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3D.Doug
Registered: Aug 11, 2010
Total Posts: 828
Country: United States

I guess this is an offshoot of NAS Curtis. (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome) Well, believe me, I know all about NAS. I have been through a lot of lenses since around 2006 or whenever it was the D200 came out. That's when I started DSLR. I was actually on board with Nikon with 2 other cameras that preceeded the D200. they were mostly single lens jobs. /i think they were the first Coolpix cameras, one was a 5800 I think.The 5800 died, that was a raw deal, I paid good money for it, babied, it and it still died. Long time ago now... My first digital was an Olympus that didn't even accept memory cards. So I have been doing digital a long time. Film? I started with a Minolta srt-101, then later a Minolta X700. Never Nikon film, I wish I had... I can't remember if those 101 initials are right. maybe.

That is a heck of a collection Curtis. Myself, I m split between two camps now, Nikon and Leica. I like the compactness of Leica, but I will keep 1 leg in Nikon as well. I have a D800E coming soon, and just inked a deal for a replacement 28mm 1.4d. not manual, but very desirable. I will take a few of the most desirable lenses for nikon when I shoot nikon, but never 2 or 3 backpack fulls again. I'm over that.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Ray - the butterflies are awesome

Leighton - I guessed - the farmer's market! Great shots.

Samy - love 'em all. And isn't St Michaels a great place? Salivating over the crab!!



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

Roland, sehr schoene Serie (auch im 28/85er Thread)! I really like the first shot and the Fachwerkhaus!

Mark, very nice set from the Technorama! My personal fav is the bubbles-shot.

Samy, the area around the Chesapeake Bay must be beautiful, your fine pictures makes me wanna visit Maryland. I like especially the car-close-ups and the B&W-water-scene.

Kevin, what a beautiful demonstration of the 135Q's performance!

Rafael, love the second shot with the 20/3.5 UD! My copy of this lens is unfortunately fogged somehow, I don't know if I should have a good local repairman take a look at it...



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Ronny - the snails are terrific

Curtis - enjoy the new lens (BTW if you sold them all you could probably buy a house in Marin county )

Kevin - love them both



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1469
Country: United States

Ronny, gorgeous flowers!

Philip, "reaching" is a very special photo.

Doug, I really like the tones you captured in your low light shots.

Jorge, great b&w flag shots.

Ray, beautiful butterflies!

Leighton, great produce shots and the "haying" photo with the fences really rings my bell.

Curtis, that's quite an impressive collection. I plan to show your picture to my wife the next time she says I have too much gear.

Mark, very nice "walkabout" shots.

Peter in Madison, great ones from the "shoe box."

Kevin, very nice flowers.

Roland, love the b&w bike shot.

Samy, really like your Memorial Day, Mustang and yellow GMC shots.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Mark - nice pics. I also like # 2

Peter - good pics



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

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


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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


Now let's see Ben... Zeiss 135 f/2 for $2,122 with free shipping from B&H or a Nikon 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd for $124 plus $15 shipping from E-Bay... mmm... At least you appreciate that you're experiencing your own version of insanity, just a more expensive version...

Of course, I'd likely have to admit that were I still working I'd be tempted by many lenses and cameras. But I'm not. Fortunately, I've been blessed in finding such an incredibly good camera, the D700 and a wide range of very good lenses that can be bought for a relative pittance.



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

saph wrote:
...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!



I can't tell you Samy, how many times I've said that. Folks on this thread likely smile every time, as does my partner. At first she wondered what was going on but with time she simply rolled her eyes. Of course, she enjoys the photos I take and appreciates what a wonderful pastime photography is for me.

And to note, I now have 12 pre-AI lenses in my kit. I was sitting at 23 when Ben arrived and asked the innocent question "why don't you have any OLD lenses?" Or some such thing. I bought the 55 f/1.2 S.C AI'd and the rest is history. Every time I think I'm finished, someone comes along as Jose did a few weeks ago with another lens that intrigues me. The 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd is a wonderful lens. That brought me to my latest acquisition, the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd. There really aren't too many more I COULD buy, so I may really be close to the end of my buying days.

Kit building is forever Samy. Grin and bear it...



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
saph wrote:
...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!



I can't tell you Samy, how many times I've said that. Folks on this thread likely smile every time, as does my partner. At first she wondered what was going on but with time she simply rolled her eyes. Of course, she enjoys the photos I take and appreciates what a wonderful pastime photography is for me.

And to note, I now have 12 pre-AI lenses in my kit. I was sitting at 22 when Ben arrived and asked the innocent question "why don't you have any OLD lenses?" Or some such thing. I bought the 55 f/1.2 S.C AI'd and the rest is history. Every time I think I'm finished, someone comes along as Jose did a few weeks ago with another lens that intrigues me. The 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd is a wonderful lens. That brought me to my latest acquisition, the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd. There really aren't too many more I COULD buy, so I may really be close to the end of my buying days.

Kit building is forever Samy. Grin and bear it...


If you and Sue ever do move in together, will there be room to lay her head what with all of those lenses?



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

We're having a rainy Memorial Day but clouds on San Francisco Bay were intriguing enough that I stopped by the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to take a few photos of San Quentin prison and the cloudy sky. I shot with the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd at f/8, hand held. This is a panorama of five portrait oriented photos that I converted in Silver Efex Pro 2. Enjoy.



philipj
Registered: Dec 01, 2010
Total Posts: 885
Country: Switzerland

Foggy14 wrote:

Philip, "reaching" is a very special photo.


Thanks Jeff! I thought so too.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

Great shot Curtis, the ship and the clouds hanging on the water makes it. I also like the conversion.



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

leighton w wrote:

...If you and Sue ever do move in together, will there be room to lay her head what with all of those lenses?


Good question... My kitchen is really my office. I have four pieces of office furniture from Scandinavian Design that hold files, my printer, books and most importantly lenses. In the middle of it all is a table on which stands my 27" iMac. Beneath that is a small table with five external hard drives and one rolling set of drawers. I can't imagine I'd be able to get by without ALL of this and I've no idea where I'd put it were we living together. But for now the intention is for Sue to buy something on her own and for me to stay in my much loved cottage.

Bottom line, of course, is that no lenses will be sold to make way for any future home...



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:

Bottom line, of course, is that no lenses will be sold to make way for any future home...


Phew...what a relief!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

saph wrote:

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







I really like this one Samy, even better than the door image.


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

leighton w wrote:
Great shot Curtis, the ship and the clouds hanging on the water makes it. I also like the conversion.


Thanks Leighton. I've found that working with the luminance sliders in Lightroom can be particularly useful with shots like this. Reducing luminance in the blue channel darks distance vistas and highlights details in the clouds, while increasing luminance in red, yellow and orange channels brights the foreground. Once in SEP there isn't really a great deal to do, though I added some white vignetting and structure before selecting a frame. I'm definitely enjoying using that software.

As a number of us have mentioned before, working in digital post processing can be as satisfying as taking the photo. I certainly enjoy that kind of work.



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1469
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Great shot Curtis, the ship and the clouds hanging on the water makes it. I also like the conversion.


+1. Really nice horizontal elements on that one Curtis.



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

Curtis, great framing with the prison as artistic "anchor point" and the ship steaming into this direction (is this a bow wave?). Your B&W-conversion works very well for me.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8396
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:

Kit building is forever Samy. Grin and bear it...


Curtis you need to make this slogan into a T-Shir and sell it to all us MF Nikkor-toting guys . . .



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1469
Country: United States

I was going through some older film shots and this one, with a 105/2.5, caught my eye.



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