Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

Buddy, I agree that the 55 is a very versatile lens. No doubt that is one of the reasons it finds its way to my camera so often. I've used the 50 f/1.2 AI-s as a walk around lens when traveling, which frankly surprised me a bit since I've not historically been a big fan of that focal length. In fact, I'm much more likely to go 50 that 35. My 35 f/1.4 AI-s is a bit of an orphan since it seldom gets out to play. That is especially so now that I've been smitten with converted pre-AI lenses, including the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd. I doubt I'll buy a pre-AI 35 f/1.4 both because it doesn't seem to attract my attention and because lose lenses when found converted and in excellent shape are very pricey.

Kit building is eternal in large measure because it is ever intriguing while on the hunt and satisfying once the hunt has come to an end. At the moment, I'm not doing ANY hunting... now I need to get out in the field with my existing kit...

Lovely set Buddy. Enjoy yourself.



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
Total Posts: 2112
Country: Germany

Kit building is forever. I see that now

In m kit at the moment,

28mm f2.8 Ai
50mm f1.4 S.C
50mm f2 Ai
55mm f3.5 Ai
55mm f1.2 S.C
105mm f2.5 P.C
PN-11 extension ring
PK-13 extension ring
In the back an 80-200 f4 Ai-S
200-600 f9.5 non-Ai (still fits and works nicely on my D300. Im not sure whether it was converted or is supposed to be like this)



In the front are the 3 latest additions to my set of MF lenses. From left to right:
55mm f1.2 S.C Nikkor Ai machined to fit
50mm f1.4 S.C Nikkor with Ai conversion kit
105 f2.5 P.C Nikkor with Ai conversion kit





The front element on the 50mm f1.4 S.C has quite a few minor scratches. It still is a nice performer though.

The 55 and 105 look pretty well rocked but the glass on both is like new and mechanically both work perfectly fine



Not only can those lenses produce really nice images, they also look great mounted on a camera



Even though I never really thought I needed a 50mm lens I ended up owning 4 lenses in this focal range.



From left to right:
50mm f1.4 S.C Nikkor
50mm f2.0 Ai Nikkor
55mm f3.5 Ai Nikkor
55mm f1.2 S.C Nikkor



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore

My friend suddenly dropped by with the components I ordered and I'm finally getting on with a new system... But I didn't get to back up nor figured out where I placed my discs. Ugh



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Finally got around to putting the 500 F4 P to some real work after many months. Got to Conowingo Dam, which is on the Susquehanna River less than an hour north of Baltimore. Lots of birds congregate for the fish on the downstream side of the dam, including eagles, herons, cormorants and tons of vultures. Last year I went about third week of November, which is around the peak.

I used the 500 by itself for most of the time, but the last few minutes I added the TC-301 for 1000mm focal length. From my observation, any loss of quality is probably more than made up by the ability to see those faraway subjects very clearly through the viewfinder at 1000mm, which helps in focusing.

These images are crops, all at 1000mm. The first two are at the dam, which from google maps is about 1100-1200 feet away and is diagonally across the river from where the tripods and the graybeards line up. I am sure my beard will turn fully gray trying to get up to their skill level

Eagle and Heron in peaceful coexistence:






A few minutes later, the eagle had grabbed the heron's spot.






And this heron is on the rocks at Rowland Island, which is in the middle of the river, and about 500-550 feet distance.







Like Curtis says, it was indeed kind of fun to watch the heron and its blue beak color come into focus through 1000mm of glass

Will need to repeat this trip in November, when the birds, especially the eagles, are at their peak number. Of course at that time parking and tripod space is a bit more limited





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

Buddy I love to see lens porn and you have a great kit. No doubt that you have a case of NMFLAS! Great worK with the 50mm 1.2






Curtis I love the chess set photo. Bokeh at it's best!
Tom great work with the 50mm 1.2 and the subway shot is great!
Steve the sky photo with the clouds is perfect!
Jay you blew me away with your photo. Such colors and very nicely done! Please bring that lens when you come because I would love to try it out


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

I had a few Patrons last night so I am staying close to home today
These photos were taken from my balcony using the 300mm 4.5 EDIF with a TC-14A attached in DX mode. 630mm The cattle egret was prowling for a meal by our little pond and looks like he made quite a catch







kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4678
Country: United States

Hey Buddy! Definitely nice kit. The 200-600 does not need to be AI converted since the aperture doesn't interface with the camera at all. Stop down metering only. Does yours have the close up lens? My old job has one, enjoyed playing with it.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Its not fair Ray you peek outside from your balcony and get those beautiful avian shots. I have to drive an hour away and even then 1000mm is not enough j/k Ray, love that last one of the egret with its leggy meal, terrific shot!!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Beautiful display Buddy. There's definitely a lot more in Nikon MF land that can further enhance the display

the solitaire wrote:
Kit building is forever. I see that now

In m kit at the moment,

28mm f2.8 Ai
50mm f1.4 S.C
50mm f2 Ai
55mm f3.5 Ai
55mm f1.2 S.C
105mm f2.5 P.C
PN-11 extension ring
PK-13 extension ring
In the back an 80-200 f4 Ai-S
200-600 f9.5 non-Ai




saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Tom, I am limited by what I can get PSE to do in terms of B&W conversion, but I will definitely give that a shot.


rattymouse wrote:
saph wrote:




I suspect this one could make a great monochrome image.




saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Enjoyable bokeh by Tom and Ray, and the chess set by Curtis!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Buddy, great results and explanation of how you are leveraging the 55 1.2's field curvature property.

In my 5.8cm 1.4S, the infinity focus never happens, i.e. I turn the focus ring to the farthest point it can go before the hard stop, while focusing on a very distant subject, and the focus dot never shows up, as if it the lens is not calibrated to focus to infinity. Haven't tried to look at results scientifically to see if distant areas never achieve focus in the image. But I wonder if that is potentially similar to what you see effectively in your copy of the 55 1.2.



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

Thanks Samy I love the eagle shot - great timing!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

Some from the market today with the 50/1.2 AIS.


This was done in Color Efex Pro.


50/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



50/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr


This is one of my good friends.


50/1.2 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



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

Leighton great work with the 50mm 1.2. You make that lens shine, especially the little boy's smile. Very nice!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

Thanks Ray. I enjoyed seeing your work with the 85/1.4, as well as the 300. That last one with the frog in the beak was great!



HCE HCE
Registered: Apr 15, 2012
Total Posts: 864
Country: United States

Leighton - Wonderful image of something that looks like carrots. Wow!
Ray - That is quite a mouthful. Great detail in the bird.
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We are having a very warm day - with harsh light, so I thought this was cooling.





24mm PC-E 4 exposure pano
-Jay-


deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1793
Country: China

leighton w wrote:
Some from the market today with the 50/1.2 AIS.


This was done in Color Efex Pro.



This is one of my good friends.



Great work, Leighton. You are going to have fun with the new software



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2486
Country: United States


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 chapel by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 chapel crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2486
Country: United States


nikon nikkor 55mm 1.2 sc D3 silouette by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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