Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 845
Country: United States

They say 3 is the charm but in my case it took 4. Leighton started this quest with his incessant posting of fantastic images with the 50-135mm. The first I bought on Ebay was advertised perfect working condition.(should have asked questions) The zoom flopped back and forth. The 2nd I bought on Ebay and specifically asked and was told the zoom was normal. It flopped up and down. Both these sellers had over 3000 positive feedback and no negative. The 3rd I bought on the forum advertised as firm zoom. Nope not firm. Better than the others but still moved on it's own. As luck would have it I found a listing on Ebay that said the lens was new but did not have the box. I said what the heck at $80 how could you go wrong. The darn thing is unreal. Firm focus and very firm zoom. Not a mark, not a spec of dust and not any evidence it was mounted. The funny thing is I took pics with every one of them. I see not one bit of difference so that says the copies have really tight tolerances. A couple shots with the new one.



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1525
Country: China

Zichar wrote:
Aye haven't seen you in a bit Dean
Where are the photos of the Coorong?


I was in Aus in Feb for two weeks and shot nothing basically Just ate mum's cooking, put on two kg's and drank beer outside under the sun and blue sky ... Aussie mode.



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1525
Country: China

CGrindahl wrote:
Guess who came for a visit?

When I signed for the package I told the letter carrier about Nikki's great adventure and he was impressed! I am as well. I'm also very touched by what I discovered inside the package. Of course I knew a lens hood had been added and a filter, though I found two, not one. But then I unfolded the note that so many of you wrote on. Honestly, it brought tears to my eyes. What a remarkable thing we've done together.

I'm going to post a few photos, beyond our informal four photo limit, as I tell the story of Nikki's arrival at my home.

I'm guessing that is the original box that held Nikki when she left Australia. How far that box made it I have no idea...

Contents of the box except for this...

Nikki arrives at the "place of honor" used for most of the lens photos I've been taking of late.

And with her older sister. Interesting the relation between the lens description and the aperture ring that differs between the two lenses.

And the new coating seems evident in this comparison of their front elements.

But then look at the difference between the two lens hoods, the smaller that came with Nikki and the larger I bought for the H version. Perhaps that will save me for unwanted light.

More will be revealed in the coming days as I take Nikki on a tour of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Looking forward to seeing San Francisco !!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13028
Country: United States

You're welcome to visit Dean... I'll even play tour guide...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13028
Country: United States

Laura just pointed out to me that what I thought was a diminutive lens hood is actually the front lens piece that was damaged when the lens was dropped. I see my mistake. The hood Dean bought is the same as the one I purchased, the HN-7. I think I'll mount mine of the lens for its stay in Marin. Now I'm off for dinner.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7637
Country: United States

Did the hood actually make it all the way there though? I went back through the posts to see, and curiosity is killing me now .

CGrindahl wrote:
Laura just pointed out to me that what I thought was a diminutive lens hood is actually the front lens piece that was damaged when the lens was dropped. I see my mistake. The hood Dean bought is the same as the one I purchased, the HN-7. I think I'll mount mine of the lens for its stay in Marin. Now I'm off for dinner.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13028
Country: United States

Sorry, no cigar. The box arrived with no hood. The hood shown in the photo I posted is one I bought shortly after buying the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd. So we have the mystery of the misplaced lens hood. Monty probably sold it...



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4263
Country: United States

rankamateur wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:

mike-in-ak wrote:
Sorry I'm late to this conversation but thought I would add that I cheated with my D300 / D700 and installed a third party split prism focus screen to aid in focusing as I find using the "dot" annoying and it is a carry over from my F body. My question for Nikon is why did you limit the non-CPU lens entries to only 9? I got way more than that.


I know what you mean, maybe someone can come up with a hack to fix this.


Everyone on this thread that responds to this 9 lens limit probably has a bad case of NMFAS, or if not, will soon.


I too lament the 9 lens limit - it would have been trivial to make it 50 or some huge number like that!
They probably just want us to buy new shiny AF lenses instead . . .


I have 7 now that I have installed the CPU chip on. It is sooooooooooooo nice to stick the lens on and shoot and not fool with the menu everytime you take one off and put another on. In the end I will reserve the 9 slots for lenses that can not be chipped such as the 50 1.2 or a lens that I may be considered crazy for whacking the baffle on such as the 200-400.


Hey Ron, I could use a lesson in how to chip a lens.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4263
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Sorry, no cigar. The box arrived with no hood. The hood shown in the photo I posted is one I bought shortly after buying the 85 f/1.8 H AI'd. So we have the mystery of the misplaced lens hood. Monty probably sold it...


Does it fit AF lenses?



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3512
Country: Singapore

deang001 wrote:
Zichar wrote:
Aye haven't seen you in a bit Dean
Where are the photos of the Coorong?


I was in Aus in Feb for two weeks and shot nothing basically Just ate mum's cooking, put on two kg's and drank beer outside under the sun and blue sky ... Aussie mode.


I'll be there mid-May. I'll try to compensate for the photos
I also hope I won't get lost, heading into and through the Gawler Ranges to one of the salt lakes



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3512
Country: Singapore

CGrindahl wrote:
Leighton, I'm going to do something special with that letter before I pass it along to Ben. I might even ask him if he'd mind if I kept it. But regardless, I'll make certain that everyone who is on the list gets a facsimile of the letter. I'd love to frame it and put in it on the wall. This is definitely an experience I will treasure. We done good my friend!


I stuffed that piece of paper in at the last minute (and I cringe at my own scribbles, sounds vaguely suggestive). So there's no input from Ben... yet. Maybe he can complete it?
Something to consider

- I'm surprised the box made it!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2591
Country: Brazil

raboof wrote:
Do I need to rotate this, Leighton?

16mm







Chuong, this deserves another look - magical image!!


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2591
Country: Brazil

jhinkey wrote:
mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:

mike-in-ak wrote:
Sorry I'm late to this conversation but thought I would add that I cheated with my D300 / D700 and installed a third party split prism focus screen to aid in focusing as I find using the "dot" annoying and it is a carry over from my F body. My question for Nikon is why did you limit the non-CPU lens entries to only 9? I got way more than that.


I know what you mean, maybe someone can come up with a hack to fix this.


Everyone on this thread that responds to this 9 lens limit probably has a bad case of NMFAS, or if not, will soon.


I too lament the 9 lens limit - it would have been trivial to make it 50 or some huge number like that!
They probably just want us to buy new shiny AF lenses instead . . .



John, a partial "solution" for the 9 limit is this:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/08/adding-a-cpu-to-mf-nikkor-lenses-part-i/

I have CPU'd my 20/2.8 ais and Nikki's daughter (85mm f/1.8 K ai'd), and my 400/5.6 EDIF was bought already CPU'd, and all of them have worked like a charm.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2591
Country: Brazil

Chris Dees wrote:
rankamateur wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:

mike-in-ak wrote:
Sorry I'm late to this conversation but thought I would add that I cheated with my D300 / D700 and installed a third party split prism focus screen to aid in focusing as I find using the "dot" annoying and it is a carry over from my F body. My question for Nikon is why did you limit the non-CPU lens entries to only 9? I got way more than that.


I know what you mean, maybe someone can come up with a hack to fix this.


Everyone on this thread that responds to this 9 lens limit probably has a bad case of NMFAS, or if not, will soon.


I too lament the 9 lens limit - it would have been trivial to make it 50 or some huge number like that!
They probably just want us to buy new shiny AF lenses instead . . .


I have 7 now that I have installed the CPU chip on. It is sooooooooooooo nice to stick the lens on and shoot and not fool with the menu everytime you take one off and put another on. In the end I will reserve the 9 slots for lenses that can not be chipped such as the 50 1.2 or a lens that I may be considered crazy for whacking the baffle on such as the 200-400.


The 50/1.2 AI-s can be chipped (mine is).









WOW, Chris you are a brave man!! Not for the faint of heart, like me!


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2591
Country: Brazil

Foggy14 wrote:
Here are a couple with the 180mm 2.8. I should use this lens more.















Jeff, brilliant captures with the 180/2.8, showing the versatility of the lens, from close focus and great bokeh to infinity landscape images.


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2591
Country: Brazil

rankamateur wrote:
They say 3 is the charm but in my case it took 4. Leighton started this quest with his incessant posting of fantastic images with the 50-135mm. The first I bought on Ebay was advertised perfect working condition.(should have asked questions) The zoom flopped back and forth. The 2nd I bought on Ebay and specifically asked and was told the zoom was normal. It flopped up and down. Both these sellers had over 3000 positive feedback and no negative. The 3rd I bought on the forum advertised as firm zoom. Nope not firm. Better than the others but still moved on it's own. As luck would have it I found a listing on Ebay that said the lens was new but did not have the box. I said what the heck at $80 how could you go wrong. The darn thing is unreal. Firm focus and very firm zoom. Not a mark, not a spec of dust and not any evidence it was mounted. The funny thing is I took pics with every one of them. I see not one bit of difference so that says the copies have really tight tolerances. A couple shots with the new one.








Ron, I am glad you finally found a good copy of the legendary 50-135/3.5.
And what a gorgeous flower image!


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2591
Country: Brazil

Thank you Jeff, Peter, Leighton, Samy, Ronny and Dean (welcome back - have a nice trip to southern Italy!) for tolerating my never ending Pompeii "saga".

Ray, what fantastic captures of wildlife with D600+300/4.5!

Tony nice bokeh playing with Nikki;

Curtis, beautiful photographic report on Nikki's arriving.


Last two days were busy at work, but at last I managed to edit some images more from my Pompeii trip.


The Temple of Apollo:


Temple of Apollo at Pompeii - 5 vert-shots pano by labecoaves, on Flickr

A frontal view of the Temple of Apollo - 5 vertical shots pano.
D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/1250s.

More details here:
https://sites.google.com/site/ad79eruption/pompeii/public-buildings/temple-of-apollo



Statue of Apollo at Pompeii's Temple of Apollo:


Statue of Apollo at Pompeii's Temple of Apollo by labecoaves, on Flickr

This a copy statue of the original.
D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/3.5 at 1/8000s. ~20% cropped.



And Artemis/Diana bust in the same temple:


Artemis/Diana bust at Apollo's Temple, Pompeii by labecoaves, on Flickr

This a copy of the original. Vesuvius is at the background.
D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/16 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/16 at 1/160s. ~35% cropped.

Very interesting details on the statue restoration here:
www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/apollo_pompeii/



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1525
Country: China

asiostygius wrote:

The Temple of Apollo:

A frontal view of the Temple of Apollo - 5 vertical shots pano.
D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/1250s.

More details here:
https://sites.google.com/site/ad79eruption/pompeii/public-buildings/temple-of-apollo

Statue of Apollo at Pompeii's Temple of Apollo:

This a copy statue of the original.
D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/3.5 at 1/8000s. ~20% cropped.

And Artemis/Diana bust in the same temple:

This a copy of the original. Vesuvius is at the background.
D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/16 ai hand held, ISO 320, f/16 at 1/160s. ~35% cropped.

Very interesting details on the statue restoration here:
www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/apollo_pompeii/


Superb shots.

I'm guessing that the originals are in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples ... did you get a chance to visit?



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1525
Country: China

Zichar wrote:
deang001 wrote:
Zichar wrote:
Aye haven't seen you in a bit Dean
Where are the photos of the Coorong?


I was in Aus in Feb for two weeks and shot nothing basically Just ate mum's cooking, put on two kg's and drank beer outside under the sun and blue sky ... Aussie mode.


I'll be there mid-May. I'll try to compensate for the photos
I also hope I won't get lost, heading into and through the Gawler Ranges to one of the salt lakes


From what I know about your adventures, I doubt you would get lost anywhere on the planet !! You seem to like mixing it up with the locals as well, so I'm sure they would point you in the right direction should you need it.

Look forward to seeing your images of my home state of SA.



Kry27
Registered: Oct 15, 2012
Total Posts: 172
Country: Switzerland

Jose, what type of software do you use to stitch, if I may ask?



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