer and had a lamp on behind me. Did my B&W conversion and done!

Went out to the Rod Run today. It was SO crowded! There was no room to really back up and take shots, let alone have no people in them. Plus, I found that I really didn't like the 85mm focal length for that setting. I pretty much just used the 16mm to play around and get used to it. It is quite a different beast than anything I have shot before. Plus, I don't know how you guys do it, but I couldn't get a decent sunburst for the life of me! I even stopped down to ƒ22 and underexposed by quite a bit, but never got what I wanted. Any advice??

–Tony


Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr


Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr
Actual 75mm shells modified to be used as velocity stacks.


Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr


Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr



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

We are visiting our daughter this weekend in the Land of Coffee and Bicycles
We did some site seeing today
Monty



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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For good sun bursts you need the front/rear elements to be extremely clean and you may need to underexpose a stop or two relative to the sky and then bring up the shadows a commensurate amount.
Plus, if there are any high clouds, no matter how thin, they will not allow sun stars as they will diffuse the image of the sun too much.

I'd also give a look through the lens to make sure it doesn't have dust inside - being such an old lens it might. If it does this will produce a lot of flare which will also prevent nice sun stars.

In your last image the sun stars off the bumper look a bit weird to me - perhaps it's just the chrome finish that is messing things up. I would check the lens to make sure it's clean inside and out.

John



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
For good sun bursts you need the front/rear elements to be extremely clean and you may need to underexpose a stop or two relative to the sky and then bring up the shadows a commensurate amount.
Plus, if there are any high clouds, no matter how thin, they will not allow sun stars as they will diffuse the image of the sun too much.

I'd also give a look through the lens to make sure it doesn't have dust inside - being such an old lens it might. If it does this will produce a lot of flare which will also prevent nice sun stars.

In your last image the sun stars off the bumper look a bit weird to me - perhaps it's just the chrome finish that is messing things up. I would check the lens to make sure it's clean inside and out.

John

Yeah, I definitely underexposed some of the shots, just to try and get the bursts, so I will check the lens for dust. I thought the stars looked weird as well. Thanks for the info, John!

-Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Ok, so after today I realized that I would like a 24mm. I now have the 16mm and my Sigma 35mm ƒ1.4 is on it's way, so I would like something in the middle. Any recommendations on which version? Flare and ghosting are definitely concerns.

–Tony

P.S. I just found this little beauty on the B&S. It's multi-coated and has the scalloped ring that I have grown very fond of since shooting my 55mm SC.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1194310/0#lastmessage



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

That is a beautiful looking lens Tony, though I'm not a fan of lenses that have been converted by cutting down the aperture ring. It will work, but it is hardly an elegant treatment.

The N.C. has enhanced coating, but the pre-AI lenses have a different optical formula than the AI and AI-s lenses. Bjorn Rorslett lumps them all together and gives high praise. Honestly, I don't know whether the change represents an improvement. I do know that the 24 f/2.8 AI-s I own is an excellent performer. I certainly appreciate your feelings about the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd. I love mine enough that I bought six other converted pre-AI lenses. They are a joy.

Good luck. Glad you're having fun.



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

CGrindahl wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :



Philippe, you are an artist, on the other hand how could I compete with a Paris opera here in Escondido................

Paris, Pompei, Ephesus, I give up!
(Or maybe I should move)


When I first posted photos on Trekearth most of the members were from Europe and with their long holidays were heading east to India, Thailand, Japan. I finally gave up and I live just north of San Francisco in a beautiful area. But the glories of Europe and the exotic settings of Southeast Asia offered such delights there wasn't much I could post that measured up.

I've mentioned this before but they did a "treasure hunt" that included a photo of something over a hundred years old. I decided I shouldn't cop out by taking a photo of one of the large redwood trees in Muir Woods that is about ten miles from my home. Instead I went into San Francisco and found what is perhaps the only building over a hundred years old, Mission Dolores. I complained at the time that all the folks from Europe needed to do was turn around and shoot. That said, the competitor in me got me to complete the treasure hunt in first place.

The other big disadvantage we have in this country that our holidays are so short. I tease Rinie over the fact she gets 56 days off every year and also can buy more if she wishes. I think she had over 70 days off last year. She spent nearly three weeks with me that included two weeks in Turkey but before that she took a three week bicycle trip from Rotterdam to Rome. She also had a couple of shorter excursions. If Americans get three weeks off they're fortunate.

So we make the best of what is available to us, occasionally taking excursions to more interesting places, as you did when you took your recent trip south. Doubtless, the key is traveling but that requires both time and money which can be in short supply...


Ok we have nice old stuff in Europe. But my kind of photography is "life" and one can shoot street scenes everywhere in the world.
One of the very best photographer I've ever seen is an american from Boston : http://www.stevemarkphoto.com/
This guy is an artist : I would be very happy with just 10% of his talent (and 2 weeks of vacation in Boston....)



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

Jose , great work from Pompei, these frescoes images are beautiful and very moving
Curtis, I enjoyed the guitar pics, talk about nice bokeh
Georg, wonderful b/w pictures, I especially liked the portrait of the ceramicist

thanks for all the comments on my opera shots!



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