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Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5072
Country: Sweden

Thanks

Great shot Phillipe ..love that last set
Scott love the bokeh
Ray: Really nice shot
Georg: Very good as usual
Samy :Great goose shot
Laura : Nice set
Jose :Great shots
kevin :Love your last set



NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

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




raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 2094
Country: United States

300mm f4.5 with pk-13 again. No sharpening. Just some WB adjustment.







MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Chuong the 300 4.5 is wonderful using a tube. Gets you nice and close. Well done
Ronny I love what you are doing with the flower shots. I meant to comment earlier on a similar angled shot that you took a few days ago. SO sharp! What was the F stop setting?
Kevin I like what you are doing with the B&W shots. What F stop were you using?
Samy thank you for the comments I really like you head shot but I would love to see it in color!
Ray I actually like the shadows the stems produce. The last shot to me is the best!
Laura congrats on your school work. I admire you for that and the fact that you can still squeeze in some photo time
Leighton thanks for the comment. It was taken around 9:30 pm.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4683
Country: United States

Thanks! Here you go Ray (FL).

#1
Exif data

Camera Nikon D7000
Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/2.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Program Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode Spot

#2
Exif data

Camera Nikon D7000
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Program Manual
Metering Mode Multi-segment

#3
Exif data

Camera Nikon D7000
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/11.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Program Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode Spot



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

Some beautiful flower shots on this page!

Reagan, Glad you got it, it's a nice little lens. Let's see some images from it.



designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 229
Country: United States

Reagan wrote:
designdog wrote:
Onward and upward!

Finally made the decision to break with Fuji and the XP1. Traded that kit and my D700 for a D800, which should be here today.

Interestingly, what finally put me over the top was a junket with my wife to an herb fair, where I took only the D700 and the 25-50 4 AI-s.Tethered with the R strap, it was comfortable to hold and shoot, and, mostly utilizing f8, a cinch to focus. My photos, while not good enough to post here, just blew me away. What a lens! Here is hoping it performs as well, or better, on the D800. (I love the 24-70 2.8 af, but it is so big and heavy compared to this one!)

Only downside is all the shots, while high in quality, look point and shoot, as they are shot at large apertures. This week we are leaving for Myrtle Beach, and I will take my 85 1.4 and 105 2.5 with me...

Side note: have read some bad press on the R strap and accidents with the connector (I added my camera and lens to my insurance policy!) Any comments on that, or tips for better straps, etc. would be appreciated.


David, since you like the 25-50 so much maybe you should send me another $100
that would be the gentleman's way of doing things

In the beginning I used to take a long thin ty-rap and attach it to my camera eyelet on 1 side and then thru the R-Strap but after a year I took it off since nothing ever happened. It gave me piece of mind for a while

Reagan


Reagan:

Momma raised me to be a gentleman, but not to be a fool! Now I am going to have to get a 50-135 to complete the set!

Thanks for the tip. Just trust the r strap, and keep checking the connection...



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

85 1.8 HC :



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4683
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
85 1.8 HC :



I like this. My only issue is the OOF building on the right, the bokeh is weird to me. Is this an artifact from shrinking to web or whomever is hosting the image?



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 2094
Country: United States

Again.. 300mm f4.5 with PK-13. This should be my last







kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4683
Country: United States

raboof wrote:
Again.. 300mm f4.5 with PK-13. This should be my last







Very nice! I like this one a lot.


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

You are demonstrating beyond ANY doubt Chuong, what a fine lens the 300 f/4.5 with ED glass is, with or without tubes. Personally, I think it is a great lens with tubes. This last shot is definitely a winner. Nicely done.



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

Scott, congratulations on your new/old lens. You put that 50 f/1.4 S.C. AI'd to good use with that set of images. When I was shooting Canon I practically never used a 50mm lens and I owned both the 50 f/1.4 and the 50 f/1.2L. It wasn't until I started shooting with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s on my D700 that I came to appreciate that focal length. Among the three 50mm lenses I now own and the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd, I find myself using that focal length a great deal... at least when I'm not shooting longer and with tubes, which happens a great deal at this time of the year.

Keep up the good work.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Laura, congrats to your results in the exams! I like the B&W-picture of the old plane a lot, great textures and framing.

Ray from Ohio: I like Azalea #3 the most. And I agree with Leighton about the light.

Scott, very nice work with the 50/1.4 SC ! The background-rendering on shot #1 is typical for this lens (a bit more "action"-bokeh ;-) - I like this behavior for some shots a lot. The tulips in front of the wall/gate are very nicely taken.

Ray from Florida: I like your nicely framed nighttime-shot. For my personal taste it's a bit too dark (around the houses and trees).
It's always tricky to nail nighttime-exposures, maybe some local corrections in post would make the picture look a bit more "glamorous".

Samy, thanks for your comments! I like the goose-portrait: very nice B&W and great framing with the white branch.

David, congrats to your D800! Regarding the strap: I've never used a sling-type strap and probably never will. I'm pleased with my old fashioned, broad and comfortable Op-Tech-Pro-straps. A fellow pro-shooter (he's guitar-player in a local hardrock-band too :-) is using guitar-straps on his pro-sized cameras for decades now and really happy with it.

Peter - sorry, can't offer guidance regarding the 600/4. One of Nikon's super-teles is still on my wish-list.

Kevin, good job on the B&W-series, I like especially shots #2 and #3! The lady at the left looking at the models shoes makes this picture in my opinion. Very nice B&W-conversion! Shot #3 is a really nice candid.

Ronny, thanks for your comment! Love the jackdaw (?), your work with the 180/2.8ED and TC is highly inspiring.

Chuong, I really like the "sobriety" of your first flower-shot. Very effective work with just two colors. Keeping it simple is sometimes the best option Framing and colors of the second shot are beautiful as well.

Philippe, I love the framing on the street-scene.



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

Peter, maybe Jose has the 600 and can comment first hand on it? The 500 F4P is very much pro quality, the sharpness of the images is just striking. I have tried the TC14B, the TC16A and TC 301 with the 500 F4P. I don't do quantitative tests but the general feeling I get is there is very little loss of quality with those TCs.

The TC16A is great as it adds some rudimentary AF capability (you first manually focus to a narrow range around where the desired focus point is for that semi-AF to work). In cases of low contrast or low light, that capability doesn't work so well, but usually then neither does the focus indicator dot. The TC-16A needs to be modified to work on modern Nikons.

The cool thing about the F4 max aperture is the bright image in the viewfinder, compared to for example the 400 5.6. My 400 (nowadays generally with the TC16A attached) however gets a lot more work in general for hikes or trips. I need to look at a rolling carrier for the 500, I am not strong enough to carry it beyond 15-20 min

What application(s) will you use the 600 f4 for?

Samy



I could use some input from owners of AIS super telephotos - I'm about to buy a 600mm f4 AIS - I hope somebody will talk me out of it. Don't mention size and weight, since these things really are non-factors to me. I used to shoot the 600mm f4 USM Canon in the 90s, so I know what I am getting myself into. It was my favorite lens, ever.

My problem with the Nikkor AIS 600mm is that there isn't any actual data on image quality available other than comments that at f5.6 it is super sharp. Even harder to find is a side-by-side with the 500mm f4. It's not something that gets properly reviewed these days.

I have been considering the 500mm f4, but the prices are very close for similar condition lenses, as the size/weight difference does seem to draw people to the 500mm, which should sell for less, but there seems to be more demand. I look at it like this: neither lens will go backpacking with me for more than a day trip, so I want the one that has the most reach. I understand that these days the ISO performance of digital bodies reduces the need for f4.0, but since I want to use teleconverters, the 600mm f5.6 for example isn't something I'm interested in. And most of all - even should I decide in a year that I don't use it enough - buying and selling is probably cheaper than renting a modern 600mm for a single weekend. These things hold their value pretty well, especially now with modern DSLR bodies giving you full metering and focus assist.

Regarding TCs - has anyone used TCs on both, the 500f4 and 600f4? Which 1.4x works best? What about the 1.6x that adds some basic AF capabilities?



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3009
Country: United States

saph wrote:
Peter, maybe Jose has the 600 and can comment first hand on it? The 500 F4P is very much pro quality, the sharpness of the images is just striking. I have tried the TC14B, the TC16A and TC 301 with the 500 F4P. I don't do quantitative tests but the general feeling I get is there is very little loss of quality with those TCs.

The TC16A is great as it adds some rudimentary AF capability (you first manually focus to a narrow range around where the desired focus point is for that semi-AF to work). In cases of low contrast or low light, that capability doesn't work so well, but usually then neither does the focus indicator dot. The TC-16A needs to be modified to work on modern Nikons.

The cool thing about the F4 max aperture is the bright image in the viewfinder, compared to for example the 400 5.6. My 400 (nowadays generally with the TC16A attached) however gets a lot more work in general for hikes or trips. I need to look at a rolling carrier for the 500, I am not strong enough to carry it beyond 15-20 min

What application(s) will you use the 600 f4 for?

Samy


Samy,

I think Jose has the 600/f5.6 - saw a lot of his posts on this site and others. The 500mm f4 is a lens a good friend owned back in the 90s and I know it can deliver the goods, but I always felt my Canon's 600mm reach (or 840 with 1.4x) was better suited for what we did (motorsports). The 1.4 was really perfect, hard to notice on any shots. 2x converters were soft and we rarely used them, and apparently these days that is still true even for the latest glass.

Since I posted this morning, I've found a few more reviews and examples and I am pretty much determined to go for a 600/f4 AIS late generation. I just can't make up my mind between a beater for $1800 (adorama), a decent condition lens from Canada for $2400 and a near mint one for $2800... currently leaning towards the nice one, as it is easier to resell should I change my mind. The Canadian lens auction ends tonight - but it probably is the least likely purchase, being from a foreign seller and without case or other accessories.

What will I use for? Other than flood this forum with flower pictures, I shoot cars, planes, landscape, deep zoom panoramas in the gigapixel range, portraits, etc. I don't do birds and other animals for the most part, but who knows, maybe I will find some subjects other than our oversized mosquitoes and black bears in people's garbage cans.

What you tell me about the TC16A is what I assumed it can do. The modified units should work on my D600 and allow me to grab a focus point if I get the lens pre focused in the ballpark. That's pretty much how we used the AF lenses in the 90s, since they just could not keep up with fast cars, we just locked them on an object at the distance we wanted to shoot, then turned off the AF and fired away in MF, waiting for things to roll through our focal plane. Technically, I think you can do that with the confirm-dot, so the TC16 may not be of that much use - key for me would be to know how the image quality of it compares to a TC14B which is allegedly the best TC for the 600 F4 AIS.

Thanks for the input - I really just have to make peace with the thought of putting almost 3 grand into something I may not use very often, even if it is something that holds its value quite well, thanks to Nikon's F mount still being current.

Peter




mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

Thank you everyone for the comments on the 50 1.4 SC images. I think I am going to like this lens very much. It seems to render OOF areas differently than my 50 1.4 AIS, more pleasing to my eye. Might be fun to try some side by side testing.

Everyone continues to post some very nice images.

Ray, nice night image. I did not think you had a tripod?

Samy, nice detail in the goose head shot.

Kevin, I like the macro and fashion show images.

Ronny, the flower image with the 135 is very nice.

Choung, nice work with the 300. I like the clematis flower.

Philippe, nice street scene. The sign has so much character.

Reagan, I am with Leighton, lets see some images from that little zoom.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

My son graduates from college tomorrow. I will try and take it but it is supposed to rain most of the day
Anyone want to give him a job

Reagan

Chuong, great job with the flowers
Scott, I wished we had stone walls and iron gates around here but you probably wish you had the ocean and warm winters
Peter, love the work with the 20 3.5
Phillipe, you need your own thread



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8411
Country: United States

The $47 panorama of downtown Seattle on a fantastic early evening. Had just enough time to snap some pics before picking up the girls from gymnastics.

45/2.8 AI-P.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8411
Country: United States

Now you might be saying to yourself "Why is John calling this the $47 panorama"?

Because at the exact moment I was taking these pictures I was getting a $47 ticket for parking in a trailer-only zone . . . . .



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8411
Country: United States

One more with the 45/2.8P - CPL used to get some saturation and bring out Mt. Rainier.

John



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