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

The sun played peekaboo with me today - I went to a place I wanted to shoot in the late afternoon-sun for quite a while now. No chance, the sun was shining bright as long as I was in the car. Stepped out of the car and the sun hid behind some clouds. Time for a coffee back in the car, the sun came out. And so on.

Anyway, here are two cloudy shots:

Rostock Bonsai von georgsfoto auf Flickr
3 stitched horizontal shots taken with the PC 85/2.8D (lens wide open)


Rostock Wucht von georgsfoto auf Flickr
2 horizontal shots with the PC-E 45/2.8D at f/4 stitched to a square
(should have included more of the foreground to get diagonal lines starting at the corners)

Thanks for the kind comments on my past shots, much appreciated!



rd4tile
Registered: Mar 23, 2004
Total Posts: 2243
Country: United States

pburke wrote:

if you just want to peek at some 50-30mm photos, check this link (it shows many from Rafael, since he hosts his images on Flickr, too)

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/nikon/50300mmf45ais/



Thanks for posting that link. His images look really good.

I'm looking at one of these as a dual purpose lens: first to add to my MF glass collection and second as a reasonably priced, tripod mountable zoom to do double duty as a high quality spotting scope (with a Nikon scope converter onboard). I want to be able to go from 5-7X up to 30-40X and there aren't too many other lenses out there that would seem to fit the bill.

I don't want to use my 80-400G with it since it's going to be subject to some abuse. The 50-300 is a little bigger then what I would consider the perfect size but it appears to be built like a tank and it certainly looks to have the IQ one would want in a MF lens when I want to shoot photos with it.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3003
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
pburke wrote:
rd4tile wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
rd4tile wrote:
Can someone give me their overall impression of the 50 300 F4.5 zoom?


If you're patient you'll surely get an answer from Rafael in San Diego who owns the lens and occasionally post images taken with it. He is very serious in his evaluation of gear, so he will doubtless give you a very good sense of what that lens is capable of doing in its various iterations. The last two versions have a different optical design and have ED elements added. I believe Rafael has the newest version, the AI-s.

Rafael works during the day and generally shows up late in the evening.


Thanks Curtis, I'll check back and now that I know he shoots with it I can look at some of his previous posts. I am looking for info specifically on the ED AI-S version.

Rich


if you just want to peek at some 50-30mm photos, check this link (it shows many from Rafael, since he hosts his images on Flickr, too)

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/nikon/50300mmf45ais/


How does one get their pictures to show up like this? Do you have to tag your images in a certain way or do you have to be part of a group?


it probably has to be some sort of tag you need to add to each image to have it filtered for a particular lens in the lens explorer subset of it

http://www.flickriver.com/about/



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
leighton w wrote:
...Sue's portrait is very well done too, but she looks a little worried. Or is it that you're just pointing a camera at her again?


Actually, she didn't know I was shooting her and when she turned she asked what I was shooting. I caught her mid-speech. Despite all the uncertainty in her life we took Sunday off and had a glorious time. This walk in the woods was so refreshing for us both.

Today she found temporary housing that will be available on August 1. She will stay one month with friends, then move into an apartment at San Francisco Theological Seminary, which is about two blocks from her present home. Hopefully, that will prove a respite until she can find an affordable condominium to buy. In truth, this have been a remarkably graceful process, for which we are both very happy.


I hope this all works out...for the both of you!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
The sun played peekaboo with me today - I went to a place I wanted to shoot in the late afternoon-sun for quite a while now. No chance, the sun was shining bright as long as I was in the car. Stepped out of the car and the sun hid behind some clouds. Time for a coffee back in the car, the sun came out. And so on.



Rostock Wucht von georgsfoto auf Flickr
2 horizontal shots with the PC-E 45/2.8D at f/4 stitched to a square
(should have included more of the foreground to get diagonal lines starting at the corners)

Thanks for the kind comments on my past shots, much appreciated!


Georg, thanks for the kind words. Is this shot WITHOUT any corrections from the lens?



Matt OHarver
Registered: Sep 18, 2006
Total Posts: 4110
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
This was the evening sky yesterday. Taken with the 105/2.5 ais.


105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Wow!



Matt OHarver
Registered: Sep 18, 2006
Total Posts: 4110
Country: United States

Took an evening off and took a walk with Brandon. I've missed our walks. All taken with the 85MM some with the PK-13.


MJO_2654 by MattOphotog, on Flickr


MJO_2646 by MattOphotog, on Flickr


MJO_2639 by MattOphotog, on Flickr


MJO_2636 by MattOphotog, on Flickr



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
This was the evening sky yesterday. Taken with the 105/2.5 ais.


105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Beautiful sky Leighton. Wonderful color.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
The sun played peekaboo with me today - I went to a place I wanted to shoot in the late afternoon-sun for quite a while now. No chance, the sun was shining bright as long as I was in the car. Stepped out of the car and the sun hid behind some clouds. Time for a coffee back in the car, the sun came out. And so on.

Anyway, here are two cloudy shots:

Rostock Bonsai von georgsfoto auf Flickr
3 stitched horizontal shots taken with the PC 85/2.8D (lens wide open)

Thanks for the kind comments on my past shots, much appreciated!


I like this one very much Georg. Stitching images with a PC lens, amazing!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Here are a few of the over looked photos from our trip last fall to the Smoky Mountains, These were taken in the Cades Cove area using the 24mm 2.8 ais and the 135mm 2.8 AI



Ray, this one is very nice. Nice detail and color.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

Thank you Rafael, Leighton, Mark, Ray, Ronny, and Georg for the comments. Shooting in the harsh mid-day light presents its own set of challenges.
Scott



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4676
Country: United States

mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:
This was the evening sky yesterday. Taken with the 105/2.5 ais.


105/2.5 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Beautiful sky Leighton. Wonderful color.

+1000!



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

Matt OHarver wrote:
Took an evening off and took a walk with Brandon. I've missed our walks. All taken with the 85MM some with the PK-13.


MJO_2654 by MattOphotog, on Flickr




You guys are quite a pair Matt... a couple of goofs...

Really great to see photos of the two you and from your walk... every day a blessing with the added dividend of some very sweet photos. Fine work, but then we've come to expect nothing less from you.



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

rd4tile wrote:
Can someone give me their overall impression of the 50 300 F4.5 zoom?


The ED is the best choice for event photograpy on a tripod or monopod, or to travel by car and take well framed pictures at scenic stops; it is sharp and contrasty at all apertures and works well on the D800, It works well with converters on a monopod and a sunny day closed to f/8, I have never used the non ED ones. With scope converters you only use the center portion of the image and a 100-300 5.6 or the non ED 50-300 mm may be good enough for a lot less money. the ED is excellent on the short end and outstanding at the 300mm setting, it also maitains focus as you zoom. The focus and zoom rings are very smooth, the whole front rotates as you focus, but zooming is internal.

Personally I love using it for the right occassions and have no problem focusing this lens on the D800 at full aperture, even on slow moving targets. I will be using it this 4th of July at the Fair to photograph a dance group and for fireworks on San Diego Bay.


Nikon Nikkor 50-300mm 4.5 ais D800 San Diego Bay Fireworks 7 4 2012 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


LPD 20 arriving _010_San Diego by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 50-300 ed ais san diego coronado world dance festival China d800 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

kwoodard wrote:
pburke wrote:
rd4tile wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
rd4tile wrote:
Can someone give me their overall impression of the 50 300 F4.5 zoom?


If you're patient you'll surely get an answer from Rafael in San Diego who owns the lens and occasionally post images taken with it. He is very serious in his evaluation of gear, so he will doubtless give you a very good sense of what that lens is capable of doing in its various iterations. The last two versions have a different optical design and have ED elements added. I believe Rafael has the newest version, the AI-s.

Rafael works during the day and generally shows up late in the evening.


Thanks Curtis, I'll check back and now that I know he shoots with it I can look at some of his previous posts. I am looking for info specifically on the ED AI-S version.

Rich


if you just want to peek at some 50-30mm photos, check this link (it shows many from Rafael, since he hosts his images on Flickr, too)

http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/nikon/50300mmf45ais/


How does one get their pictures to show up like this? Do you have to tag your images in a certain way or do you have to be part of a group?


It is nothing I did on purpose, it must be the name of the photo or the Flickr Nikkor group official tag for the lens.



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
Total Posts: 4801
Country: United States

Matt OHarver wrote:
Took an evening off and took a walk with Brandon. I've missed our walks. All taken with the 85MM some with the PK-13.


MJO_2654 by MattOphotog, on Flickr


Wonderful Matt.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8398
Country: United States

Thanks for the kind comments on my first batch of images from SD.

Today we took a drive and ended up doing a ~4 mile loop hike to the top of "Lovers Leap" and back.

Sorry for the images of me . . .



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Poland

Nice work on the past few pages everyone. Matt and John, good to see the cameras turned on their masters for a change.

A couple from Albanifest, the 3 day celebration of one of the city's patron saints (St Alban) who was martyred in 283AD. For all the gruesome details of his martyrdom it's basically a 3 day fun fair / drinking and eating session but usually pretty well behaved and on Monday morning you'd never know it was there in good Swiss fashion.

On Saturday in rained heavily most of the day but on Sunday it was much better, we took my son for the first time in a ferris wheel and he took it pretty well.

Both taken with the 24mm f2.8 which I am slowly coming to grips with.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12614
Country: United States

Thanks guys for the comments, much appreciated.

Matt - Glad you could take one of your traditional walks, and sharing them with us.

John - Another fine set, I like the first one the best.

Mark - Love the perspective in the last image.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Great entertainment last two days, everyone. Thanks for sharing.



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