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

I am betting Ray's going to get at least the 400 5.6 Ray that owl will pose even more gracefully for a 400mm

CGrindahl wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Great flower shot Ray. I see the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF works as well in Florida as it does in California... You've got the eye my friend.


Thanks Curtis. I bought this lens because of you


Thats what friends are for Ray... As I recall, you were lugging around a much too heavy f/2.8 lens and this little beauty saved your shoulder while giving you the performance you want. Very wise move. Needless to say, should you ever decide to take the plunge with the 400 f/5.6 AI or AI-s with ED glass, you'd be equally happy. Nikon really knew what it was doing when it made those light weight lenses. I'll not likely ever take the plunge with the 500 f/4 but that would be another stunner to add to one's kit.

I just checked with the local camera technician and he said he'd be happy to swap out the aperture rings of my growing assemblage of pre-AI Nikkors. I told him about the 105 but not the 50. I guess I either have to invest in some equipment or spend a bit of money to let him do it. Tomorrow I'll take the lenses in for him to see exactly what is involved.

And for those of you who are adept at doing such work, consider I live in a cottage without a workshop and don't own anything but a few auto repair tools. I'd be starting from scratch. Although I've taken engines out of cars, I'm not certain I have the patience and fortitude to open up four lenses. More will be revealed.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Excellent flower-images on the last few pages - Ray, Ronny, Ron, Curtis, Samy: excellent work!

Leighton, that's a really lovely portrait of your market-neighbor! The 105/2.5 seems to be almost too sharp for a girl-portrait ;-)

Ronny, great job on the green door again! And the engine looks cool - must be a tiny V2-engine?!

John, your latest sets are great. Love the "Beach"-sign and the ebb tide piles.

Jose, the "Palazzo Bonaparte" looks like a neat home for an elder lady ;-) Good job behind the camera!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Country: United States

Georg, I really like the rust and wood, and the grainy monochrome flowers.

georgms wrote:
After seeing Curtis' work with "tubed" MF-Nikkor's I just had to go in the garden for some shot's with an old PC Auto 105/2.5 on a 20mm-Kenko-tube.
But the flowers were too colorful for my taste and after some half-hearted snaps another potential subject caught my eyes.
The 105 delivered not the wanted look and was exchanged for the tiltable PC 85/2.8D:




kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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At the swap meet I was at last Sunday, there was a lady selling a 600mm f/4 that was pristine! She only wanted $4k for it... I played with it with her D4 (it was on a monstrous tripod)...wow, I was able to read the "Push" button on a soda dispenser in the McDonalds about 400 yards away. Heck, it made me think about 900mm on my D7000.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
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kwoodard wrote:
At the swap meet I was at last Sunday, there was a lady selling a 600mm f/4 that was pristine! She only wanted $4k for it... I played with it with her D4 (it was on a monstrous tripod)...wow, I was able to read the "Push" button on a soda dispenser in the McDonalds about 400 yards away. Heck, it made me think about 900mm on my D7000.


Kevin, the 600/4 has a major drawback: it wont fit your reversing-ring ;-)



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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I see a little sadness or thoughtfulness in both the "persons", at least that's what I got out of it.

georgms wrote:
Philippe, I really like the second shot: it almost looks like the two "persons" are silently exchanging thoughts (sorry, have no better words for it).



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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Curtis, Ronny, Jose and Samy - thanks for your words on the wilted blossom and the "rusting wood"!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Ron, great colors and background on that magnolia image.

I think this is the first time I saw a 45 GN example?

Samy

rankamateur wrote:
Magnolia's are blooming like crazy now. 45mm GN Ai 100% crop



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Country: United States

Good point Georg, I also wonder whether Kevin's newly acquired focusing rail will withstand the load of the 600 f4

I went and looked at the weight of the 600 f4 AI/AIS, its more than double that of my comparatively featherweight 500 f4P

georgms wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
At the swap meet I was at last Sunday, there was a lady selling a 600mm f/4 that was pristine! She only wanted $4k for it... I played with it with her D4 (it was on a monstrous tripod)...wow, I was able to read the "Push" button on a soda dispenser in the McDonalds about 400 yards away. Heck, it made me think about 900mm on my D7000.


Kevin, the 600/4 has a major drawback: it wont fit your reversing-ring ;-)



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

georgms wrote:

and finally some rusting wood or so for the corrosion-lovers here ;-)

screwed von georgsfoto auf Flickr


Georg, very nice!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

bruni wrote:
the camel train Curtis put nikki on finally arrived!!

Thank you for the little surprises in the box - they will be treasured!

Rinie - I have the magnet up at work.
Laura - love the B25 pin
Scott - yes, the tape made it intact and I was delighted by my surprise.

There were a couple of filters and a hood there too - total score! Thank you so much.

I'm going out to take some shots today!

ben


Great news Ben. So glad she made it home safely. Many miles, many days, and oh so many memories! That sure was a lot of fun.
Scott



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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The one downside of Nikki arriving with Ben, is that now I have no excuse I can use to avoid sending photos in for Leighton to add to the blog... Of course, now that the market is happening, perhaps Leighton is too busy and we can put it off even longer...



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

John, wonderful series. I especially like the low tide and piles in the second series.

Curtis, more nice flower shots. The red rose is awesome.

Phillipe, nice street scenes. The first image with the mannequin head, she definately has a split personality.

Ron, nice magnolia blossom.

Ray, nice catch finding the owl mate.

Thank you Samy for the comment.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9305
Country: United States

YAY on the safe arrival. Glad you liked the B25 pin

bruni wrote:
the camel train Curtis put nikki on finally arrived!!

Thank you for the little surprises in the box - they will be treasured!

Rinie - I have the magnet up at work.
Laura - love the B25 pin
Scott - yes, the tape made it intact and I was delighted by my surprise.

There were a couple of filters and a hood there too - total score! Thank you so much.

I'm going out to take some shots today!

ben



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9305
Country: United States

From this evening, a quick run out the door. Shot with a full set of Kenko Tubes



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
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Country: United States

NightOwl Cat wrote:
Ray, are you trying to say that the FL women on the beach are too wrinkly?



Yes! 80% look like their skin is made of Alligator hide and hanging off their arms
I can take a few photos of them if you like

Reagan

Must be different on Ray's side of Florida



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

Jose love the shot from Rome. The architecture is simply beautiful.
Samy the flowers are terrific
Curtis the white lily is so elegant and the roses are beautiful
Nice work with the micro Craig
John the 16 plus the 45 make great travel companions
Phillippe nice shots but do I detect a little CA on the mans head?
Georg I love the grain and rust!
Ronny those two shots of the flower have the real WOW factor - well done
Leighton it's great to see you post. Busy time of the year for you and I miss your photos!
Ron nice to see you getting into the spring flower scene
Laura flowers are the call of the day and you did not disappoint us nicely done!
Thanks to everyone for the comments on my flowers and owls



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

Reagan wrote:
NightOwl Cat wrote:
Ray, are you trying to say that the FL women on the beach are too wrinkly?



Yes! 80% look like their skin is made of Alligator hide and hanging off their arms
I can take a few photos of them if you like

Reagan

Must be different on Ray's side of Florida

It is Reagan and that's why I settled on this side of the state!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8403
Country: United States

Thanks for the positive comments everyone - I have not had time to go through the last couple of pages other than to notice chatter about the remote possibility of Curtis moving to Florida . . .

Here's a few more from yesterday and this morning. Fun ends tomorrow.

John



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

Thank you Ronny, Ben, Georg and Ray for the comments.

Georg, you're right, the 105 can be TOO sharp at times for portraits. Thank goodness for the adjustment brush in LR!



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