Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4813
Country: China

philipj wrote:
Happy manual focus anniversary everyone!

rattymouse wrote:
I must say, after a day shooting my 24mm f/2 AIS lens on a DSLR, I am impressed at how well you guys focus. It is NOT easy. Not while doing street photography. I struggled mightily with it although did get some nice results. But it is not as relaxing as I might like it to be. I struggle to believe going full frame makes this so much better.


The difference between the DX and FX viewfinders is actually remarkable. I really can pick out a lot more with an FX (D700) finder, even with the stock viewglass, than I ever could with my old D80. Night and day. With DX it was almost guessing, particularly with the super fast glass like the 50mm f/1.2.


I have to believe you as the images in this thread show, not much missed focus. I doubt folks would be happy a lot if they had to struggle the way I did today.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2122
Country: United States

some still warm off the presses panorama stitches, all with the 20mm f/3.5 AI on D600, handheld and processed in photoshop


Trail Crest at Mount Whitney, about a 270 degree view southwest to southeast
Link to Photosynth version








Silver Pass on the Muir Trail, looking north at the Ritter range in the hazy blue distance (smoke from fires)







Looking back at the Tioga Pass area on Yosemite from Koip Peak at Yosemite's south-eastern corner







same place just a little higher up to include Mono Lake on the right (the lake with island near the horizon), also more frames for more than 180 degrees







smaller stitch at Marie Lake, somewhere in the middle of Ansel Adams Wilderness









CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13165
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:
One more from here on the hill around the appointed time. Taken with the 28/2.8 AI-s which doesn't find it's way on my camera very often. Looks like our grapes are ready to harvest.


28/2.8 AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



Love this composition Leighton. Happy anniversary!


A big +1 on this shot Leighton. You are rocking with that 28mm 2.8 lately!


Couldn't agree more. This is a really fine capture Leighton. Love the composition and your choice to shoot wide open. Very inviting.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13165
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
As promised, to complement the "telephoto porn", one of the best bird shots delivered by each one of those lenses:



Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS EDIF:


Savanna Hawk "taking off" by labecoaves, on Flickr

Savanna Hawk "taking off".
D7000 + Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS EDIF + tripod, ISO 320 f/8 at 1/2000s. ~ 35% cropped. The hawk was +40 metres away.


Love this one Jose


Out of this world... Amazing that in our humble thread we should have such outstanding photos of birds as you offer us quite regularly. I know this is your love, your career and that photography is essential to what you do. But the fact you've chosen to shoot these beautiful creatures with manual focus lenses is a rare treat for all of us. I love your work Jose and I really appreciate your curiosity about the technical side of the craft. You and John keep us honest with your inquiries and explanations. I'm so glad you found this thread and continue to share your work with all of us.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13165
Country: United States

designdog wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
my favourite MF lens - the incomparable 55mm f1.2 SC

ben

Lens porn at it's best


Ray:

I have been looking at one of those. Don't you have to have it converted before you can use it on a D800?


Ben got me hooked on the 55 f/1.2 quite some time ago. I first bought the last version of the lens, an AI. I mention that simply because if you want this focal length and speed, you can get it without having to worry about converting the aperture ring. The optical formula of the AI is the same as the pre-AI S.C. I did sell my AI lens to a person on this thread who hasn't posted in some time, then bought a very clean copy of the older S.C. lens that had the Nikon AI conversion kits already installed. I did that not because I expected better performance but because I wanted to experience shooting with an all metal lens with a scalloped focusing ring. I bought an EX+ lens on E-Bay for $375.

Unless you're absolutely committed to a pre-AI lens, I'd suggest you stay away from them. They can become very addictive, as I've recently noted. After buying that first lens I quite remarkably bought another FOURTEEN of them. They are beautiful to look at a pure pleasure in the hand. I count the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd as among my favorite lenses.

I note that KEH has an AI version in EX+ condition for $479 which is more than I paid but for what they offer in terms of warranty and service that might not be a bad way to go. They list an AI-s version which simply doesn't exist. They have a converted S lens, but that is an earlier version that did not have the "coating" which appeared in the S.C. The S.C. they have is not converted and there are no conversion rings available for this lens, so it would be necessary to cut down the aperture ring. I don't recommend that to my friends, but I know others on this thread feel differently about that.

Kit building is forever Dave. The only question is how much money do you want to spend to add lenses...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13165
Country: United States

Last night I attended a birthday celebration for a friend and spent a bit of time chatting with another friend, George, whom I've mentioned a number of times. His birthday gift to our mutual friend was a hot off the presses copy of the Sierra Club Engagement Calendar that features one of his photos on the cover...


I had my camera with the 85 f/1.4 AI-s attached and we shot photos of one another that I then converted in Silver Efex Pro 2. Here is what a couple of old guys look like at a birthday party for another old guy...




A good time was had by all...



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

Sky was really cool last night after the cold front began to move through. Taken with the 28 2.8 AI-S



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2122
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote: I note that KEH has an AI version in EX+ condition for $479 which is more than I paid but for what they offer in terms of warranty and service that might not be a bad way to go.

Just to point out how large the price range on these is: I paid $276 for my EX condition 55mm Nikkor-S factory AI'd on ebay after looking for about 3 months for something that wasn't priced like a collectible Ferrari.

Warranty? Unless broken on arrival, there's not much can break. I dropped mine on concrete from 3 feet with D600 and grip attached and other than some scuffs on the filter no problems on anything. They don't make lenses like this anymore.


taken with my budget 55mm f/1.2 - not sure if the first one was posted here already, but I like the contrast with the new image below


















pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2122
Country: United States

a lonely 105mm shot from my trip - eastern Colorado, about 30 miles outside of Denver about 3 weeks ago on our way west

f/4.0 1/320s ISO 400









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

Ever notice how these kinds of images with little factory rings make Curtis giddy?



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3551
Country: Singapore

This building was just next to our motel, and found it rather interesting
The road slopes down, it had a cutesy metal-craft dog and rubbish bin in front
With tons of pigeons roosting up above
Those are not pebbles on the front step...
I 'saw' it in colour first - bright red doors and blue skies

45PCE from across the street, with some shift dialed in



big brolly by Zichar, on Flickr


*And thanks georg, very high praise coming from you


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Wow !! Great set Ben
Great shot Jose ,Ray, Kevin, Peter in Wi , and Dylan



D700 + Nikkor 28 f2.8 ai-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

D700 + Nikkor 28 f2.8 ai-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

D700 + Nikkor 28 f2.8 ai-s by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


Man, I just love your post work... I wish I could have a workflow/how-to from your flower processing.


+1 Ronny. These are terrific.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

saph wrote:
I think the anniversary has prompted all the posters in the last few days to really lift the bar way above its already high levels!

Not much chance at all to capture anything in the last couple days, much less touch the camera and lenses except for a few minutes this am.

One thing I have found enjoyment (other than the amazing quality and camaraderie on the thread) is trying to go back in time to get hold of lenses that were way in the beginning, when Nikon still measured in cm, and seeing how they do on the D800.

Here's two sets of three each.

From left, the 5.8 cm 1.4 S, 2.8cm 3.5 H and 5cm 2 S. Photo taken with the Nikki clone, 85 1.8 HC.






The 13.5 cm 3.5 Q in the middle, with its two minders, the 10.5 cm 2.5 P 9-blade version on the left and the 10.5 cm 2.5 P 6-blade version on the right. Taken with the 5.8 cm 1.4 S.






Beautiful lenses!


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
some still warm off the presses panorama stitches, all with the 20mm f/3.5 AI on D600, handheld and processed in photoshop


Trail Crest at Mount Whitney, about a 270 degree view southwest to southeast









Wonderful series Peter. I really like the first.


designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 198
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
some still warm off the presses panorama stitches, all with the 20mm f/3.5 AI on D600, handheld and processed in photoshop


Trail Crest at Mount Whitney, about a 270 degree view southwest to southeast








Silver Pass on the Muir Trail, looking north at the Ritter range in the hazy blue distance (smoke from fires)







Looking back at the Tioga Pass area on Yosemite from Koip Peak at Yosemite's south-eastern corner







same place just a little higher up to include Mono Lake on the right (the lake with island near the horizon), also more frames for more than 180 degrees







smaller stitch at Marie Lake, somewhere in the middle of Ansel Adams Wilderness










Peter - fabulous. Maybe I can do something with my copy of that lens! Are you using a polarizer with these? If so, what kind?

Thanks.


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

Zichar wrote:
This building was just next to our motel, and found it rather interesting
The road slopes down, it had a cutesy metal-craft dog and rubbish bin in front
With tons of pigeons roosting up above
Those are not pebbles on the front step...
I 'saw' it in colour first - bright red doors and blue skies

45PCE from across the street, with some shift dialed in



big brolly by Zichar, on Flickr


*And thanks georg, very high praise coming from you

Nicely done Chin.


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4330
Country: United States

This is a test. Image taken with D7000 and 105 2.8 ais micro. Transferred to an iPad. Processed in photogene. Uploaded to here. Thanks for looking.
Scott



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7749
Country: United States

When I looked, it was way back on page 7....

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1236055 is the listing if anyone wants to peek

Oosty wrote:
So far a very limited response to my ad for the 28 3.5 PC Nikkor which Simon put up on the Buy Sell board 2 days ago. If anyone is interested please PM me.



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2122
Country: United States

designdog wrote: Peter - fabulous. Maybe I can do something with my copy of that lens! Are you using a polarizer with these? If so, what kind?

Thanks.


Thanks David. I think a polarizer was on the lens for all of these panos (Marumi Linear PL - $10 on ebay.

It is a really fat filter and vignettes badly on the 20mm, but the stitching removes the black corners. For single images, I remove them with content aware fill. I was just too lazy to put the nice 72mm Marumi circular polarizer on the 20mm, even though I brought the adapter for it. I just left it on the zoom for the entire tirp.

There's quite a color difference between this lens and the 24-85mm VR when using these different polarizers, so my wibal card got a lot of use this summer.

I really like the Marumi Super DHG circular, which is probably the best polarizer I ever used.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9455
Country: United States

Thanks for the comments guys!

Samy - I like your graveyard shot.

RM - Love the feet.

Chin - Good choice to convert this one, good eye.

Scott - Looks like that process work very well, I like it.

Curtis - Looks like you had a nice time at the party.



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