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Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
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Country: United States

Curtis,the bird shots were with the 105 2.5

Reagan



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Reagan wrote:
Curtis,the bird shots were with the 105 2.5

Reagan


Ahh... I still love them. I'm glad you're enjoying the D600. You might stick around for awhile...



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 3107
Country: United States

Yea, I will be here a while. Ray is trying to convince me that I need a 85 1.4 but I really like the 105 and they are awful close in FL

I wasn't sure at first but now I am glad I switched cameras

Reagan



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 930
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
pburke wrote:

I'm waiting for my Chinese Yongnuo remote flash triggers to play with the camera indoors.

got an MF lens question:

20mm f3.5 vs. 20mm f2.8: I read on the Bjørn Rørslett site that he feels my f3.5 version is not very good at infinity. Anyone else can confirm that? I need a good ultra-wide, yet packable lens for landscapes. If there's a distinct difference, I would sell the f3.5 and find me a 2.8.

Peter


Peter, I'd be very interested in what you think about the Yongnuo flash triggers. Give us a little run down once you've had the chance to use them a bit, thanks!

Sorry, I can't help you with the 20mm question.

I have 2 sets of the 603's. I use them along with 2 YN-560 II flashes at my wedding receptions. They sync up to 1/250th, but I will get the occasional black bar. I typically am shouting around 1/125th, so it is never an issue. The batteries last quite awhile and I haven't had any issue with range in the venues. Calumet sells a dome diffuser for the Canon 580 EXII that fits perfectly for $14.

–Tony



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Reagan wrote:
Yea, I will be here a while. Ray is trying to convince me that I need a 85 1.4 but I really like the 105 and they are awful close in FL

I wasn't sure at first but now I am glad I switched cameras

Reagan


Ray wasn't trying to "convince" you to buy the 85mm. I said if you did buy it you would probably sell the 105



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

CGrindahl wrote:
A friend had surgery yesterday in San Francisco. I drove him there very early yesterday and thought it might be fun to take some camera gear. Unfortunately, it was raining yesterday. But today when I picked him up weather was accommodating. Here is a photo folks will remember from last year taken with the 35 f/1.4 AI-s. Tony was kind enough to print a large copy of this though I don't know where I'll hang it. What follows is a shot I took today from approximately the same location with a 28 f/3.5 H AI'd. The early photo had been slightly cropped, but the second has not. The older lens is no slouch.



And with the same lens today, San Francisco from across the Bay with a fishing pier in the foreground. Alcatraz Island is above the pier in the distance.




These are terrific!



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
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Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Yea, I will be here a while. Ray is trying to convince me that I need a 85 1.4 but I really like the 105 and they are awful close in FL

I wasn't sure at first but now I am glad I switched cameras

Reagan


Ray wasn't trying to "convince" you to buy the 85mm. I said if you did buy it you would probably sell the 105



No, I need someone to blame


Reagan



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Beautiful kitty, and beautiful shot.

saph wrote:
Resumed checking out the 35mm f2 OC. Both images wide open. The lens seems plenty sharp centrally at f2. Checking out background rendition too. Haven't had the chance to look at smaller apertures yet.







Great light to work with there, Reagan.

Reagan wrote:
Took the 105 and the 25-50 this morning different location just after sunrise





Reagan



Maybe try the Tudor home again when there's no trash can in front of it, and the cell phone is a Nikon with a Nikon lens attached?

a.RodriguezPix wrote:
a handheld whilst driving, at low speeds, Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS photo, of alocal, and very lovely Tudor style home. I used LR4 to adjust color to my liking, keep in mind, my monitor is uncalibrated, i am color blind, and i have very low processing skills! I like the colored one better, because it shows what people of yore saw as well, despite color photography possibly not being available at their times. However, the B&W's are nice as well, sadly, they need a better processor! the odd number 7, is a cellphone photo of my home




Hi ddog, I think you'll like the D700. I've got it, along with a D3, and a couple D300s', D1h's, a D200, and a D1x, that I use for MF lenses, depending on my mood.

designdog wrote:
Just an update to thank you guys again for your guidance. Really wanted to go with the D600, but everywhere I looked I saw oil/dust and Nikon's aversion of the issue. Just did not want to go through the hassle.

So my little-used (under 1k actuations) D700 will be here early next week. Interesting that my ONLY lenses for it are Nikon MF, at this point. I had all of the best Canon zooms with my 7D, and frankly got bored with them. The X Pro1 or X100 will remain my travel cameras, but I envision the D700, with the 28 2.8 and 50 1.2 getting around as well.

I actually own no zoom lenses at this point.

I will post some photos here when I get some experience. Thanks again!


Then again, maybe not, since one's a lot lighter than the other, and fits easily in a pocket. BOTH are fun to have.

MDoc9523 wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Yea, I will be here a while. Ray is trying to convince me that I need a 85 1.4 but I really like the 105 and they are awful close in FL

I wasn't sure at first but now I am glad I switched cameras

Reagan


Ray wasn't trying to "convince" you to buy the 85mm. I said if you did buy it you would probably sell the 105



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



Maybe try the Tudor home again when there's no trash can in front of it, and the cell phone is a Nikon with a Nikon lens attached?

a.RodriguezPix wrote:


That is exactly how i felt, however, i cannot control Destini. the cell pic was for fun and to show mine own beauty 1952 built modern styled home, the insided is ladened with wood, floors, and lofty ceiling, however we picked up before the down turn, so our pirce $220k at 6% was a doozy, cest la vie.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2678
Country: Brazil

saph wrote:
Ray, beautiful scene with the 35 1.4! Americo, nice pics, especially the kids, and good to see your daughter doing well.

Leighton, if polydactyl means too many claws I don't think so, although I should check again, maybe that's why there's so many scratches on furniture

Not too many ideas on what to do next since its the usual cold and wet outside, so I tried a comparison of the four normal lenses for wide open bokeh. Had been thinking about that test since Georg demoed that wonderful picture of the girl in the front and other kids out of focus in the back. I was going to line up some cat food cans at first, but they eat so much only a couple were left

Here's the 50 F2 HC, 50 1.4S, 50 1.2 AIS and the 55 1.2S from top to bottom..







NIKON D800 55 mm f/1.2 1/125 sec 400 ISO 0.0 EV


Fantastic test Samy. Thanks for sharing.
I think the 55/1.2 is the best, slightly better than the 50/1.2, but it is just MHO.


Paul Gabel
Registered: Jun 17, 2012
Total Posts: 320
Country: Netherlands

Been busy for a while, but I have seen a tremendous amount of awesome pictures on the thread, and many new people joining in. Welcome!
This week I went to a concert by Lonnie Liston Smith, a 72-year-old jazz musician who was persuaded to return from retirement by a band of enthousiastic young and very talented musicians.
Here are a few pictures, taken with the 135mm f2.0 ais and 180mm f2.8 ais on a D700:


_PG23940 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG23976 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG23988 by Apapa56, on Flickr


_PG24167 by Apapa56, on Flickr

Paul





CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13335
Country: United States

Reagan wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Yea, I will be here a while. Ray is trying to convince me that I need a 85 1.4 but I really like the 105 and they are awful close in FL

I wasn't sure at first but now I am glad I switched cameras

Reagan


Ray wasn't trying to "convince" you to buy the 85mm. I said if you did buy it you would probably sell the 105



No, I need someone to blame


Reagan


I was a huge fan of the 85 when shooting Canon. The EF 85 f/1.2L was my favorite lens by far. When I came to Nikon one of the first lenses I bought was the 85 f/1.4D which I still own. It was some time before I picked up the 85 f/1.4 AI-s and by that time I'd discovered the pleasure of shooting with a 105. I started with the f/2.5 AI-s, then the f/1.8 AI-s and subsequently I added the f/2.5 P AI'd and the f/2.5 P.C. AI'd. The 85 f/1.4 AI-s is a wonderful lens but I don't intend to sell ANY of the 105mm lenses. Of course, I don't intend to sell the 85 f/2 AI-s either.

Ray is right, of course, that the 85 f/1.4 AI-s is a wonderful lens. If the spirit moves you Reagan, it would be a nice addition to your kit. Of course, it is not a cheap lens. You could add the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF for half the price of the 85. Actually, the possibilities are rather endless when it comes to these fine MF lenses...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13335
Country: United States

Wonderful set Paul. It seems you had the perfect lenses for this setting and both performed beautifully. Nicely done.



montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
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Country: United States

Paul Gabel wrote:
Been busy for a while, but I have seen a tremendous amount of awesome pictures on the thread, and many new people joining in. Welcome!
This week I went to a concert by Lonnie Liston Smith, a 72-year-old jazz musician who was persuaded to return from retirement by a band of enthousiastic young and very talented musicians.
Here are a few pictures, taken with the 135mm f2.0 ais and 180mm f2.8 ais on a D700:


Paul





Beautiful images Paul!
Superb work!





asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2678
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
Wonderful set Paul. It seems you had the perfect lenses for this setting and both performed beautifully. Nicely done.



+1
Terrific set Paul!



Paul Gabel
Registered: Jun 17, 2012
Total Posts: 320
Country: Netherlands

CGrindahl wrote:
Wonderful set Paul. It seems you had the perfect lenses for this setting and both performed beautifully. Nicely done.


Thank you Curtis. The 50mm 1.8 ais pancake came in handy as well, for this 11-shot panorama:


LonnieListonSmith-pano2 by Apapa56, on Flickr



Paul Gabel
Registered: Jun 17, 2012
Total Posts: 320
Country: Netherlands

montym wrote:
Paul Gabel wrote:
Been busy for a while, but I have seen a tremendous amount of awesome pictures on the thread, and many new people joining in. Welcome!
This week I went to a concert by Lonnie Liston Smith, a 72-year-old jazz musician who was persuaded to return from retirement by a band of enthousiastic young and very talented musicians.
Here are a few pictures, taken with the 135mm f2.0 ais and 180mm f2.8 ais on a D700:


Paul





Beautiful images Paul!
Superb work!





So glad you're still lurking around, Monty! I'm pretty sure I would have had a lot more keepers with my AF-S G 70-200/2.8 vrII, but using the manual focus primes is such a fine challenge. Now I am considering moving from a D700 to a D600 or D800. How are your experiences, going from a D600 to a D800?

Paul



Paul Gabel
Registered: Jun 17, 2012
Total Posts: 320
Country: Netherlands

Two more:


_PG23922 by Apapa56, on Flickr
180mm 2.8 ais at f4


_PG24247 by Apapa56, on Flickr
135mm 2.0 ais at 2.8



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3051
Country: United States

Curtis, love the shots of San Francisco. Your b/w conversions are what I hope to be able to do some day soon. Would love to talk with you about your post prossessing.



digitalthump
Registered: May 29, 2009
Total Posts: 202
Country: United States

I've been visiting this forum on and off for some time and decided it was time to post something. The first two images were taken this past June in the South Dakota Badlands with a 24/2.8 AIS, both are single image crops. The second two are of my cat Sargent and they were taken with a 105/2.5 AIS w/o, I love this lens!



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