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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13370
Country: United States

All good Doug. I was primarily a shopper on FM until I bought a D700 three years ago. Virtually all my posts up until that time had been on the Buy and Sell board. But the D700 and more particularly, the manual focus Nikon lenses i began experimenting with shortly thereafter, changed everything. I've become a bit of a "chatty cathy" since then. Though in describing this thread to a friend I mentioned the fact I tried to get someone else to start this conversation and no one took the bait. That left me to bring up the subject. I didn't expect in my wildest imagination that the conversation would still be going strong 33 months later... but here were are.

With regard to my kit of lenses, you'll note the very wide and very long lenses are missing, largely because I don't tend to shoot there and I'm not inclined to invest in gear I wouldn't use. Of course, I'd be stretching my budget to the extreme were I to invest in the high priced spread, such as the NOCT you recently picked up. I even turned away from an EX copy of that venerable lens on sale for less than $2,000 a year and a half ago. That would have made a rather smart investment, but I don't look at my gear that way. I'm not inclined to sell gear...



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

All this talk about tubes - here's something done with a +3 diopter close-up lens filter on the 55mm f1.2. An aloe plant in the morning sun

f/2.0 1/100s ISO 100 - the leaf on the right is about 1 inch across, and you can see the 0.25" sliver of depth of field go across it







f/1.4 1/500s ISO 100 and the depth of field is gone. Took 5 images and moving the camera to get this one, because you can't see in the viewfinder when you are in focus







pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

Nikkor 55mm f1.2 S with short K1 extension tube (the thinnest one out there, about 4mm), all handheld

f/1.2 1/125s ISO 100







f/2.0 1/15s ISO 100







f/1.2 1/30s ISO 100







and one in color
f/2.0 1/80s ISO 100









pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

More bokeh fun with the 55mm f/1.2 - no tubes or filters this time

f/1.2 1/2500s ISO 100








mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4416
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
Let's keep this thread rolling with another 55mm f/1.2 Nikkor-S set, all on my bike commute today. All handheld on D600

f/5.6 1/640s ISO 100







f/8 1/400s ISO 100









Peter, I like your railroad series, both b&w and color.


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4416
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Just came back from the German Navy, here's a personal picture taken while waiting for the "family-reunion-images" I had to shoot for a paper:

Navy Bling von georgsfoto auf Flickr
German "bling", 180/2.8ED at f/4, I hope the procession is not to punchy for this audience ;-)



Georg, I like this very much.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7848
Country: United States

Yes, I have been shooting a little this week with two MF lenses, however, they are in the FILM camera at the moment and they are on Ilford HP5 Plus ISO 400. Assignments due on Tuesday are to shoot at least one 36 exposure roll from a bird's eye view, and from a dog's eye view, and to learn how to get the film onto the film reel with an old junk roll of film. Went rummaging through a drawer and found a roll of Tri-X that had expired in 2002, and discovered much to my dismay, that I don't own a bottle opener any more



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

another macro with the 55mm f/1.2 - 2" of tube at f/1.2 - cropped down to about 33% of the original, because everything else was out of focus on this perfectly flat target, the focus of "Nikon Manual Focus" in the thread title listing.
1/320s ISO 640







kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3056
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
another macro with the 55mm f/1.2 - 2" of tube at f/1.2 - cropped down to about 33% of the original, because everything else was out of focus on this perfectly flat target, the focus of "Nikon Manual Focus" in the thread title listing.
1/320s ISO 640






That's awesome! What is that, 6:1 magnification?


georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

NightOwl Cat wrote:
Yes, I have been shooting a little this week with two MF lenses, however, they are in the FILM camera at the moment and they are on Ilford HP5 Plus ISO 400. Assignments due on Tuesday are to shoot at least one 36 exposure roll from a bird's eye view, and from a dog's eye view, and to learn how to get the film onto the film reel with an old junk roll of film. Went rummaging through a drawer and found a roll of Tri-X that had expired in 2002, and discovered much to my dismay, that I don't own a bottle opener any more



Laura, your assignments sound like a lot of fun. HP5plus was always a favorite of mine, most of the many rolls I've shot were developed in Rodinal 1:25 (or it's eats-german equivalent) or in Rodinal special.
A household without a bottle opener is, well, missing something important ;-)
I hope you will get the film out of the canister and enjoy the whole film-experience.

edit: For those who don't wanna play with bottle-openers to get the film out of it's canister: the use of 120-medium-format rolls or even sheet-film is the logical answer (some very nice MF-Nikkors are made for medium- and large-format-cameras). But I don't wanna "torpedo" this great thread...



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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Country: Germany

Peter, love the louver blades and the second last bike-detail: excellent B&W, very cool framing and a wonderful shallow DoF.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

Scott, thank you!

Looking at this picture again I wonder if the shapes of the highlights works great or not, in other words: would completely rounded highlights look better? I can't make up my mind, in this case I have the gut-feeling that the angular shaped highlights might work better than round ones.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7848
Country: United States

Ron, lovely flowers here. Must take that lens out more often
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2875#11570228

James, lovely product shots!
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/quote/11570280

I'm the kind of person that doesn't mind too much how the body looks, as long as the glass is clean and there's no fungus among us.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2875#11570755

Peter, perhaps a lens coat for this lens will help you preserve the body of it a little better. Congrats on getting that lens. Drooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllll...... On second thought, maybe bubble wrapping your lenses would be better?
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2875#11570833

This deserves yet another peek. This is a beautiful shot, and what I strive for, wow! your best ever! Make large prints and sell them at the farmer's market! (AdoramaPix, MPix) I'm thinking that would really look great on Aluminum, too.

leighton w wrote:
Had to break out the 55mm f2.8 for a while, it was getting dusty.


Calibrachoa 55/2.8 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


Georg, I'd have pulled it too, .
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2877#11572251

Ray, that's the shot you were intended to get that day. Nicely done!
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2877#11573280

Kevin, I found that if you wait patiently near something they "own" then you will get rewarded.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2877#11573286

Sam, amazing that these buildings still survive what with all the tornados they get.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2878#11573778

Peter, beautiful lions, and tigers, and industrial, and ghost bike.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2878#11573887

Georg, I do miss seeing boats on the ocean, if I hadn't gone back to school, I'd probably have taken a road trip back to New England and wandered around the coast.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2879#11574224

John, sorry you lost out on that 16

Georg, you could sell posters and postcards of this shot!
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2880#11575189

Curtis, that does seem to be the best way to learn, especially with digital cameras and not film, since film is rather costly... Think I need to put some tubes in my bag with the film camera and really get a bird's eye view of something
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2880#11575427

Georg, we'll be using D76 for developing. I do have a wine bottle opener, but that won't work on the film canister. I don't have an MF or LF camera, using my Nikon N90s for this class, although I do also have a couple of F and my N50 as well (US versions were N when everyone else had F90s and F50)
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2881#11576185
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2881#11576185



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

Thanks for the bubble wrap pointer, Laura. I do have plans to add a lenscoat to the 600mm as soon as I have it here to measure the front diameter, so I can include the proper lens hoodie. It was processed through the Madison Postal facility this morning, so it should be on the truck...

The last big ships I was able to photograph were on Lake Superior, while here in the middle of the state, the boats are much smaller. A 600mm would have been much better for the photo below, but I only had a 135mm with me.

D600 with Nikkor-Q 135mm, handheld with polarizer. EXIF tells me Aperture-priority AE, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, Compensation: -1/3







100% crop - this is the same lake I took ice photos on less than 6 weeks ago...










pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2131
Country: United States

Some architecture shots with the old 135mm f/2.8 - all along my bike commute, just like the boats above

Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, polarizer, handheld, custom red filter conversion







looking down the lake front (big dollar apartment buildings), our chancellor has the top left corner penthouse on that shiny corrugated aluminum tower which really creates moire once scaled down

Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, Compensation: -1/3 polarizer, handheld, custom yellow filter conversion









towards the capitol, but hidden, red filter again

Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, Compensation: -1/3 polarizer, handheld, custom red filter conversion










jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6134
Country: United States

Managed to get out last night for an hour or so since the weather was interesting.

Only Nikkors I had were the 400/5.6, 45/2.8P, and 16/3.5.

Guess which one this is



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

John, love your moody Puget Sound shot! I like how the clouds are hanging low in front of the mountains.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
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Country: Germany

Peter, I like the second B&W-shot a lot. Very nice conversion and a (to me) appealing framing.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

Laura, thanks for your comments!
The N90s (F90x over here) is a very capable camera, underrated for sure (the second-hand market prices are a joke, sometimes these are sold for 29 or 39 Euros). I had two of these for a while (still have one) and while they feel a bit plasticky, they work like horses, not ponies ;-)
D76 is for sure a good choice as developer for HP5plus.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3489
Country: Germany

After some soccer in pouring rain I had to shoot a track-meeting today. Time for a little bit of fun with the PC 85/2.8D...
Except for shot #1 these are not cropped. Played with a Fuji Superia 400-preset in ColorEfex to get an old-time-look


D700, PC 85/2.8D tilted, wide open, effective aperture f/3.8

The shot above was my starting point, wasn't happy with the background and moved to a different location:

This one is all too tightly framed, but I like the concentrated look - D3s, PC 85/2.8D wide open too


Playing with the wet location - somehow I like abstracts like this ;-)



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