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

leighton w wrote:
georgms wrote:
A short series from today, subject was some modern architecture:


Jakobikirchplatz von georgsfoto auf Flickr
A sparrow is leaving the plane of focus - PC 85/2.8D (love this lens)

I love this one Georg, being wet helped a lot.


+1 Georg. Like this a lot!



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

Thank you Georg, Philippe, Peter, Jeff, and Ray for the comments.

Philippe, lovely street architecture scene.

Peter, nice panos.

Jeff, I like the old Kodak camera.

Rafael, the old truck is a classic.

Mihai, sorry to hear your surgery was postponed. All the best when the new day arrives.



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

pburke wrote:
georgms wrote: Peter from Madison, it's kinda funny that I've shot a picture of "West-Berlin" from the "Fernsehturm" (TV-Tower) that is hidden behind the tree at the left side of your wall-image.
I don't recall the year, it could have been 1986 too. I had a TLR back then, and also a Werra for traveling (a well made camera from East-Germany).
I'm more than happy to live in a democracy now, but growing up in a so called "communist state" is a part of my life I don't wanna "raze out" of my memory.



My first camera was a "communist made" Exakta SLR with a set of M42 lenses - all manual. It fell apart in about 2 years of light use. The 50mm lens was an f/2.8 and it wasn't a macro lens!

The used early 70s Nikkormat I bought later was all I could afford and I still have it today. The light seals are rotted away, so I can't use it any longer. Tried to repair it but it is rather tedious and my first attempt to fix it myself was a complete fail.

Funny that today on ebay, the Exakta cameras list for much more than the Nikkormat, probably because they look a lot more "vintage"



Never used an Exakta nor the popular Exa. The 50/2.8-lenses were the budget-lenses, my later Praktica-outfit included a 50/1.8 and the 2.4/35 (the latter one is a pretty good lens, some folks over at the alt-forum love it on DSLR's). A fellow shooter who worked as a staff-photog for a newspaper in the late 80's got a Nikon FM2 together with a 28, 50 and 135mm Nikkor from the paper, what a lucky fella ;-).
I still have an old M42 Biotar 58/2 laying around, probably made in the 50's, will give it a try for some bokeh-fun at short range.



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

I love reading through the thread and following the friendly banter going back and forth. Yes, we are very fortunate to have such a friendly gathering here, with help freely given and always appreciated. Some outstanding work with camera and lens as well.. I definitely love to be part of it. Thanks everyone.



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

pbraymond wrote:
pburke wrote:


I spend 95% of my image editing in ACR, and the local adjustment brush is where most of the time is spent in images that need some help. It is like I am back in the darkroom, just without the chemical smell all around me. Auto-mask is still something I haven't figured out yet - when does it work and when does it not? There's little explanation as to what it users to determine the mask, so I usually do it manually with a lot of zooming. The part I hate is that you cannot scroll around in a large image while zoomed in - only up/down with the mouse wheel - have yet to figure out how to go left right without leaving the tool and starting a new brush once I adjust the view.


If you are on a PC, hold down the spacebar, and you can pan around with the mouse.


Sweet, yes, PC version - will try it asap. I knew there had to be a way





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

leighton w wrote:
Thank you Curtis, Georg and Chuong.

Kevin - I like the second shot, it looks very "old-timey".

Rafael - I love the look of the first image of the old truck. That lens looks very interesting in deed and you also did a nice job in PP.


Philippe, great pine!

Dean, I will post more from the 5cm S this weekend.

Mark "I agree - I love the 'draw' of those lenses where the focal length is measured in cm...!"

Curtis, I love the history behind us all, it is admiration for the people that preceded us, upon their love an passions we exist. I find it so interesting to meet my Filipino friends at work, named after Felipe II, a Hapsburg; with their Spanish names and traditions. The French who helped the American revolution, and by invading Spain enabled South American independence, yet 60 years later were invading Mexico. The Americans who expanded their territorial possesions by invading Mexico first, and later expanded their colonial reach by warring with Spain. The Germans, whose first Holy Roman emperor was Carlos I of Spain, aka Emperor Charles V. The American Natives whose blood we shed and we carry, and we continue to opress in Latin America. The grandchildren of Queen Victoria: King, Kaiser and Tzar, who being family could not be kin.....and so on.....Mine is not a political stance, I hope and pray we are reaching the point where civilized people love each other and value our differences.

Peter, thanks for the comment, the vignetting of the 5 cm is natural. Love your dusty panos.

Is your dog for sale Ronny? It is so handsome.

This is about the 5cm S

This lens

nikon nikkor 5cm f 2 S D3 Taken with D200 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

It mounts as non-ai by slipping under the ai tab in my camera. There is no ai kit for it, if you cut the ring it will need a little tab added to mate the one on the camera as its diameter is small. It is the first normal for the F reflex, There were two versions only diff is 9 aperture blades early, six later. Mine has six.

Pictorial review here
http://nikonrumors.com/2012/11/28/nikkor-s-5cm-12-lens-review.aspx/

Quote
"In my 6-odd years behind the camera, Iíve not touched Photoshop; I prefer to use the unique rendition of different lenses to capture and/or create atmosphere and emotions. While the 50/1.2 AIs is really special, it just isnít the 5cm f/2 when it comes to rendition; I donít think any other lens is."


There is a review comparing it to the 50mm 1.8 AF here:
http://www.lenstip.com/index.php?art=117

Here is two comparison shots one at 2.0 the other at 5.6, processing identical. Copied settings from one to the other, then adjusted the center exposure to the same brightness.


nikon nikkor nkj 5cm 2.0 S D3 water truck Ramona California at 5.6 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor nkj 5cm 2.0 S D3 water truck Ramona California at 2.0 by Rafael CA, on Flickr






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

It's raining here again and the rain offered a different view on my surroundings:

glitzy von georgsfoto auf Flickr
a spider's web taken with my favorite MF-Nikkor, the PC 85/2.8D - wide open and at about minimum focusing distance



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

georgms wrote:
It's raining here again and the rain offered a different view on my surroundings:

glitzy von georgsfoto auf Flickr
a spider's web taken with my favorite MF-Nikkor, the PC 85/2.8D - wide open and at about minimum focusing distance


Join the club, we've had 8 inches of the wet stuff so far this month!
I love this shot, I'm trying to figure out what the web is connected to.



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

Thanks, Leighton, the web is really small and connected to the fieldstones of an old cemetery wall.
Maybe I'll post another shot of this later. This was taken at a reproduction scale of 1:2 (1 inch on the sensor = 2 inches in reality).



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

All: some exciting news, especially for us older gentlemen/gentle ladies who use MF lenses, which have no VR.

For a while now I have been working with a prerelease version of Photoshop CC. A few new things, notably ACR working on layers, but no non destructive burning/dodging ó at least on my release.

The big news is the camera shake filter. I can tell you, this is no hype. It really works, at least for me. Before, you had to chose motion blur from the Smart Sharpen filter, and fool around with the angle. Never got it to work that well. Now it is all automatic, plus it really works.

I have found there is camera shake on most of my hand held photos. My workflow has been to remove that with this new filter, then apply output sharpening at the end. Of course I am only doing this with my "keepers" which, given my apparent lack of photographic talent, is not very many.

I can't show anything until Adobe releases CC, but there are demos surfacing now. Early next month I will post an actual example here. Really good development, though...



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

Well, I better buy my 600mm f4 now before the price going up when this filter is out



wshoc840
Registered: Oct 24, 2012
Total Posts: 41
Country: United States

Nikkor 135mm 2.8



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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Bill, I like the first shot.
That's pretty close to a cardinal. I cannot even get that view with a 300mm



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Poland

Georg, lovely shot of the spider's web with the water droplets. It looks like it is attached to the top of a silver wave.

Rafael - that 5cm lens is a real beauty. The rendering is pretty distinctive, reminds me of the look you would get out of a 1970's National Geographic picture.

Ray, that 16mm looks fab in your hands. The colours after the rain is lovely.

Ronny, great shots of Nitro. Whenever I see your pics I have to get the 180mm out.

Bill, I like your shots of the birds, especially the first one - great expression. Although the last shot of the pie makes me think you've got a new twist on the old nursary rhyme of "four and twenty blackbirds baked into a pie"...



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

designdog wrote:
All: some exciting news, especially for us older gentlemen/gentle ladies who use MF lenses, which have no VR.

For a while now I have been working with a prerelease version of Photoshop CC. A few new things, notably ACR working on layers, but no non destructive burning/dodging ó at least on my release.

The big news is the camera shake filter. I can tell you, this is no hype. It really works, at least for me. Before, you had to chose motion blur from the Smart Sharpen filter, and fool around with the angle. Never got it to work that well. Now it is all automatic, plus it really works.

I have found there is camera shake on most of my hand held photos. My workflow has been to remove that with this new filter, then apply output sharpening at the end. Of course I am only doing this with my "keepers" which, given my apparent lack of photographic talent, is not very many.

I can't show anything until Adobe releases CC, but there are demos surfacing now. Early next month I will post an actual example here. Really good development, though...


Good news if you don't mind paying for a subscription!



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

designdog wrote:
The big news is the camera shake filter. I can tell you, this is no hype. It really works, at least for me. Before, you had to chose motion blur from the Smart Sharpen filter, and fool around with the angle. Never got it to work that well. Now it is all automatic, plus it really works.


hope they are ahead of where they were in 2011, because then they had to cheat...

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/10/18/adobeclarifies



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

wshoc840 wrote:
Nikkor 135mm 2.8



hmm - pie in Madison - I suppose I just have to follow my nose to find your location



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Country: United States

A couple shots from Honeymoon Island of a beautiful owl using the 300mm 4.5 EDIF





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

Ray, the Honeymoon owl looks a bit dished ;-) I'm just joking, wonderful shots!
I have the highest respect for birders, I can just assume that many effortful birding-trips end without good shots.

Bill, I like especially the very first shot - great job!

Scott, I'm glad you like the kinda wild architectural shot. Thanks for your comment.

Mark, thanks for your words on the spiders web! A long day with constant drizzle has it's own pros.

David, the Photoshop-VR sounds amazing. Unbelievable what todays technique can do for photographers.



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

Two more images from the cobweb:





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