Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Even Mommy Longlegs may go into shock when she sees that "EEEEK that couldn't be mine!!!"

Terrific start with focus stacking Kevin. The 28 Series E was reversed I presume?

Samy

MarkdV wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
My first focus stack! 7 images. Series E 28/2.8 @ f/5.6 in front of a PK13 (27.5mm) extension tube which yields a magnification of 2.6:1. This is a vertical crop of a horizontal image, about 30%

Daddy long legs...


A face only a mother could love. Amazing work Kevin.



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

Rafael, really like those 55 1.2 images. That old jalopy with the rusting pipes is a fun shot.

Ray, super images of the mansion in Sarasota.

Mark, I see the blossoms under the snow, they will come out eventually, just like they did here, great job capturing the small bird. Some kind of chickadee?



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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A few more from this past week's spring break get-away. 16/3.5 AI or 45/2.8P.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Blossom tree with wide angle.

First is with the 20 3.5UD. The glass on this one's a little beat. Last time I looked at it I wondered if it was fungus, but eventually I decided its just been handled rough.







Second with the 24 2.8 AIS. This one hasn't been put to use for months. Its a delightful small lens, from what I remember its sharp even wide open. Both images at f/8.









rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
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jhinkey wrote:
The girls have been wanting to go out to breakfast at a local place that opened up about 6 months ago - mainly because they specialize in crepes, some of the savory variety and some of the sweet variety. You can guess which type they wanted . . .

Slung the D800 + 45/2.8P around my shoulder and we walked the 5 blocks. My crepe was of the savory variety (due to my severe sugar incompatibilities) and hence was much less photographic than my latte or their berry + whip creme-filled breakfasts. Their eyes were much larger than their stomachs so next time they will have to split one.

John


John is having such a good tine with the 45mm, I might just have to use mine.

Nikon Nikkor GN 45mm 2.8 C non ai HN4 D800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

kwoodard wrote:
My first focus stack! 7 images. Series E 28/2.8 @ f/5.6 in front of a PK13 (27.5mm) extension tube which yields a magnification of 2.6:1. This is a vertical crop of a horizontal image, about 30%

Daddy long legs...



Great technique - it gives me the creeps!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

Wonderful work everyone. Glad you put the 80-200 f/4.5 to work with an extension tube Kevin. It is a fantastic combination. You'll likely motivate me to mount mine which is sitting on a cabinet in the living room for some reason. It may be getting ready to go for a walk...

This is what you get on a bright day using spot metering and aiming the center focusing point on dark glasses... The 105 f/2.5 P AI'd.


Converted in Silver Efex Pro 2 with my own secret sauce...



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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MDoc9523 wrote:
This home was built on the premiss that there is a sucker born every minute.


He understood human nature alright!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Cool looking little lens Rafael, fits like a cap on the D800E. It looks like the 45s are among the lightest of the Nikon lenses.

http://destoutz.ch/lens_45mm_f2.8_763981.html

The recent spate of 45 images has been fun.



John is having such a good tine with the 45mm, I might just have to use mine.

Nikon Nikkor GN 45mm 2.8 C non ai HN4 D800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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Country: South Africa

rafaelcasd wrote:


John is having such a good tine with the 45mm, I might just have to use mine.

Nikon Nikkor GN 45mm 2.8 C non ai HN4 D800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


This lens looks so pathetically inadequate on that camera - this must be the reason for all the huge zooms. Just to restore ones masculinity!

Looks good to me though....



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Very nice demo of spot metering Curtis.

And the 105 2.5P is overcoming my recent resistance to temptation.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

kwoodard wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
My brother and I took a little road trip to Arcadia and Sarasota yesterday. Had a great time talking about old times and taking photos. The first two photos are from Arcadia, which is well known for it's antique shoppes. Taken using the D600 and 16mm 3.5



I really like this one.



+1

Ray, was this one "defished"?



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

kwoodard wrote:
This is a first for me... I never post the JPG that come straight out of the camera, but here are three. Taken with the 80-200/4.5 AI with the addition of a PK13. All images are -.7EV as it was noon sun, so the color isn't as I like. I won't have ACR access until I get home. Will play with them a little there, but I don't think they will need much.


_DSC7879 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


_DSC7848 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr




Kevin, another spetacular set, loved these two.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5063
Country: Sweden

Great shot everyone!!


Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

MDoc9523 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
...Curtis, beautiful scalloped collection, but I think you need this beauty to have a more complete collection :

http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/10/nikkor-q-200mm-f4-lens/
http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_200mm_f4_598528.html


It is definitely a gorgeous lens but the 4 elements in 4 groups does not stir Bjorn's juices. While the later versions from K through AI-s are given very high marks 4.5 to 5, the earlier lens is given a 2.5. I'm not certain it is a very sensible investment. I love the old lenses, but function matters to me more than form. The pre-AI lenses now in my kit all perform exceptionally well, the best of form and function. That is why my buying days might be over...


Curtis, though Bjorn is generally spot on about lens evaluations, in this particular case I have to disagree (perhaps I was lucky with a good copy, or it would be the multicoating of the QC?):
Even though I have the 200/4 Q.C for a short time, shooting side by side with the 200/4 ais revealed to me virtually no difference. I made no formal test (perhaps I will perform one this weekend ), but apparently sharpness is equal and the only slight, really slight difference could be that wide open the QC has a little bit more CA in harsh light conditions - easily fixed in PP though. At smaller apertures simply there is no difference at 100% pixel peeping.
The other difference is that the older lens is IMHO better constructed (including the built in hood - firm and not loose) and feels better in my hands than the ais version.


You're NOT HELPING Jose... The 200 like the 20 is not a focal length I turn to. On the wide end I'm so mesmerized by the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd that I probably won't use the 20 f/2.8 AI-s until/unless I take a trip to an urban environment where I really need to get wide. At the longer end, the 180 f/2.8 AI-s in in a league of its own. Yes, it is bigger and heavier but it is faster and bitingly sharp wide open. I'd likely go to that lens and if I wanted longer it would most often be the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF.

I'll never say never when it comes to these lenses, but...

This morning I did a bit of shooting with my recently acquired and converted 105 f/2.5 P AI'd. I've no idea what motivated Nikon to switch from the Sonnar design and move to Gauss. This old lens is rather thrilling to use. Here is a shot of a flower without an extension tube shot hand held at f/2.5 followed by a close shot of the same flower taken with the PK-13 attached. These were shot at a local nursery, which on Fridays takes a huge delivery of flowers for sale over the weekend. It is a great time to stop by and take a few photos.


Did I miss the news on how this lens got AI'D? Last I heard you were going to swap the aperture ring from your previous version. Did you end up doing this yourself? inquiring minds want to know.


Ray, speaking of DIY, lately I am preferring to maintain the original aperture ring on the older lenses, so I did a DIY job with the 200 QC. In the last 2 images you can see the result, not a pro job, but easy enough to be done by anyone (including me!).
This site has excellent instructions about the conversion:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/02/06/nikkor-ai-conversions-diy/

These are some side by side images of the QC ai'd (left) and the AI-S versions of the 200mm f/4.


Nikkors 200mm f/4, AI-S & non-AI Q.C versions by labecoaves, on Flickr


Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI-S & non-ai Q.C versions (blades) by labecoaves, on Flickr


Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI-S & non-ai Q.C versions (back) by labecoaves, on Flickr


Nikkor 200mm f/4 ais and non-ai Q.C versions (aperture & focusing rings detail) by labecoaves, on Flickr

All images taken with the D600 + Micro-Nikkor 55/2.8 ais.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

CGrindahl wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
...Curtis, beautiful scalloped collection, but I think you need this beauty to have a more complete collection :

http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/10/nikkor-q-200mm-f4-lens/
http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_200mm_f4_598528.html






Picasa screwed up the keywords. This WAS shot with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd at f/8. Neither shot was cropped.


Curtis, these are stunning!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Great shot everyone!!


Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


Another stunning flower image!
You guys are outdoing yourselves with these magnific flower sets!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Thanks Mihai, Georg, Scott, Ray and Samy for the comments.

Kevin excellent focus stacking and another killer flower sets!

Rafael, I am looking forward your images with the old 200 QC;

John, liked the blue still life.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

Thanks Jose.

You're upping the ante with photos of lenses that look so beautiful. I've been agonizing over whether to go shopping for a 200 Q.C. but I think I'll constrain myself for the moment. But that surely is a beautiful lens Jose. I may have to let you become the official devil of this thread...



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

saph wrote:
Even Mommy Longlegs may go into shock when she sees that "EEEEK that couldn't be mine!!!"

Terrific start with focus stacking Kevin. The 28 Series E was reversed I presume?

Samy

MarkdV wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
My first focus stack! 7 images. Series E 28/2.8 @ f/5.6 in front of a PK13 (27.5mm) extension tube which yields a magnification of 2.6:1. This is a vertical crop of a horizontal image, about 30%

Daddy long legs...


A face only a mother could love. Amazing work Kevin.



Yes, the 28mm is reversed. I forgot to mention that bit. Thanks for catching it!



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