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

What a nice collection Jose. You have almost everything covered!
Peter simply beautiful shots with the 50mm F2. I am loving the colors!



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

asiostygius wrote:
Curtis, loved your excellent comparison of the 135's + 50-135/3.5 at 135. And great first images with your new 135/2.8K. Loved the lens porns too.
But for a proper comparison you need to buy the 135/3.5 Q -QC + 135/3.5AI-as as they have distinct optical designs


I think my scalloped collection is virtually complete now that the 20/3.5 UD arrived after more than 60 desperate days from Canada (Brazilian post is driving me nuts lately... ).
A little lens porn: poor B&W conversion (I am not an expert like Georg), but just to combine with the old-timers lenses shown here:

...


D600 + Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ais + tripod + flash/diffuser; ISO 500, f/4 at 1/60s.

3 horizontal shots pano.

From left to right: U.D 20mm f/3.5 F factory ai'd; N.C 28mm f/2 C factory ai'd; O.C 35mm f/2 C DIY ai'd; H.C 50mm f/2 C DIY ai'd; P 105mm f/2.5 F (Sonnar) DIY ai'd; P.C 105mm f/2.5 C (Gauss) DIY ai'd; Q.C 135mm f/3.5 C DIY ai'd; and Q.C 200mm f/4 C DIY ai'd.
All made in 1972-1974, except the Sonnar design 105/2.5, made ~1963-64.

Who knows if one day all remains of sanity inside me are lost and I will go for a H or HC 85/1.8 or the 300/4.5 H

Need more time now to shoot extensively with these lenses.


Jose, you might want to take a look at this auction: http://www.ebay.de/itm/4-5-300-Nikon-Nikkor-H-AI-1-4-5-300-mm-/360674649874?pt=DE_Foto_Camcorder_Objektive&hash=item53f9e26712


Btw, I like your B&W-conversion and for sure the picture...



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

Oosty wrote:
Got the camera out with the venerable 50 f2 H lens self ai'd.

This is a marvellous piece of equipment - Thomas Pindelski (thanks Jose!) has a lot to say about it at http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/05/nikkor-h-auto-50mm-f2/


Lovely stuff, Peter ... you have some beautiful places in SA. I really enjoyed the little time I spent there in JoBurg. I must say however, dealing with your govt. departments over the last 6 months has not been a beautiful experience at all

The lens does seem a winner. We need to see a bit of bokeh action with it



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

Peter (from Knysna), very nice set taken with your 50/2H! I like especially the 5-shot pano, the paradise looks like a nice place to spend some time there ;-)

Btw, are the 50/2 H and HC optically (not counting different coatings) identical to the later 50/2 K and Ai? I have the Ai-variant and like it quite a bit.



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

kwoodard wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:No dulcetier tone than Mov III Leise Enfach, Schumann's violin sonata numero dos, with D800 Nikkor UD, sorry about built in microphone and the poor videographer. Should I PM the shipping address?

http://flickr.com/gp/rafabatlle/2aPiD9


PA speakers for home use... Not bad!


Nice Rafael !

I like the zeroing in on the first page of the thread

I love all things AV as well ... have a nice set-up in Aus, but in HK we are a little pushed for space


rafaelcasd wrote:
Toys are not important, except if they play music or capture images , they help pass time productively! There is less money in this entertainment system than in a single 600mm F4, and the TV and computers are obsolete already.


MF Nikkors & certain speakers are not a bad investment as far as the pleasure/bucks spent ratio goes ! As you say, TV's and everything else get obsolete pretty quickly ... even an update to an AF lens will render your current one obsolete.

Good speakers and MF lenses can give a lot of pleasure for a very long time.



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

georgms wrote:

Jose, you might want to take a look at this auction: http://www.ebay.de/itm/4-5-300-Nikon-Nikkor-H-AI-1-4-5-300-mm-/360674649874?pt=DE_Foto_Camcorder_Objektive&hash=item53f9e26712


That is SO painful to see. I would LOVE that lens but there it is in Europe. Of course, it gets rather horrid reviews so the joy would come in the form, not the performance... What a beautiful lens!



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

Beautiful Jose... I don't see very many AI conversion kits on those lenses, but I know you've found a way for it all to work. I tip my hat to you.

And if you ever tire of the 20 f/3.5 U.D. AI'd you know where to find me...



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

georgms wrote:
Peter (from Knysna), very nice set taken with your 50/2H! I like especially the 5-shot pano, the paradise looks like a nice place to spend some time there ;-)

Btw, are the 50/2 H and HC optically (not counting different coatings) identical to the later 50/2 K and Ai? I have the Ai-variant and like it quite a bit.



All the 50s have the same optical design, but ONLY the H and H.C. have metal focusing rings. For those of us lost in that world, nothing else matters... I'm almost embarrassed to say that... Its all YOUR fault Ben...



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3008
Country: United States

Georg - the Police in Wisconsin drives Porsche

One from last summer - D7000, 300mm f/4.5 EDIF handheld f/11 1/500s ISO 200







Had a server outage thanks to a malicious web site google sent me to. This stuff is pretty ugly these days, even when you are fully patched and think you know what you're doing. Took me 7 hours just to get the firewall to start up again...



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

CGrindahl wrote:
georgms wrote:
Peter (from Knysna), very nice set taken with your 50/2H! I like especially the 5-shot pano, the paradise looks like a nice place to spend some time there ;-)

Btw, are the 50/2 H and HC optically (not counting different coatings) identical to the later 50/2 K and Ai? I have the Ai-variant and like it quite a bit.



All the 50s have the same optical design, but ONLY the H and H.C. have metal focusing rings. For those of us lost in that world, nothing else matters... I'm almost embarrassed to say that... Its all YOUR fault Ben...


Thank you Curtis!
Love those scalloped focusing rings ;-) There's just one thing that trumps these: the "tabbed" focusing ring of certain older Leica M-lenses (I'm not familiar with newer Leica-optics).
Here's an old shot of a strange camera/lens/flash-combo, taken with the 50/1.2:



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

Peter, very cool panning-shot!
The green is gone on police-cars here, now the (in many cases leased) police-cars are in silver with a blue "decor" (a foliation to make it easy the re-cvilize these cars). Brave new world...



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

Being a native of the land that has produced some of the great cameras of the world, I appreciate your comment and this photo Georg. Sadly, the world of Leica is so rarefied that mere mortals who are neither investment bankers NOR recipients of a very healthy trust fund are wise to look elsewhere when pursing photography as a hobby. My guess is that my ENTIRE kit of MF Nikkors cost less than ONE Leica lens...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-Noctilux-M-50mm-f-0-95-50-0-95-ASPH-/161023204540?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item257dbb1cbc

That is a gorgeous photo nonetheless Georg...



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

Some more play with the PC-E 45/2.8D, I try to get a feel for this lens and it's capabilities.


Lagebuschturm von georgsfoto auf Flickr
two handheld vertical shots stitched (the upper one at full shift), f/4


Vogelsang von georgsfoto auf Flickr
two handheld horizontal shots stitched (the upper one at full shift), a tiny bit of tilt, f/4


Kerkhoff-Haus von georgsfoto auf Flickr
a single shot, maximum shift, f/5.6

The PC-E 45/2.8D is very contrasty. I have yet to check the corner-performance at different apertures, but it seems to be much better than the old PC 28/3.5 and maybe a bit less sharp than the PC 85/2.8D in the corners.
Handling-wise I prefer the older PC 85/2.8D. Distortion of the 45PCE is much lower compared to the PC 28/3.5, which makes leveling the camera more easy.
The feel of the focusing-ring is a bit disappointing - the PC 28/3.5 feels like a "real MF-Nikkor" in this regard, while the new PC's feel a bit more like an expensive AF-Nikkor.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

Haven't we heard that last line before?

CGrindahl wrote:
So I obviously need to stop buying pre-AI lenses... I've run out of space on top of the tansu where I'm taking lens photos...


Of course, I could group the lenses like this... mmm, not a good idea to be thinking like that...


12 IS ENOUGH!



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

That reminds me, I need to take my version of Nikki out for a spin on film. Glad your 20mm finally showed up though, I was beginning to wonder.

asiostygius wrote:
Curtis, loved your excellent comparison of the 135's + 50-135/3.5 at 135. And great first images with your new 135/2.8K. Loved the lens porns too.
But for a proper comparison you need to buy the 135/3.5 Q -QC + 135/3.5AI-as as they have distinct optical designs


I think my scalloped collection is virtually complete now that the 20/3.5 UD arrived from Canada after more than 60 desperate days (Brazilian post is driving me nuts lately... ).
A little lens porn: poor B&W conversion (I am not an expert like Georg), but just to combine with the old-timers lenses shown here:


Scalloped Nikkor collection by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ais + tripod + flash/diffuser; ISO 500, f/4 at 1/60s.

3 horizontal shots pano.

From left to right: U.D 20mm f/3.5 F factory ai'd; N.C 28mm f/2 C factory ai'd; O.C 35mm f/2 C DIY ai'd; H.C 50mm f/2 C DIY ai'd; P 105mm f/2.5 F (Sonnar) DIY ai'd; P.C 105mm f/2.5 C (Gauss) DIY ai'd; Q.C 135mm f/3.5 C DIY ai'd; and Q.C 200mm f/4 C DIY ai'd.
All made in 1972-1974, except the Sonnar design 105/2.5, made ~1963-64.

Who knows if one day all remains of sanity inside me are lost and I will go for a H or HC 85/1.8 or the 300/4.5 H

Need more time now to shoot extensively with these lenses.



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

CGrindahl wrote:
Being a native of the land that has produced some of the great cameras of the world, I appreciate your comment and this photo Georg. Sadly, the world of Leica is so rarefied that mere mortals who are neither investment bankers NOR recipients of a very healthy trust fund are wise to look elsewhere when pursing photography as a hobby. My guess is that my ENTIRE kit of MF Nikkors cost less than ONE Leica lens...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-Noctilux-M-50mm-f-0-95-50-0-95-ASPH-/161023204540?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item257dbb1cbc

That is a gorgeous photo nonetheless Georg...


Thank you, Curtis!
I've shot the strange Leica-combo above for a post in another forum, it was basically just a pictorial joke about the tiny "Osram Sunnyboy".
I have mixed feelings about my Leica-stuff, was on the fence to sell everything but couldn't do it.
I still hope to be able to set up a real wet darkroom (a wonderful Leica-enlarger takes a rest at the attic). But I don't wanna rush into a mediocre makeshift with the darkroom-stuff.
I got all of my Leica-stuff (except the very first camera and my first lens) used at a good price, as I would never been able to pay today's prices.



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

You've got my number Laura... You've been around here much too long...

Yet, truth be told... at some point in time there really WON'T be any more lenses to buy... I'll own them all...

As so long as i don't go too wide or too long...



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

Georg, you clearly do all of this out of love and I much admire that. Photography for me has been an on again, off again sort of adventure and I've honestly done no more than dabble at it when I've been engaged. But you and quite a few others who visit this thread have a long standing passion for this craft. I have the deepest respect for all of you. But I especially appreciate that you not only have a long life of shooting, but it has been your profession. I tip my hat to you. I always appreciate what you have to share on this thread. The only thing I take exception to is the silly comment you keep making about your English being marginal. You are very eloquent Georg at what is perhaps a second, but more likely a third language. If I could speak ANY second language as well as you speak English I'd be very proud. You da man!...



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

And after a rough start to the day, I finally got two more prints made. I'd forgotten my book with the negatives, so had to call son to bring it to me.



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

Laura, you are my hero. Going back to school as an adult is challenging in itself, but to be tackling a subject as challenging as film photography is very impressive. I love both these photos. Keep em coming...



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