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MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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georgms wrote:


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".




Thank you Scott: Ray, nice night image. I did not think you had a tripod?
Thanks Samy
Georg I had another look at this photo and I have to agree. The balance was off and too dark. I started again from scratch with my post work and I like the clarity and light in this version much better.
Scott I got a tripod given to me by a friend so I thought I would try it out. I wouldn't want to carry it very far








CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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That's funny John. Always good to maintain a bit of humor in situations like that. Getting angry seldom helps. I always counted such occasion as reminders that an hour with a therapist would be much more expensive. Better to move on with my day.

That little lens is certainly a big performer John. Wonderful colors.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Very nice processing on that image Ray. Amazing what one can do in post. That is one of the reasons i so enjoy that half of the image making process. Well done!



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Thank you Curtis



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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jhinkey wrote:
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 . . . . .


Thanks for telling us John. I was wondering.... I just hope you took more than 1 picture so that your cost per image was reduced a bit



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
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Country: South Africa

Georg - very nice shots of the tap and hoses and the buds

Chris - excellent B&W of the lighthouse - great tones

Kevin - the iris is a winner

Ronny - glad the snow has finally gone! Love the bird/

Jose - very good macro

Phillippe - you brought back great memories from 2001 of a lovely hot Provencal day with lunch in L'Isle sur la Sorgue - excellent series

Curtis - the chair at the ball game tells it's own story - great processing

Laura - only 100%? Well done! Again an excellent series. I'm amazed at the quality of the high ISO images

Ray - I like your azaleas. Perhaps you'd get more "pop" (if that's what you're after) by increasing the balacks a touch and using a black border in the frame rather than white?

Scott - congrats on the "new" addition. I love the tulips.

Ray - really nice night shot

Samy - the goose is good and would be perfect with catchlight in its eye

Kevin - excellent "street" images. Do not get rid of this lens!! Despite plenty of opportunity I find it really difficult to get decent skin tones shooting dark skinned people - you have nailed these exposures perfectly without overexposing the backgrounds. Well done.

Chuong - stunning flowers



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Ray, thanks, here's the goose in color. Peter, it found its missing catchlight







saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Reagan, that's a proud day, hope the rain holds off and you can get some good photo memories of the graduation!

John, those panoramas are great regardless of the parking ticket.

Chuong, beautiful work with the 300 + tube again, and don't make the last one in the series!

Kevin, that critter hugging the grass twig is a great catch. And those b&ws at the event with the unsung 50 1.8 Series E are very much professional class! Agree with Peter, hang on to it.

Ronny, your images with tthe 135 + 180 duo always deliver. Cool flower with the stamens peeking out.

Peter, look forward to your 600 f4 dump of photos here Good thing you are not dissuaded by the weight, but goodness, that version is nearly double the weight of the 500 F4P

Samy



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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jhinkey wrote:
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.







Nice one, I don't know if I've ever seen Seattle so bright and sunny. Too bad about the ticket.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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CGrindahl wrote:
Very nice processing on that image Ray. Amazing what one can do in post. That is one of the reasons i so enjoy that half of the image making process. Well done!


I agree, this one is better. The D600 files hold up amazingly well to just about anything you throw at them in post.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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***** BLOG UPDATE *****

Curtis' fourteenth post.

http://aroundtheworldwithanikonlens.blogspot.com/2013/05/curtis-fourteenth-post.html



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2484
Country: United States

There is a manual focus lens in the space station. This is a link to Nikon Rumors.
"http://nikonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Nikon-D3s-ISS-NASA.jpg"






There are some on earth as well


Nikon Nikkor 8mm f/2.8 AIS Circular Fisheye 2.8 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Very nice processing on that image Ray. Amazing what one can do in post. That is one of the reasons i so enjoy that half of the image making process. Well done!


I agree, this one is better. The D600 files hold up amazingly well to just about anything you throw at them in post.


I must say that with the D600's extreme dynamic range I enjoy processing digital files even more than I used to like the black and white darkroom, and all that without the chemical buzz from the developing fumes. You can do so much with these raw files and pull out things you just don't expect to be in those files. I should post some before-after shots of some of my recent images to illustrate that.

Maybe one of these days we will have monitors that do show more dynamic range - right now you just get to see part of what the file contains unless you do a pretty strong HDR job on them, which after just a few dozen files gets old real fast. On the other hand, having access to that data is great when you need it - like to save that overexposed shot by burning in that sky, just like in the old enlarger days when we just held up that cardboard and turned it on another 5 seconds to give that sky some cloud detail. Some call this cheating, but until monitors show 14 bits of dynamic range, we'll have do make those choices just like in the days of different weight Ilford print papers and selenium toners.






jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Oosty wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
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 . . . . .


Thanks for telling us John. I was wondering.... I just hope you took more than 1 picture so that your cost per image was reduced a bit



Well, my real reason for stopping was to continue testing of my 24-85GVR and 24-85G non-VR against each other, but I had (as is the usual nowadays) the 45/2.8P on the D800 so I snapped a few pictures first with it before switching over to the AF zooms.

I had not used either of these zooms in a while and now that I've used them a bit I now fully appreciate how fantastic primes are . . . .



j.liam
Registered: Dec 13, 2009
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jhinkey wrote:
....but I had (as is the usual nowadays) the 45/2.8P on the D800 so I snapped a few pictures first with it before switching over to the AF zooms.

I had not used either of these zooms in a while and now that I've used them a bit I now fully appreciate how fantastic primes are . . . .


That 45/2.8 gets knocked a lot. I have one too and just don't understand the loathing.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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leighton w wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
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.



Nice one, I don't know if I've ever seen Seattle so bright and sunny. Too bad about the ticket.


Thanks Leighton - we are in the midst of an unusual stretch of very nice weather for so early in the year.
Believe it or not, but the sunny weather causes traffic jams - mostly I think because everyone in Seattle can't find their sun glasses since it was August since they used them last.

My first image was at 5:03pm - the ticket was given at 5:06pm - the parking enforcement person must have been stalking the place out to be there so fast!

Just realized I'm now over 4,000 posts - I find it hard to believe I've typed that many messages in this little window on FM.

John



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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j.liam wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
....but I had (as is the usual nowadays) the 45/2.8P on the D800 so I snapped a few pictures first with it before switching over to the AF zooms.

I had not used either of these zooms in a while and now that I've used them a bit I now fully appreciate how fantastic primes are . . . .


That 45/2.8 gets knocked a lot. I have one too and just don't understand the loathing.


The 45/2.8P is certainly not perfect - the very extreme corners can be a bit mushy and it can be a bit slow in low light, but for the size, weight, etc. I find it fits my style perfectly. It's sharp in the central 2/3rds wide open and by f/5.6 it does the D800 proud. I think its ergonomics are not liked by many due to the very small aperture and focusing rings, but my average hands find it to be just fine. Wish Nikon would make more of these gems . . . not gonna happen though.

John



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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Thanks everyone for your comments on my flowers.

John - Maybe the city will buy that picture for $4,700.00




j.liam
Registered: Dec 13, 2009
Total Posts: 2299
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
j.liam wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
....but I had (as is the usual nowadays) the 45/2.8P on the D800 so I snapped a few pictures first with it before switching over to the AF zooms.

I had not used either of these zooms in a while and now that I've used them a bit I now fully appreciate how fantastic primes are . . . .


That 45/2.8 gets knocked a lot. I have one too and just don't understand the loathing.


The 45/2.8P is certainly not perfect - the very extreme corners can be a bit mushy and it can be a bit slow in low light, but for the size, weight, etc. I find it fits my style perfectly. It's sharp in the central 2/3rds wide open and by f/5.6 it does the D800 proud. I think its ergonomics are not liked by many due to the very small aperture and focusing rings, but my average hands find it to be just fine. Wish Nikon would make more of these gems . . . not gonna happen though.

John


You're spot-on with every observation on the lens. I am told the CV 40 is optically superior to the Tessar-design of the Nikon when it comes to corner sharpness, and of course, a stop faster.

What I'd love to see Nikon do is similar to what Canon did by introducing the stellar (and cheap) pancake 40/2.8 STM. Again, I agree that they won't replicate this little marvel, nor will they match the 8-15mm fisheye zoom.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8403
Country: United States

j.liam wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
j.liam wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
....but I had (as is the usual nowadays) the 45/2.8P on the D800 so I snapped a few pictures first with it before switching over to the AF zooms.

I had not used either of these zooms in a while and now that I've used them a bit I now fully appreciate how fantastic primes are . . . .


That 45/2.8 gets knocked a lot. I have one too and just don't understand the loathing.


The 45/2.8P is certainly not perfect - the very extreme corners can be a bit mushy and it can be a bit slow in low light, but for the size, weight, etc. I find it fits my style perfectly. It's sharp in the central 2/3rds wide open and by f/5.6 it does the D800 proud. I think its ergonomics are not liked by many due to the very small aperture and focusing rings, but my average hands find it to be just fine. Wish Nikon would make more of these gems . . . not gonna happen though.

John


You're spot-on with every observation on the lens. I am told the CV 40 is optically superior to the Tessar-design of the Nikon when it comes to corner sharpness, and of course, a stop faster.

What I'd love to see Nikon do is similar to what Canon did by introducing the stellar (and cheap) pancake 40/2.8 STM. Again, I agree that they won't replicate this little marvel, nor will they match the 8-15mm fisheye zoom.


I used to own the 40/2 CV and it was great on my D300 (though I could not focus the thing at all), but sold it before going to FX. I tried a used copy of the 40/2 they other day, but it had issues both optically and electronically so I don't think it was a valid test (sharpness was all weird across the image plane and the electronics were not working at all - seems like it had taken some kind of an impact). It's on my list of lenses to try again when I can find a good copy - until then the 45/2.8 will do me fine.


John



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