Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Scott congrats on the 16mm, what a great start. Looks like you've got the hang of the fisheye already!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4337
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Scott congrats on the 16mm, what a great start. Looks like you've got the hang of the fisheye already!



Thanks Ray. After seeing the great work you and others have done with this lens on a D7000, I could not resist. So far I am really liking what can be done with it.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2642
Country: Brazil

Thanks Curtis, John, Georg and Ray for the comments.
Curtis, John and Kevin for the tips on photoshop.

Paul, welcome back, terrific set with the musicians;

Leighton, I loved the "first brew" + flowers shot;

Ray (Ohio), well done warp at PS.

Scott, congrats on the new 16/3.5, lovely debut shot, and looking forward for more images!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2642
Country: Brazil

Before bed, these are for John, some Vesuvius crater views (excuse the size):


Vesuvius Crater border - 4 shots panoramic with Nikkor 16/3.5 by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/125s.
Four horizontal shots pano. The tiny moon is showing at top-right and at the left some water evaporation (I suppose) is visible.


An alternative view of the crater (2 horizontal shots, one above the other):


Vesuvius crater alternative view - 2 shots pano by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/125s.
The tiny moon is showing at top-right.



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

leighton w wrote:
It's happy hour! SIL's first brew and it's VERY good.

What a nice colorful beer, Very nice shot







deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1559
Country: China

designdog wrote:
Deang,

You are making me think about breaking out the X Pro1 tomorrow! To my eye it made the best of the bunch!

We're these OOC jpegs or raw?


Really? I much prefer the M9 files.

They were all RAW then converted to jpeg via LR4.

I'm not that keen on the X-Pro ... I hated the X100 due to it's AF, but the size and IQ always intrigues me with Fuji so I bought the X-pro 1 and honestly I find nothing special about it.

I'm actually going to sell all my Fuji gear along with the D800e and just use the M9 for now.

I never use my Nikon AF lenses, so they are going too ... too many lenses and too many choices when I'm going out to take photos.

I am obviously keeping all of my MF Nikkors and will be on the hunt for a lightly used D700 locally. That will be enough for me



designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 198
Country: United States

deang001 wrote:
designdog wrote:
Deang,

You are making me think about breaking out the X Pro1 tomorrow! To my eye it made the best of the bunch!

We're these OOC jpegs or raw?


Really? I much prefer the M9 files.

They were all RAW then converted to jpeg via LR4.

I'm not that keen on the X-Pro ... I hated the X100 due to it's AF, but the size and IQ always intrigues me with Fuji so I bought the X-pro 1 and honestly I find nothing special about it.

I'm actually going to sell all my Fuji gear along with the D800e and just use the M9 for now.

I never use my Nikon AF lenses, so they are going too ... too many lenses and too many choices when I'm going out to take photos.

I am obviously keeping all of my MF Nikkors and will be on the hunt for a lightly used D700 locally. That will be enough for me


Well, if I had an M9, perhaps my perspective changes!

So the XP1 is the closest I will get. Back when I knew nothing about photography I had an M6 and some Summicrons. Basically I just liked the way they looked. Had a Porsche 911 and it just seemed to fit.

Then I got married. Goodbye Porsche. Goodbye Leica. Hello happiness and more realistic sensibilities.

I do like my D700 and MF lenses, and there is a 24-70 AF on hand for laziness...

The XP1 is a tough call for me. I really like it. I just like the D700 more...



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6038
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
You hit half of the grip problem John. On the backside the ridge for holding the thumb is much less pronounced on the D800. But it is the slightly narrower front grip that caused my fingers to cramp. The wider front grip on the D700 allows me to hold the camera without curling my fingers. Here is a screen shot showing the front of the two cameras.


You can see the narrowing of the front grip. That did me in...


You are quite right Curtis. The D700 has a rounded front grip with good thumb rest while the D800 has a sharper grip and virtually no thumb rest. I didn't like it, but I've managed to adapt to the D800 - mostly by making sure I've got a better grip on it than I did the D700. Sometimes you just have to wonder how some design decisions get made. I'm sure the D700 grip and thumb rest drove some people mad and the D800 is the cat's meow for others. Too bad the grips, etc. aren't customizable . . . .



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6038
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Before bed, these are for John, some Vesuvius crater views (excuse the size):


D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/125s.
Four horizontal shots pano. The tiny moon is showing at top-right and at the left some water evaporation (I suppose) is visible.

An alternative view of the crater (2 horizontal shots, one above the other):

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/125s.
The tiny moon is showing at top-right.


Awesome Jose - love looking down into the belly of the beast. BTW - what software do you use to stitch your 16/3.5 shots together?

- John



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1472
Country: United States

Wish I had selectable raw resolution on the D800, its photos blow me away. The D3 is excellent but the D800 just adds a whole new dimension, just don't want it all the time.

Will give you a rest from testing, I am happy with the 55mm 1.2 SC. The Carlsbad flower fileds are open, here is a few shots with the D800, 55mm and the 15mm 5.6. This last lens does not need to be focused in most this type of photo, its field curvature will bring the whole flower field in focus.

It is the one on the left here:


nikon 15mms by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Here is the flower fields


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 SC Carlsbad flower fields 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 SC Carlsbad flower fields by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Yes Leighton the horizons are not matched to the frame borders, try tilting the monitor.


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 5.6 D800 Carlsbad flower fields 4 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6038
Country: United States

A quick followup from my PanSTARRS images. Here's a link to an AVI file created from a series of still images.

http://www.seanet.com/~hinkey/PanSTARRS/PanSTARRS.avi

Also the same thing in an animated .gif form (too bad about the 8 bit color . . .)







John


MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 746
Country: Poland

georgms wrote:
I've tried my luck again by using MF-Nikkor's for ice-hockey. It might work well for goalie-portraits, but I'm unable to follow action. Here are two shots taken this evening:


D700 at ISO6400, 105/1.8 Ais at f/2, 1/1000sec - love the bokeh on the goalie ;-)


You're right, love the bokeh on the goalie. Two great shots there Georg.

Just so you're not alone, here's some more sports shots with Nikkon MF lenses. This time the 180mm with the TC201. Rugby doesn't have the same end-to-end speed as Ice Hockey but is still pretty quick. We lost heavily yesterday (0-27) but it was mainly in the last few minutes and we were playing a team two divisions higher than us in a cup game so it was a very good test to see the gap between us and the next levels up.

The TC201 + 180 combo worked really well despite the appalling light. I might get the 105mm on the D200 and take that as well for some of the closer action as I struggled when play was closer than 15m to me. Sone sharpening applied and a bit of cropping but nothing too radical.




leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9458
Country: United States

Thanks for all the beer comments!

Dean - I agree with you the M9 is the best of the bunch. My D70 ALWAYS blew highlights. I kept it on -0.3 or 0.7 all the time which seemed to help. I also used spot metering when it was a high dynamic scene. This sort of thing can be VERY frustrating. I would do a little more research, it could be that your meter is off and needs to go into Nikon for an adjustment.

Ray (OH) - I like the original better.

Paul - Nice sets, I love how the light is going through the glass of wine on to the menu in the first one.

Scott - Congrats on the 16mm, now you're going to have to get the D600 to take full advantage of it!

Jose - Nice one of the crater, looks sorta of creepy.

Rafael - I don't care about the horizon in these, the colors are just too good!

John - Now that's cool!



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1559
Country: China

rafaelcasd wrote:
Wish I had selectable raw resolution on the D800, its photos blow me away. The D3 is excellent but the D800 just adds a whole new dimension, just don't want it all the time.

Will give you a rest from testing, I am happy with the 55mm 1.2 SC. The Carlsbad flower fileds are open, here is a few shots with the D800, 55mm and the 15mm 5.6. This last lens does not need to be focused in most this type of photo, its field curvature will bring the whole flower field in focus.

It is the one on the left here:

Here is the flower fields

Yes Leighton the horizons are not matched to the frame borders, try tilting the monitor.



What great colour !! That must have been so much fun to photograph.



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1559
Country: China

jhinkey wrote:
A quick followup from my PanSTARRS images. Here's a link to an AVI file created from a series of still images.

Also the same thing in an animated .gif form (too bad about the 8 bit color . . .)

John


That is super cool, John !!

How many still images?



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1559
Country: China

leighton w wrote:
Thanks for all the beer comments!

Dean - I agree with you the M9 is the best of the bunch. My D70 ALWAYS blew highlights. I kept it on -0.3 or 0.7 all the time which seemed to help. I also used spot metering when it was a high dynamic scene. This sort of thing can be VERY frustrating. I would do a little more research, it could be that your meter is off and needs to go into Nikon for an adjustment.



You may be right, Leighton ... meter might be off but it doesn't happen all the time, which is why I believe Thom Hogan's theory is correct in my case. I can sympathise with D70 issues as I had a D80 which was terrible too.

Anyway ... no big deal ... I'll end up with some Nikon body to mount these beauties on



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1080
Country: United States

Rafael, the flower beds look like a treat to photograph, and I bet they fill the senses just being around them.

John, thanks for the comet sequence. Way cool, really love the way you captured and presented the night sky sequence.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6038
Country: United States

Thanks everyone regarding the comet sequence. I should also say that it was done with the 135/2 AIS wide open. 15 frames I believe. I should have had twice as many frames at half the interval time, but sometimes it's tough to figure this stuff out on the fly in the field.



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3553
Country: Singapore

That's a lovely series Paul, as for the last, wow, I wouldn't have dared to make a 12-stitch pano at a live band concert



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3553
Country: Singapore

Thanks Dean. If you could, tell your friend Robert that's marvelous work.
I don't venture out often, not particularly keen on the city and crowds but did so because Anton was in town
And it was a pretty inspiring show, 10mins of lights and now I'm planning for night shots (8pm!) around the area, with the 'crown' as the focus

Oh and have you considered sending the D800e around the world? First the lens, now the body!



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