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NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9319
Country: United States

Sounds like someone is telling you the time to buy is now...

jhinkey wrote:
So the local guy with the excellent condition 500/4 AI-P that had the front protective element replaced still has it for sale - now down to $1900. It's an your trip just to get to him to even see the lens. Meanwhile the mint condition one on the B&S has had the price lowered a bit . . . . MFNAS is very catchy these days . . . .



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

Another wow shot Jose. I like the color version better



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3009
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:



Yes, I have the review here in this thread somewhere - Curtis knows what page it's on.

Here's the short story:

16/3.5 AI vs. 16/2.8 AIS:
- 16/3.5 not quite as sharp in the center as the 16/2.8 unless stopped down a bit
- 16/3.5 way sharper in the edges/borders/corners at just about all apertures (wide open up to f/11) both on DX and FX
- 16/3.5 has slightly better flare/ghosting resistance when sun it directly in the frame
- 16/2.8 has slightly better flare/ghosting resistance when the sun is just out of the frame
- 16/2.8 has removable/losable rear filters that MUST be used. 16/3.5 has internal filters on a turret.
- 16/2.8 AIS/D model far more common that the 16/3.5
- Don't remember which one weighs more

- John


thanks for the summary. Sounds like the f3.5 is the clear winner. I suppose the "f2.8" part was the selling point of the design change, but - duh. Perhaps they behave differently on film cameras, but that's not relevant for me.

Peter



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Simply awesome Jose! Love them both!



philipj
Registered: Dec 01, 2010
Total Posts: 885
Country: Switzerland

Glad to see the thread is humming along just fine. Free time is at a minimum these days, but I try to at least keep up with the photos, if not the conversation. So many great photos of such a variety of subjects, a truly unique corner of the internet.

Margot passed her half-year milestone a week and some days ago, and is growing in leaps and bounds. She army crawls around, has started eating solids, has gotten a bit better at being able to sleep, and is as beautiful as any little girl could be. A portrait from today with the 180mm f/2.8 AI-s, wide open, as this lens should be used.


Eeyore by philipjohnson, on Flickr



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3009
Country: United States

Another stacked image - a model of probably my favorite race car of all time

first the real thing - last summer at Road America, D7000 with 300mm f4.5 ED-IF AIS, iso 220, 1/500s f11 (GoPro cameras should not be allowed at vintage races...)







and my own copy, 1/32nd scale, about 6 inches long






9 image focus stack, taken with the D600 and 105mm f2.5 and K2-5 extension tubes. All images iso 100, 1/60s f8, two remote strobes and some diffuser cloth. I had to do some clone tool cleanup in some areas, because the master images were spaced just a little too much, although you can only see that in full zoom.


100% detail crop






the full image here


pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1944
Country: United States

Philip, Margot is just too adorable.

John, I'd love to see the very capable 500mm f4P in your very capable hands!

Jose, very much like the pano of the forum in Pompeii.

Laura, beautiful arrangement of bananas and strawberries.

Leighton, I'm glad some of us at least have beautiful scenery to go along with the snow, nice captures this morning.

Goran, welcome. Good series in the baseball themed shots.

Curtis, your shot of bay bridge photographers reminded me of something we saw in Italy last year - a lot of tourists who did not mind toting around an ipad as their main camera. I wonder what all the camera designers are thinking, keep downsizing or maybe get the right balance of features to attract the masses.

Laura, I did not get anywhere for March Madness, the BB shots are from the University of Toledo, participating in the WNIT tournament.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3009
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
I almost overlooked this sweet shot of the Golden Gate bridge taken with Nikki...



I think I have the same shot, taken in 1990 on Tri-X film. Hasn't changed much



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8411
Country: United States

Space Needle shot from my 80-400AFS VR vs. 400/5.6 ED AI test images.



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

NightOwl Cat wrote:
Thanks for that link, PS sure makes that easy, so I'm finally going to get that installed tonight, and then right afterwards, install the Nik Software now that the whole collection is so cheap. Those that have bought bits and pieces before, check your emails for info, those that haven't bought it.. BOY IS IT CHEAP NOW!!

https://plus.google.com/112991908363536599988/posts/dwJAcwuphTa

I was alerted to that from this post:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441211

And further down, there's a promo code for an additional 15% off, which brings it down to $126.65 before local sales tax. The licensing is per USER, not per machine.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441843

I'm a bit late with this, but if you use this PROMO CODE for the NIK software

jclark you'll get an additional 15% off! so then it $126.65


pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Peter (Wisconsin) I love your close work. Those images are stunning. And thanks for the link to focus stacking. I'll have to give it a try. Interestingly, the fellow demonstrating the technique was hand holding his camera. Until I buy a tripod that is the only way I'll be doing it and I doubt it will be more than two images...



It should work fine - now that I know how photoshop does it. First it aligns the layers using the same brains it uses to stich overlaying images into a panorama. It finds matching features and bends and scales things until they fit. Obviously, the better the images overlap, the easier the alignment. I had very little shift between the layers once it was aligned, even though the focal length visibly changes when you change focus on the lens (rather than using a macro rail to move the camera).

The hand-holding technique should be great for extreme depth of field shots with handheld wide angles - two quick shots in succession, trying to hold still, while you turn that focus from high to low, then combine and you have better than f22 DOF while avoiding f22 abberations.




Thanks for the heads up on the promotion code Laura. A friend sent me an email with a link to the Google offer but it was your post with that code that got me to move. This is a great deal for certain. I simply couldn't resist. It is installing as i write this. Happy days are here again...



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

pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
I almost overlooked this sweet shot of the Golden Gate bridge taken with Nikki...



I think I have the same shot, taken in 1990 on Tri-X film. Hasn't changed much


I think they've upgraded their tour boats...

I've never taken photos from the northern overlook, largely because it is overrun by tourists. But this is definitely a good perspective from which to shoot the bridge. You and me and a few million others took a photo there...



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

That's one sharp image John... Seems you're having fun.

I did as well, with a day trip taking Nikki along the coast on Highway 1. This was shot with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd, which is one sweet little lens.


We're looking north toward Stinson Beach with Bolinas above the cliffs on the left.



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

jhinkey wrote:
So the local guy with the excellent condition 500/4 AI-P that had the front protective element replaced still has it for sale - now down to $1900. It's an hour trip just to get to him to even see the lens. Meanwhile the mint condition one on the B&S has had the price lowered a bit . . . . MFNAS is very catchy these days . . . .


I would never invest this much money in a lens but I know how much you love to go long. This feels like a once in a lifetime investment John. If you can handle it, the mint copy of the Buy and Sell board really seems the way to go. I've no doubt you would take great joy in that lens and doubtless we'd love seeing what you produce with it.



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

So here is my first Nik conversion, this using Silver Efex Pro 2. The photo was taken at the Vedanta Retreat Center with Nikki this afternoon.


Here is a shot I took of the same building with the 28 f/3.5 H AI'd. If I recall correctly, I processed that with SEP 2 as well.


These beautiful old lenses are a joy to use and they certainly perform beautifully.



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

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Lovely set of images Leighton. Sorry spring is coming so later to the Shenandoah Valley. California is being California with so many blossoms the air is fragrant with them. Of course, the downside is those of us with allergies are not having the best of times... I'm not complaining though...

The 28 f/2.8 AI-s is a perfect lens for your world Leighton. That focal range is definitely my favorite wide.


Thanks Curtis, I'm enjoying this beauty that Reagan let go!
Here are two more from this morning.



WOW Leighton - you are really flying with that 28mm.....beautiful shots. but it's not just the lens, I know, the compostions are great and a lens can't do that.

ben



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

John, perhaps you want to go LONGER with a 600 f/5.6 AI that appears to be in GREAT condition for under two thousand dollars.

Nikon 600 f/5.6 AI ED-IF on E-Bay



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Another wow shot Jose. I like the color version better


+1 Probably the best so far!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

philipj wrote:
Glad to see the thread is humming along just fine. Free time is at a minimum these days, but I try to at least keep up with the photos, if not the conversation. So many great photos of such a variety of subjects, a truly unique corner of the internet.

Margot passed her half-year milestone a week and some days ago, and is growing in leaps and bounds. She army crawls around, has started eating solids, has gotten a bit better at being able to sleep, and is as beautiful as any little girl could be. A portrait from today with the 180mm f/2.8 AI-s, wide open, as this lens should be used.


Eeyore by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Good to see you again Philip, Margot is growing like a weed.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
So here is my first Nik conversion, this using Silver Efex Pro 2. The photo was taken at the Vedanta Retreat Center with Nikki this afternoon.


Here is a shot I took of the same building with the 28 f/3.5 H AI'd. If I recall correctly, I processed that with SEP 2 as well.


These beautiful old lenses are a joy to use and they certainly perform beautifully.


I definitely like the second one better!

And I love the shot of Stinson Beach, another desktop!

Don't forget the blog!



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9319
Country: United States

Giving this its own replay so nobody has to hunt for the code, if you bought some of their stuff in the past, then you'll be hunting in your email looking for the free upgrade email from them. Otherwise, use the code, it was too much for me to resist, too And in going through those google posts, I see where CaptureNX and Nik have gone their separate ways.

CGrindahl wrote:
NightOwl Cat wrote:
Thanks for that link, PS sure makes that easy, so I'm finally going to get that installed tonight, and then right afterwards, install the Nik Software now that the whole collection is so cheap. Those that have bought bits and pieces before, check your emails for info, those that haven't bought it.. BOY IS IT CHEAP NOW!!

https://plus.google.com/112991908363536599988/posts/dwJAcwuphTa

I was alerted to that from this post:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441211

And further down, there's a promo code for an additional 15% off, which brings it down to $126.65 before local sales tax. The licensing is per USER, not per machine.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441843

I'm a bit late with this, but if you use this PROMO CODE for the NIK software

jclark you'll get an additional 15% off! so then it $126.65


pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Peter (Wisconsin) I love your close work. Those images are stunning. And thanks for the link to focus stacking. I'll have to give it a try. Interestingly, the fellow demonstrating the technique was hand holding his camera. Until I buy a tripod that is the only way I'll be doing it and I doubt it will be more than two images...



It should work fine - now that I know how photoshop does it. First it aligns the layers using the same brains it uses to stich overlaying images into a panorama. It finds matching features and bends and scales things until they fit. Obviously, the better the images overlap, the easier the alignment. I had very little shift between the layers once it was aligned, even though the focal length visibly changes when you change focus on the lens (rather than using a macro rail to move the camera).

The hand-holding technique should be great for extreme depth of field shots with handheld wide angles - two quick shots in succession, trying to hold still, while you turn that focus from high to low, then combine and you have better than f22 DOF while avoiding f22 abberations.




Thanks for the heads up on the promotion code Laura. A friend sent me an email with a link to the Google offer but it was your post with that code that got me to move. This is a great deal for certain. I simply couldn't resist. It is installing as i write this. Happy days are here again...



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