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georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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MDoc9523 wrote:
BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month


Good one, Ray
I'm old-fashioned, I just enjoy a cold winter with lots of snow as well as a nice spring and a warm summer.
Btw, we should get some more fresh snow over at Easter;-)



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month


Wait for this summer . . . .



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

georgms wrote:
designdog wrote:
Help!

The sun finally came out in Richmond, and I grabbed my D700 to take some photos. It is dead. As a doorknob. Nothing comes on any screen, no lights, no shutter, nothing even with turning it on and off, changing lenses, cards etc. Now, I have the Nikon battery pack, and I took it off. Nothing. Tried reversing the batteries. Nothing. I am patiently charging both batteries again as a last resort.

Called KEH, from whom I bought this (LN, 900 shutter count) and they were very nice. It is under their warranty, and they will get it fixed. (Don�t have a comparable replacement.) They sent me a RA.

Also spoke to their sales people about an idea I have had. Seems I am not using my Fuji x Pro 1 and 3 primes. What if I just traded them and the D700 to a D800, or D800E? Yes, I can do that, and have some cash left over.

So I wonder. Are my lenses good enough for the D800/D800E (see below)? I am not using the Fuji stuff now, but I might some day, and I am only getting about 50% for very new, very perfect equipment. I am confident KEH will get my D700 repaired, and back to me, if that is the direction I choose...

So... this may be a crossroads. Thoughts?

Lens List: MF: 28 2.8 AI-s, 50 1.2 AI-s, 85 2 AI, 105 2.5 AI-s, 135 2.8 AI-s, 180 2.8ED AI-s,Rokinon 85 1.4
AF: 18-35mm 3.5-4.5D IF-ED, 35-70 2.8D, 70-210 4D


Sorry to hear about your trouble with the dead D700!
Only 50% for a very new Fuji-outfit would be a deal-breaker for me. I would keep the hopefully soon repaired D700.
Best of luck, Georg.


I'm with Georg on this one. Yes, these lenses perform very well on the Nikon D800 cameras, but unless you're hungry for that many megapixels, I think getting the D700 repaired on KEH's dime and keeping the sweet smaller Fuji makes good sense. Folks on this thread know that I was not especially excited when I shot with the D800. My computer wasn't happy with the big files. I don't print so I hardly needed them. The D700 is a really great camera though if the D600 had the build quality of the D700 I'd like take the plunge. But Nikon isn't giving me what would motivate me to upgrade so I'm sticking with the D700. In fact, I'm considering adding a second, but that likely has more to do with NAS. I've pretty much run out of lenses to buy so I've got to practice my addiction someplace else...



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

I posted this on a couple of other threads, but it really belongs here... a shot using Nikki with a PK-13 extension tube attached.


Nikki works with tubes too!



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

MDoc9523 wrote:
BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month


Probably because people falsely equate lots of snow with colder weather. Meanwhile, the driest place on earth is in Antarctica.

We also don't have a lot of Aussie members in this thread. They are getting cooked down under.

I wonder if AF or MF lenses are better suited for 114F shooting conditions?



GoranPhoto
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
Total Posts: 208
Country: United States

It's been too cold outside lately, so I've been discovering little things around the house to take pictures of. Here's some loose change with a desk lamp providing some warm lighting.


Change by GoranPhoto, on Flickr



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Nice shot Goran. Yes, it is a great way to occupy oneself without visiting the elements, especially when they are unpleasant.

I'd encourage you to note the setup you're using when you post photos. It helps the rest of us as we refine our eye and make decisions about what lenses and extension tubes to add to our kits. Our celebration includes both sharing photos and experience with gear. To my mind that gives us the best of all possible words. I'm glad you found us and have decided to join the conversation. Fred Miranda is about much more that buying and selling gear. Welcome.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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I'm afraid Nikki has a bad case of extension tube fever... Or perhaps I'M the one with the disease...

Regardless, both Nikki and an extension tube found their way to my camera this afternoon and no one should be surprised at what happened... Magic!



designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 230
Country: United States

Here is an update on my D700.

I am proud to say that I figured out what was wrong with it on my own: nothing.

Here's the deal. As Thom Hogan and others counsel, I have kept my camera in the on position. Normally not a problem. Unless you leave a chipped Rokinon 85 1.4 on your D700 overnight. Drained the internal battery and the grip battery all the way down. Took 3 hours to charge each.

Imagine my smug self satisfaction when I put the first battery back in and everything came right back up!

I am keeping the D700. Just something about it that appeals to me. And others I guess a new one costs as much as a D800.

I will also keep the Fuji for now. Lightroom is getting better with x trans files, and I can't afford a Leica!

Now I just have to find someone who has a 25-50 4 and wants an 85 2 ais!



GoranPhoto
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
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CGrindahl wrote:
Nice shot Goran. Yes, it is a great way to occupy oneself without visiting the elements, especially when they are unpleasant.

I'd encourage you to note the setup you're using when you post photos. It helps the rest of us as we refine our eye and make decisions about what lenses and extension tubes to add to our kits. Our celebration includes both sharing photos and experience with gear. To my mind that gives us the best of all possible words. I'm glad you found us and have decided to join the conversation. Fred Miranda is about much more that buying and selling gear. Welcome.



Change by GoranPhoto, on Flickr

You're absolutely right. I always like to see the settings, etc. myself. The shot above was taken with the help of the inverse mounting ring since I don't have any actual macro lenses. The aperture was at f/16 and the shutter at 1/100 sec, ISO 1000. It was processed in Lightroom, where I did the usual sharpening and color correction.

I really wanted to bring out the texture of the in focus bits, so I used a Photoshop technique I learned a while back. Here it is for anyone interested in bringing out details in a way different from simple dodging/burning:

1. Make a duplicate layer of the background layer and select "Vivid Light" as the blend mode.
2. Invert the effect by hitting "CTRL-I" on PC (not sure what the mac command is)
3. With the new layer selected, go into the Filters menu and then click on Blur - Surface Blur.
4. Set both numbers to 40 and hit OK.
5. Depending on file size the next bit may take a bit to finish processing, so this is where I usually go for a snack.
6. Once the Surface Blur effect is applied, hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-E which will combine all previous layers into a single new layer.
7. Delete the middle layer.
8. Change the blend mode of the top layer to "Overlay" or "Soft Light"
9. Set a black layer mask over the top layer.
10. Paint in the effect where desired. You can of course adjust opacity, etc. here as well.

I find this process, long though it may be, really helps bring out the detail in macro as well as architecture photography. Let me know how you like it if anyone tries it out.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

You left out only one thing... the lens you used...

For this one I used the 85 f/1.8 H.C. AI'd affectionately known on this thread as Nikki since it has traveled around the world, coupled with a PK-13, then "massaged" through Silver Efex Pro 2. Whatever...


Believe it or not, this is a cactus leaf edge...



GoranPhoto
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
Total Posts: 208
Country: United States

I knew I left something out

It was the 50mm 1.4 AIS. Ahhh so that's who Nikki is She's a beauty of a lens from what I've seen in this thread.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Awesome Chin! Man I love that shot. Rinie would be talking about the "blue hour..." Gorgeous!



+100 Chin. Beautiful image. Great evening colors and nice architecture. A very impressive skyline. Are these building offices, apartments, or both?



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

pburke wrote:







Peter


Nicely done Peter! This must have been challanging to do.


CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

GoranPhoto wrote:
I knew I left something out

It was the 50mm 1.4 AIS. Ahhh so that's who Nikki is She's a beauty of a lens from what I've seen in this thread.



This is the lens...



Check the WWW listing at the bottom of my post and it will take you to the blog created for this adventure. The lens has been used by 20 people around the world. When I'm finished with it the lens goes back to Ben in Sydney, Australia who generously made the lens available to all of us.



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

CGrindahl wrote:
GoranPhoto wrote:
I knew I left something out

It was the 50mm 1.4 AIS. Ahhh so that's who Nikki is She's a beauty of a lens from what I've seen in this thread.



This is the lens...



Check the WWW listing at the bottom of my post and it will take you to the blog created for this adventure. The lens has been used by 20 people around the world. When I'm finished with it the lens goes back to Ben in Sydney, Australia who generously made the lens available to all of us.



And what a journey it has been!



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Country: United States

Thought I'd try a little blue hour being inspired by Chins wonderful work. Next time a tripod is in order
D600 - 16mm 3.5 1/30 F3.5 ISO 6400



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

You're right Scott. As the lens was traveling through Europe I thought it would NEVER reach the West Coast, but here it is. Amazing. I'm both not surprised and surprised that we were able to do this. Before we began I had complete confidence in the integrity of the folks who'd signed up to be part of the adventure, but then the thought came that despite our best efforts, something could go wrong. Packages do get lost for example.

Yes, Laura has her mishap but she handled that with the skill of a woman who has raised kids... We misplaced a lens hood, but then the lens left Australia without one, so that is hardly a crisis. All in all it has been a remarkable journey. With Ben's okay, I'll keep the note circulated with the lens. I'll make copies available to everyone who would like one, then frame the note. This is surely one of my most prized experiences, due no doubt to the fact I've so enjoyed sharing it with everyone on this thread. Glad you were part of it Scott.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

Is that the clubhouse for the complex where you live Ray? Looks pretty swanky...

Yes, a slower shutter speed would have dropped the ISO but it appears the D600 is up to the task. Of course, if the photographer has the shakes... that's another matter...



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

Okay, one last close shot with Nikki and her new best friend, the PK-13...



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