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Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3758
Country: Singapore

Recce-ed for a new spot trying to catch the lightshow from the casino in the horizon
But didn't find a suitable one and the clock was ticking
Went scrambling to an old spot instead sans lightshow
45PCE shift pano



kups by Zichar, on Flickr


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

Anyway an excellent night cityscape!



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
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Country: Sweden

asiostygius wrote:
Anyway an excellent night cityscape!

+1

Thanks



sbarricklow
Registered: Jan 14, 2003
Total Posts: 2132
Country: United States

Iris from the garden using a 50 mm F1.2 AIS



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

Nice!! Incredible dreamy + colours effect!



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2483
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
Hi all,
When my daughter is in the mood for a little spring cleaning......
85 1.8 HC



Did you notice that Philippe's and John's daughters look alike? MF gene similarity



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4676
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
Hi all,
When my daughter is in the mood for a little spring cleaning......
85 1.8 HC



You are a master of B/W conversions!



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2483
Country: United States

This is truly my last 55mm 1.2 SC test posting, I decided to draw a quick comparison between the SC and the 50mm 1.2 ais. I did not want to work too much, therefore decided NOT to use the D800. The differences between these lenses are decades, therefore the difference should be obvious on a D3, right!

Pictures first, comments at the end. I will not post crops, but these pictures are full res in flickr if you care to inspect.

Test under bright sunlight with white subjects in the frame, worst condition for these lenses. ISO 100 D3. NO aberration correction, lateral or logitudinal, Color balance manual to sunlight. NO processing whatsoever other than NX2 RAW rendition as landscape, equal settings.

Both focused carefully in the same spot, a little flower that is in the shade of the white ones, to place the white flowers ever so slightly out of focus.

First the 55 full open

NIKON NIKKOR 55MM 1.2 SC D3 FULL APERTURE BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The 50 full open


NIKON NIKKOR 50MM 1.2 D3 AT 1.2 BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The 55 at 5.6, optimal aperture for detail definition


NIKON NIKKOR 55MM 1.2 D3 AT 5.6 BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The 50mm at 5.6


NIKON NIKKOR 50MM 1.2 D3 AT 5.6 BRIGHT SUN by Rafael CA, on Flickr

My conclusions:

The 55 is a tinge warmer, the 50 a tinge sharper, but I am not too sure as these are small diferences.

Hereby I authoritatively conclude:

Maybe I am not such a good tester.

Maybe the difference between these two lenses is really not significant, at least for weed photography in sunlight. One would need to spend a full day with a D800E under all kinds of light conditions, subjects, apertures and distances, which I do not care to do.

Maybe this type of testing is a waste of time. The only good lens test is to verify a lens you bought is not damaged.

PS: Maybe a little frustrated the more beautiful rendition of the 55mm and the much sharper 50mm did not obviate their differences, casting doubt in my pre-conceptions.

Hereby I leave you more enlightened.





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

Sam, Chin, John and Ronny, nice images all!!

I got a bit paranoid peering at my 20 3.5 UD front element, wondering if what I am looking at are fungus streaks or small scuffs and coating scratches. I have concluded that its not fungus. The 20 UD is my roughest manual lens even though its not the oldest. Nevertheless, that got me thinking about storage of these lenses for the long term in something other than just cabinet shelves. I got hold of a couple Rubber Maid sealed containers (about 15 x 11 X 5"), and a bunch of the silica gel dry packs in each.

Almost all the lenses (except the 400 AIS) fit in the containers, in fact I organized them by wide angles and normals in one container and 85 to 300 AIS in the other. The 500 F4P came with its own case which has a number of those silica gel packs positioned around the lens.

Samy



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Country: United States

Rafael, thank you for these. My observation is that wide open, they are very similar. Stopped down to 5.6 is when the 55 looks a little warmer and maybe the 50 a tad sharper.

I think one could be happy with either version.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4614
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
Hi all,
When my daughter is in the mood for a little spring cleaning......
85 1.8 HC



Did you notice that Philippe's and John's daughters look alike? MF gene similarity



+1

Reagan



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

As I sold one more garbage AF lens from the discount D600 kit (the "plastic fantastic" 24-85mm f/4.5-5.6 VR: it is trounced at borders by the 50-135mm ...), I had the opportunity to buy a really cheap (for Brazilian standards) 85mm f/2.

This is one of the first test shots, reddish clouds yesterday afetr sunset.
Though I made no formal test (some day perhaps i will made the "battle of the MF 85s), it appears to be very sharp, contrary to some reports in internet, but in accordance with our lately absent friend, Mihai,


After sunset clouds with 85mm f/2 AI by labecoaves, on Flickr

One of the first test shots with the Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI.
D600 + Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI + tripod, ISO 800, f/4 at 1.3 seconds of exposure.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8396
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
Hi all,
When my daughter is in the mood for a little spring cleaning......
85 1.8 HC



Did you notice that Philippe's and John's daughters look alike? MF gene similarity


Hah! Hopefully Philippe's daughter are more well behaved than mine.

Great B&W conversions aren't they?

John



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2483
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
As I sold one more garbage AF lens from the discount D600 kit (the "plastic fantastic" 24-85mm f/4.5-5.6 VR: it is trounced at borders by the 50-135mm ...), I had the opportunity to buy a really cheap (for Brazilian standards) 85mm f/2.

This is one of the first test shots, reddish clouds yesterday afetr sunset.
Though I made no formal test (some day perhaps i will made the "battle of the MF 85s), it appears to be very sharp, contrary to some reports in internet, but in accordance with our lately absent friend, Mihai,


After sunset clouds with 85mm f/2 AI by labecoaves, on Flickr

One of the first test shots with the Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI.
D600 + Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI + tripod, ISO 800, f/4 at 1.3 seconds of exposure.



Beautiful colors, I love my 85mm 2.0. use the 1.8 more but the 2.0 is just as good, IMHO



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

Thanks Rafael.
I would add the 85/2 would be perfect to stay light: it is almost the same size of a 50mm! I was luck enough to get a near pristine copy.



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

Jose, you get some of the best skyscapes here! Good choice to get the 85 f2 AI, you certainly are being a self-adjuvant

asiostygius wrote:
As I sold one more garbage AF lens from the discount D600 kit (the "plastic fantastic" 24-85mm f/4.5-5.6 VR: it is trounced at borders by the 50-135mm ...), I had the opportunity to buy a really cheap (for Brazilian standards) 85mm f/2.

This is one of the first test shots, reddish clouds yesterday afetr sunset.
Though I made no formal test (some day perhaps i will made the "battle of the MF 85s), it appears to be very sharp, contrary to some reports in internet, but in accordance with our lately absent friend, Mihai,


One of the first test shots with the Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI.
D600 + Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI + tripod, ISO 800, f/4 at 1.3 seconds of exposure.




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

First time there's better weather and sun to try out the TC16A with the 500 F4 P. This is at 1/4000s, f/9 (effective since the lens aperture was set at f/5.6), and ISO 800.

Cardinal at 800mm:







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

And a quick crop of the cardinal image to check how the 500 F4 P holds up after tacking on the TC16A converter.







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

Samy, fantastic details!
You managed very well this 800mm f/6.4 heavy artillery.



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

Just a brief note on the TC-16A. It definitely assists in the focus and in good light snaps right to the little green dot. But the caveat is one has to turn the focus ring manually to a very narrow band around the correct focus, so the photographer is still doing let's say 95% of the work.

Can't remember if I tried it with the 400 5.6 AIS, it certainly would turn it into a 640 f9. The TC is very small so it won't add much to the very doable weight/bulk of the 400 for walks/hikes. Will have to see if the 400 maintains its superb quality with the TC though. I would think a monopod would be essential for that FL.

BTW, the 800mm combo for the cardinal was balanced on the window sill. Could get better results on a stable tripod.

Samy



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