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rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2483
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
georgms wrote:
I don't know if it's polite to post this: I plan to bid on two Nikkor's over at the german ebay-site, I just don't wanna start a bidding-battle with my dear fellow NMF-thread-contributors.
It would be nice if any of you who really want's to get these lenses (200/4 Q and 300/4.5 H) could drop me a PM. Out-bidding each other and raising prices is probably not the way to go in this "family";-)
Thanks, Georg.


I appreciate that comment Georg. I often consider the possibility that I'll be bidding against a friend from this thread. In fact, Chuong outbid me to a 35-70 f/3.5 AI-s some time ago. I was lamenting the fact that my bid of $87 was topped and he kindly told me he'd put a maximum bid much higher and I wouldn't have won if I'd increased my maximum bid only marginally.

I don't think too many folks would be bidding on a German language site. Honestly, knowing how badly you folks are hit with taxes when you import something bought in the U.S. I think it only sporting that you have all the European websites for yourself. None of these lenses is so rare that we can't find what we want right here.

By the way, I was looking rather longingly at the 300 f/4.5 H because of its beautiful form. Reviews were not very kind and so i let it go but if you buy one I can get your take on it. I bought the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd only because Jose has great things to say about the lens and I've really been impressed with the lens and its performance. I may feel the same about the 300 H. Hope you get it. Good luck with both auctions. The 200 Q is such a wonderful lens to use... perfect balance. The AI and AI-s versions are too small in my opinion. I appreciate the weight of the older lens.


Curtis, the performance of this lens is very good at any price, and outstanding for the price, all it needs is automatic lateral and some axial aberration correction, and it may be the best looking metal focusing ring lens nikon ever made! your collection is not complete without it!

These test shots on D800 with no axial aberration correction, the ugliness around the highlights is easily fixed if you apply it, The two bottom ones are 100% crops. Lens is as sharp as any other 300mm I own.


300mm 4.5 H on D800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


300mm 4.5 H non ai full frame at 8.0 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


300mm 4.5 H non ai crop at 4.5 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


300mm 4.5 H non ai full frame at 8.0 crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

I understand now Ronny. The Vivitar 36mm tube is ALWAYS on your camera... it is just the lens that changes...

All these shots are delicious. You demonstrate over and over again how much there is to look at and photograph when you're inclined to get close with an MF Nikkor and an extension tube. Really wonderful work.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States


leighton w wrote:
I like this one Peter, I used to work in facilities like this in my life before farming. I love your processing style of late too.

pburke wrote:
Thanks Leighton - processing on this one was quite simple once out of camera raw - adjustments - Black and White - Red Filter. It works well for high contrast images, but I'm still learning how to properly process black and white images that aren't as punchy as this one. Learned a few tricks from our buddy Gavin Hoey (who colors his images in Raw with adjustment brushes to create the color contrast the conversion to black and white is based on. And then there's that thing about using 16-bit color when going from RAW to Photoshop, which allows for much cleaner conversions. I've noticed on some of my images I get a halo effect around edges when choosing black and white settings, which may be related to the lack of tonal range. And to top it off, Serge Ramelli uses a totally different process, where he creates a pretty flat image and then more or less paints the contrast tones onto the image where he feels it needs it, So far, I haven't taken a photo that would give me the desire to spend that much time on the processing. So, compared to that, this black and white image was really a matter 10 extra seconds and a quick scroll down the preset lists.

the biggest thing I changed in my color processing workflow is to use anything but the Adobe standard color profile. In most recent cases I have used Camera Landscape, and it made a huge difference in colors, especially the sky is now blue when I want it blue. I bought the D600 profiles from Huelight, too, and use them on lower contrast subjects, since they aren't quite as punchy as Camera Landscape or Vivid. Once you use these profiles, you need to be very careful with the whitepoint in Camera Raw, because the saturation levels are much higher than normal and you'll easily blow out detail in the brighter colors. I usually back off behind the first clipping showing on screen, since adding clarity will push things beyond the limit again.

The most significant workflow change remains using Serge Ramelli's adjustment of highlights/shadows and white/black points, which has had me go back and re-edit hundreds of old images over the last few weeks. Amazing how much you can pull out of some vintage 2008 D40 RAW files using CS6 and his approach.

Below some concrete and glass done the Ramelli way 1/400s f/4, ISO 100 using the 135mm f/2-8 Nikkor-Q and a polarizer, here to reduce glare on the glass. Almost converted this to black and white, but it is already more or less a duo-tone. The file out of camera was rather flat and boring with no detail in the windows. I have to say, pulling an image like this out of a bland flat shot that in JPEG would have gone into the trash is half the fun of using my camera these days


In other news - my TC-16A teleconverter replacement finally has shipped...


I'll have to try the camera landscape setting inside of LR. Serge is another I watch carefully.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

Ronny _Olsson wrote:



I love how the stem disappears in this shot.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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Country: United States

leighton w wrote:

I'll have to try the camera landscape setting inside of LR. Serge is another I watch carefully.



I don't bother with the camera setting in camera, don't even know what it is set for - it's how the RAW file is interpreted in Camera Raw or Lightroom, where you can change it to anything you want. Makes a huge difference. Ramelli can be over the top - he does have some basic CS6 and light room techniques that are a great basis for processing, though.



rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 877
Country: United States

Trying some action shots with the 80-200 4.5 C Auto



lucdeschepper
Registered: Apr 05, 2013
Total Posts: 157
Country: Netherlands

CGrindahl wrote:
We're on the downhill run to 60,000. This thread amazes me! Well done everyone. And welcome Luc. Always good to have more folks from Europe and from the Netherlands for certain. Enjoy yourself. What camera are you using? Inquiring minds...


Thanks, I'm feeling at home already. I'm using a D700, paired with a 28mm f2.8 AI-s, 50mm f1.2 AI-s, 50mm f1.4 AF-G, 85mm f1.8 AF-D, 105mm f2.5 AI-s, 105mm f2 AF-D DC and 180mm f2.8 AF-D.

I specialize in car shots, mainly details of cars.

And now for something completely different; two images shot on Kodachrome.

F100, 50mm f1.2

















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

I can tell Luc that you belong on this thread, both because you're using the prescribed gear but also because you're a serious photographer. These are both fine photos, as were the first you posted. I hope you continue to share your work with us and that you'll join in the conversation which can be technically oriented as in the discussion of the moment on post processing, gear oriented as you witness with Rafael's post and always a bit playful. There are many very nice folks hanging out in this corner of cyberspace who are eminently worth getting to know. I'm glad you found us.

One of my good friends who at the moment is on a bit of a sabbatical from this thread lives in Rotterdam. I've visited the Netherlands twice in recent years and enjoyed myself both times. Last visit Chris, whom you've encountered on this thread, picked me up at the airport and drove me and my friend Rinie to Rotterdam where we did a bit of shooting, enjoyed a meal and talked photography. I wouldn't be surprised if I came again. I love rambling around Europe.



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

For anyone who wants a dose of Anton's work with the 45 f/2.8 PC-E, check out his post on another thread initiated by someone considering buying this lens... Some of these shots are breathtaking.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1220709/0#11632651



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

lucdeschepper wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
We're on the downhill run to 60,000. This thread amazes me! Well done everyone. And welcome Luc. Always good to have more folks from Europe and from the Netherlands for certain. Enjoy yourself. What camera are you using? Inquiring minds...


Thanks, I'm feeling at home already. I'm using a D700, paired with a 28mm f2.8 AI-s, 50mm f1.2 AI-s, 50mm f1.4 AF-G, 85mm f1.8 AF-D, 105mm f2.5 AI-s, 105mm f2 AF-D DC and 180mm f2.8 AF-D.

I specialize in car shots, mainly details of cars.

And now for something completely different; two images shot on Kodachrome.

F100, 50mm f1.2














Ah yes, Kodachrome, my favorite film when I shot film. Are these 64 or 100? Great shots BTW.


Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1471
Country: United States

Hi gang. Here are a couple "film noir" conversions from a college trip up the California coast with my son.

The first was taken at Morrow Bay and the second is a drive-in movie theatre that's still operating in the town of San Luis Obispo.



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

Jeff, love the shots above, especially #1, the processing works great!
The "Film Noir"-settings (1st and third preset) are personal favs, most of the times a bit modified to fit the subject. I just haven't found a shot that works well with the second "Film-Noir"-preset, but will keep trying.



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

"bestiole bizarre" with the 50/1.8 wo :





Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1471
Country: United States

Thanks Georg!

Philippe, those are marvelous photos!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

Jeff, Love the first one, very nice conversion.

Philippe, nice bug porn.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

A magazine wants our farm in an article this Fall, so they sent a photographer along with his wife to come out and shoot a few hours. He used a Canon Mark ll but he also owns a Nikon D3 along with some MF lenses. He liked the size of my D600 so I implanted the idea in his mind to get one. We spent a lot of time talking gear and photography while our wives just rolled their eyes. It was very interesting watching him work.


50mm/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


50mm/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


50mm/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



lucdeschepper
Registered: Apr 05, 2013
Total Posts: 157
Country: Netherlands

CGrindahl wrote:
I can tell Luc that you belong on this thread, both because you're using the prescribed gear but also because you're a serious photographer. These are both fine photos, as were the first you posted. I hope you continue to share your work with us and that you'll join in the conversation which can be technically oriented as in the discussion of the moment on post processing, gear oriented as you witness with Rafael's post and always a bit playful. There are many very nice folks hanging out in this corner of cyberspace who are eminently worth getting to know. I'm glad you found us.

One of my good friends who at the moment is on a bit of a sabbatical from this thread lives in Rotterdam. I've visited the Netherlands twice in recent years and enjoyed myself both times. Last visit Chris, whom you've encountered on this thread, picked me up at the airport and drove me and my friend Rinie to Rotterdam where we did a bit of shooting, enjoyed a meal and talked photography. I wouldn't be surprised if I came again. I love rambling around Europe.


For sure I'll continue to post! I don't have extensive technical knowledge but on post processing esp. Lightroom I might be able to contribute something useful once in a while I hope.

Rotterdam is ok, great contrast between old and modern. Also a good place for street photography.



lucdeschepper
Registered: Apr 05, 2013
Total Posts: 157
Country: Netherlands

leighton w wrote:Ah yes, Kodachrome, my favorite film when I shot film. Are these 64 or 100? Great shots BTW.

Thanks, these are Kodachrome 64.



lucdeschepper
Registered: Apr 05, 2013
Total Posts: 157
Country: Netherlands

Lieutenant Z; great shots!



lucdeschepper
Registered: Apr 05, 2013
Total Posts: 157
Country: Netherlands

Last one for today from me. Ferrari 212 F1, 1951 (the car, not the photo)

50mm f1.2







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