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pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2154
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
vestige of the past - a border police watchtower from the old GDR ("East-Germany")


I grew up 20km west of those things - rarely ventured there in those days when these things were still active, but it was always looming over the horizon. Gloomy years.

I'll use the above as a segue to some images from a simlar place with equally dark history - Manzanar, where I stopped for an hour last week, because the weather was too nasty to go skiing or climb any mountains.

20mm f3.5 @f/11 1/250s iso 100, D600, heavily corrected in Photoshop for perspective and other things







The weather shot, because the clouds are so threatening
20mm f3.5 @f/22 1/100s iso 100, D600







105mm f2.5 @f/8 1/1000s iso 400 D600 (this was at least 3 stops overexposed, but D600 RAW files are amazing!)






more from Manzanar in the next post



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2154
Country: United States

fence detail with the 105mm f2.5 #f2.5 1/2000s iso 100 D600







main building in the facility

300mm f4.5 EDIF @f4.5 1/640s iso 100







Cemetary of the camp

105mm f2.5 @ f/5.6 1/640s iso 100, with a little Photoshop aging







105mm f2.5 @ f/11 1/160s iso 100








105mm f2.5 @ f/4 1/1000s iso 100









kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3133
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
georgms wrote:
vestige of the past - a border police watchtower from the old GDR ("East-Germany")


I grew up 20km west of those things - rarely ventured there in those days when these things were still active, but it was always looming over the horizon. Gloomy years.

I'll use the above as a segue to some images from a simlar place with equally dark history - Manzanar, where I stopped for an hour last week, because the weather was too nasty to go skiing or climb any mountains.

20mm f3.5 @f/11 1/250s iso 100, D600, heavily corrected in Photoshop for perspective and other things







The weather shot, because the clouds are so threatening
20mm f3.5 @f/22 1/100s iso 100, D600







105mm f2.5 @f/8 1/1000s iso 400 D600 (this was at least 3 stops overexposed, but D600 RAW files are amazing!)






more from Manzanar in the next post



Great shots! Question... Why f/22? Infinity would have its minimum distance of 20 feet or so. Just curious.


pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2154
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:Great shots! Question... Why f/22? Infinity would have its minimum distance of 20 feet or so. Just curious.


tried for sunburst effect, but failed



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3133
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
kwoodard wrote:Great shots! Question... Why f/22? Infinity would have its minimum distance of 20 feet or so. Just curious.


tried for sunburst effect, but failed

Ahh... I always fail trying to that.



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1549
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
I surrender Jose...


I set up a bid for this 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd lens two times, deleting it each time. But in the end you prevailed and my last my last minute bid was just high enough to pick up this beauty that has the Nikon AI conversion kit installed. $75 did not seem too high a price to pay. Yes, it is ridiculous for me to buy another lens, but like Reagan I don't have anything else to do. The difference of course, is when I'm bored I buy a lens and when he's bored he SELLS a lens...


Just received the ai kit#51 ($12 on the Bay) and......it is the wrong one, now looking for a second version 200mm Q with flat screws on the back.

Anyone have a #50 ai kit laying around?

I have non-ai lenses because I used to use them on non-ai cameras. But I have accumulated 6 or 8 conversion kits I don't have lenses for.

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nikon nikkor 200mm Q.C. f2 SB with D3 50mm HC by Rafael CA, on Flickr



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1549
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
is there a 12-step program for Nikon MF lens addicts?

Step 1 - 50mm f1.8
Step 2 - 50mm f1.4
Step 3 - 50mm f1.2 (now you're hooked)
Step 4 - 35mm f1.4
Step 5 - 85mm f1.4 (really lost it now)
Step 6 - 300mm f4.5 ED
Step 7 - 180mm f2.8
Step 8 - 16mm f3.5 (no going back now)
Step 9 - 500mm f4
Step 10 - 58mm f1.2 (now you're certifiable)
Step 11 - 300mm f2
Step 12 - 13mm f5.6 (why not? got everything else?)




Peter, Leave now and don't look back, you will be fine.

If you don't look after yourself you will end up looking like this.


All My Nikon Equipment 2 except the D800 that took it by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

Here's a couple shots from around town using the D600 and 24mm 2.8 AIS





kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3133
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
pburke wrote:
is there a 12-step program for Nikon MF lens addicts?

Step 1 - 50mm f1.8
Step 2 - 50mm f1.4
Step 3 - 50mm f1.2 (now you're hooked)
Step 4 - 35mm f1.4
Step 5 - 85mm f1.4 (really lost it now)
Step 6 - 300mm f4.5 ED
Step 7 - 180mm f2.8
Step 8 - 16mm f3.5 (no going back now)
Step 9 - 500mm f4
Step 10 - 58mm f1.2 (now you're certifiable)
Step 11 - 300mm f2
Step 12 - 13mm f5.6 (why not? got everything else?)




Peter, Leave now and don't look back, you will be fine.

If you don't look after yourself you will end up looking like this.


All My Nikon Equipment 2 except the D800 that took it by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Is that a 200-600 f/9 I see in that group? That's an impressive collection.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4051
Country: South Africa

CGrindahl wrote:


I may have told this story before but at one time in my long, storied career, I was a management trainee with Ford Motor Company woking out of the Twin Cities Assembly plant where I was a cost analyst. I'd owned three Corvettes by that time in my life and although I didn't own one at the time, I lived with three friends, all of whom were driving Corvettes. I made a comment about them and my boss, the plant controller said "what's the big deal?" We were working a half day on Saturday at the time and I asked my friend with a 1967 with the 427 cubic inch engine if I could borrow his car and take my boss for a ride. He climbed in and we drove at a leisurely speed along the parkway next to the Mississippi river until we reach a freeway on ramp. We left the stop light at the top of the ramp and i floored it, speed shifting from first to second with the front of the car seeming lifting off the pavement and my boss gasped. He finally understood.

I know what a really fast car feels like Reagan. Yes, it is a rush but with gas prices approaching four bucks a gallon, I'm not so inclined to drop the pedal to the metal. Of course, my Acura coupe wouldn't create quite the thrill that my 1955 Chevy coupe with a 327 inch fuel injected block with two four barrel carburetors did, or my 1956 Corvette with the same engine did. Too many speeding tickets Reagan... no more risk insurance for me...


I know the feeling of the adrenaline rush. In 1989 I bought a secondhand Porsche 928 ( the front engined V8 model) and once or twice took it up to just under 250 kph - about 150 mph - which is exhilirating indeed. The strange thing though was that at about 200 kph the cars you're passing seem to be coming AT you instead of the other way round. Sadly, perhaps for the best, it was stolen in 1990!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4051
Country: South Africa

Scott - That 105 f4 micro lens is amazingly sharp - love the detail. Thnks for the comment.

Curtis - the roses are spectacularly sharp. It makes me wonder if perhaps some of the pre ai lenses aren't a tad better built than their replacements? These are two of the best separated images I've seen - as good as the 50 1.2.

The later roses with the 180 are also beautiful

Ron - great clarity on the Caterpillar. And I agree with you on worn lenses having been loved.

Ian - I like the colour portraits. Nothing wrong with your 50mm.

Reagan - thanks (on behalf of both Peter's - I'll take credit for Peter B's photos any time )

Jeff - thanks and I'll be thinking about you tomorrow.

Jose - thanks for the comment. You've convinced me to look for a 200 Q - there's nothing to choose.

Georg - thanks. Very nice series indeed.

Jorge - impressive colour and focus.

Peter B - wonderful images of a sad place. It makes one realise how easily we humans generalise about those who aren't like us - in WWll it was "the Jews, the Krauts, the Japs, in SA it was "the Blacks", today it's "the Settlers", in Vietnam "the Gooks" now it's "the Ragheads". As history unfolds we find that whole groups who were tarred with the same brush turn out to be individuals with the same hopes and fears as the rest of us. The problem is that we don't seem to be able to get away from taking refuge in our tribal roots despite better education.

Ray - I love the door and the pump.



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 773
Country: Poland

rafaelcasd wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
I surrender Jose...

Just received the ai kit#51 ($12 on the Bay) and......it is the wrong one, now looking for a second version 200mm Q with flat screws on the back.

Anyone have a #50 ai kit laying around?

I have non-ai lenses because I used to use them on non-ai cameras. But I have accumulated 6 or 8 conversion kits I don't have lenses for.


I don't suppose one of them is a #44 for a 135mm f/2.8 Q.C.? I have a lens and just need to track down the kit but it seems 43 and 45 are more common.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9771
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
I know Jose... I'm just afraid that Leighton will turn around and blame me since I was the one promoting that lens many moons ago before he picked up his copy. Leighton does a wonderful job of demonstrating its abilities, however, so he's a fine person to blame... I used the lens briefly but soon moved on to another lens... I've been known to do that...


Curtis, I won't blame you but even if you did persuade me I'm glad you did!

What else can be said about this lens!

Great flower shots from you and Jose.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9771
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Just a few steps from the watchtower away:

Heimat LXI von georgsfoto auf Flickr
24/2Ai at f/4 - the moustache-type distortion is hard to correct


Heimat LXII von georgsfoto auf Flickr
24/2 Ai wide open - at close range the distortion is much reduced


Heimat LXIII von georgsfoto auf Flickr
24/2 Ai wide open too - the groyne's here are made out of tropical wood to withstand "Teredo navalis"

And finally a fun-shot with the 300/4.5 IF-ED on the Nikon V1:

Unbenannt von georgsfoto auf Flickr
the picture is not really sharp (focused on the weathercock), have to try this again


Great great set and worthy of another look. That last one is a killer shot!



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 3201
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
is there a 12-step program for Nikon MF lens addicts?

Step 1 - 50mm f1.8
Step 2 - 50mm f1.4
Step 3 - 50mm f1.2 (now you're hooked)
Step 4 - 35mm f1.4
Step 5 - 85mm f1.4 (really lost it now)
Step 6 - 300mm f4.5 ED
Step 7 - 180mm f2.8
Step 8 - 16mm f3.5 (no going back now)
Step 9 - 500mm f4
Step 10 - 58mm f1.2 (now you're certifiable)
Step 11 - 300mm f2
Step 12 - 13mm f5.6 (why not? got everything else?)






My 12 step program

Step 1 - buy
Step 2 - sell
Step 3 - buy
Step 4 -sell
Step 5 - buy
Step 6 - sell
Step 7 - buy
Step 8 - sell
Step 9 - buy
Step 10 - sell
Step 11 - buy
Step 12 - sell


PeterB great series I love the weather shot

Reagan



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9771
Country: United States

pburke wrote:

Cemetary of the camp

105mm f2.5 @ f/5.6 1/640s iso 100, with a little Photoshop aging









I really like this one, very simple. But the mountains in the background makes it.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9771
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Here's a couple shots from around town using the D600 and 24mm 2.8 AIS




You know me and doors. I like it.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 3201
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Just a few steps from the watchtower away:


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Really like this one Georg

Reagan



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 3201
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Here's a couple shots from around town using the D600 and 24mm 2.8 AIS




You know me and doors. I like it.


+1

Is this where Ray keeps all his money

Reagan



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9771
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Here's a couple shots from around town using the D600 and 24mm 2.8 AIS



leighton w wrote:
You know me and doors. I like it.

Reagan wrote:
+1

Is this where Ray keeps all his money

Reagan


I'm not sure that's big enough.



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