Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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pburke wrote:
Finally got me a copy of Photoshop 6 yesterday, so I spent some extra time with fresh photos last night (anyone know where the "post crop vignette" has moved to since CS5 had it in Camera RAW?)

More from the SAC museum, all with the D600 again

This one is right out of Dr. Strangelove, just without the cowboy pilot riding the bomb that used to hang in the belly of B36 "Peacemakers" - this thing was huge, needing two strobes to light up the bay and a boost in iso.

20mm f3.5 @f11 1/200s iso 800, dual remote flash (Yongnuo triggers)







nose cone of a B29, 20mm f3.5 @f3.5 1/20s iso 800 handheld - I really gotta find where post crop vignette has moved in CS6, since this didn't turn out as clean as I hoped for







B29 "Lucky Lady" artwork, 105mm f2.5 handheld again,







engine narcelle of the B29, 20mm f3.5 @f11 1/125s iso 100 single remote flash









Those are awesome! Post-Crop Vignetting is on the Fx tab I believe.


Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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Peter B - really good images.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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My latest engineering job - converted to Ai and its predecessor. Each of these images was taken with the other lens wide open.

The "S' lens was a four(4)-group, six(6)-element Gaussian type with an additional weak concave element at the front, for a so-called retrofocus type lens of seven(7)-element construction.

The "H" lens This lens went on the market five(5) years after the Nikkor-S, with a new optical configuration - a four(4)-group six(6)-element orthodox Gaussian type.
With advances in optical design technology, a Gaussian type optical system was now capable of providing adequate back focus for the design of a 50mm lens.

( Source: http://imaging.nikon.com/history/nikkor/2/ )

Both lenses are great to use with the "H" having the edge over the "S" (in my opinion) but its hard to see.

And to think I got both of these plus the 28 2.8 for R300 (about $35) .. amazing luck!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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Three more with the "H" 50 f2

I'm amazed by the sharpness!



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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CGrindahl wrote:
These old lenses do amazing work Ray. Love the bokeh in that flower shot. That lens has the same optics as the S.C. version I recently had converted with a kit. I used it last Sunday and was very pleased. But I didn't get as good a deal as you did my friend. Well done on every level.



Thank you Curtis. These old lenses are indeed amazing. I had one professional who told me that many of his colleagues believe that for portraits these lenses are indeed too sharp
I have been enjoying your flower shots. I have noticed a change in your framing and I really like the new style!
Mihai very sharp and detailed shot.
Peter love the lines!
Peter thank you. My brother and I had a wonderful time.
Mark great DOF in that last photo
Peter amazing luck indeed. Great find. There is nothing like finding a treasure!
The sample photos are superb!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Oosty wrote:
Peter B - really good images.


+1 Peter B. The SR-71 does have very nice lines. The B-29 is very nice as well.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Oosty wrote:
Three more with the "H" 50 f2

I'm amazed by the sharpness!


Peter, I like the low spring tide image. Good time to do a bit of hull work on that boat.



rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
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No more prisoner at home the road is finally done. 16 3.5 Fish



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
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Plenty of good work to be seen here everyone. now some of you have got me thinking about buying a file and scouting for some really old glass..... I really need to get out to shoot so that the GAS is subdued.

Waiting for my turn for flowers here ... should be soon.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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The banyan tree originally from India is an amazing tree. As the branches grow the limbs expand downward to form roots. While the great redwood grow in height the banyan grows in width. A search on google has informed me that the largest one in the U.S. in right here in Florida. There were several at the Ringling Museum grounds.







CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Thanks for the lens porn Peter. I'd noted Bjorn's glowing review of the 50 f/2 long before picking up a copy of the 50 f/2 H.C. AI'd but then, like most folks I was mesmerized by the speed of the 50 f/1.2 and the low price of the 50 f/1.8, both of which are outstanding lenses as well. And more recently, I added the 50 f/1.4 S.C. AI'd to my kit. I have to say that Nikon has a stable of very fine lenses at 50mm even as they do at 55mm. Frankly, I don't think we can go wrong with any of them, but I'm definitely smitten by the older lenses design with scalloped rings and all metal construction. I'll also concede that it is better to file down the aperture ring and use these lenses than to not have them in our kit. So long as the lenses are handled with respect and care, all is well with the world. Glad you shared your experience and a few photos to demonstrate what the lenses are capable of doing... I'd say, great things.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Hey Ray... lenses that are too sharp can be handled more easily in digital post than in the good old days, so I think we're safe. But it is a testament to Nikon's technical ability to have created these lenses. With regard to any changes in how I compose flower images, all I can say is that it happens on its own without much thought on my behalf. I just move sliders and edges until I get what feels right. Every image is an experiment, which is, of course, one of the reasons post processing on a computer is so satisfying. Never a dull moment there.

I have to say your photos have always made Florida a more appealing place to me, though I doubt Sue and I will ever more there. Granted, I have much greater variety of subjects, but you keep showing us gorgeous gardens and interesting street scenes that would stir my creative juices were I in that environment. But I'd definitely need a few dozen long sleeve white shirts if I lived there...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Another rose...


200 f/4 Q,C, AI'd, wide open



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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Testing out IR from a lens that Bjorn gave it a 5, 28mm f3.5 K AI'd.












pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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raboof wrote:
Testing out IR from a lens that Bjorn gave it a 5, 28mm f3.5 K AI'd.


do you use a filter or was the camera sensor filter IR converted? Exposure on the first shot looks too short to be done with a filter.



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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pburke wrote:
raboof wrote:
Testing out IR from a lens that Bjorn gave it a 5, 28mm f3.5 K AI'd.


do you use a filter or was the camera sensor filter IR converted? Exposure on the first shot looks too short to be done with a filter.



I have a D70s' sensor converted.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Very cool shots Chuong!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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A few more from last night with the 400/5.6 ED AI.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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raboof wrote:
Testing out IR from a lens that Bjorn gave it a 5, 28mm f3.5 K AI'd.











These are awesome! I love the K lenses, they are all so nice. Finding AI kits for them these days is super tough though...


pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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kwoodard wrote:
These are awesome! I love the K lenses, they are all so nice. Finding AI kits for them these days is super tough though...


I have that lens, but one of the elements rattles around loosely in the barrel probably should just mount it for giggles and see what happens



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