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leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9607
Country: United States

m1mgd00 wrote:
Ray, Mark, Peter, etc.,

Thanks for the good wishes and comments! And I'm sorry I forgot to add my name (Mike) to my first post. I will keep 'em coming, though not quite as prodigiously as some of you (not unless I want to embarrass myself; there is a lot of really spectacular work in this thread).

Mike


Welcome Mike, don't worry about embarrassing yourself, I do it all the time!



David Antilley
Registered: Dec 22, 2006
Total Posts: 313
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Oosty wrote:
Reflecting on Samy's last post, I've come to realise just how much this thread has evolved since Curtis set us all off on the journey.

At first those of us who had a lens or two joined in with "normal" photos and then we had collective lens lust with many following on one person's lead to acquire more lenses and to show what could be done with them.

Then came the D7000 and D800 NAS and of course the D600 entered the fray.

Ben shared Nikki .. what a show of faith. How well rewarded.

Now we're into showcasing macros and post processed images.

From a small community we've grown to a world wide band with amazing camaraderie and, most important, great tolerance and respect. From a simple "manual focus" lens group we've become a family of photographers with very different backgrounds who know each other as well as any group on the net - all because of the common ground provided by these wonderful old lenses and what they stand for in a world where marketing seems to be more important than quality

My 2c..


Beautifully said Peter. I was speaking to the bicycle man yesterday about what we're doing on this thread. In fact, I've told the story to a number of folks recently as I've been giving Nikki a tour of the Bay area. I had no idea where things would lead after the thread began. One of the reasons I keep saying the thread belongs to all of us, is that I'm not smart enough to know what we should be doing here. It is far better to simply ride the wave. We have people coming and going, and as you say the focus of our attention keeps shifting.

Yesterday I was reading a quote I'd copied from a spiritual teacher who much influenced me on the topic of spontaneity. Here is what Jean Klein said...

To discover spontaneity one must go beyond the conventional morality fixed by society. Spontaneity is love and springs from the highest intelligence and integration. It is living moment by moment in the supreme art of self-surrender where conflict is unknown. Action which proceeds from thought, habit, emotion, blind urges and instinct is compulsive and cannot possibly be spontaneous. Spontaneity springs from meditative stillness. It cannot be pursued; no system or technique can teach you spontaneity. In fact one quickly becomes dependent on methods of exclusion and discipline and they lead to a state of reduced sensitivity and automatic and mechanical behaviour. In watchfulness and listening the mind undergoes a penetrating transformation where the intellect sees its limits and is illumined, no longer confused, restless and self-centered. It becomes silent, meditating. Conscious and unconscious agitation must come to an end through observation and understanding for spontaneity to take place. If we go to the source of our actions in the past, we find out how the hidden urges of the subconscious mind deny the spontaneous action that springs from freedom. Then there is a transmutation of our basic nature, its deepest urges and instincts, and energy becomes integrated in completeness, in being. The ending of the becoming process is the beginning of spontaneity. Spontaneity is fullness of energy. It is love.

I'd much rather trust the good will of this group than try in any way to direct this journey. That way I can simply stay in the moment and do what inspires me personally. The thread will take care of itself. It is in good hands...

Thus endeth the lesson for the day...


Great lesson today.

David



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9607
Country: United States

designdog wrote:
Help!

The sun finally came out in Richmond, and I grabbed my D700 to take some photos. It is dead. As a doorknob. Nothing comes on any screen, no lights, no shutter, nothing even with turning it on and off, changing lenses, cards etc. Now, I have the Nikon battery pack, and I took it off. Nothing. Tried reversing the batteries. Nothing. I am patiently charging both batteries again as a last resort.

Called KEH, from whom I bought this (LN, 900 shutter count) and they were very nice. It is under their warranty, and they will get it fixed. (Dont have a comparable replacement.) They sent me a RA.

Also spoke to their sales people about an idea I have had. Seems I am not using my Fuji x Pro 1 and 3 primes. What if I just traded them and the D700 to a D800, or D800E? Yes, I can do that, and have some cash left over.

So I wonder. Are my lenses good enough for the D800/D800E (see below)? I am not using the Fuji stuff now, but I might some day, and I am only getting about 50% for very new, very perfect equipment. I am confident KEH will get my D700 repaired, and back to me, if that is the direction I choose...

So... this may be a crossroads. Thoughts?

Lens List: MF: 28 2.8 AI-s, 50 1.2 AI-s, 85 2 AI, 105 2.5 AI-s, 135 2.8 AI-s, 180 2.8ED AI-s,Rokinon 85 1.4
AF: 18-35mm 3.5-4.5D IF-ED, 35-70 2.8D, 70-210 4D


Judging by the images I've seen by the D800 users on this thread I'd say go for it!



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1425
Country: Australia

georgms wrote:
Some recent images taken with various MF-Nikkor's:

bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1425
Country: Australia

Oosty wrote:
georgms wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments on my recent pictures - much appreciated!
Here's an image taken a few minutes ago taken with the PC 85/2.8 D at an effective aperture of f/7.6


Goerg, I love the snowdrops - gorgeous!



+1
lovely Georg



the next 2 are interesting too - the pole in the foreground is straight but the building seems to tilt and curve - maybe it's an optical illusion ?
ps - I like the flare in the first one.

ben



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

Chin, your nightly pano is simply fantastic! Wow!
Btw, your poodle-double-portraits are first rate too.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

Peter, your "ice-scapes" are beautifully captured. I like especially the shot from the shoreline.
Under certain conditions the old 20/3.5 is a bit better than the 20/2.8D and the 14-24/2.8 when it comes to flare and ghosting. Removing dust-spots is a major pain, a good reason to shoot fast lenses wide-open only ;-)



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

bruni wrote:
Oosty wrote:
georgms wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments on my recent pictures - much appreciated!
Here's an image taken a few minutes ago taken with the PC 85/2.8 D at an effective aperture of f/7.6


Goerg, I love the snowdrops - gorgeous!



+1
lovely Georg



the next 2 are interesting too - the pole in the foreground is straight but the building seems to tilt and curve - maybe it's an optical illusion ?
ps - I like the flare in the first one.

ben


Thanks, Ben!
Actually I was quite happy with the amount of distortion displayed in these shots (the only lens-correction I did in PS was a modest rotation). Some earlier shots with the 28/3.5PC did show more hard-to-correct distortion. Flare is for sure an issue with (my copy of) this lens. In this case it was okay and added a bit mood.
The 24/3.5 PC-E and it's 45mm-brother are dream-lenses for me - maybe sometimes...



Paul Gardner
Registered: Sep 16, 2004
Total Posts: 1143
Country: United States

leighton w: Are we doubles?



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

designdog wrote:
Help!

The sun finally came out in Richmond, and I grabbed my D700 to take some photos. It is dead. As a doorknob. Nothing comes on any screen, no lights, no shutter, nothing even with turning it on and off, changing lenses, cards etc. Now, I have the Nikon battery pack, and I took it off. Nothing. Tried reversing the batteries. Nothing. I am patiently charging both batteries again as a last resort.

Called KEH, from whom I bought this (LN, 900 shutter count) and they were very nice. It is under their warranty, and they will get it fixed. (Dont have a comparable replacement.) They sent me a RA.

Also spoke to their sales people about an idea I have had. Seems I am not using my Fuji x Pro 1 and 3 primes. What if I just traded them and the D700 to a D800, or D800E? Yes, I can do that, and have some cash left over.

So I wonder. Are my lenses good enough for the D800/D800E (see below)? I am not using the Fuji stuff now, but I might some day, and I am only getting about 50% for very new, very perfect equipment. I am confident KEH will get my D700 repaired, and back to me, if that is the direction I choose...

So... this may be a crossroads. Thoughts?

Lens List: MF: 28 2.8 AI-s, 50 1.2 AI-s, 85 2 AI, 105 2.5 AI-s, 135 2.8 AI-s, 180 2.8ED AI-s,Rokinon 85 1.4
AF: 18-35mm 3.5-4.5D IF-ED, 35-70 2.8D, 70-210 4D


Go for it!!!!



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

Scott and Curtis, Leighton, Mark and Peter - thanks for your kind words!



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

BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

designdog wrote:
Help!

The sun finally came out in Richmond, and I grabbed my D700 to take some photos. It is dead. As a doorknob. Nothing comes on any screen, no lights, no shutter, nothing even with turning it on and off, changing lenses, cards etc. Now, I have the Nikon battery pack, and I took it off. Nothing. Tried reversing the batteries. Nothing. I am patiently charging both batteries again as a last resort.

Called KEH, from whom I bought this (LN, 900 shutter count) and they were very nice. It is under their warranty, and they will get it fixed. (Don�t have a comparable replacement.) They sent me a RA.

Also spoke to their sales people about an idea I have had. Seems I am not using my Fuji x Pro 1 and 3 primes. What if I just traded them and the D700 to a D800, or D800E? Yes, I can do that, and have some cash left over.

So I wonder. Are my lenses good enough for the D800/D800E (see below)? I am not using the Fuji stuff now, but I might some day, and I am only getting about 50% for very new, very perfect equipment. I am confident KEH will get my D700 repaired, and back to me, if that is the direction I choose...

So... this may be a crossroads. Thoughts?

Lens List: MF: 28 2.8 AI-s, 50 1.2 AI-s, 85 2 AI, 105 2.5 AI-s, 135 2.8 AI-s, 180 2.8ED AI-s,Rokinon 85 1.4
AF: 18-35mm 3.5-4.5D IF-ED, 35-70 2.8D, 70-210 4D


Sorry to hear about your trouble with the dead D700!
Only 50% for a very new Fuji-outfit would be a deal-breaker for me. I would keep the hopefully soon repaired D700.
Best of luck, Georg.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

MDoc9523 wrote:
BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month


Good one, Ray
I'm old-fashioned, I just enjoy a cold winter with lots of snow as well as a nice spring and a warm summer.
Btw, we should get some more fresh snow over at Easter;-)



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6134
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month


Wait for this summer . . . .



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13370
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
designdog wrote:
Help!

The sun finally came out in Richmond, and I grabbed my D700 to take some photos. It is dead. As a doorknob. Nothing comes on any screen, no lights, no shutter, nothing even with turning it on and off, changing lenses, cards etc. Now, I have the Nikon battery pack, and I took it off. Nothing. Tried reversing the batteries. Nothing. I am patiently charging both batteries again as a last resort.

Called KEH, from whom I bought this (LN, 900 shutter count) and they were very nice. It is under their warranty, and they will get it fixed. (Don�t have a comparable replacement.) They sent me a RA.

Also spoke to their sales people about an idea I have had. Seems I am not using my Fuji x Pro 1 and 3 primes. What if I just traded them and the D700 to a D800, or D800E? Yes, I can do that, and have some cash left over.

So I wonder. Are my lenses good enough for the D800/D800E (see below)? I am not using the Fuji stuff now, but I might some day, and I am only getting about 50% for very new, very perfect equipment. I am confident KEH will get my D700 repaired, and back to me, if that is the direction I choose...

So... this may be a crossroads. Thoughts?

Lens List: MF: 28 2.8 AI-s, 50 1.2 AI-s, 85 2 AI, 105 2.5 AI-s, 135 2.8 AI-s, 180 2.8ED AI-s,Rokinon 85 1.4
AF: 18-35mm 3.5-4.5D IF-ED, 35-70 2.8D, 70-210 4D


Sorry to hear about your trouble with the dead D700!
Only 50% for a very new Fuji-outfit would be a deal-breaker for me. I would keep the hopefully soon repaired D700.
Best of luck, Georg.


I'm with Georg on this one. Yes, these lenses perform very well on the Nikon D800 cameras, but unless you're hungry for that many megapixels, I think getting the D700 repaired on KEH's dime and keeping the sweet smaller Fuji makes good sense. Folks on this thread know that I was not especially excited when I shot with the D800. My computer wasn't happy with the big files. I don't print so I hardly needed them. The D700 is a really great camera though if the D600 had the build quality of the D700 I'd like take the plunge. But Nikon isn't giving me what would motivate me to upgrade so I'm sticking with the D700. In fact, I'm considering adding a second, but that likely has more to do with NAS. I've pretty much run out of lenses to buy so I've got to practice my addiction someplace else...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13370
Country: United States

I posted this on a couple of other threads, but it really belongs here... a shot using Nikki with a PK-13 extension tube attached.


Nikki works with tubes too!



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
BTW I haven't heard a word about Global Warming all month


Probably because people falsely equate lots of snow with colder weather. Meanwhile, the driest place on earth is in Antarctica.

We also don't have a lot of Aussie members in this thread. They are getting cooked down under.

I wonder if AF or MF lenses are better suited for 114F shooting conditions?



GoranPhoto
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
Total Posts: 148
Country: United States

It's been too cold outside lately, so I've been discovering little things around the house to take pictures of. Here's some loose change with a desk lamp providing some warm lighting.


Change by GoranPhoto, on Flickr



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13370
Country: United States

Nice shot Goran. Yes, it is a great way to occupy oneself without visiting the elements, especially when they are unpleasant.

I'd encourage you to note the setup you're using when you post photos. It helps the rest of us as we refine our eye and make decisions about what lenses and extension tubes to add to our kits. Our celebration includes both sharing photos and experience with gear. To my mind that gives us the best of all possible words. I'm glad you found us and have decided to join the conversation. Fred Miranda is about much more that buying and selling gear. Welcome.



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