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asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2608
Country: Brazil

Last two alternative views of the Vesuvius crater, now with the 20/2.8 ais CPU'd.

John, both for the 16/3.5 and the 20/2.8 I have used CS5 "photomerge" option and generally the work is done. Sometimes I need a slight adjust using "warp" or a slight adjust of the rotation of the image.




Vesuvius Crater, 5 vertical shots panoramic view by labecoaves, on Flickr

Vesuvius Crater, 5 vertical shots panoramic view
D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/320s.
This crater was just 6-7 km from Herculaneum and 9-10km from Pompeii.




Vesuvius crater by labecoaves, on Flickr

Vesuvius crater with some snow
D7000 + Nikkor 20 mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/250s.
During February there was some snow at the crater.


Just for contextualizing I put again at the end the image showing Vesuvius from Pompeii's south border (10 km away).



4 horizontal shots pano of Vesuvius, from Pompeii by labecoaves, on Flickr


4 horizontal shots pano of Vesuvius, from Pompeii
D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai'd & CPU'd, hand held, ISO 100, f/5.6 at 1/640s.
No polarizer here and the haze is visible.



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 713
Country: Poland

Some actual photos from Lago Garda in the North of Italy.

This is a set from the 35-70mm f/3.5 lens. A very versatile lens with handy Macro function at 70mm which halves the MFD from 70mm to 35mm. I have the Ai-s version with the 62mm filter thread.

The lens is quite a heavy beast and sits well on the D4 but is too heavy to sit comfortably on the D200. I took it because it would make a great walking around lens of excellent quality, being touted as one of the first professional lenses in the midrange zoom and made especially as an all-round lens for photojournalists. It's quite recommended by Ken Rockwell, but less warmly by Bjorn Rorslett. Personally I am more in agreement with Ken here, I found the lens to be great - it put up with a lot of abuse and gave fantastically sharp images with little problem of CA or flare or ghosting.

The weather in Garda was pretty bad, cloudy, cold and hazy but I still got some great shots with this lens.

A little about where we stayed. We stayed at a wonderful campsite above the town of Gargnano in the National Park on the West shore of the lake. Gargnano is a lovely town with lots of Historical buildings and a very old feel to it. There is a large amazing villa in the south of the town from where Mussolini lived during the Republic of SalÚ in WWII. Gargnano is where the Lemon houses start as you go north to Lemone sul Garda, these old structures with their elegant slim pillars no longer house the thriving lemon industry that once brought money to the region, except for a few enthusiasts who have lovingly restored some houses back to their original state.

For the sailing buffs out there near Gargnano is the start of the Centomiglia (100 mile) boat race which is claimed to be the most famous inland yacht race in the world.

In order:
Photo 1 - from the cliffs above Gargnano looking south, 35mm
Photo 2 - Franciscan monastery build into the cliffs above Gargnano, 70mm
Photo 3 - Ducks flying past a mooring pole in Lemone sul Garda, 70mm
Photo 4 - Lemon growing house at Lemone sul Garda overlooking the town, 35mm
Photo 5 - Lampost at night Gargnano waterfront, approx. 50mm

KR,
Mark.






bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1422
Country: Australia

Jose - love that pano of Vesuvius - the ochres in the foreground and the blue purple on the distance.

ben



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 713
Country: Poland

asiostygius wrote:
Mark, Georg - the 24/2 master - have already posted good advice to you.

My relatively short experience with the 24/2 ais revealed that for landscapes I need at least f/8 for border to border good sharpness.

one sample:

HDR sunset with the Nikkor 24mm f/2 AI-S
D3 + 24mm f/2 Ai-S supported over the windowsill, remote cable, ISO 200 at f/8, base exposure 1/2s, plus -1EV and +1EV; slight 5% crop.
The reddish cast was what my eyes saw at the moment, no overdone HDR.

I have no 24/2.8 yet, though I am at a bidding race for an old non ai 24/2.8 N.C (Curtis guilt!!!) at the moment , but I suppose this and the ai/ais versions are better lenses for landscapes, as Curtis and now Tony have showed previously.
On the other hand, if you are planning a lot of bokeh playing and some artistic shots the 24/2 lens supposedly is better than the 24/2.8.

sample:

Bokeh test with Nikkor 24mm f2 AI-S + 12mm tube
Playing around with the dreamy bokeh of the often maligned Nikkor 24mm f/2 AIS at macro distances.
D3 + Vivitar 12mm tube, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/400s handheld, ~30% cropped.


Thanks Jose for the advise and great pics showing off the f/2, that bokeh is lovely and I do like to play with tubes.
Good luck for your bid on the f/2.8.
So I want a good landscape lens, love funky bokeh and want something that can be used for street photography ala Winogrand. I think the only solution is to get both the 2 and 2.8.

Hmm, I think I was channeling Curtis there for a moment.



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 713
Country: Poland

asiostygius wrote:
Last two alternative views of the Vesuvius crater, now with the 20/2.8 ais CPU'd.

John, both for the 16/3.5 and the 20/2.8 I have used CS5 "photomerge" option and generally the work is done. Sometimes I need a slight adjust using "warp" or a slight adjust of the rotation of the image.


Vesuvius Crater, 5 vertical shots panoramic view
D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/320s.
This crater was just 6-7 km from Herculaneum and 9-10km from Pompeii.

Vesuvius crater with some snow
D7000 + Nikkor 20 mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/250s.
During February there was some snow at the crater.


Lovely shots Jose, the first one is very sharp and a great view of the crater. Thanks for all the images from Pompeii and Herculaneum, they have all been excellent.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2877
Country: United States

Seeing all these awesome shots the last few days got my mind all worked up trying to figure out how to get a D600. You folks are a bad influence, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

On another note, I was shooting an event this past weekend and my D7000 could not meter worth beans. Center and spot metering was hit and miss at best. Not sure what they did with the lights, but my camera was nothing but confused. So in about two hours, I worked through in my head how to really go all manual (shutter/aperture/ISO) to compensate for the pitiful light. I ended up with a few decent shots on the rear display, hope to see the results tonight on the puter. By the end of the event, I had muscle memory to change all three settings with my eye in the viewfinder. I was pretty proud of myself.



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

Looks like the uncorrected bridge panorama is preferred. Thanks for the comments everyone.

Nice Lago Garda pano Mark. No apologies needed, the scene demands a panorama.

I think it's the first time I've seen pics from the 100-300 Ray. Looks like it's quite capable and the butterflies are beautiful. Was that cropped or can it focus that close?

Jeff, "twin points" is superb!

Appreciate the comments on the trail sign pic Georg and Jeff. That was something fun after a frustrating hour of trying to capture local fisherman on the river with not enough lens for shooting from the shoreline.

Thanks for sharing pictures of Muir Woods, Curtis. It's on my list the next time I get to SF.



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

A lot of brown on brown, at least it was warm and spring is coming.
D700, 200 f4.0 AI Micro (the EXIF 180 is how I differentiate this lens from the non-mirco 200), about 50% crop from a vertical shot. The cell phone rang while I was composing, actually got the deer to come just a little closer out of curiosity. About the only shot out of 10 that had the background deer heads in a good location.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4284
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
Sorry, but here's a monitor breaker - gotta compete with Mark's lovely super wide!

Panorama of the Olympic Mts. from my last PanSTARRS outing while waiting for the sun to go down.

18 vertical orientation shots with the 400/5.6 ED AI stitched in PTGUI (Photoshop could not do it).







- John

"...purple mountain majesties..." Beautiful John!


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4284
Country: United States

Foggy14 wrote:
Peter, I really like the look of "Ghost Rock."

John, that's a beautiful panorama!

Here are a couple conversions that veer toward the impressionistic end of the scale.



Very nice Jeff. I like them both but enjoy the motion in the second.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4284
Country: United States

georgms wrote:




Nice work with the V1 Georg. Nice bokeh on the first image. I like this take on the barbed wire. The 20 3.5 will not mount on my FT-1, so the 28 2.8 ais is the widest I can use.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5924
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Last two alternative views of the Vesuvius crater, now with the 20/2.8 ais CPU'd.

John, both for the 16/3.5 and the 20/2.8 I have used CS5 "photomerge" option and generally the work is done. Sometimes I need a slight adjust using "warp" or a slight adjust of the rotation of the image.




Vesuvius Crater, 5 vertical shots panoramic view
D7000 + Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/320s.
This crater was just 6-7 km from Herculaneum and 9-10km from Pompeii.



Vesuvius crater with some snow
D7000 + Nikkor 20 mm f/2.8 ais CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/250s.
During February there was some snow at the crater.


Just for contextualizing I put again at the end the image showing Vesuvius from Pompeii's south border (10 km away).





4 horizontal shots pano of Vesuvius, from Pompeii
D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai'd & CPU'd, hand held, ISO 100, f/5.6 at 1/640s.
No polarizer here and the haze is visible.


Jose - I'd like to personally thank you for showing all these wonderful images of Pompeii - you've saved me a ton of $$ because your pictures are so good I feel I've been there and now I don't really need to spend the $$ to go in person . . .

John



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4284
Country: United States

Thank you everyone for the comments on the lawn image. I must admit, I am liking the 16 3.5 very much.

Georg, you are doing some nice work with the V1.

Curtis, still not tired of Nikki images. Please keep them coming.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5924
Country: United States

Slightly heretical I know, but related to MF Nikon anyways:

KEH has a pretty good price on a LN- Cosina-Voigtlander 90/3.5 SL-II. A couple months ago I may have bought the last new one available on the planet via Robert White in the UK for well over $600.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Nikon-Manual-Focus-Non-Mfg-Fixed-Focal-Length-Lenses/1/sku-NK08999115872Z?r=FE

The SL-II version is chipped and works perfectly with all Nikon bodies. Slow at f/3.5, but an awesome & compact lens nonetheless that I don't hesitate to shoot wide open on my D800 - I hate to say it, but it has replaced my 105/2.5 for much of my shooting, except when I need 105mm and f/2.5 . . ..

Sorry Curtis!



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2877
Country: United States

Question for you fine folks... I have two Nikkor-S lenses, 50mm f/1.4 and 35 f/2.8, and am considering having them converted. I have looked for AI kits, no dice. Any experience with either of these lenses? Are they worth more as a collectible and shouldn't be cut? If they are good and "OK" to cut, I will probably sell off my Series E 50mm to fund the conversions.

Thoughts and opinions please.



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 1478
Country: N/A

Great pano shots, everyone. Warmer weather in Ohio today and I managed to take some shots.

85mm f1.4












MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 713
Country: Poland

pbraymond wrote:
A lot of brown on brown, at least it was warm and spring is coming.
D700, 200 f4.0 AI Micro (the EXIF 180 is how I differentiate this lens from the non-mirco 200), about 50% crop from a vertical shot. The cell phone rang while I was composing, actually got the deer to come just a little closer out of curiosity. About the only shot out of 10 that had the background deer heads in a good location.


Nice shot Ray and great expression on the deer. I hope your ring tone wasn't the theme to Bambi.



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 713
Country: Poland

raboof wrote:
Great pano shots, everyone. Warmer weather in Ohio today and I managed to take some shots.

85mm f1.4



Lovely shots Chuong. The light is perfect and great timing. That lens makes a lovely background in the second shot.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4035
Country: South Africa

kings_freak wrote:
I finally got a few minutes to play around with my new, to me, 24mm É2.8 NC.

Tony



Good buy and good image



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4035
Country: South Africa

CGrindahl wrote:
Here are a couple more photos taken in Muir Woods.



These are lovely Curtis and I liked the Alcatraz B&W too



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