Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:

Love your close work with the D600 Ray. I'm not surprised that you'd find a new relationship with the 105 not that you're shooting FX. I own four lenses at that focal length, at least in part because I love it so much. Of course, NMFAS which has been much discussed of late, probably had something to do with it...

I visited a friend his morning and saw these flowers as I was leaving. I had to walk to my car to pick up my camera so I could take a few shots. I mounted the 135 f/2 AI-s, first with the PK-13 extension. I later took the tube off. Here are two perspectives of these flowers.


I have to say I like the second one better. Looking forward to seeing SF from the ferry. What a nice friend.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
Some of my early results with the Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8. Most of these are at 5.6.

A bonus shot from the Series E 50mm... Played around with this one. I like how it turned out, what do you all think?


DSC_7044 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


I like your post work with this one Kevin!



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Country: United States

Stunning. I really need to have one clear night when these are active down here. Loving the sights you're sharing, but I know this is something that's amazing when you see it for yourself.




mike-in-ak wrote:

I have not dug into the optical formula differences if any between the 20mm AIS, AF, and the AF-D. I use speedlights in i-TTL so the AF-D would be the best choice there. I do prefer to use AI, AIS lenses for the cold night work as I don't feel too bad when they frost over at -35. The 24mm and 28mm and 35mm all have nasty distortion wide open that forces me to give up 2 stops to get pin point stars. Only the Noct is relatively distortion free at /1.2

I still have boat loads of MF Nikkors but I would be posting fewer Aurora shots.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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John, ours has been very less than cooperative, too, plus lugging camera gear around school along with my loaded backpack would probably be REALLY good exercise... but not when I have five flights of stairs to deal with before/after one class. Guess I will have to for summer semester though, since the Intro photography class (B&W and darkroom) is a class I chose to take, for me.

jhinkey wrote:
Thought the weather here in Seattle has been somewhat cooperating, my schedule has not, so I've missed a bunch of shooting opportunities both during the day and night time.

Managed to stuff the 400/5.6 ED AI in my camera bag along with my laptop down at the beach the other day. CPL on and hand held, thus the ISO. Nothing super interesting, but at least it's something!

John



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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+2 Tubes are fun Ray, you need to find a set. Kenko, Nikon, or a set of compatible Vivitars like Curtis uses.

Oosty wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Some fun on a rainy day. In between down pours I put the 105mm 2.5 P on my D600. I was really surprised how much I like this lens on full frame. It has gone from a lens I was never too fussy about to one I really enjoy using. The only downside is that I wish it focused closer. I guess I now I really understand Curtis and his tubes



Ray these are gorgeous. Are they cropped at all? The iris is excllent and the butterfly superb.



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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I just listed over 15 lenses here. http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1198350
NMFAS is on



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
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Country: Singapore

GLWS Chuong



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3470
Country: Singapore

When the wife reached for the box of treats...



mepls (CKC_9393) by Zichar, on Flickr


jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Country: United States

raboof wrote:
I just listed over 15 lenses here. http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1198350
NMFAS is on


Yes, I caught some of it already from Chuong this morning . . . .

- John



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Zichar wrote:
When the wife reached for the box of treats...


Even better!



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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I can "Like" now?



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Zichar wrote:
When the wife reached for the box of treats...


Even better!


+1 Chin. Great pose.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
Some of my early results with the Nikkor-Q 135mm f/2.8. Most of these are at 5.6.



Very nice series Kevin. I do like your post-process work on the last image.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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Thanks everyone for the compliments. That last image of the car was meant to be just something fun, but the response has been overwhelming. Thank you. I have been seeing the car driving around my town recently and I never had my camera with me. Was blind luck that I stumbled upon it parked. I had to crop it a bit to get most of the modern Ford pickup behind it. Then I thought about making it look vintage. Glad you all like the result.



rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 838
Country: United States

I picked this 35mm F2 O up yesterday from the original owner who is in his 80's. He said he probably used it 10 times before he had it AI converted along with his 55 1.2 After it was converted he remembered using it twice. He much preferred the 55 which had a fair amount of wear but the glass on it too was pristine. The 35 was in a little leather case and that is where it has sat. I already have the 35 -O and the 35 F2 AI-S and I see little difference in them. I took the shots with the AI-S version. I might just keep it but I will probably stick it on the B&S before long.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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I sent you a PM Ron...



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Great one, Chin!

Zichar wrote:
When the wife reached for the box of treats...



mepls (CKC_9393) by Zichar, on Flickr



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 12776
Country: United States

rankamateur wrote:
I picked this 35mm F2 O up yesterday from the original owner who is in his 80's. He said he probably used it 10 times before he had it AI converted along with his 55 1.2 After it was converted he remembered using it twice. He much preferred the 55 which had a fair amount of wear but the glass on it too was pristine. The 35 was in a little leather case and that is where it has sat. I already have the 35 -O and the 35 F2 AI-S and I see little difference in them. I took the shots with the AI-S version. I might just keep it but I will probably stick it on the B&S before long.


What a gorgeous lens Ron. I'm reminded of the 35 f/2 AI-s I bought from a Japanese gentleman who had recently bought his first DSLR. He was ready to move from MF to AF.

These old lenses with the scalloped focusing rings are really gorgeous and a joy to use. Congratulations on your latest acquisition.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2542
Country: Brazil

Thanks Ray, Scott, Samy and Tony for the comments.

Mike, your Aurora Borealis series is jaw dropping;

Tony, nice sets with Nikki;

Ray, loved the 105/2.5 P set;

Curtis, what fantastic flower capture with the 135/2 + PK13; and some reviews state this lens is "weak" at shorter distances...

Kevin, spetacular set with the old 135/2.8 Q;

John, as usual, excellent landscapes with the 400/5.6 ED;

Ron, congrats for the beauty 35/2 O;

Chin, lovely twin dogs shots, loved the most the last one.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 12776
Country: United States

I just received a PM from Tony alerting me to the fact Nikki was shipped today and is on the way to me. Amazing to realize this adventure is drawing to a close. I was a little less than a year ago that Leighton and I had a conversation about trying something like this. And now I'll be the last person to entertain our fair lady before sending her home to Ben who so graciously gave us this opportunity to play. Thanks again Ben.

It is remarkable to realize what this adventure has wrought. Quite a few of the folks who shot with Nikki proceeded to buy a copy of the lens for themselves. And, of course, a few of us became enamored with these old pre-AI lenses with their scalloped focusing rings. I'm still looking at them, which is patently absurd because I already have WAY TOO MANY lenses. Four of them are sitting on the table in front of me, five or six are in my camera bag and the cabinet behind me has so many packed on the shelves there isn't room for me. Of course, I do have a couple of empty camera bags I could press into service...

So by this weekend I expect I'll have a new playmate. I'll put her through her paces as i introduce her to northern California. Who knows, she might like it so much she won't want to got to Australia...



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