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bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1425
Country: Australia

Leighton - that looks like clear skies to you? that's the middle of the day in Summer - look how dark and menacing it is. Looks like you've been at the grape juice too.

Peter - I expected the US members to flame me over my accent crack - but you? YOU?

Thank you Ronny - very kind as always.

Philip - are people complaining about the 24PCEl? that's crazy. Yes, it is ridiculously sharp, and great colour too. I haven't really figured out tilt and shift (I get shift, but tilt is hard to gauge). It's my current favourite lens - but it's new and you know how these things go.

Ben



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2675
Country: Brazil

As I am an incorrigible birder, a little bit of birding at Pompeii's Forum .
An improbable lens and a unusual environment for birding (a storage room for terracota dolia found in the excavations):


A little birding at Pompeii Forum by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai, ISO 1600, f/5.6 at 1/1600s. >~50% cropped. It looks like a female House Sparrow.



On a stone block with Nikki's daughter wide open + TC16A:


A little birding at Pompeii Forum 2 by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai'd + TC16A (=136mm f/2.8), ISO 320, wide open at 1/4000s. ~50% cropped. It looks like a female House Sparrow.
I think this is not bad for a wide open 40 years old lens + the overlooked TC16A.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9570
Country: United States

bruni wrote:
Leighton - that looks like clear skies to you? that's the middle of the day in Summer - look how dark and menacing it is. Looks like you've been at the grape juice too.

Ben


I generally don't waste my time with the fruit of the vine! Hey...that rhymes.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4400
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
NightOwl Cat wrote:
been on the gogo all day, just got home and wanted to post these before I went to sleep so Leighton could see one of them for sure

First two, I'm torn which I like, the first or the second. The 55 is how many years they've been broadcasting, but I also like the bokeh of the second.







Laura, That's quite a nice looking Nubian. We had some of these when we first started farming. They're VERY friendly.


Laura I like this one very much. When you took this, at least you aimed higher than Leighton.


rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1511
Country: United States

My favourite 5cm

nikon nikkor 5cm f 2 S D3 Taken with D200 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Capturing official graffiti


nikon nikkor 5cm S 2.0 D3 official graffiti by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Not a bad Brickwall for testing, fully open.


nikon nikkor 5cm S 2.0 D3 official graffiti 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4400
Country: United States

Ben, this is very nice. Great detail and love the composition.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4400
Country: United States

rankamateur wrote:
I am wandering looking for signs of spring. Has to be spring doesn't it. We are turning the clocks ahead tonight. Has to be spring. 50-135mm trying out the Macro mode(so they call it anyway). 100% Crop


Nice Ron. Glad to see spring "might" be around the corner.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9570
Country: United States


mp356 wrote:
Laura I like this one very much. When you took this, at least you aimed higher than Leighton.




leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9570
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
My favourite 5cm
Not a bad Brickwall for testing, fully open.


nikon nikkor 5cm S 2.0 D3 official graffiti 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Looks a little soft on the edges? yes...no?



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3036
Country: France

From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :





fsiagian
Registered: May 24, 2009
Total Posts: 1840
Country: United States

Wow I love no 1.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 3099
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
rankamateur wrote:
I am wandering looking for signs of spring. Has to be spring doesn't it. We are turning the clocks ahead tonight. Has to be spring. 50-135mm trying out the Macro mode(so they call it anyway). 100% Crop



Reagan, great capture.
I am wondering how this zoom will perform with tubes or close up lenses. Need to experiment some day.


Thanks, but I think you mean Ron
but we both like cats


Reagan



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13308
Country: United States

Absolutely stunning set Philippe! Great work. Your framing from very low in the last shot is a signature of your shooting style. I love it.

I so envy you the opportunity to be shooting in these magnificent settings. I am eternally fascinated with the grandeur of Europe. Sadly, we're a culture of strip malls and big box stores. I know that some of that is coming to Europe as well, but at least you have a few centuries worth of great art and architecture to feed the soul. I'm very happy you found us Philippe and that you continue to entertain us with your "growing" kit of a MF Nikkor lenses...



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2675
Country: Brazil

Reagan wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
rankamateur wrote:
I am wandering looking for signs of spring. Has to be spring doesn't it. We are turning the clocks ahead tonight. Has to be spring. 50-135mm trying out the Macro mode(so they call it anyway). 100% Crop



Reagan, great capture.
I am wondering how this zoom will perform with tubes or close up lenses. Need to experiment some day.


Thanks, but I think you mean Ron
but we both like cats


Reagan


Oops, need to edit that!!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2675
Country: Brazil

Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :










Philippe, stunning set, I liked the most the first and last photos.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9570
Country: United States

fsiagian wrote:
Wow I love no 1.


+1 !



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13308
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
My favourite 5cm
Not a bad Brickwall for testing, fully open.


Looks a little soft on the edges? yes...no?


I've never understood why a wide open lens should be critiqued on whether it is sharp corner to corner. Perhaps at a time with ASA 400 was deemed fast, there was a greater need to shoot wide open and corner to corner sharpness was of greater significance. But with today's cameras, the only reason to shoot wide open is because the photographer is attempting to isolate a portion of a scene. In that situation, I'm after bokeh at the edges not sharpness. In fact, I'll frame the scene so I get the maximum blur everywhere but the area I want to be sharp. If I'm concerned about corner to corner sharpness AND the scene I'm shooting permits me to gain that, I'll stop down. Apart from flat walls, one is rarely put into the position where such matters need to be considered. Landscape photographers who are seeking maximum depth of field are definitely stopping down their cameras. I spoke with my friend George who said he shoots at either f/11 or f/16. He also said there is not a single shot in his archive taken with the lens wide open.

I direct this as much to John as to you Leighton, recalling his comments on the performance of the Zeiss 100 on his D800. If I'm not seeking corner to corner sharpness, I'm not inclined to discount a lens because it doesn't achieve perfection in that regard. I'd rather evaluate a lens in terms of its utility to me and not some standard. I understand the more technically inclined among us enjoy making those kinds of evaluations as fully as I enjoy working with an image in post to get out of it the most I can.

I feel the same way about contrast produced by a lens. I can manage that very easily in post. Our digital tools are so incredible that a great many deficits can be overcome.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3049
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :









Wow, this image is pure class. I love your style.


bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1425
Country: Australia

kwoodard wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :

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Wow, this image is pure class. I love your style.



love these Phillippe...and I especially love the idea of you lying on the ground at the Opera to get that shot

ben



Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2543
Country: Sweden

Phillipe: Love it ..Last one is stunning



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