Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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3D.Doug
Registered: Aug 11, 2010
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whoa, this thread moves fast at times. Curtis, you are a bad man, that photo will get people into trouble. Whew, you definitely are the MF man.

Well, fruit seemed to be coming into vogue here earlier, so this was from my weeping cherry tree tonight, that seems to think it's a real cherry tree!

D700/58mm AIS 1.2 NOCT







CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
leighton w wrote:
I think the person who names them all correctly should win them!


That would be me of course... Though the photo as of fifteen minutes ago became incomplete...

135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd purchased at auction on E-Bay. Bjorn is a fan... though I'm crazy...


Congrats on another one. But you need this like you need another hole in your head!


As Rafael says... its an investment. Though I have no illusion I'll ever get money out of these lenses for the simple reason I don't seem able to sell anything unless I replace it with a cleaner copy.

In this instance, I'm very much influenced by my experience with the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd that Jose tempted me to buy. Both of these pre-AI lenses, as well as the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd, have different optical formulae than later versions. With both the 200 and 105 I'm quite taken both with the feel of the lens in my hand, and the character of the images produced. The 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd is a much heavier lens than the AI version I already own. Its weight is close to that of the 85 f/1.4 AI-s. I'm curious about how it will handle on the D700 and what it will produce. Kevin's Q lens has the same weight and optical design but without multi-coating found in the Q.C. We'll see how it does.

From the standpoint of pure aesthetics, the lens I'd like is the 135 f/3.5 Q.C. AI'd which has a form similar to the 105 f/2.5 P. I've become a sucker for those scalloped focusing rings. The f/2.8 doesn't have that feature. There are two copies of the f/3.5 with the AI conversion kit but one has a troubled front lens, the other an absurdly high price. And so I keep my powder dry. At the moment, I'll simply wait for this f/2.8 lens and put it through its paces.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

3D.Doug wrote:
whoa, this thread moves fast at times. Curtis, you are a bad man, that photo will get people into trouble. Whew, you definitely are the MF man...


This seems to have become my new vocation. I'm retired for the world of work, so I guess I needed a new outlet for my creative energy. Of course, I only had eight lenses when this thread began and now I have 35, so it seems I'm the one most infected with this particular disease that we call Manual Focus Nikon Acquisition Syndrome. I don't think that diagnosis made the recently released DSM-V but those of us frequenting this board KNOW it is real...

Just remember Doug, kit building is FOREVER...



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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CGrindahl wrote:Kevin's Q lens has the same weight and optical design but without multi-coating found in the Q.C. We'll see how it does.

From the standpoint of pure aesthetics, the lens I'd like is the 135 f/3.5 Q.C. AI'd which has a form similar to the 105 f/2.5 P. I've become a sucker for those scalloped focusing rings. The f/2.8 doesn't have that feature. There are two copies of the f/3.5 with the AI conversion kit but one has a troubled front lens, the other an absurdly high price. And so I keep my powder dry. At the moment, I'll simply wait for this f/2.8 lens and put it through its paces.



I really like my Q. I think the multicoating may help prevent ghosts and such, but other than that, I don't think there will be much difference in the two lenses. It may not have a scalloped focus ring, but it has a scalloped aperture. I have found that I need to use the built in hood at all times to prevent any weirdness in my images...unless I am going for an Instagram look, then I keep the hood away.

Can't wait to see what you do with it Curtis. Lens really shines around f4 or f5.6. It has an amazingly short DOF wide open for a lens as long as it is.

This is at f5.6, DOF extends from the front of the flower to right in front of the stem (no tube used, near MFD). That is about an inch and a half of DOF.


DSC_7022 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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Here is wide open with a PK13 (Nikkor-Q 135mm). About 1/4 inch of DOF at MFD.


DSC_7765 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
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Well time to close out the weekend, did not do much, tomorrow I will need to go somewhere, I only went downtown escondido, to test the 20mm UD on the D800. You may remember my chicano park aztec/mexica freeway murals, taken with this lens on the D3. On that camera the lens performed well, I had not wanted to use it on the D800, believing it would fall short. Much to my surprise it does not, it is already very sharp at 3.5 and does not improve much in sharpness closing down, but it does improve contrast and illumination.

Like the 15mm 5.6 it is plenty sharp for the D800 but you must focus with the field of curvature very much in mind or the corners will not be sharp. you will also not be able to have near and far corners sharp at any aperture at the same time, must focus taking care of the field match to the lens curvature of focus.

I only have a few lenses that show totally clear glass, absolutely no dust or anything else under sunlight, this is one of them.

Enough words.

First the 55 1.2 SC at 2.8. Rose trellis at Elfin forest.


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 at 2.8 D800 Elfin Rose Trellis by Rafael CA, on Flickr

This is the lens

nikon nikkor 20mm ud D800 front by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 20mm ud D800 side by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Now the UD at 3.5, yes this is 3.5 with some fixing of the vignette. There is significant depth of focus in the central area


nikom nikkor 20mm 3.5 nkj D800 at 3.5 Escondido Center for the arts by Rafael CA, on Flickr

A crop of this


nikom nikkor 20mm 3.5 nkj UD D800 at 3.5 Escondido Center for the arts crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr

This one is at f8, with no post processing, landscape pic control.


nikon nikkor 20mm 3.5 UD at 8 D800 Escondido CA Center for the arts by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Crop


nikon nikkor 20mm 3.5 UD at 8 D800 Escondido CA Center for the arts crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Now at 3.5 using the natural signature of the lens to create an effect, sun colored yellow in sw, other than that no changes. No Photoshop, Lens-a-shop.

Memorial.


nikon nikkor 20mm 3.5 UD at 3.5 D800 Escondido CA Center for the arts memorial by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Same effect on landscape.

nikon nikkor 20mm ud D800 full aperture sun in frame by Rafael CA, on Flickr



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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Country: United States

Lens-a-shop? Is that a technical term?



Kry27
Registered: Oct 15, 2012
Total Posts: 172
Country: Switzerland

Wonderful work, all!!!

Back from 14 days in Mauritius, which is why I could only read and look at your wonderful pictures a bit, but not post/show images myself. By now, I got a ton of shots to process...

First, let's start with a few taken back home, this weekend, bringing out the 180 again...







MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
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Sehr schönste bilder Roland. I love the first one, the expression on the child's face is wonderful and then I noticed what looks like a man standing on the river in the background.
I hope you saw the sun in the Mauritius, according to this morning's '20 Minuten' you won't see it around here this week.



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
leighton w wrote:
I think the person who names them all correctly should win them!


]
135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd purchased at auction on E-Bay. Bjorn is a fan... though I'm crazy...


Congrats on another one. But you need this like you need another hole in your head!



I don't like to agree with Leighton - but when he's right, he's right. Congrats, I guess. (I just put a deposit of the zeiss 135m f2 so I can't talk)

ben



Kry27
Registered: Oct 15, 2012
Total Posts: 172
Country: Switzerland

Thank you, Mark

Yeah, we "mentally prepared" on our flights home for what is about the worst "spring" one can have... Almost a shame.

But then, right now, the sun IS ACTUALLY SHINING in Frauenfeld. Incredible!

The man is paddling on a one man boat, a bit like a surf board, in a ... Canadian (?) style? One stands while paddling...



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Doug - Haven't had the chance to welcome you...welcome! Love your last shot with the Noct. Also, when Curtis throws out the line of "kit building is FOREVER", hold on tight to your wallet.

Kevin - Beautiful work with 135 Q, you've mad me VERY interested.

Rafael - Elfin forest looks like a great place to explore.

Roland - Welcome back, good to see your work again. I love the first one in your set.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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leighton w wrote:
I think the person who names them all correctly should win them!

CGrindahl wrote:
]
135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd purchased at auction on E-Bay. Bjorn is a fan... though I'm crazy...

leighton w wrote:
Congrats on another one. But you need this like you need another hole in your head!

bruni wrote:
I don't like to agree with Leighton - but when he's right, he's right. Congrats, I guess. (I just put a deposit of the zeiss 135m f2 so I can't talk)

ben


Hmmm...I'm not sure how to take that.



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

The sun may be shining today in Frauenfeld but yesterday it was damp to say the least so another day at Technorama (season ticket already paid for itself.)

This time with the 50mm 1.2



Kry27
Registered: Oct 15, 2012
Total Posts: 172
Country: Switzerland

Technorama rocks. Grew up within walking distance...



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Country: United States

Mark, great to see young minds exploring and I like that plasma tube. Roland, very nice b&ws around town (or are those sepia?). Look forward to seeing the Mauritius snaps!

Ronny, you keep on finding new uses for the 135 and 180, now its snails The first one, and the last one with only the eye in focus, are the best!

Kevin, beautiful flowers with the 135Q. Rafael, love that last one with the flare+ghosts from the 20UD. I don't get such sharp results with mine. But I should put it into use for those green ghosts again.

Leighton, those strawberries look scrumptious!! And I just saw the landscape with the haying tractor, that's frame-worthy!

Curtis, that's 33 I counted. This is a pure disease, nothing else I am at right at my one year anniversary of manual lenses and I have 22. That's it, I am done!

Peter (Madison), love the vintage B&Ws, particularly the abandoned school bathroom. And terrific, you got the 600 f4! And I am still amazed you can handle the weight. My 500 F4P is only half the weight of the 600.

Doug, cool images with the Noct! Hope to see more of the unique Noct magic.

Georg, the close up of the young athletes with the 85 PC is superb.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Made it to Easton and St. Michaels across the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland this weekend. Here's a few from the trip.

Memorial Day exhibit on the road between Easton and St. Michaels. 28 3.5 PC, a bit of post in PSE attempting to add some vintage graininess.






Starfighter Vietnam War era, taken with a 1967 55 1.2S.






Jaguar ornament, St. Michaels, 105 2.5P, Sonnar version, about 1967.






And the next two are a Mustang with the 55 1.2S












saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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A bit of Chesapeake Bay history at St. Michaels. There's a Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in the small town. These three are from a crab factory exhibit at the museum, taken with the 55 1.2S. Crab meat is a Maryland specialty.

Inside the factory exhibit.






Interesting history.






Crabs (plastic) on an assembly line. The contraption was meant to pick out the shell.










saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Hope these are not too many images in a row. Here's a couple more from around the museum.

A historic lighthouse, 28 3.5 PC.






Scene out on the water at the museum, 105 2.5P, Sonnar version.






saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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And lastly, three from around St. Michaels, including a door for Leighton.

Yellow GMC, 28 3.5 PC.







Trash n Treasure, 105 2.5 P Sonnar version






Door, 105 2.5P Sonnar (no crop, wide open, should probably have stopped down a bit)






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