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

Ray, that is a stunner! Great photo. I'll look forward to a few other photos from you "vacation?" Considering your work is so much fun, how exactly is it that you NEED a vacation? And don't you spend all your time at the beach anyway? How does going to the beach represent a vacation? I'm confused...



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

Nicely done Rafael. That is one sweet lens you found and definitely the price is right. Kit building doesn't need to cost and arm and a leg, unless, like Peter and Samy, you opt for the LONG lenses... I'd say between 16 and 400mm, it is possible to play this game without breaking the bank. I know you've been doing this longer than many of us, which is evident from seeing your kit of lenses. I'm a relative newcomer, though certainly an avid participant in this form of frivolity... We inspire one another... to spend money...



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

Rafael, that's a very nice set from the cruisin grand! My fav is the shot from the fluffy beast, great use of the wide-angle and a subject that is quite a looker ;-)
Thanks for your comment on the Buechner, after an initial disbelief and anger about the sinking of this ship I think now too that to lie at the bottom of the Baltic Sea might be a better end than being scrapped.

Peter from Madison, I really like your work with the 55/1.2! The "drops-path" with the 135/2.8 is wonderful too.

Laura, very nice portrait of the sax-player! Thanks for your encouragement regarding the PC-E 45, I'm waiting for the refund right now. Environmental portraits like in your musician-set are on top of my to-do-list with this lens.

Philippe, love the framing of the "Les Baux de Provence". Your style is unique, a great inspiration for me.

Curtis, I like the blossom-close-up with the Ai'd 135/2.8 a lot. You guys make me mad, I'm already dreaming about extension tubes and 135mm-lenses ;-)




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

Lieutenant Z wrote:
bruni wrote:
great shots these last few pages everyone.

Leighton - love the woman holding the strawberries - everything works in that shot - even her blurred running shoes with the purple laces.

Phillippe - amazing work with the "humble" 50 f1.8 - really like the shot of the old man staken from above. Someone commented it was typical of your style - but to me it was very different, and I liked the new look. And thank you for giving us the reference to the poem - how were we expected to know that allusion without a bit of help.

Georg - spectacular B&Ws of the ships. for a while I even thought that shot by Curtis was one of yours.

ben


Thanks a lot Ben. We miss your pictures!


+1 Your (and Philippe's, and Chin's) work with the PC-E-lenses are highly inspiring. This is true for shots taken with other lenses too ;-)



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

Two takes on the same subject, a modernized "plattenbau" in my hometown.
Here's a kinda classical view (framing is not perfect, the plants at the left side are too high and a view from a bit more right would have been probably better):

D3s, 20/3.5 Ais + polarizer, cropped a bit

...and here's a try to make myself dizzy without spending money on drugs:

D3s, PC 85/2.8D wide open, cropped a wee bit at the bottom



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

CGrindahl wrote:
Ray, that is a stunner! Great photo. I'll look forward to a few other photos from you "vacation?" Considering your work is so much fun, how exactly is it that you NEED a vacation? And don't you spend all your time at the beach anyway? How does going to the beach represent a vacation? I'm confused...


Thank you Curtis. 5 years ago Melody and I got together for a beach get-away on Memorial Day weekend. So now every year we celebrate by going to the beach for a few days. We do go to the beach often but it's nice to be able to wake up and walk outside to the beach. We also love those mid-night strolls along the shore -[nudge nudge -wink wink ]
You are right it really isn't a vacation it's a steal-away



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

Georg I love the lines and curves of the second photo - GREAT eye!



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1943
Country: United States

A quick one from tonight after the rains.



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

GORGEOUS Ray! I love it...



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

Georg - your dizzying photo is great!

Ray - I don't have a macro lens, but shots like yours make me think I should get the 55 as it can often by found inexpensively, and seems to be a great performer!

A shot with the NIKKOR*ED 180mm f/2.8 AI-s from a couple of days ago. Wide open, down an alleyway that's been featured here more than a few times.


Alley by philipjohnson, on Flickr



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

Philip, give your wallet a break and buy a set of extension tubes for use with your existing kit of MF lenses. The 180 f/2.8 AI-s is spectacular with tubes. 105 is a great focal length for tubes, so your f/1.8 lens will surely sparkle. I've even used tubes with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s which when stopped down is a razor sharp lens.

I first bought a set of Vivitar tubes and only later added the more expensive Nikon tubes. Here's a link to a set of Vivitar extension tubes that will work with AI and AI-s lenses.

Vivitar Extension Tube AT-3 AI for Nikon

You can probably pick up a Nikon PK-13 for less than this set costs. Either way, you'll be on your way with close work. Even the 55 f/2.8 micro lens requires an extension tube to reach 1:1 capture. The 55 requires a PK-13 and the 105 requires a PN-11. But adding tubes of any length to any lens reduces the minimum focusing distance and creates macro type shots. I shot this earlier today with the 135 f/2.8 Q.C AI'd with a 36mm Vivitar tube attached. It works...



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

Ray that's a terrific shot
Philip what a great shot I love photos that tell a story - cool
Curtis amazing detail, Love it!
Rafael you have a knack for finding beautiful lenses. Nicely displayed!



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

Some people are smarter than others Ray... Rafael finds the lens he wants and I buy a lens but mis-identify it and end up with something I wasn't looking for... Yes, it is a fine looking lens that I don't own but... I've not been much in the market for pre-AI converted K lenses... But I bought this today, for better or worse.


Although it has the rubber focusing ring, it has the same optical formula as the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd I recently picked up. I expect this will be another stellar performer.. a 135 f/2.8 K AI'd... I think I was so smitten by the beauty of the lens I forgot to check the serial number... a rookie mistake...



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2487
Country: United States

Of course could not go to bed without going to a local theater for some more folk dancing, was not going to take photos, but ended on the front row with the 50mm 1.2 ais and the D3, the regional dances and costumes were fabulous and the dancers good looking, more to follow....


ikon nikkor 50mm 1.2 ais D3 Danza Mexicana by Rafael CA, on Flickr

100% crop


ikon nikkor 50mm 1.2 ais D3 Danza Mexicana crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1793
Country: China

Was showing a visitor around the city today and took some touristy shots

All taken with the 28/2 Ai-S which was in desperate need of some exercise !!


DSC_7583 by deang0001, on Flickr


DSC_7645 by deang0001, on Flickr


DSC_7674 by deang0001, on Flickr


DSC_7720 by deang0001, on Flickr



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

Ronny - Great landscape with the 105mm, love the lighting.

Curtis - Congrats on the 135, I like the output it shows from the Rose images. I'm not sure which way to go now considering that focal length. I've always wanted the f2, but now I'm not so sure.



Adam Bavier
Registered: Aug 05, 2009
Total Posts: 180
Country: United States

deang001 wrote:
Was showing a visitor around the city today and took some touristy shots

All taken with the 28/2 Ai-S which was in desperate need of some exercise !!

.....


DSC_7674 by deang0001, on Flickr

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Very nice! I always see this shot taken at night. Nice to see the scene in the day time.



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

This deserves another look, I love everything about it! I think this may well be your best shot so far Ray!






Jose - The DR shines through with shots like this, I even like how the pollution looks.






Philippe - Your conversion works perfectly with this shot, as well as your eye, well seen.







Georg - I've enjoyed the series of the "Ship leaving" very much. Some of the shots look like they could have been from years ago.



Rafael - What can I say, this is a classic.






Ray - Needless to say that you had a GREAT time at the beach. Lovely image.






Philip - Good of you to stop by, I love the angle and conversion of this one. The lone person makes it.






Dean - I'm always glad when you stop by with images from HK. I just love what you bring us!


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

It's been a very very busy week here on the farm, so I'm taking the day off (as much as possible) to enjoy my friends here on the thread. Here are some from the Market yesterday. All with the 105/2.5 AI-s.


105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr

One of the vendors child strolling the market.

105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr

Anybody want to go fishing?!

105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr

Making Pupusa's. These things are GREAT!

105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5069
Country: Sweden

Great shot Dean and Leighton

Snail slime

Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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