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rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
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Country: United States

MarkdV wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
MarkdV wrote:

Thanks Rafael,

Now another question. I have a free day Sunday, what lens should I go walking with?


No need to ask Mark, if you walk a town full of interesting people the 55 1.2, else the 28 2.8 for more landscapy images, or maybe the 105 2.5 to select an interesting section, perhaps any of the 85s to emphasize the focal plane. aternatively a 35 2.0 for normal street perspective...... Sure this was helpful.


It was. I've unpacked the 300mm. Of course now I have to buy a 35 f2 to follow your suggestion.


Cheers,
Mark.



Show us the lens Mark.



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

georgms wrote:
Peter, that's an excellent set! I like especially the "Gaura" and the "Bottlebrush". The colors are top-notch and the sharpness is really great.
Comparing these images to some of your older pictures I wonder if you have changed your post-processing (I favor your new contributions).
Anyway - beautiful work!


+1



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2352
Country: United States

David, here's a link for Nikon extension tubes:

http://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18874/~/using-nikkor-lenses-with-extension-tubes

As Curtis pointed out, you want to be aware of compatibility of the tubes.

Mark, 35mm is a great walkaround prime fl for FX (can't remember if you have FX or DX though). Look forward to seeing the 300mm shots.

Thanks folks for the input on the Canton shots from Baltimore. Baltimore calls itself Charm City, so I am on a quest to find the charm in it



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2352
Country: United States

Last set from Baltimore's Canton area.

Outback Steakhouse in the Can Company building (35 f2 OC)






The Smoking Swine, a mobile carryout (135 f2 AI)






Back on the water - Banker's Hours (35 f2 OC)






More boats (35 f2 OC)








jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6047
Country: United States

designdog wrote:
The work with tubes is quite impressive! Given my current set of lenses, which tube(s) would you recommend?

50 1.2ais, 85 2 ai, 105 2.5 ais, 135 2.8 ais, 180 2.8 ais (coming soon)

Thanks,

David


Get all three of the Nikon tubes: PK-11A, PK-12, and PK-13. Then you can choose what you need.
If you hunt around you can find them reasonably priced. Curtis has found non-Nikon tubes that work great as well.

- John



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3560
Country: Singapore

Love the flowers Peter!
I'm seriously bushed, woke up early to go cycling the trails in an offshore island, together with Anton
Managed to squeeze in a few shots of course Here's one with the 45PCE
An unexpected find deep in the jungle?



my secret garden (CKC_9303) by Zichar, on Flickr


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

Love it Chin, looks like a Tonka toy!



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
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Heh thanks, that's what my wife said too!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2645
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
One more macro shot with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s with two tubes. I love doing this kind of work.


The focal plane is so narrow when shooting with tubes that finding focus by turning the focusing ring is impossible. In fact, using the green light is impractical so I relied on the viewfinder to tell me when the image was in focus. I gently rock back and forth until I get what I want and then trip the shutter. It works...



Stunning image Curtis!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Country: United States

Peter, wonderful closeups of those bright, colorful flowers.

Georg, the reflections of the buildings with the 24 f2 are very pleasant to look at. No sun here still, and still a few weeks before spring and flowers

Portrait with the 135 f2 AI. Wide open at 1/250s, ISO 640, taken from about 5 feet.

This lens at f2 is supposed to be softer at closer distances to make it more portrait-friendly. The 270 degrees focus throw that Curtis pointed out is very evident and would be terrific for macros. One side effect I noticed is that the green dot stays for quite a few degrees of turn.

Putting on the adjuvant hat I see the 135 f2 and the 105 f1.8 to be smaller and **much** more affordable brothers to the modern 200 f2 VR.







asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2645
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Wow.. great shot curtis

What tubes should I have?
thinking of getting some to 135mm
works they also 180mm?
Thinking of getting someone to zeiss with so I get 1:1 on 100 MP
As I understand, I should have the Nikon PN-11 to 1:1 at 100 MP?


I love using tubes with all my lenses. The 180 and 135 will be very happy with tubes. You will wish to experiment to see what length tube satisfies you. Yes, the PN-11 is the tube that brings the 105 f/2.8 AI-s micro lens to 1:1 so it should get you pretty close with the Zeiss lens.

You should be aware, if you're not already, that with extension tubes you lose infinity focus. A dedicated macro lens doesn't hinder you in that regard. The advantage of tubes is that they can be used with any lens and will significantly reduce the minimum focusing distance. But the tradeoff is you will have a very short range within which you can find focus. This is one reason why AI lenses that tend to have a longer focus throw are attractive lenses when shooting with tubes. Of course, the two lenses your considering, the 135 f/2 and 180 f/2.8 have decent throws at 270 degrees and 190 degrees respectively. I don't know the focusing throw of the Zeiss 100 but the time I used one that belongs to a friend it seemed quite a bit shorter.

Of course, this limitation can be overcome simply by moving closer and farther away from the subject you're shooting. This is what I refer to when I say I rock back and forth as I set up a shot. I virtually never use the focusing ring because even turning the ring can cause me to lose focus.

Here is another shot from today, this taken with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd with the PK-11a and PK-12. I'm less interested in 1:1 than in having enough working room to get a decent shot.


If you're planning to use tubes with Zeiss lenses, you may wish to consider Kenko tubes that will allow the camera and lens to communicate. Nikon tubes will not do so. They were created for manual focus lenses that did not have electrical contacts.


Another jaw dropping capture!!!!!!!!!
I have to experiment more with tubes!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2645
Country: Brazil

Oosty wrote:
Hard to believe it's March already!

Following Curtis' lead I went out with the PN-11 and the 80-200 f4 ai-s and took these in the garden.







Peter, great images with 80-200/4 + PN-11.
Liked the colours on this one.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9493
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Oosty wrote:
Hard to believe it's March already!

Following Curtis' lead I went out with the PN-11 and the 80-200 f4 ai-s and took these in the garden.







Peter, great images with 80-200/4 + PN-11.
Liked the colours on this one.

I agree, it also has that "floating" thing going on.


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2645
Country: Brazil

Thank you Scott, Jeff and Georg for the comments.

Samy, loved your sets with the 35/2 OC;

Georg, the master of the "maligned" 24/2;

Ronny, liked your first shots of your dog with the 180/2.8;

Mark, congrats on your new 300/4.5. Waiting your first shots and impressions.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2645
Country: Brazil

First test shots of the newly arrived 28-50mm f/3.5 ais on my preferred "test chart" at infinity, already becoming boring but at least not so boring as a real test chart

Firstly a 4 vertical shots pano at 28mm


4 vertical shots pano with Nikkor 28-50mm f/3.5 ais @28mm by labecoaves, on Flickr
4 vertical shot pano.
D600 + 28-50mm f/3.5 at 28mm, f/8 at 1/500s, ISO 100, hand held.



Then a 6 vertical shots pano at 50mm:


6 vertical shots pano with Nikkor 28-50mm f/3.5 ais @50mm by labecoaves, on Flickr
D600 + 28-50mm f/3.5 at 50mm, f/8 at 1/400s, ISO 100, hand held.


This zoom is pretty good from f/5.6 to f/11, peak at f/8-11.
At f/3.5 - 4 borders at FX (D600) are soft.
Bought it cheap (< USD 150.00 including shipping to Brazil - thank you Chuong!!)

It would be perfectly matched with a 50-135 or 75-150 for travel light.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Love it Chin, looks like a Tonka toy!



+1 Chin. It definately looks like a small toy in a deep lawn of grass.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
One more macro shot with the 105 f/1.8 AI-s with two tubes. I love doing this kind of work.


The focal plane is so narrow when shooting with tubes that finding focus by turning the focusing ring is impossible. In fact, using the green light is impractical so I relied on the viewfinder to tell me when the image was in focus. I gently rock back and forth until I get what I want and then trip the shutter. It works...



Stunning image Curtis!



Very nice Curtis. Wonderful colors and detail.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
First test shots of the newly arrived 28-50mm f/3.5 ais on my preferred "test chart" at infinity, already becoming boring but at least not so boring as a real test chart

Firstly a 4 vertical shots pano at 28mm


4 vertical shots pano with Nikkor 28-50mm f/3.5 ais @28mm by labecoaves, on Flickr
4 vertical shot pano.
D600 + 28-50mm f/3.5 at 28mm, f/8 at 1/500s, ISO 100, hand held.


This zoom is pretty good from f/5.6 to f/11, peak at f/8-11.
At f/3.5 - 4 borders at FX (D600) are soft.
Bought it cheap (< USD 150.00 including shipping to Brazil - thank you Chuong!!)

It would be perfectly matched with a 50-135 or 75-150 for travel light.


Jose, congrats on the new 28-50. I thing you will really like this lens. I us it as you suggest for walk-around paired with the 105 2.5.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

saph wrote:
Last set from Baltimore's Canton area.

The Smoking Swine, a mobile carryout (135 f2 AI)








Hi Samy. Enjoying your series from Baltimore.


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Two quick shots from this sunny morning (the sun is gone now):

D700, 24/2Ai at f/5.6 - university hospital (in this case the pathology)

Looking at these and many other shots I have to conclude that too many of my pictures are too closely framed - lot's of room (pun intended) for improvement ;-)



Georg, I like the water in this first image. Looks very nice in b&w.



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