Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8403
Country: United States

saph wrote:
John, great comparison, and interesting to see the new 400 zoom struggling against the old MF 400 5.6. The zoom may be still worthwhile for something like BIF, airshows etc. where corners are less relevant and the AF is an asset. The VR issue is interesting though, so does the image not settle down in the viewfinder? In my now gone Sigma 150-500, the OS never completely stabilized and I could see the image shake. This does show though what we have all been experiencing on this thread, that the older MF Nikons hold their own pretty well despite all the advances in technology.



Yes, the VR just never seemed to be rock steady like my 70-200/4 + TC20EIII which seems astoundingly steady even compared to my 70-200/2.8 VRII.

Yes those corners are important to me because I tend to use my 400mm for landscape-type shots.
Unfortunately I was using the store display copy of the new 80-400 and hence could not do a proper comparison on a tripod, etc. Perhaps on a similar sunny day I'll haul my 70-200/4 and 70-200/2.8 + TC20EIII to the store and try it again.

- John



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

jhinkey wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Jose another great set but this one really shines!


+1

Is that Vesuvius in the background?

Interesting reading via Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompeii

FYI Jose - My one daughter and I just spend the last 1/2 hour going through your Pompeii images and she loved them! She knows a lot about all the Greek and Roman gods and really liked seeing the paintings.



Thank you John. Yes, it is the Vesuvius which I visited some days after this shot.
I am glad you and your daughter enjoyed the photos!! For an easier view my flicker set is here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjEeE47q

The Pompeii sets are almost finishing but next week I will post Herculaneum and then Vesuvius images and at last some from ancient Rome.

Thanks for the link.
I have found this one also very interesting and with a lot of photos:
https://sites.google.com/site/ad79eruption/home



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5060
Country: Sweden

Great shot Mark Curtis Jose Roland

Same testshot with 180 ai-s and Tc-200

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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

That looks great Ronny.



rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 877
Country: United States

Maybe spring is finally coming here. All I have seen is the usual feeder birds that are around all year until today when I spotted this Mockingbird hiding in the thicket. 80-200 4.5 C Auto



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

Ronny and Ron, lovely bird shots.

Ron, I bet a stupid AF lens would focus the twig



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5060
Country: Sweden

Thanks Jose and Ray
Great shot Ron

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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

asiostygius wrote:
Ronny and Ron, lovely bird shots.

Ron, I bet a stupid AF lens will focus the twig


I agree. Great shot Ron.



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

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks Jose and Ray
Great shot Ron

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Wow Ronny, great eye detail and your self portrait at the same time.



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

Thanks Dean (yes, I visited the Napoli Museum, but no bag was allowed, only a camera + one lens, so I used my 24-120/4 VR (shame on me! ), Scott, Samy, Ray, Ronny and Leighton (I would like too to be there at the "magic hours", but at February the town is open just between 9am to 5pm), for the comments.


Almost the end of Pompeii series, some more from the Forum where there are the remnants of the Temple of Jupiter:


Temple of Jupiter, Pompeii by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/1000s. ~15% cropped. I used here a polarizer filter effect at PP, perhaps overdone.




Detail of the top of the tallest (more intact) column at the Temple of Jupiter:


Detail of column at the Temple of Jupiter, Pompeii by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + TC16A + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai's [= 136mm f/2.8] hand held, ISO 320, f5.6 at 1/2500s. ~35% cropped.




A closer view of Jupiter's head at his temple:


_D7K_20130217_1404_01-web-20-pc-crop by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + TC16A + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai's [= 136mm f/2.8] hand held, ISO 320, f2.8 at 1/2500s. ~20% cropped.
I think this is another example showing that this old lens even wide open + TC is no slouch.



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

Just to let you know, and perhaps to wake up your NMFAS
Yesterday I found this Nikkor-O.C. (multicoated) 35m f/2 announced as a f/2.8 (??) at a ridiculously low initial bid price. Perhaps most people are avoiding the auction thinking this is a f/2.8, not a f/2. I suppose final bid will be low.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111034779676?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Unfortunately the seller dos not send it to Brazil
I would be happy upgrading my current O version

As I think you guys may be interested in a new lens to your collection or at least as a upgrade to your current 35/2 O version (not multicoated) , this can be a good opportunity. Just playing the hole of devil's adjutant



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8403
Country: United States

I seem to be on a buying spree as I just bough Chuong's 20/3.5 and Don's 45/2.8 AI-P

Still missing that 500/4 AI-P, but that'll be a big decision to make and some glass will have to be sold for that to happen (and my wife equally treated in kind in some way)



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1471
Country: United States

Happy weekend gang!

Peter, the "Masked Weaver Nest" with the 500mm reflex is a very nice composition.

Curtis, gorgeous bokeh shots with Nikki and I love the "Dog Walker."

Ron, beautiful shots with the 50-130mm.

Thanks for the comment Jose. The Temple of Apollo photos are terrific.

Roland, really nice images.

Ronny, great "self portrait" with the 135mm.

Mark, "From Winter to Spring" is a very cool shot with a great perspective. After seeing so many great snow shots on the thread from you, Leighton, John, Laura, Scott and others I was kinda hoping for two more months of winter.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

Foggy14 wrote:
Happy weekend gang!

Mark, "From Winter to Spring" is a very cool shot with a great perspective. After seeing so many great snow shots on the thread from you, Leighton, John, Laura, Scott and others I was kinda hoping for two more months of winter.



Don't wish that on us Jeff. We are looking for some warmer weather for sure!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks Jose and Ray
Great shot Ron

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Wow Ronny, great eye detail and your self portrait at the same time.


+1 Ronny. Nice close-up.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Just because you fall asleep when sitting quietly Reagan doesn't mean everyone does...

Today I visited Green Gulch Zen Center above Mill Valley on the opposite side of Mount Tamalpais from where I live to continue my introduction to the spiritual side of Marin County. I think Nikki is having a good time. Here are a couple of shots from the garden area. Since I can't resist flower shots I'll start there.


The statue is of Quan Yin, a feminine embodiment of compassion.


I like the composition of this one and how the light is falling on the subject, well done!


+1 Curtis. Great composition.



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

jhinkey wrote:
And a few more from the center showing the 80-400AFS VR (top) is just a bit better than the 400/5.6 ED AI (bottom).

John



very interesting John - very interesting. Thanks for posting this.


ben



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

bruni wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
And a few more from the center showing the 80-400AFS VR (top) is just a bit better than the 400/5.6 ED AI (bottom).

John



very interesting John - very interesting. Thanks for posting this.


ben

I enjoyed this as well!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Jose, more terrific pictures from Pompeii, and I am looking forward to your upcoming Vesuvius series too!

Ronny, loved that self portrait with the 135 f2 + TC. Made me think about that, it would be a cool 270mm F4 and from that picture looks like it sure maintains its resolution.

And that made me put my 135 f2 on to document global warming - the evidence is mangos in March, definitely a positive side-effect

Lens wide open at 1/320s, ISO 640.

Samy








MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Poland

mp356 wrote:
Foggy14 wrote:
Happy weekend gang!

Mark, "From Winter to Spring" is a very cool shot with a great perspective. After seeing so many great snow shots on the thread from you, Leighton, John, Laura, Scott and others I was kinda hoping for two more months of winter.



Don't wish that on us Jeff. We are looking for some warmer weather for sure!


Amen to that Scott. Not being able to ski this year has meant that winter has sure dragged. Today was the start of the second half of the rugby season and I planned o have some great shots with the 300mm f/4.5 but had a stupid accident which meant all day spent having my eye checked out by various specialists. Lucking my left eye so I can still use my right, but now have an eye patch and all the kids think I'm a pirate.

Thanks for everyone that likes the shots from Flumserburg, here's a panorama shot (One of my first attempts) using Hugin for mac. This is from Toggenburg. The pointy mountains on the left are the dragons back, this is where the last dragon in Switzerland was slain as he was terrorizing the little people who lived under the mountain at Toggenburg. The shot is looking west along the valley away from Liechtenstein.




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