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leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9458
Country: United States

deang001 wrote:
leighton w wrote:

Jose - Thanks again for the lens comparison. These are very helpful and I wish there was a way we could make them "stickies".


That would be a good idea ... even a "search thread" function would be nice.

I guess the only sort of way to have something remotely like a sticky would be for Curtis to add links in the first post ... just a thought. I've seen this done effectively in other forums where the thread gets massive.

There's some extremely useful info in this thread and I have seen this thread referred to in other sites such as DPR and the like when questions about MF lenses come up.


That's a great idea Dean. But it would take a bit of work for Curtis. Imagine though, if we had the tests from Jose and the others who've done them, not to mention the reviews, how much help this would be to everyone interested in Nikon MF lenses. It would be one of if not the best resource on the internet for these lenses!



deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1563
Country: China

Trying to learn Silver Efex ... I found some tutorials but I'm too lazy Just starting with the neutral setting and experimenting.

These are from Siem Reap, Cambodia .. posted these or very similar before I think. All taken with the 180/2.8 Ai-S.

The 180/2.8 is a heavy lens to carry on vacation, but it always seems to take my favourite images. It's so worth carrying around.


DSC_2451.B&W by deang0001, on Flickr


DSC_2444.B&W by deang0001, on Flickr


DSC_1971.B&W by deang0001, on Flickr



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2125
Country: United States

deang001 wrote:
leighton w wrote:

Jose - Thanks again for the lens comparison. These are very helpful and I wish there was a way we could make them "stickies".


That would be a good idea ... even a "search thread" function would be nice.

I guess the only sort of way to have something remotely like a sticky would be for Curtis to add links in the first post ... just a thought. I've seen this done effectively in other forums where the thread gets massive.

There's some extremely useful info in this thread and I have seen this thread referred to in other sites such as DPR and the like when questions about MF lenses come up.


stickies are a feature of forum software. They seem to be possible on this board, but are quite rare. The vote for assignment winners threads are an example. Administrators set the sticky thread value.

To find things in this thread, I sometimes take the main thread URL and use that in Google to restrict my results (e.g. search term followed by site :http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565)



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2642
Country: Brazil

Thanks Ray, Samy and Leighton.

Leighton, a very partial solution is my set on flickr with all my tests:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/sets/

Philip, loved the umbrella isolation;

Dean, great work with the 180/2.8 ED.


Yesterday we made a short "expedition" on my University campus to capture epiphytes images. I used almost exclusively Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5:


_D6A3170 by labecoaves, on Flickr

Leaf details of a fern epiphyte; I suppose the zoom was at > 100mm position.
D600 = Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5 ais hand held, ISO 500, f/8 at 1/320s; ~15% cropped.



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1475
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Thanks Ray, Samy and Leighton.

Leighton, a very partial solution is my set on flickr with all my tests:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/sets/

Philip, loved the umbrella isolation;

Dean, great work with the 180/2.8 ED.


Yesterday we made a short "expedition" on my University campus to capture epyphites images. I used almost exclusively Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5:


_D6A3170 by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 = Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5 ais hand held, ISO 500, f/8 at 1/320s; ~15% cropped.

Beautifiul Jose, I want to move to Brasil, or Toronto, or Sidney, or Aix en Provence, or Piemonte, maybe Barcelona, or Hong Kong, or good old Frisco, Tampa? ..... Escondido is too Escondido.



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1475
Country: United States

Have to go to the Post office and get the 'new' 5.8cm. In the meantime some old shots I think were never posted before as they were set to private on flickr, but are now declassified , the LPD 20 USS Green Bay arriving for the first time to San Diego a couple of years back, 50-300mm ED, raining, D3. I did get a lot of attention pointing my bigger lenses towards Naval Air Station North Island, but nothing a friendly conversation with the park rangers would not settle, I keep saying that the 50-300mm is the ideal can't move around medium to large event lens, its image quality is as good as anything else I know,

Taken from point loma, cabrillo national monument, tip of San Diego bay, that is mr Cabrillo on the right, he broke a leg on one of the channel islands and died shortly after.


LPD 20 arriving _005_San Diego by Rafael CA, on Flickr


LPD 20 arriving _006_San Diego by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The black marks on the side are Panama canal Scratches, they were quicly buffed out on arrival


LPD 20 arriving _010_San Diego by Rafael CA, on Flickr



philipj
Registered: Dec 01, 2010
Total Posts: 851
Country: Switzerland

Thanks Leighton and Jose!

Dean, how do you like Silver efex? For now I'm content to play around with the black and white tools in Aperture, but I figure it's a case of not knowing what I'm missing out on.



LarryM
Registered: Feb 05, 2004
Total Posts: 299
Country: United States

All of my Series E's are like new and for a total investment of less than $100 for 3 lenses I figured I couldn't go wrong. The 100mm is a great lens when used with my Nikon 1 V1. It becomes a very light weight 270mm f/2.8.


jhinkey wrote:
I just sold my 100/2.8 Series E - too many 100-ish primes about, so this one had to go.

105/2.5 AIS
90/3.5 CV AI-P
135/3.5 and 135/2 AIS

I was kind of saving the 100/2.8E for my m43 GH-2, but I needed to clear thing up a bit.

I did buy an F-to-m43 mount converter so I could use my Nikkors on my GH-2 - especially for video as I absolutely hate using my D800 for video unless it's on a tripod . . .





pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2125
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote: I keep saying that the 50-300mm is the ideal can,t move around medium to large event lens, its image quality is as good as anything else I know,


Rafael,
I remember pressing my nose against the photo shop window in the 1980s when I first saw this impressive lens. Because of budget considerations I later bought a Tokina 50-250mm instead, which I used for many years and just recently gave to a friend. Clearly not the same class of glass, but it was in my budget and delivered thousands of decent images when having a long zoom range was key. Later I used the Canon 35-350 L lens a lot, which on that platform became my favorite walk around lens. However, I do prefer the handling of push-pull zooms when I actually use them.







Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4039
Country: South Africa

Phillippe - I like the Palais image a lot

Ronny - lock up your daughter! Beautiful pics

Curtis - another perfect rose

Larry - welcome and a great start

Ron - I like the frog a lot

Philip - how much of that flare is due to the lens and how much due to the angle of the sun. #2 is very good. The B&W houses is well seen and captured

Georg - the latest series is great and the sculpture interesting

Jose - the leaf patterns would be amazing as a mcro shot!



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 746
Country: Poland

rafaelcasd wrote:
Have to go to the Post office and get the 'new' 5.8cm. In the meantime some old shots I think were never posted before as they were set to private on flickr, but are now declassified , the LPD 20 USS Green Bay arriving for the first time to San Diego a couple of years back, 50-300mm ED, raining, D3.



Nice shots Rafael,

That lens holds up a lot of detail



I did get a lot of attention pointing my bigger lenses towards Naval Air Station North Island, but nothing a friendly conversation with the park rangers would not settle, I keep saying that the 50-300mm is the ideal can,t move around medium to large event lens, its image quality is as good as anything else I know,


Amazing how many things can be much better settled with a friendly conversation than any other method.



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 746
Country: Poland

A few from the 180mm f2.8 - it's a fantastic lens! I hope tomorrow or Sunday to try it to try some Ronny style damselfly shots.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Philip nice work with the 50mm 1.2
Dean very cool shots especially the last one
Jose the patterns in those leaves are amazing. Nice capture
Rafael that last shot is super special
Mark that last shot really shines!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9458
Country: United States

Dean - Love your set from Cambodia!

Mark - Nice looking Peacock.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13177
Country: United States

I'd like to remind folks who find particular posts useful or inspiring, that you can always bookmark the post and maintain your own folder to easily access them. Of course, this subject always raises the intriguing possibility of creating a wiki that focuses on such things. We haven't gotten there so I trust we still find FM a suitable location for this conversation. There are so many things to like about this website that I couldn't image moving anywhere else. I guess we could say "it it ain't broke... don't try to fix it." Yes, we seem to have a bit of a reputation with references to this thread appearing on other photography site. While we can't offer a well organized presentation about these great lenses, we certainly offer a friendly place where folks who are curious can explore. I'm in conversation with someone at the moment who has followed this thread from the beginning. Although he hasn't made an appearance, he's slowly built a kit of MF Nikkors and is enjoying them immensely. I've no doubt that those who actually participate on this thread represent a small minority of those who actually follow it and rely on opinions expressed here in both words and photos. Well done everyone!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13177
Country: United States

Leighton... shouldn't you be out helping Barbara harvest produce for the tomorrow's market? Are you slacking off again?



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13177
Country: United States

Dean, I'm with you man. I have a hard time picking up an instructional manual or searching out videos. I guess I've learned the lesson that with non-destructive processing I can make a thousand mistakes and still recover from them. After using recommended styles on SEP I began experimenting as you are doing. We are very fortunate that we have Georg participating on this thread because he is both a very fine photographer, but his post processing skills are exceptional and he loves using Silver Efex Pro. Simply seeing what he's done can lead me to try different approaches to processing. So we learn by doing. Nothing could be finer. I definitely am enjoying your play thus far, though that first set of images felt a bit dark to me. The 180 yields enough contrast that even though the set above is a bit dark as well, they work for me. I'm just delighted you found time in your busy schedule to hang out with us once again. Your absence is always noted...



rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 856
Country: United States

This is what you call putting a dent in my lens budget! Or this really sucks. The leaning walnut finally succumbed to all the rain. It was growing into the bank of the creek behind the house and leaning considerably. I thought about having it cut down. I forget that thought. 16mm 3.5 Fish on the D7000



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3460
Country: Germany

Kevin, Leighton and Peter from Knysna - thanks for your comments on my recent shots!

Dean and Curtis, Silver Efex is a wonderful tool, it's well worth spending some time to learn how to use it. I have yet to learn a lot when it comes to B&W-processing, but it's great fun for me.
That said, I will try to find a good in-camera B&W-setting for a more homogeneous look (will try to shoot some entry-level street-stuff). So far my results when using Silver Efex are too mixed (different tonings, borders, styles).

Dean, I like your set from Siem Reap a lot. Just like Curtis I find the tones a bit too dark. If you have any questions about Silver Efex, please write me a PM or contact me via Flickr. I'm not an expert, but have played with SEP2 for a year now ;-)
The 180/2.8ED is one of my favorite MF-Nikkors right now. In my opinion my converted Apo-Telyt-R 180/3.4 is a better performer, but it doesn't handle well on my Nikons.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3460
Country: Germany

Mark, very nice work with the 180! I like especially the last shot - well done!

Rafael, nice to see a ship among all the flowers and birds here A high-quality zoom like your 50-300 works perfectly for shoots like this. Do they have to use a special "stealth"-paint to "buff out" the canal marks?

Jose, thanks for your 85mm-bokeh-test! The fern epiphyte looks great in this light.

Philip, as usual very nice work with your 50/1.2: "Black&White" is well seen and captured, the umbrella kinda funny - it seems to be pretty dry ;-)




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