Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
georgms wrote:
John, thanks for your reply! Right now I don't own a tablet-PC, not even a smart-phone, but a second, free positionable Live-View-display is something I want for quite some time and the other functions of a tablet-PC would be a nice add-on too.
Just another question: which model is your Samsung Galaxy (is 7.7 just the screen-size?). Some Samsung tablets are not available over here (an issue with Apple, I assume).


Georg,

Helicon Remote works on any PC or Mac with USB - maybe I'll give it a try in my old laptop. I don't have a smartphone nor a tablet either, but no reason not to see what it can do. iPad isn't supported yet (wireless only), but when it arrives I can borrow one from work...

I like the focus stacking feature (ok, that's for the AF lens threads), which is what they originally designed it for, it seems. I may give the trial version a shot once I have a good idea for a stacked image again.

Peter


Remember that the trial version will not allow saving of NEF files. When you plug it in to your camera it changes your settings from (in my case) RAW to FINE jpg and kept it there after unplugging it - this caught me off guard as I subsequently used the camera and did not notice that it was shooting FINE jpgs instead of NEF files. However I was impressed enough that I paid the $40 or so subscription just for Helicon Remote and now I can shoot NEFs.
It will also allow you to save the files to you tablet/PC, but I choose to leave them on the camera.

What it does for me is allow me to use live view to focus the lens both on a bigger screen AND without having to contort myself to see the back of the camera. I also can change the shutter speed, ISO, (and aperture for D/G lenses) as well as take the image without having to touch the camera.
The downside of using live view a lot is the sensor heating up - amp glow - which is only a concern for long duration shots.

Now if you could just hook your FX DSLR to Google Glass . . . .

John



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Great work everyone! I decided to take my 50mm f1.2 to the market this week because I was debating whether or not to sell it for lack of use. I've decided to keep it as it has just too much character to get rid of it.









This one is my favorite of your latest Leighton. Would look nice up on the wall!

- John


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

jhinkey wrote:
pburke wrote:
georgms wrote:
John, thanks for your reply! Right now I don't own a tablet-PC, not even a smart-phone, but a second, free positionable Live-View-display is something I want for quite some time and the other functions of a tablet-PC would be a nice add-on too.
Just another question: which model is your Samsung Galaxy (is 7.7 just the screen-size?). Some Samsung tablets are not available over here (an issue with Apple, I assume).


Georg,

Helicon Remote works on any PC or Mac with USB - maybe I'll give it a try in my old laptop. I don't have a smartphone nor a tablet either, but no reason not to see what it can do. iPad isn't supported yet (wireless only), but when it arrives I can borrow one from work...

I like the focus stacking feature (ok, that's for the AF lens threads), which is what they originally designed it for, it seems. I may give the trial version a shot once I have a good idea for a stacked image again.

Peter


Remember that the trial version will not allow saving of NEF files. When you plug it in to your camera it changes your settings from (in my case) RAW to FINE jpg and kept it there after unplugging it - this caught me off guard as I subsequently used the camera and did not notice that it was shooting FINE jpgs instead of NEF files. However I was impressed enough that I paid the $40 or so subscription just for Helicon Remote and now I can shoot NEFs.
It will also allow you to save the files to you tablet/PC, but I choose to leave them on the camera.

What it does for me is allow me to use live view to focus the lens both on a bigger screen AND without having to contort myself to see the back of the camera. I also can change the shutter speed, ISO, (and aperture for D/G lenses) as well as take the image without having to touch the camera.
The downside of using live view a lot is the sensor heating up - amp glow - which is only a concern for long duration shots.

Now if you could just hook your FX DSLR to Google Glass . . . .

John


Thank you, John! I've figured out in the meantime what Helicon Remote can do and what not, right now I'm looking for a medium sized Android-tablet with a good screen (your Tab 7.7 is indeed not available here).
I shoot a lot from crooked angles (very low point of view or out of corners) and a tablet would be a great help to operate the camera and confirm focus.
Thanks and a good start into the coming week, Georg.



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

Thank you Georg, Chuong and Rafael. Your shots with the 200mm are amazing. I have been quite surprised both from you and Curtis at the quality. The bee is super nice!



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2486
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Thank you Georg, Chuong and Rafael. Your shots with the 200mm are amazing. I have been quite surprised both from you and Curtis at the quality. The bee is super nice!


Thank you Georg, Chuong, and Ray, there is something about the image from a simple optical design that causes sufficient sharpness in the focused area and yet the image flows through the out of focus portion, the 45mm has some of the same behavior. I don't even focus mine on the PN11 , don't use the focus indicator or turn the focusing ring, just put it on a monopod and swivel back and forth to get it in focus, taking a few shots just to be sure.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

Somebody wants one of these:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1209892

Not me though - I already have a 2000mm f/11 telescope . . .



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

One more macro today...

80-200/4.5 + PK13


_DSC8338 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

I took over 8 panoramas yesterday morning - here's the shortest of them comprised of JUST 3 portrait-oriented images:

400/5.6 ED AI @ f/8 - Naked (no CPL)

John







jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Last one of today. One of the vendor's kids.


Vendor Kid 50/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


This one reminds me of something I should be seeing in the Nat. Geographic . . . .

John



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
Total Posts: 4801
Country: United States

I appreciate the kind comments about the foggy road. I've come to love the fog, and when my son asked for a ride that Morning...I closed the studio and shot until the sun burnt the fog off. It took me an hour to
drive him the ten miles to his apartment, but we enjoyed the time together. I wanted to mention some of the photos from the last few dozens of pages that I've enjoyed ...

Peter's Mount Whitney shots & 300mm pano + the burnt casino.
Ray's attack goose + misty river images.
Georg's Piano portrait, and spring beach goers + boats named after him. ;-)
Mihai's Noct 58 f1.2 night time cityscapes.
Monty's windy day portrait of Higgs.
John's golden sand shot & and Safeco field fisheye.
Rafael's car photos - Love the expressions with Batman.
Thor's metal working images.
Ben's 24mm PCE cityscapes.
Peter's south African beach & vintage cars.
Philippe's 180, 85mm Oppède-Le-Vieux photos.
Leighton's market shots.
Love Chin's dog nose.
Scott's swamp in spring
Jeff's canoe art + velvia/tmax sand toning
Laura's airplane adventures
Kevin's - is that ragweed - Loved the b&w portraits, and macros?
Ronny's flower close ups
AND Jose's flower close ups
Chuong's elegant tulip, as well as other flowers
Samy's goose head shot
Curtis' lovely peach rose
Philip - love the light and expression in Margot's portrait



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

Sorry James I made a mistake in my kuddos on your photo , never the less it was a great shot



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
Total Posts: 4801
Country: United States

No biggie, Ray. There are a lot of photos to keep track of, and people.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

Now here's a real monitor breaker - 17 portrait images stitched in PTGuiPro. 400/5.6 ED AI.







Sorry, but you all need 32 inch wide monitors

John


kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
Now here's a real monitor breaker - 17 portrait images stitched in PTGuiPro. 400/5.6 ED AI.







Sorry, but you all need 32 inch wide monitors

John
Says image is copyrighted, doesn't display.


jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8405
Country: United States

There seems to be some problem with FM tonight - I've been getting that intermittently with other images. Mine says that initially, but it eventually displays.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3007
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Last one of today. One of the vendor's kids.


Vendor Kid 50/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Leighton,

this image needs to be repeated again here and in other threads (post it in Best Nikon Shots, D600 images thread, and other places). Absolutely perfect. I hope you make a print for the parents, as they will treasure this image forever. Sometimes everything just comes together perfectly - no need for extra clarity to make an interesting image out of a dull one here.

Peter



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3007
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
I took over 8 panoramas yesterday morning - here's the shortest of them comprised of JUST 3 portrait-oriented images:

400/5.6 ED AI @ f/8 - Naked (no CPL)

John







I like this one best on my screen-challenged laptop - love the three layers of color, and how BLUE the water is without a CPL - you have some great light up there in the NW when the clouds get blown out of town. Do you use a wibal card, or just ballpark it based on in-camera white balance? I like he wibal card, but it doesn't really do anything for sunrise/sunset color correction when you want the cast on the image.

The wide version shows you took very good care of leveling the tripod, or you're as good at cropping and content-aware filling as I am with my handheld panos. I usually have some horizon creep. One of these days I'll get a leveling base, since the bubble level in the arca clamp isn't accurate enough.

That 400mm f5.6 ED is no slouch - been thinking about getting one or the 3.5, but first I want that really long lens. The 800mm in B&S is too long (and too expensive for MF) - 800mm f5.6 is a lens for people with a PhD in manual focusing who are shooting small critters primarily. In 7 years of motorsports shooting, when going long, I shot 600mm 90% of the time, 840mm 9.9%, and 1200mm 0.1% at the most. It's just too long and it was MF (f8 didn't AF on the EOS film bodies)










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

leighton w wrote:
Last one of today. One of the vendor's kids.

on Flickr


Your BEST shot (for my taste). Without any doubt. WELL DONE!



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

bruni wrote:
mp356 wrote:
Farmhose study part 2. I revisited the farmhouse museum at sunrise to try some other compositions. All taken with the 28 2.8 ais. Thanks for looking.


#2 is my favourite Scott - for the light and the background

ben


+1 for #2 ! I agree with Ben (I always agree with Ben.... )



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3007
Country: United States

More output from the 82 million year old Alabama Hills that have served as movie location for at least 100 years (e.g. Iron Man 1 opening scenes). This one almost fell through the cracks as it was taken between several focus stacks. 20mm f3.5, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 100, polarized to the limit (first find the angle to the sun the polarizer works, best, then find a subject in that direction )







Adobe RGB or sRGB? My exif viewer keeps telling me I have the wrong color profile embedded in my JPEGs. Anyone see "the wrong colors?" here?



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