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MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Reagan wrote:
^^^^^^^^^^^^

Fantastic

Thanks, Reagan

I agree Mike that's a terrific shot!



mike-in-ak
Registered: Jan 09, 2013
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I'm thinkin' I will be selling the 24mm and 28mm /2 AI and a 35mm /1.4 Non-AI. The 35 is redundant, I have a factory AI'd version and the 24 and 28 have to be stopped down to /4 to get rid of the flare around the stars and planets.

I will replace the 24 with a Nikkor 20mm 2.8 AF-D and use it for Aurora and Real Estate work. It will give me a 90 FOV plus will work with speedlights for interiors.

No I won't be parting with the Noct. It's only shortcoming is that it is 58mm.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Some fun on a rainy day. In between down pours I put the 105mm 2.5 P on my D600. I was really surprised how much I like this lens on full frame. It has gone from a lens I was never too fussy about to one I really enjoy using. The only downside is that I wish it focused closer. I guess I now I really understand Curtis and his tubes







saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Ray, nice flowers and butterfly on a rainy day! Its raining here too, but no flowers yet, although the cherry blossoms are somewhere around the corner And looks like fun St. Patty's day entertainment.

Mike in Alaska, your northern lights photos have been terrific.

Reagan, your first OOF picture has neat bokeh.

Chin, very cute. Don't think my cats will go for that, treat or no treat

Tony, very nice Nikki set. The graffiti-pano and the bicyclist are my favorites.

Alan, very cute pictures, and you are in for a some busy times

Jose, thanks for posting the links to the history to go along with your excellent series from Pompeii!

Sam, great captures of the comet.

Ronny, very nice work with the 180, seems you and the lens are quite a team.

Peter, very nice pano.

Curtis, cool new aqcuisition. I find the 35mm a very convenient general walkaround FL.

Scott, I will step carefully, they are sure sensitive I actually lived in Atlanta a couple years and enjoyed the city and the state of Georgia.

Rafael, good story and a tale of caution. I am paranoid about my camera strap hanging over an edge and getting yanked down to the floor. I do set my cameras for autocleaning on startup. I do have a spot or two that I have been too lazy to clean.

Leighton and Laura, hope both of you feel better very soon.

Samy



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Love your close work with the D600 Ray. I'm not surprised that you'd find a new relationship with the 105 not that you're shooting FX. I own four lenses at that focal length, at least in part because I love it so much. Of course, NMFAS which has been much discussed of late, probably had something to do with it...

I visited a friend his morning and saw these flowers as I was leaving. I had to walk to my car to pick up my camera so I could take a few shots. I mounted the 135 f/2 AI-s, first with the PK-13 extension. I later took the tube off. Here are two perspectives of these flowers.


Shot with the PK-13 extension tube at f/8.


Shot without tubes at f/2.8.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Great work with Nikki Tony. As I reflect back on all the outstanding photos contributed to this thread by those who've spent time with our Australian sweetheart I feel a bit daunted. Interestingly, I mentioned that she will visiting the San Francisco Bay Area shortly. My friend a few days later gave me a roundtrip ticket for the Larkspur-San Francisco ferry. I mentioned that I wanted to spend some time in the city and she thought this might a great way to do that. I've never taken this ferry, so Nikki is inspiring me as well. Hopefully, I'll find something along the way of interest...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Mike your Aurora Borealis photos are breathtaking. You honor us by sharing them on this thread. That they were taken with the wonderful MF Nikkors we're celebrating here is inspiring. You mention modifying your kit, selling a couple of MF lenses and adding the 20 f/2.8D. I wonder it you can't get where you want to go with the 20 f/2.8 AI-s. I ask selfishly, because the MF lens would permit you to continue sharing these images, but the AF lens doesn't. I imagine you have your reasons. If you're using it for real estate work there may be some appeal to having AF.

Keep em coming Mike...



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Some fun on a rainy day. In between down pours I put the 105mm 2.5 P on my D600. I was really surprised how much I like this lens on full frame. It has gone from a lens I was never too fussy about to one I really enjoy using. The only downside is that I wish it focused closer. I guess I now I really understand Curtis and his tubes





Great stuff Ray! You are doing wonderful work with the D600.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Thank you Samy, Curtis and Scott



MDoc9523
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CGrindahl wrote:

Love your close work with the D600 Ray. I'm not surprised that you'd find a new relationship with the 105 not that you're shooting FX. I own four lenses at that focal length, at least in part because I love it so much. Of course, NMFAS which has been much discussed of late, probably had something to do with it...

I visited a friend his morning and saw these flowers as I was leaving. I had to walk to my car to pick up my camera so I could take a few shots. I mounted the 135 f/2 AI-s, first with the PK-13 extension. I later took the tube off. Here are two perspectives of these flowers.






What a sharp and colorful shot - amazing!


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Anyone looking for a bit of reach, there is a 600mm 5.6 Ai on the BS board.



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
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Thanks guys, the other dogs actually Oolongs elder sister (wife says the eyes are a dead giveaway ).
We borrowed her from her owners for half a day, going to the beach and such (AF only sorry)
Shes a lil shy, and took her a bit to warm up to us naturally, foreign environment and alien handlers
But she recognises my wife, so followed the sound of her voice to look at the camera
Treats came later



mike-in-ak
Registered: Jan 09, 2013
Total Posts: 223
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Mike your Aurora Borealis photos are breathtaking. You honor us by sharing them on this thread. That they were taken with the wonderful MF Nikkors we're celebrating here is inspiring. You mention modifying your kit, selling a couple of MF lenses and adding the 20 f/2.8D. I wonder it you can't get where you want to go with the 20 f/2.8 AI-s. I ask selfishly, because the MF lens would permit you to continue sharing these images, but the AF lens doesn't. I imagine you have your reasons. If you're using it for real estate work there may be some appeal to having AF.

Keep em coming Mike...


I have not dug into the optical formula differences if any between the 20mm AIS, AF, and the AF-D. I use speedlights in i-TTL so the AF-D would be the best choice there. I do prefer to use AI, AIS lenses for the cold night work as I don't feel too bad when they frost over at -35. The 24mm and 28mm and 35mm all have nasty distortion wide open that forces me to give up 2 stops to get pin point stars. Only the Noct is relatively distortion free at /1.2

I still have boat loads of MF Nikkors but I would be posting fewer Aurora shots.



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
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I don't even know where to begin with comments, there have been so many good shots! Jose's continuing Pompeii series, Ray rocking the D600 and Mike's beautiful aurora borealis shots were some of the standouts.

Tony



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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BRAVO. deserves another peek!

mike-in-ak wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Mike, can't get enough of the lights but just my 2 cents. I think they would look better without the borders

Reagan


Some like frames, some don't. Can't please everyone.

Here's one just for you.










NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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VERY CUTE!

mp356 wrote:
Zichar wrote:
Sorry Ben, was busy over the weekend, couldn't put the 45 through the paces
Here's one from Sunday afternoon...

Seeing double



beverage family (CKC_9390) by Zichar, on Flickr



Nicely done Chin. Were there treats just off camera?


kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4677
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Some of my early results with the Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8. Most of these are at 5.6.


DSC_7022 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


DSC_7028 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


DSC_7036 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


DSC_7019 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

A bonus shot from the Series E 50mm... Played around with this one. I like how it turned out, what do you all think?


DSC_7044 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Really nice shots, Kev, and that last one really looks like a period piece.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
Really nice shots, Kev, and that last one really looks like a period piece.

+1 I agree whole heartily!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8402
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Thought the weather here in Seattle has been somewhat cooperating, my schedule has not, so I've missed a bunch of shooting opportunities both during the day and night time.

Managed to stuff the 400/5.6 ED AI in my camera bag along with my laptop down at the beach the other day. CPL on and hand held, thus the ISO. Nothing super interesting, but at least it's something!

John



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