Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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When our paths cross on the board Donald, I know I'm up too late, unless of course you're traveling and perhaps in this country for a visit. I have a friend in the Netherlands whom I'll be visiting in early September and when we contact one another on Skype it is invariably her getting ready for bed as I enjoy my day or me getting ready for bed as she gets ready for work. It is about that time...

I wanted to comment on these photos before doing so. I love them both. That the second was taken with a long, slow lens from a moving boat makes it all the more impressive. But then I've really enjoyed all the images you've posted with this unusual lens. As I mentioned, it was stumbling on one such image that led me to your photostream where I searched out all of them. That is a strange, marvelous lens.

I love the first photo as well. The tight composition with the two boats, one sharply rendered, the other softly blurred against that gorgeous backdrop. It is a long time since I last visited Venice but these distinctive facades stay in my mind. I also recall vividly the pedestrians rushing to work in the morning along narrow walkways between buildings at a pace that was remarkable for someone leisurely enjoying the place. Venice surely is one of the magical places on this planet.

Now to bed... Thanks for posting your work!



Robb Mann
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The 50 f1.2 is quickly becoming my favorite lens. It's so easy to focus and so versatile on the D700.



CGrindahl
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David Baldwin wrote:
I love my Nikkor 28mm f3.5 PC, a wonderful lens no one else on FM appears to use, sadly?


Glory hallelujah! What a great shot.

I note, however, that you're shooting with Canon gear which makes you "ineligible" for our little celebration since you already have a forum where you can share your photos taken with this lens... the Alternative Gear forum. Those of us shooting Nikon can't post a photo on that board using that lens since it is native to our cameras. That was the whole reason I created this thread, to give us a chance to share our excitement at the oldies but goodies produced by Nikon. I won't "report" you to Fred however since this is all in fun...



CGrindahl
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Robb Mann wrote:
The 50 f1.2 is quickly becoming my favorite lens. It's so easy to focus and so versatile on the D700.


I'm looking forward to seeing what you're doing with the lens Robb. Come join the fun!

Here's another shot taken last night, this one with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s. This one demonstrates one of the challenges of shooting at night when bright lights wash out some areas while others are lost in shadow.







NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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Some quick playing indoors today. Only problem I had is that the cats wanted to help too and kept checking out the tripod that they've seen a gazillion times already.

Anyhow, for my first test subject, I used a box. with label on the side, distance from front of lens to box given with each set, resampled on first image, center crop on second..





12mm tube + 200 = 51.25 inches from box





20mm tube + 200 = 47 inches from box





36mm tube + 200 = 37.75 inches from box





Full set + 200 = 31.5 inches from box





Let me know if you want something a little more colorful than that.


CGrindahl wrote:
NightOwl Cat wrote:
I have a set and the 200 f/4 AI-s. I'll have to give it a whirl tomorrow and see how it works...

You know what you may be right. I've looked at them previously and just figured with a 150EX Sigma I have my macro covered anyway, although still to play with some real close ups with various lenses might be worth looking at again.



I'd love to see what you get with that lens and a tube. Have fun playing!





CGrindahl
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What I really want to know is when will you be serving Margaritas?

If I interpret what you've done with this demo it suggests that with the tubes one can get closer to the subject, and hence, produce a larger in focus image. It doesn't enhance the capacity of the lens to render a sharper image, simply a closer view. Right?



CGrindahl
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I took a friend shopping for new glasses and brought my camera to occupy myself while she inquired about the fine points of all things to do with lenses and frames. I gave her my feedback, but there was only so much I could do... so I took a few photos with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s mounted.



CGrindahl
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After a remarkably cool summer the Bay Area is experiencing a heat wave with temperature at the moment of 104 degrees. It was a good time to find a bit of shade.









NightOwl Cat
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I knew that was coming, , but sorry, the box is full of used textbooks. Yup as to what the tubes do, but it is so much fun. Excuse the AF lens on the crocus, hand held in the front yard this spring.

85mm f1.8 AF-D






CGrindahl wrote:
What I really want to know is when will you be serving Margaritas?

If I interpret what you've done with this demo it suggests that with the tubes one can get closer to the subject, and hence, produce a larger in focus image. It doesn't enhance the capacity of the lens to render a sharper image, simply a closer view. Right?



CGrindahl
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
...Excuse the AF lens on the crocus, hand held in the front yard this spring.


And here I was looking for a shot from the 85 f/2 AI-s that has been tantalizing me of late...

I may pick up tubes at some point, though like DJ I'm much in love with the Sigma 150. Here is a flower taken with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s at f/2 this afternoon. I took a long bike ride earlier today, but at the moment I'm trying to stay cool away from the west windows. The temp last time I checked was 105!







rexx714
Registered: Apr 26, 2010
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111 by Son V Hanoi, on Flickr
Nikon 28mm f2 ais ZF
nice pic spentomuch.....



CGrindahl
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spentomuch wrote:
D700 + 105 ais
Fore give the exposure, this was before I put the lens the cam so no metering and well I missed, but I still like it = Granddaughter


Any photo of a granddaughter is worthy of celebration. I die for those sparkling eyes. Amazing to realize that each of us was once that innocent... We'll have to start another thread to figure what happened.

I LOVE this lens, needless to say since I started a thread celebrating it a few days ago. Now it is competing for time on my camera, but you can count on the fact it will be part of the relatively small kit I take with me next week when I head to Rotterdam for a visit with a photographer friend. Frankly, I think I'd be more than happy with the 28, 50 and 105 AI-s lenses and nothing else.



CGrindahl
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rexx714 wrote:

nice pic spentomuch.....


Lovely shot but not quite what I had in mind when I started this thread, which is devoted to manual focus lenses manufactured by Nikon. I don't doubt that everyone recognizes the Zeiss 28 f/2 ZF as a fine lens, but I'm trying to give those with Nikon glass an opportunity to show it off...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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I shot with the 135 f/2.8 AI a couple of nights ago and got this at ISO 6400. The Silver Peso is a biker bar in an upscale commercial district in the midst of one of the wealthiest towns in Marin County, a real anachronism. It is clearly a popular haunt with folks hanging outside to have a smoke now that California has laws that prohibit smoking even in bars and restaurants. It was a mile evening, so no one was complaining. A few folks were curious about my walking around in the dark taking photos...

Across the street a fine Italian restaurant offers all you can eat lobster on Monday evenings... Two blocks to the south is a restaurant that at one time was considered one of the finest in northern California, Lark Creek Inn. Go figure!







dj dunzie
Registered: Aug 14, 2006
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CGrindahl wrote:
The Silver Peso is a biker bar in an upscale commercial district in the midst of one of the wealthiest towns in Marin County, a real anachronism. It is clearly a popular haunt with folks hanging outside to have a smoke now that California has laws that prohibit smoking even in bars and restaurants

Across the street a fine Italian restaurant offers all you can eat lobster on Monday evenings... Two blocks to the south is a restaurant that at one time was considered one of the finest in northern California, Lark Creek Inn. Go figure!


So what I wanna know is...

... which restaurant did YOU eat in ??



CGrindahl
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dj dunzie wrote:

So what I wanna know is...

... which restaurant did YOU eat in ??


All of them at one time or another. That is what comes from spending twenty years in a place. Of course, the Lark Creek Inn is out of business, so that is off the books. And there is DJ's... interesting... an outstanding Chinese restaurant also across the street from the Silver Peso. This is Marin, where folks love to go out for dinner. The photo I shared yesterday of the Left Bank represents ANOTHER restaurant in downtown Larkspur. It is a French style cafe and is wonderful as well.

But my FAVORITE food is either Thai or Indian. One of the joys about living in the SF Bay area is the incredible array of outstanding food from around the world. But this evening I'm attending a small birthday celebration and the food will be prepared by a graduate of the Culinary Academy in New York whose father is 88 today. Mmm good!



CGrindahl
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Dinner is about to be served... Shot with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s at f/2. The birthday party was a big success.







And a closeup of the salad before it was dressed and brought to the table.







Apologies... I removed the album with these photos included.


Gary Sommer
Registered: Apr 21, 2007
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600 f5.6 on D1X





Gary



hlavo
Registered: Jul 07, 2009
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And then there are some of us with eyes so old and so bad that AF is a blessing. But having used and sold both a 105/2.5 and a 135/2, I can appreciated the quality of the photos and the quality of the focusing experience these lens offer. Nice shots, folks.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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hlavo wrote:
And then there are some of us with eyes so old and so bad that AF is a blessing. But having used and sold both a 105/2.5 and a 135/2, I can appreciated the quality of the photos and the quality of the focusing experience these lens offer. Nice shots, folks.


I think the key, at least for those of us shooting digital, is to have either one of the D3 models or the D700 with their bright viewfinders. It certainly helps my eyes, which will begin their seventieth year the end of September.... I shudder at the thought.



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