Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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Country: Germany

Leighton, is the new radial filter something like a customizable vignetting?



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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Some shots taken today at the local zoo. I've used the 180/2.8 ED on the Nikon 1 V1a lot, but the results are mixed at best. I'm just not fast enough with the focus-ring.


A ring-tailed lemur jumping out of my frame - 180/2.8ED at about f/4, Nikon V1


Addition to the camel-family: the light was too harsh, the blown-out parts bug me quite a bit
180/2.8 ED on the V1 too, aperture unrecorded (about f/4)


180/2.8 ED on the D3s this time, f/4, cropped quite a bit


high noon at the turtle-pond - 180/2.8ED at f/2.8 on the V1, 3 fused images from a single NEF to bring down the contrasts



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Country: United States

There's quite an extensive and helpful discussion on that thread Georg linked to, including by a few of the usual culprits from here

You may want to test your D800 focus on some controlled subjects (a ruler for example or a focus chart), and rule out any defect. Have your images been handheld? Even a little movement could throw off your expected focus. The green dot has worked on all kinds of shots for me, close-in to tele, as long as there's contrast at the focus point, and I haven't had too much caffeine that day

georgms wrote:
designdog wrote:
Thanks. I am using the focus confirmation.


There are some issues that might cause focus-errors: a too small or not contrasty enough target for the AF-system (read: the focus confirmation) is one of the more likely reasons.
You could also check if the lenses work 100% with the focus confirmation: "nail" focus with Live-View and check if the focus-confirmation shows focus as dead on (this should be done from a tripod).
Here is another thread about this stuff.
Hope this helps!



saph
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Georg, that middle zoo pic is terrific. The parent camel (llama?) seems to be laughing at something, and looks like the offspring is real curious about your camera



saph
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Rafael, beautiful 55 sibling collection!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Scott that lens seems up to the task, though it is heavier than the faster 105 f/2.5. Of course, you'd need to add an extension tube if you wanted to do close with with that lens while the f/4 gives you you that capacity. Yet, you need an extension tube with that lens as well if you want to achieve 1:1 magnification. No matter, the lens you have is always the right one to use. You can leave it to Ben and me to build kits so large that lenses spend more time in the cabinet than on the camera... This is nice set.


Thank you Curtis. I debate which to carry, the 105 f2.5 or the f4 micro. The f2.5 is smaller and a stop faster (produces nice bokeh at 2.5) vs. the close up capability of the f4 micro. For a long time I carried the f2.5 but lately the f4 is making it into the bag. It is a tough choice.



mp356
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CGrindahl wrote:
A couple more photos from my ramble this afternoon with the 50 f/1.4 S.C. AI'd, the smaller brother of the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd that sits in my camera bag at the moment.




Like this one very much Curtis.



mp356
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Is it really Onassis's former boat?
50 1.8 ais



Wonderful colors Philippe.



mp356
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Oosty wrote:
3 shot pano - South Atlantic sunset, Scarborough, Cape Peninsula, South Africa


Very nice Peter.



mp356
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georgms wrote:
Scott, I like your Letchworth-images a lot. The first two pictures are my personal favs for their composition. Love the depth on shot #2 - the light works great here.


Thank you Georg. It is a beautiful park.



mp356
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leighton w wrote:
Playing around with LR5 Beta. I love this new radial filter.


80-200/4.5 AI by Leighton W, on Flickr


Leighton, nice saturated colors in this.



mp356
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georgms wrote:
Some shots taken today at the local zoo. I've used the 180/2.8 ED on the Nikon 1 V1a lot, but the results are mixed at best. I'm just not fast enough with the focus-ring.


Addition to the camel-family: the light was too harsh, the blown-out parts bug me quite a bit
180/2.8 ED on the V1 too, aperture unrecorded (about f/4)


180/2.8 ED on the D3s this time, f/4, cropped quite a bit



Georg, nice zoo images. I like these b&w camel takes the best.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 1769
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Some shots taken today at the local zoo. I've used the 180/2.8 ED on the Nikon 1 V1a lot, but the results are mixed at best. I'm just not fast enough with the focus-ring.


A ring-tailed lemur jumping out of my frame - 180/2.8ED at about f/4, Nikon V1


that guy had way too much coffee - some crazy eyes!



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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Country: United States

I took the 55mm f1.2 for a quick spin around the office on campus for a few frames - all on D600 handheld, most outdoor shots with linear Marumi Polarizer

f/2.0 1/1250s ISO 100








student housing f/5.6 1/125s ISO 100, b&w stuff done in camera raw








f/1.2 1/3200s ISO 100







Inside the building across the street

f/2.0 1/80s ISO 100








more in the next post


pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 1769
Country: United States

more 55mm f1.2 S on D600 from the Madison campus

f/5.6 1/500s ISO 100








f/1.2 1/3200s ISO 100, photoshop tweaked







some guy
f/1.2 1/800s ISO 100







same dude

f/1.2 1/800s ISO 100







I think he's in his 15th semester now

f/1.2 1/500s ISO 100









pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
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Country: United States

I was busy over lunch today... more 55mm f/1.2 samples

f/1.2 1/3200s ISO 100







f/56 1/200s ISO 100







f/1.4 1/3200s ISO 100







and our receptionist Gretchen smiling at me on my way back inside
f/1.2 1/125s ISO 400









CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

I think you should keep the 55 Peter, especially at that price. It is a versatile lens and a nice focal length for walking around campus. Wonderful set with a bit of whimsy, which is always welcome. I've only visited Madison once and that a weekend jaunt with a bunch of college friends from Minneapolis. I grew up in Richfield, a suburb to the south of the city but left a long time ago for warmer climes... Seeing your mountain photos it is clear you have no aversion to snow and cold, but actually seek it out. I don't understand people like you...

I am happy, however, that you've decided to spend a bit more time on this thread and that you're sharing your experience with these classic lenses.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

Very nice set Georg. I really like how you process these images. In my flower mode, which is active at the moment, I can't even consider black and white. I can to bark but flowers simply call for color.

Here's a shot from today's ramble. I decided to mount an extension tube on the 00 f/4 Q.C. AI'd and pulled the Vivitar 36mm out of the cabinet. This was shot wide open, hand held as always, uncropped. A bird of paradise up close...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

Two more with the same combination... I'm restraining myself...


I'm not quite as adept at Ronny catching the bees in flight so I have to catch them when they're rolling around the flower drunk with pollen...


Both images were cropped for composition... shot wide open, hand held. This lens handles well with tubes also.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 4897
Country: United States

We went to the beach today on Honeymoon Island. Here is a shot of tonights glorious sunset with the D600 and 35mm 1.4



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