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MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 718
Country: Poland

The 24mm arrived today, tomorrow I hope to collect the 135mm and a file.

On Solo parent duty for a couple of weeks so not much time between work and the little lad but hope to get some more tests done this weekend if the nice weather holds but already reckon I'm gonna like this beauty, although what is it with people not sending lenses with a rear cap?

Oh, just seen James' shot of the 20mm reversed, add reversed lens shot to the tests to do. fantastically sharp shot of the needle. Did you spot any camels trying to pass through the eye?



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5090
Country: United States

Part of the Ringling Museum is a building dedicated to the circus. A complete miniature circus is behind glass and the details are amazing. What an undertaking it was when the circus came to town. Literally hundreds of people, animals and tents were unloaded from trains. This display shows in detail how this was accomplished. This is one display very much worth the time it takes to navigate.
All of the shots were taken with the D600 and 35mm 1.4 AIS









MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5090
Country: United States

Mark congrats on the 24mm 2.8. It is one of my favorite lenses and i spent all day yesterday with it attached to my D600. It certainly works well on a crop camera as well.
James it's nice to see you - wonderful shot!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13100
Country: United States

Great collection of photos Ray. I never went to the circus in a tent I'm sorry to say, That would certainly be magical. I did, however, see the circus a number of times as a boy which was held in a huge auditorium in downtown Minneapolis. It was definitely exciting as a young boy. Seems like this is a remarkable place to visit. Thanks for sharing these and other photos.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13100
Country: United States

Funny thing Ray and Reagan... the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd I just bought comes from Lake Worth, Florida. I guess that means there are more like minded folks there than I imagined. It is still too hot for me though, so if I can stay in California I will.

I took out the 200 f/4 AI-s for a spin this morning, with the PK-13 mounted. I only had a short while as I waited for Sue who had an appointment. Not much to shoot, so I got creative...



And, my favorite...



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2617
Country: Brazil

Thank you Curtis and Ray.

James, welcome back and nice work with the 20/2.8 reversed;

Curtis, I liked the most the first "creative shot" - B&W and grainy. (edited)



Resuming the "Roman Emperors Columns", this is the only decent pano of another almost intact monument in Rome:
The Column of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. As Edward Gibbon wrote, this was the last of the good Roman emperors.



Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome, 4-shots pano East view by labecoaves, on Flickr

Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome, 4-shots pano East view

4 shots pano. Taken ~45 m from east, cloudy afternoon.
D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai'd & CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/250s.

The spiral bas-relief tells the history of Danubian or Marcomannic wars. Unfortunately the original inscriptions at the base and the Marcus Aurelius statue at the top were replaced in the Middle Age. The column is ~30 m high and 3.7 in diameter. The original pano had some 11000 px, this one is "just" 6000px.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3401
Country: Germany

Curtis, nice work with the 200/4 Ais! Love the punchy processing of the bolt and the "edgy" framing of the Nissan.

Ray, very cool close-ups of the display! The shot with the green cabriolet is my personal fav - love the 35/1.4's rendering. And thanks for the info regarding the bricks.

Mark, congrats to your 24/2.8! It's a very good and versatile lens. Can't wait to see your pictures in the Winogrand-style ;-)

James, amazing work with the reversed 20/2.8! Nice to see you here again.

Mihai, great available light portrait!

Jose, those columns (and your pictures) are amazing in their detail-richness. Thanks for sharing!



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3401
Country: Germany

kwoodard wrote:
georgms wrote:
...
Kevin, the alley is the "Dammchausse" from Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm. Behind the trees on the left side are the tracks for the famous "Molli"-train. What did you do back then in both parts of Germany?
...

My father was in the US Air Force and my mom is German. We traveled mainly to see family on both sides of the wall. We did do some sightseeing also, but mostly in the western countries.


Okay, now I understand - thanks, Kevin! Traveling beyond the Iron Curtain must have been a thrilling experience for a young man/boy. I'm sure you still can remember the typical East-German brown-coal- and two-stroke-gas-smell ;-)



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2617
Country: Brazil

Thanks Georg.


Mark, congrats on your new 24/2.8. Is it the scalloped N or N.C version?

By coincidence last Sunday I made the AI conversion of the Nikkor-H.C 24mm f/2.8 (one more 99% Curtis guilt ) myself. Not a pro work but more than enough for me:


Nikkor-N.C 24mm f/2.8 ring conversion to AI by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 ais hand held.

Nothing special, subpar shots, just to show the easy task of filling off the original aperture ring, with the final cosmetic touch (matte black paint).



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3401
Country: Germany

asiostygius wrote:
Thanks Georg and Leighton.

Georg, impressive set with the 24mm f/2 - you are the master of this lens! I loved too the "fun shot" of the moon - my dream is someday capture an owl with the moon in the background.

Peter B, fantastic sets, I liked the most the "threatening clouds" with the 20/3.5.



Jose, thanks! Yes, I love the temperamental 24/2. It has many flaws but it's kinda unique in it's rendering. To be honest - my 14-24/2.8 is wide open probably sharper in the corners than the 24/2 stopped down to f/8, but using the old lens can be a lot of fun. I have to check out the distortion someday - I was amazed by the difference (in terms of background-distortion) at different focusing ranges.
I hope your owl-moon-picture will become reality someday, but that's for sure very hard work mixed with a good bit of luck...



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5958
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Thank you Curtis and Ray.

James, welcome back and nice work with the 20/2.8 reversed;

Curtis, your debut with the 200 QC is great, I like the most the first creative shot - B&W and grainy.



Resuming the "Roman Emperors Columns", this is the only decent pano of another almost intact monument in Rome:
The Column of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. As Edward Gibbon wrote, this was the last of the good Roman emperors.



Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome, 4-shots pano East view by labecoaves, on Flickr

Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome, 4-shots pano East view

4 shots pano. Taken ~45 m from east, cloudy afternoon.
D7000 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K ai'd & CPU'd hand held, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/250s.

The spiral bas-relief tells the history of Danubian or Marcomannic wars. Unfortunately the original inscriptions at the base and the Marcus Aurelius statue at the top were replaced in the Middle Age. The column is ~30 m high and 3.7 in diameter. The original pano had some 11000 px, this one is "just" 6000px.


Another awesome shot and history lesson Jose -
So, I assume somewhere on line there exists an "un-wrapped" image of the this whole column so that you can see the continuous story that is being told?

John



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2884
Country: United States

James Markus wrote:
I'm finding it difficult to even keep track of you'all. Here is a recent one...Nikkor 20mm f2.8 reversed







Very nice. Love me some reverse macro.


kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2884
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
georgms wrote:
...
Kevin, the alley is the "Dammchausse" from Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm. Behind the trees on the left side are the tracks for the famous "Molli"-train. What did you do back then in both parts of Germany?
...

My father was in the US Air Force and my mom is German. We traveled mainly to see family on both sides of the wall. We did do some sightseeing also, but mostly in the western countries.


Okay, now I understand - thanks, Kevin! Traveling beyond the Iron Curtain must have been a thrilling experience for a young man/boy. I'm sure you still can remember the typical East-German brown-coal- and two-stroke-gas-smell ;-)


Oh yeah, I remember watching those Trabants inching along their autobahn's at a snails pace...



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2884
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Thanks Georg.


Mark, congrats on your new 24/2.8. Is it the scalloped N or N.C version?

By coincidence last Sunday I made the AI conversion of the Nikkor-H.C 24mm f/2.8 (one more 99% Curtis guilt ) myself. Not a pro work but more than enough for me:


Nikkor-N.C 24mm f/2.8 ring conversion to AI by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 ais hand held.

Nothing special, subpar shots, just to show the easy task of filling off the original aperture ring, with the final cosmetic touch (matte black paint).


I am on the verge of doing this to two of my lenses... I am scared to though...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13100
Country: United States

Jose, you misread my 200 f/4 photos... they were will the AI-s version. I shot in anticipation of the Q.C. arriving, though when I checked shipping it appeared the lens could come as late as next week. But wouldn't you know, when I left to run errands early in the afternoon there was a box on the stoop. I opened it an hour later and found a very sweet copy of the Q.C. Needless to say I had to take some flower photos. Here are photos of two yellow roses taken a day apart. First the shot already posted taken with the 180 f/2.8 with a PK-13 attached. That was middle of the day in bright light. The second was taken a few minutes ago around five in the afternoon. It was only after looking at the images I'd taken that I recalled the earlier shot, so there was no attempt on my part to duplicate what I'd done before.



What I can say about the Q.C. is its added weight and size make it a much more comfortable lens with which to shoot than the AI-s version. In fact, it feels a bit like the 180 in my hand and I love shooting with that lens. I think the Q.C. will get more use if only for that reason. I'd also say after having browsed through a few photos, some of which I'll post on the thread, that this old lens with an earlier optical design is no slouch. As with the Sonnar designed 105 f/2.5, there is real character here.

And here is a photo of another flower I shot with the 180. Mmm, Jose is my new guru... Great recommendation my friend.




mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4290
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
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.


+1. Very nice.


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4290
Country: United States

Zichar wrote:
<rant mode on>
Have been extremely busy at work, and can barely spare usual hour to browse through my personal reads when I'm home
When you spend thaaaat much time at work staring at the computer screen, it becomes a chore after
Yet I'm behind, with less than happy bosses breathing down my neck


<fellow worker mode on>
I hope things ease up a bit for you at work. It can get like that at times. Try to get out and snap a few images. Works for me to relieve stress.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4290
Country: United States

MarkdV wrote:
The 24mm arrived today, tomorrow I hope to collect the 135mm and a file.

On Solo parent duty for a couple of weeks so not much time between work and the little lad but hope to get some more tests done this weekend if the nice weather holds but already reckon I'm gonna like this beauty, although what is it with people not sending lenses with a rear cap?

Oh, just seen James' shot of the 20mm reversed, add reversed lens shot to the tests to do. fantastically sharp shot of the needle. Did you spot any camels trying to pass through the eye?



Mark, nice work with the 24. I especially like the first image in your series.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13100
Country: United States

A couple of more photos taken with the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd. I like this lens!

Both shot wide open and cropped.




mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4290
Country: United States

Thank you Peter and Ray for the comments.

Ray, I like the bank door and circus shots.

Georg, nice images with the 24 and the V1 "moon-shot".

Curtis, the Porsche emblem seems to be floating in the sky.

Jose, another wonderful stone column pano. The detail is amazing! Gutsy work on the aperture ring.

James, nice close-up of the needle and thread.



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