Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3520
Country: Singapore

I only have good comments for the 35/2 AI ... but then again I was looking at corner sharpness and least distortion

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Peter, I send it to a guy I found on a local forum. I mail him my negs (he used to develop too but his day job caught up with him unfortunately), he scans, removes dust and hair, then uploads into google drive. I get the link, transfer him the money and he sends my negs back to me.

Not really sure the specifics of what he does (seems rather knowledgeable on the forums that's why I went with him). Says on the exif that he use a Nikon Super Coolscan 9000ED?
The files comes back flat and a bit overexposed though I posit that I may have done it myself (I'm always on matrix with my D700 so I'm not used to the 60/40 meter on the FE2. I compensate with -1/3EV ... if I remember). Am very much a newbie with film.

But after all that's said and done, I like the way the files are flat and low contrast. I find them to be much more pliable for processing. Possibly because I tend to shoot scenes of a certain shadowed variety. And the benefits of memory, I can still bring back in my mind's eye the image I pre-visualized before I triggered the shutter.



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3520
Country: Singapore

Sometimes though the low contrast works to one's advantage...



hey (Roll 4668 003) by Zichar, on Flickr


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
Last year Amazing Grace music store was torn down to make way for a park. George Lucas lives in the neighborhood and decided to buy the property with its very dilapidated building. He paid for the demolition but more importantly for the shop owner, he bought an adjacent commercial building and did a rather elaborate remodel and the store moved. I visited the old store and took photos I posted on this thread. Today I went back and they were happy to let me take photos. I was most interested in bokeh play with the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd. Below are a few shots... And here is a link to the store.

http://www.amazinggracemusicmarin.com/home.html


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Curtis, very nice bkeh playing at the music Store.
I liked the most the first shot.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

kings_freak wrote:
georgms wrote:
Some images from this week - but nothing really personal:



portrait of a friendly ceramicist - 24/2Ai at f/4, SB800 in a small softbox from the left, bounced SB800 from the right side

Very nice portrait Georg.

–Tony


+1
Georg, I am wondering how the 24/2 would perform wide open for the same portrait.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

kings_freak wrote:
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Went out to the Rod Run today. It was SO crowded! There was no room to really back up and take shots, let alone have no people in them. Plus, I found that I really didn't like the 85mm focal length for that setting. I pretty much just used the 16mm to play around and get used to it. It is quite a different beast than anything I have shot before. Plus, I don't know how you guys do it, but I couldn't get a decent sunburst for the life of me! I even stopped down to ƒ22 and underexposed by quite a bit, but never got what I wanted. Any advice??

–Tony




Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr



Great set with the 16/3.5. I liked the most this one.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9268
Country: United States

rankamateur wrote:
My first try with a tube(pK-13) on the 80-200 4.5 C Auto. Really nice working distance with this combo.


Very nice, for your first attempt!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9268
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
kings_freak wrote:
...
Went out to the Rod Run today. It was SO crowded! There was no room to really back up and take shots, let alone have no people in them. Plus, I found that I really didn't like the 85mm focal length for that setting. I pretty much just used the 16mm to play around and get used to it. It is quite a different beast than anything I have shot before. Plus, I don't know how you guys do it, but I couldn't get a decent sunburst for the life of me! I even stopped down to ƒ22 and underexposed by quite a bit, but never got what I wanted. Any advice??

–Tony




Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr



Great set with the 16/3.5. I liked the most this one.



+1



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

MarkdV wrote:
I wish I had time to comment on all the amazing pics up this weekend. Chin, Ben, Monty, Tony and the rest, very great pics and very inspiring.

I have managed time to actually get behind the camera, it wasn't looking good this weekend (too much beer yesterday) but things cleared up and managed to get a couple on the 55mm. This really is a lens that the more I use the more I like. One is of how amazing this lens is at extreme close ups even without tubes and the other is of a amazing sky photo to compare to how the 28mm does and I have to say it handles and compares pretty well.









Mark, what a magical capture!!
Wide open?


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

rankamateur wrote:
My first try with a tube(pK-13) on the 80-200 4.5 C Auto. Really nice working distance with this combo.








Well done!!


pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2030
Country: United States

Zichar wrote:
I only have good comments for the 35/2 AI ... but then again I was looking at corner sharpness and least distortion

>

Peter, I send it to a guy I found on a local forum. I mail him my negs (he used to develop too but his day job caught up with him unfortunately), he scans, removes dust and hair, then uploads into google drive. I get the link, transfer him the money and he sends my negs back to me.

Not really sure the specifics of what he does (seems rather knowledgeable on the forums that's why I went with him). Says on the exif that he use a Nikon Super Coolscan 9000ED?
The files comes back flat and a bit overexposed though I posit that I may have done it myself (I'm always on matrix with my D700 so I'm not used to the 60/40 meter on the FE2. I compensate with -1/3EV ... if I remember). Am very much a newbie with film.

But after all that's said and done, I like the way the files are flat and low contrast. I find them to be much more pliable for processing. Possibly because I tend to shoot scenes of a certain shadowed variety. And the benefits of memory, I can still bring back in my mind's eye the image I pre-visualized before I triggered the shutter.


as long as the full tonal range is in there, flat is ok. I did some additional searching and found out that I need to scan a strip of unexposed negative strip, and then lock the scanner's exposure on that value (=solid black defined). That seems to work better than my original method that used built-in film profiles. I did the processing of that film myself, which means they are all somewhat different. The 9000ED is very similar to my scanner, and shouldn't be the reason for the negs to be any better. It is all about the settings in the software.

I'll post a few of my recent scans later today - all heavily adjusted in curves, but I don't go as far as burning and dodging yet.

Peter



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

Thank you Samy, Georg, Tony (you are correct, on a DX body FOV is 204mm), and Philippe for the kind comments.

Another fresco from the House of Casca Longus:


_D7K_20130217_1018-web-10pc-crop-nik-tonal-overlay-33pc by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 1600, f/5.6 at 1/100s. ~ 10% cropped.

If anyone here wish to take a look at the stray dogs of Pompeii, here
http://flic.kr/p/e24TNk
there is an odd one: 1/2 German Shepherd, 1/2 too short legs.

Can not post here because I shoot it with an AF zoom (shame on me! ).



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 713
Country: Poland

asiostygius wrote:
MarkdV wrote:
I wish I had time to comment on all the amazing pics up this weekend. Chin, Ben, Monty, Tony and the rest, very great pics and very inspiring.

I have managed time to actually get behind the camera, it wasn't looking good this weekend (too much beer yesterday) but things cleared up and managed to get a couple on the 55mm. This really is a lens that the more I use the more I like. One is of how amazing this lens is at extreme close ups even without tubes and the other is of a amazing sky photo to compare to how the 28mm does and I have to say it handles and compares pretty well.




Mark, what a magical capture!!
Wide open?


Thanks very much. In answer to your question, no, at F4.0. Wide open was just insanely hard to focus.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4035
Country: South Africa

leighton w wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
kings_freak wrote:
...
Went out to the Rod Run today. It was SO crowded! There was no room to really back up and take shots, let alone have no people in them. Plus, I found that I really didn't like the 85mm focal length for that setting. I pretty much just used the 16mm to play around and get used to it. It is quite a different beast than anything I have shot before. Plus, I don't know how you guys do it, but I couldn't get a decent sunburst for the life of me! I even stopped down to ƒ22 and underexposed by quite a bit, but never got what I wanted. Any advice??

–Tony




Temecula Rod Run by T&J Photography, on Flickr



Great set with the 16/3.5. I liked the most this one.



+1


And me too!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4035
Country: South Africa

With the 5cm f2 - it is a great lens!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4283
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
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.


+100. Amazing set. Really like this last image. What a wonderful setting.
Scott


georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3388
Country: Germany

Oosty wrote:
With the 5cm f2 - it is a great lens!


Peter, now that's a fantastic portrait! Excellent B&W and a really lovely smile. Did you use a bounced flash?



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4283
Country: United States

Oosty wrote:
MarkdV wrote:
I wish I had time to comment on all the amazing pics up this weekend. Chin, Ben, Monty, Tony and the rest, very great pics and very inspiring.

I have managed time to actually get behind the camera, it wasn't looking good this weekend (too much beer yesterday) but things cleared up and managed to get a couple on the 55mm. This really is a lens that the more I use the more I like. One is of how amazing this lens is at extreme close ups even without tubes and the other is of a amazing sky photo to compare to how the 28mm does and I have to say it handles and compares pretty well.



Mark the flower is delicious - well done


+1 Mark, the flower is very nice.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4283
Country: United States

Zichar wrote:
Thanks Leighton. I personally find that b&w film is suited to scenes with prominent shadows
Here's another of the school hall:



c+c (Roll 4668 014) by Zichar, on Flickr



Chin, you are doing great b&w work.


georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3388
Country: Germany

Chin, great work on film. I really like the school-shots and the one from the pier.

Mark, the flower-detail is amazing. Love the contrasting colors and the shallow Depth-of-Field.

Tony, that 16/3.5 is great fun, isn't ;-)) The red car is a beauty and captured in an appropriate fashion.

Monty, nice to see you posting here again. Very nice view from the Institute of Art.

Curtis, great set from the Music Store! It's hard to pick a fav cause I like the whole set, but the second image might be the best combination of excellent framing and DoF-play.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4283
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Thank you Samy, Georg, Tony (you are correct, on a DX body FOV is 204mm), and Philippe for the kind comments.

Another fresco from the House of Casca Longus:


_D7K_20130217_1018-web-10pc-crop-nik-tonal-overlay-33pc by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 1600, f/5.6 at 1/100s. ~ 10% cropped.

If anyone here wish to take a look at the stray dogs of Pompeii, here
http://flic.kr/p/e24TNk
there is an odd one: 1/2 German Shepherd, 1/2 too short legs.

Can not post here because I shoot it with an AF zoom (shame on me! ).


Jose, your work from Pompeii is wonderful. Keep them coming.



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