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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 12793
Country: United States

This afternoon... setting sun and daffodils... shot with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s at f/2.



Spring seems to have arrived in California. It was a beautiful day today...



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1080
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
JRT64 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:

Welcome Jim. I'd encourage you to add your first name to your profile so those of us with memory problems won't have to work quite so hard. I have at assume that a young man like Leighton forgot your name because he's be sipping too many beers as he convalesces...

Many of us list our gear as well so we can track one another's kit building and offer recommendations for spending other people's money...



O.K. I finally figured out how to do this. As you may note, I've been a member here for longer than many of you, just too cheap to pay for uploading photos. And I have been a lurker to this thread since it began. I am an active participant over at Nikon Cafe (Pa).

My profile now shows that I have four MF Nikkors: 24/2.8 AIS, 55/3.5 AI micro, 105/2.5 AIS, and since last week a 135/3.5 AI. You folks are to blame for most of the expenditure.

I'm really enjoying the 135 as I seem to have lucked into an exceptional copy.



Glad you decided to join the conversation Jim. Since you're playing with these lenses it makes sense that you'd participate in this get together. As folks have suggested, the only downside is that it is difficult to resist new lens purchases when so many on this thread are so often tempting us with what they're doing with lenses we don't already own. I didn't get to 32 lenses by accident... I may be among the enablers at this point in the life of the thread, but I started with only eight lenses. The combination of subtle encouragement and the continued evidence of the capability of these lenses made resistance futile. But if you've been following us for a long while, you know what you're getting into. Have fun with your lenses, share your work and your observations. This really is a great place to celebrate these lenses.


Jim
Curtis is ever so eloquent, but watch out, the word Diablo" comes to mind, and I'm waiting for someone else on this thread to dredge up that photo



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4209
Country: United States

Kevin, thanks for the comments on the old camera images.

Leighton, looking forward to some work with your new 28 2.8.

Samy, more nice images from DC.

Ron, that floor at Longwood looks like water!

Rafael, really like the lake images.

Curtis, daffodils! What are daffodils? They are hiding below ground here. Nice image BTW.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4209
Country: United States

pbraymond wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
JRT64 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:

Welcome Jim. I'd encourage you to add your first name to your profile so those of us with memory problems won't have to work quite so hard. I have at assume that a young man like Leighton forgot your name because he's be sipping too many beers as he convalesces...

Many of us list our gear as well so we can track one another's kit building and offer recommendations for spending other people's money...



O.K. I finally figured out how to do this. As you may note, I've been a member here for longer than many of you, just too cheap to pay for uploading photos. And I have been a lurker to this thread since it began. I am an active participant over at Nikon Cafe (Pa).

My profile now shows that I have four MF Nikkors: 24/2.8 AIS, 55/3.5 AI micro, 105/2.5 AIS, and since last week a 135/3.5 AI. You folks are to blame for most of the expenditure.

I'm really enjoying the 135 as I seem to have lucked into an exceptional copy.



Glad you decided to join the conversation Jim. Since you're playing with these lenses it makes sense that you'd participate in this get together. As folks have suggested, the only downside is that it is difficult to resist new lens purchases when so many on this thread are so often tempting us with what they're doing with lenses we don't already own. I didn't get to 32 lenses by accident... I may be among the enablers at this point in the life of the thread, but I started with only eight lenses. The combination of subtle encouragement and the continued evidence of the capability of these lenses made resistance futile. But if you've been following us for a long while, you know what you're getting into. Have fun with your lenses, share your work and your observations. This really is a great place to celebrate these lenses.


Jim
Curtis is ever so eloquent, but watch out, the word Diablo" comes to mind, and I'm waiting for someone else on this thread to dredge up that photo



Laura, I think this is your cue.



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1080
Country: United States

Rafael, very much enjoyed the subject and the top notch execution of the pictures from Lake Coatepeque.

Samy, great job on the memorial war series, I especially like the B&W conversions.

Kevin, wonderful b+w conversions on the building abstracts a few pages back!

Ray, I'll join in the chorus of praise for the zoo shots, outstanding. You make that 300 shine.

Ronny, that Zeiss lineup is just too much, good thing it's definitely too rich for my blood.

Hope all the eye problems and convalescing is close to being done, well wishes to all.

Ray




JRT64
Registered: Jun 14, 2006
Total Posts: 88
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:

Glad you decided to join the conversation Jim. Since you're playing with these lenses it makes sense that you'd participate in this get together. As folks have suggested, the only downside is that it is difficult to resist new lens purchases when so many on this thread are so often tempting us with what they're doing with lenses we don't already own. I didn't get to 32 lenses by accident... I may be among the enablers at this point in the life of the thread, but I started with only eight lenses. The combination of subtle encouragement and the continued evidence of the capability of these lenses made resistance futile. But if you've been following us for a long while, you know what you're getting into. Have fun with your lenses, share your work and your observations. This really is a great place to celebrate these lenses.


Thanks for the welcome, Curtis. Don't worry, I have no intention of challenging your collection!



JRT64
Registered: Jun 14, 2006
Total Posts: 88
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
This afternoon... setting sun and daffodils... shot with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s at f/2.


Spring seems to have arrived in California. It was a beautiful day today...



Wow, dafs already? We are at least a month away form those, though the shoots have been showing for some time.

Beautiful photo - makes me look forward to Spring.

p.s. They call them jonquils down south.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7562
Country: United States

Wow, that floor reflects like water!

rankamateur wrote:
Wasn't even gonna post this but it has been kinda slow so what the heck. A shot I took the other day at Longwood with the 50-135



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7562
Country: United States

Harry Uno also posted a bunch of shots from his 500 reflex.

CGrindahl wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Oosty wrote:
Very wet Knysna Turaco on my deck looking for food. despite the generally disparaging comments on the 500/8 mirror one sometimes can get pretty good pics. Comments?








Let me do it for you.From October ,2010

Reagan

I loved that shot when Peter first posted it and STILL love it! Thanks for bringing it back Reagan.


NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7562
Country: United States

My ears were burning for some strange reason... now I know why. As requested, here's my photo of Curtis!





mp356 wrote:
pbraymond wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
JRT64 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:

Welcome Jim. I'd encourage you to add your first name to your profile so those of us with memory problems won't have to work quite so hard. I have at assume that a young man like Leighton forgot your name because he's be sipping too many beers as he convalesces...

Many of us list our gear as well so we can track one another's kit building and offer recommendations for spending other people's money...



O.K. I finally figured out how to do this. As you may note, I've been a member here for longer than many of you, just too cheap to pay for uploading photos. And I have been a lurker to this thread since it began. I am an active participant over at Nikon Cafe (Pa).

My profile now shows that I have four MF Nikkors: 24/2.8 AIS, 55/3.5 AI micro, 105/2.5 AIS, and since last week a 135/3.5 AI. You folks are to blame for most of the expenditure.

I'm really enjoying the 135 as I seem to have lucked into an exceptional copy.



Glad you decided to join the conversation Jim. Since you're playing with these lenses it makes sense that you'd participate in this get together. As folks have suggested, the only downside is that it is difficult to resist new lens purchases when so many on this thread are so often tempting us with what they're doing with lenses we don't already own. I didn't get to 32 lenses by accident... I may be among the enablers at this point in the life of the thread, but I started with only eight lenses. The combination of subtle encouragement and the continued evidence of the capability of these lenses made resistance futile. But if you've been following us for a long while, you know what you're getting into. Have fun with your lenses, share your work and your observations. This really is a great place to celebrate these lenses.


Jim
Curtis is ever so eloquent, but watch out, the word Diablo" comes to mind, and I'm waiting for someone else on this thread to dredge up that photo



Laura, I think this is your cue.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2729
Country: United States

Why do I see that 500 reflex so inexpensive? The shots I have seen with it are great? Is it tough to use? I know it's not very fast...but the shots all seem quite good..



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 4894
Country: United States

What to do. what to do. what to do. I think I have my D7000 w/kit lens sold. Now do I wait to get the D7100 or, go for the D600 for sale locally for $1500 with 1000 actuations or a refurbished one or one listed on the B&S?



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 12793
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
What to do. what to do. what to do. I think I have my D7000 w/kit lens sold. Now do I wait to get the D7100 or, go for the D600 for sale locally for $1500 with 1000 actuations or a refurbished one or one listed on the B&S?


Whoa! I can't believe I'm reading this! Ray without a DX camera? After all the glowing comments about the D7100?

You know what a big fan I am of FX cameras Ray, but the problems the D600 is having would make it a tough buy for me. Of course, Leighton could have a different opinion and his would be based on first hand experience rather than cyber chatter. I'd definitely solicit his opinion before deciding. Of course, if your camera is soon gone, you'll have a three week wait before the D7100 is available and that assumes it arrives when promised. B&H says March 21...

Good luck Ray. I've no doubt that whatever camera is in your hand you'll make fine music with it...



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4016
Country: South Africa

kwoodard wrote:
Why do I see that 500 reflex so inexpensive? The shots I have seen with it are great? Is it tough to use? I know it's not very fast...but the shots all seem quite good..


The lens is sharp but has a very narrow DOF which makes focusing in anythin but bright light very tough. It's also not popular due to the "donut" bokeh. That said properly stabilised and with a fast enouigh shutter speed it can produce some astonishing images.

This is not a great shot but does show the bokeh. Giant Eagle Owl, Kruger National Park, 1990 Nikon AF 401 500mm + 2x extender



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4016
Country: South Africa

Curtis, the daffodils are beautiful. You're probably giving all our friends elsewhere in the US thoughts of spring



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4016
Country: South Africa

Monty - good to see you back. Now let's see some new pics with your new weapon and old lenses!

Reagan, Monty, Samy, Curtis, Laura - thanks

The lens pusher has always been active. He probably cornered tha market 5 years ago and reases them slowmy to keep the prices up

Ron - Longwood gardens always seems to have something to offer despite the season. Very nice.

Rafael - beautiful images of a marvellous looking place.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4016
Country: South Africa

Another 500mm image - this time with the TC14b attached ( to fit it one has to remove the rear filter)

Cape Bulbul from our deck at about 15 metres. It is less sharp than it should be, probably due to the condition of my eyes which are still blurry. Full frame.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9016
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
rankamateur wrote:
Wasn't even gonna post this but it has been kinda slow so what the heck. A shot I took the other day at Longwood with the 50-135


Ron, beautiful picture.

I wanted to share the trip to lake Coatepeque in El Salvador, this is a crater lake, very deep, not sure how large but large enough. the tallest mountain around it is the Santa Ana Volcano, about 9,000 feet, all the forests around are really coffee farms. My dad was a coffee farmer, we lived in the nearby town of Santa Ana and had a house on the lake where weekends were spent fishing, snorkeling, skying, the nights going by boat to our friends houses for parties and games. (We were kids free to roam, but it was so safe and beatiful back in the 50s and 60s)


The old house

nikon nikkor 16mm 3.5 at 11 D800 Coatepeque Lake house 1 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Beautiful place to grow up Rafael. I'm not sure I'd ever want to leave it!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9016
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
This afternoon... setting sun and daffodils... shot with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s at f/2.

Spring seems to have arrived in California. It was a beautiful day today...


Very nice Curtis, I haven't seen that lens on your camera in quite some time.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9016
Country: United States

Oosty wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Why do I see that 500 reflex so inexpensive? The shots I have seen with it are great? Is it tough to use? I know it's not very fast...but the shots all seem quite good..


The lens is sharp but has a very narrow DOF which makes focusing in anythin but bright light very tough. It's also not popular due to the "donut" bokeh. That said properly stabilised and with a fast enouigh shutter speed it can produce some astonishing images.

This is not a great shot but does show the bokeh. Giant Eagle Owl, Kruger National Park, 1990 Nikon AF 401 500mm + 2x extender


I thought Jose was back from his trip when I saw this.



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