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asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Paul Gabel wrote:
Two macros with the 300mm/4.5 EDIF ais


_PG25299 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/100 f5.6 iso 200 with PN11 and PK13 tubes, hand-held


_PG25939 by Apapa56, on Flickr

1/250 f5.6 iso 200 with PN11 tube and TC14B converter, hand-held and fill flash with built-in flash on D700




Paul, gorgeous close ups!
This is one of the favourite combos used by John Shaw in his book on close up photography, and you are showing why.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

pburke wrote:
the 55mm f1.2 is quite a chunk of glass, but I like it - first tests after a thunderstorm kept me in the house for much of the evening













WOW, what a beautiful cloudy formation. Great capture!


asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

georgms wrote:
Some shots taken today at the local zoo. I've used the 180/2.8 ED on the Nikon 1 V1a lot, but the results are mixed at best. I'm just not fast enough with the focus-ring.



Addition to the camel-family: the light was too harsh, the blown-out parts bug me quite a bit
180/2.8 ED on the V1 too, aperture unrecorded (about f/4)



Georg, the entire B&W zoo set is awesome, but for me this stands out!!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

Samy - the Baltimore shots are great. Like the cabin and the stone house which reminds me of the visitors centre at Valley Forge and Washington's HQ

Phillippe - super cathedral image

George - her eyes are perfectly focused and they make the Xmas picture

Rafael - nicely captured car



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

I shot these from my car while waiting for Ingrid to do some shopping.All with the 80-200 f4

Small plaza in Franschhoek Western Cape, last Sunday morning.

Also an attempt to capturte some of Phillippe's magic



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

georgms wrote:
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Jose, thanks for the link to the auction. Firing up the NMFAS is always a very welcome action. Right now I have my eyes on a 25-50/4 (wish me luck, the auctions will end tomorrow ;-).



Very good luck to you for the 25-50/4!
By the way, soon after I posted the link here the 50-135/3.5 was sold! Are you the happy buyer or is there some of our "gang" that put the hands on that beauty? Just curious.



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

Just pulling legs, the car is not at the car show, it is the carriage of the garden god at the enchanted elfin forest, do remember that enchantment can lead to danger. Post processing enabled by use of 55mm 1.2 fully open. Only color and contrast manipulated, no image shape changes.


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 D800 old car elfin forest carriage of the garden God by Rafael CA, on Flickr



nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 D800 enchanted creatures elfin forest by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Beware who goes around in this forest


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 D800 dangerous creatures elfin forest by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

Not enough images of cats and dogs recently, so here's a few feline photos:

5.8cm 1.4S, at f2.






5.8cm 1.4S, wide open






105cm 2.5P, early version, wide open









asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Thanks Curtis, Chuong, Leighton, Ray, Georg, Rafael, Jeff, Scott and Samy.

Curtis, lovely flowers as usual, with the 85/1.8 H and the 200/QC;

Jeff, loved the bokehs of the coral tree set;

Ronny, another killer BIF (bee in flight) - impressive details;

Paul, welcome back and very nice set from northeast France;

Scott, great landscapes with the micro 105/4, once more showing the capabilities of this macro lens at infinity;

Peter (SA), great sunset pano;

Ray, beautiful sunset sets, liked the most with the egret; and nice eagle family;

Chuong, liked your morning dew;

Kevin, great macros; glad you are recovering;

Samy, lovely cats, liked the most the last one in B&W.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Well Curtis, you might be creating a "monster"

During this busy week I made a preliminary 105mm + 135/2 bokeh "battle"; but conditions were not ideal (no sun to reflect in the background leaves, and I did not include neither the 105/2.8 micro nor the 105-PC. Who knows one day I will perform a more complete test.
Anyway here we go:
All shots straight from the camera/no edit (except cropping) - ViewNX2 conversion to jpge - FastStone Viewer - Printscreen command - CS5 resizing - save to web format.

Just as a reference this is the general scene with the reddish rectangle showing the cropped area. The subject is truly a "banal" palm leaf at ~6m, with three leaves some 20-25m behind.


Nikkor 105mm-bokeh-battle-general-scene by labecoaves, on Flickr



Wide open:


105Px105gaussx135f2-wide-open by labecoaves, on Flickr




At f/2.8:


105Px105gaussx135f2-at-f28 by labecoaves, on Flickr


Surprisingly the 1964 made Sonnar appears to be as good or even slight better () than the Gauss AI version, but the Queen seems to be the 135mmf/2, even at f/2.8.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5064
Country: Sweden

Thanks
Great shot Samy
Good test that Jose ... and interesting


Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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

Philippe, very nicely done halo of colorful bokeh at the cathedral, and Peter (Knysa), equal praise for your image of the girl with the background bokeh at the Christmas fair. Peter, of the street shots that second to last one has an interesting symmetrical expression on all of the people, they seem to be looking a bit anxiously to the side. Makes me curious what was going on there.

Rafael, that enchanted creature with the grass growing out of its head in the elfin forest is the most fun.

Ronny, you are capturing great light and color on those flowers up north!

Jose, very interesting test of the 105s against the 135 f2. With some more sun and highlights you may get even more separation among the lenses. My Sonnar 105 is early 1967. Interestingly enough looking at the photosynthesis site there were 15 variations of the 105 2.5P lens, only the last two series being the all black version. None of the other Nikon DSLR lenses have that many variations.

Some day I will match up Sonnar version against the AI and the 105 1.8 AIS, once I get a good test scene figured out.




asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

pburke wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
Wow, after a busy week , I have 5 days delayed reading of our thread.
While reading, I can't resist to throw on here a little bit of NMFAS virus

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nikkor-50-135mm-F-3-5-Ai-S-Lens-/230981164165?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item35c78cdc85&_uhb=1#ht_500wt_1414

this is an excellent lens with an excellent price and with no zoom creep + original hood!!!


what does the original hood do for me?



Peter, IMHO the hood isuseful for at least 2 things:
1) it protects the frontal lens element;
2) in some weird light conditions, it controlls flare and ghosts, also avoiding or minimizing loss of contrast.

This is an illustration with the 50-135mm on a tripod, without vs. with hood (HN-23, similar-sized to the HN-24):



Nikkor-50-135mm-at-135mm-without-x-with-hood by labecoaves, on Flickr

The subject was the Sonnar 105/2.5 P made in 1964.
As today there was no sun here, just rain and many clouds, I used a spotlight pointing against the 50-135 front at a 45 angle from the left. I suppose the sun would deliver a similar result.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Thanks Samy and Ronny.

Samy, looking forward for your tests.
Ronny, the last two flower are superb!



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

Jose, very interesting bokeh-comparison again and nicely illustrated benefit of using a hood (I hope you don't show us the the protection-affect of a metal-hood ).
Btw, no, the 50-135/3.5 from your link is not on the way to me (I don't like the shortest nominal focusing distance for my style of shooting). Hopefully another thread-contributor will the new user of this lens (the price seems to be fair).

Thanks for your comment on the camel-shot, much appreciated!



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

Ronny, another beautifully done series with the 135/2 and 36mm-tube! My personal favorite is the last shot.

Samy, very nice work ^! I especially like your B&W-shot of the building next to the log-cabin. The framing is really great and the B&W-conversion a nice match for the stone-textures!

Rafael, love your "enchanted creatures"! Fantastic use of the super-fast 55/1.2. I always like some blur in the foreground to add "depth" to a picture. The "car-shot" is wonderful too - can't wait for the next friday ;-)
Btw, your contributions are one of the reasons why I hope to win the auction for a nice 25-50/4 Ais... And: I'm glad you like the art-show-shots. Thanks for your comment.

Peter from Knysna, nice work from the streets of Franschhoek. I like the second shot the most, the waiter seems to be alert, which adds (together with the unsharp foreground) a bit of "suspense" to your image. "Bedankt" for your words on the giant-wheel-shot!





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

Foggy14 wrote:
georgms wrote:
Kevin, Ray, Curtis and Peter - thanks for your comments!

I'm stereoblind, that's why I try to create multi-dimensional-looking pictures most of the time.
A shallow DoF delivered by my beloved fast Nikkors is one way to achieve this effect, the use of tilt-lenses another.
Of course a special lighting or tricks like shooting into a mirror will work without "special" lenses.

Here's the last one for today, taken with the Ai 35/1.4 wide open:
...

Wow Georg, what a great photo! You've really captured a nice multi-dimensional look in this one.

Your comments about not having stereo vision are very interesting to me since I've had a similar issue over the past couple of years with one eye becoming quite dominant due to retinal issues in the other. If you don't mind, I think I'll "borrow" a few of your approaches to getting more depth in my images.



Thanks for your comments, Jeff, much appreciated!

I can't imagine how the world looks in 3D, it must be really hard to deal with this issue (stereoblindness) after a life with stereo-vision.
Hopefully it's not a problem for you anymore (did you pour coffee behind the cup, a typical incident for stereoblind people).
At least two other pro-photogs in my kinda small town are stereo-blind too, it seems to lead to another way of perception (maybe an advantage for painters or photographers?).
You're more than welcome to borrow my approaches to get depth into my images ;-) These approaches are not exactly new and for sure not my unique inventions...



designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 227
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
pburke wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
Wow, after a busy week , I have 5 days delayed reading of our thread.
While reading, I can't resist to throw on here a little bit of NMFAS virus

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nikkor-50-135mm-F-3-5-Ai-S-Lens-/230981164165?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item35c78cdc85&_uhb=1#ht_500wt_1414

this is an excellent lens with an excellent price and with no zoom creep + original hood!!!


what does the original hood do for me?



Peter, IMHO the hood isuseful for at least 2 things:
1) it protects the frontal lens element;
2) in some weird light conditions, it controlls flare and ghosts, also avoiding or minimizing loss of contrast.

This is an illustration with the 50-135mm on a tripod, without vs. with hood (HN-23, similar-sized to the HN-24):



Nikkor-50-135mm-at-135mm-without-x-with-hood by labecoaves, on Flickr

The subject was the Sonnar 105/2.5 P made in 1964.
As today there was no sun here, just rain and many clouds, I used a spotlight pointing against the 50-135 front at a 45 angle from the left. I suppose the sun would deliver a similar result.


Good thing, as I bought this lens as soon as I saw your post!



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

Happy to know the 50-135 stayed in the family. It is a beautiful looking lens at a very fair price given its condition. I don't often mount my copy but I'm never disappointed in performance when I do.

Jose, you definitely deserve accolades as the devil's adjutant... You're a very serious advocate for these lenses and back up your comments with first rate comparison shots as in your recent 105 and 135mm offering. Somehow I'm not surprised with how well the Sonnar performed. I've been delighted with the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd I bought some months ago. It gives nothing up to the Gauss version. And yes, the 135 f/2 is in a class by itself... though I have to wonder how the 105 f/1.8 AI-s would fare. That too is a very sweet lens that produces a lovely bokeh. Perhaps another test is in order... I don't think you own that lens... I just checked and you don't. But you DO have 32 manual focus lenses, including the two monsters at 600 and 800mm. That makes perfect sense given the fact you're an ornithologist. You need REACH to get to those birds...

Only two more MF lenses and you'll have caught up with me... I think I'm finished buying... though I've said that before...



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

I heard a call for dog and cat photos... here's my contribution... a dog sniffing flowers, shot with the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd...


And with the same lens, a look inside a magnolia flower that was about fifteen feet in the air... this a 100% crop, shot wide open.


Although I thought some time ago that I'd reached the end of my lens buying, in fact, pre-AI lenses that had been converted changed the tune. Subsequently, I added 10 such lenses to my kit. Amazing how seductive this adventure can become. However, it is still a relatively inexpensive hobby. I spoke with a neighbor this afternoon who with his son have been rebuilding old bicycles. He pointed to one beauty they'd created and said it cost $1,400 for the bicycle and the parts required to rebuild it. I believe it was a 1939 bicycle. That's more than my TWO most expensive lenses combined and certainly more than the 10 pre-AI lenses I added to my kit in the last year...



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