Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

saph wrote:
I don't need any more lenses. I don't need any more lenses. <Trying to not read John's glowing recommendation on the 45 P>

Nikon FG, with the 10.5cm f2.5 lens mounted. Taken with the D800 + 55 1.2 S. Now wait, how do I know the images of door knobs and magazines I took today were in focus, correct exposure, the depth of field I was looking for, heck even a reasonable composition How did us humans survive for so long without instant gratification??


NikonFG by maryland_photos, on Flickr



Samy, part of the fun of using film-cameras is the excitement when pulling the freshly developed* film out of the spool/tank. In some cases shooting with vintage gear is such a great experience that the pictorial output is never as nice as the joy while handling well-crafted old gear. I'm a weirdo** in this matter, but sometimes I don't care for the final pictures - the process of shooting with a Leica M3, framing with that fantastic finder, the feel/haptic of this superbly engineered equipment is more important than looking at the pictures done with it.
I'm sure the same feelings can be achieved by using vintage Nikon-gear too.
Happy shooting, Georg ;-)

*) and properly fixed and rinsed
**) "a fondler" in the Leica-terminology



Mishu01
Registered: Nov 20, 2009
Total Posts: 2444
Country: Romania

saph wrote:
I think Ben's moved on to Leica (and maybe Zeiss?) I think Mihai may also be using other equipment?



No way! I'm just "trapped" into other things for now and for a time photography means to me reading FM and very little else... my gear is collecting dust... I really want to comment sometimes on some pictures here but there are so many great pictures deserving attention and I feel guilty to stop only for one...



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Mihai, I really hope we'll see some of your work here again soon. Maybe you can step out of your trap, but don't rush it ;-)



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9300
Country: United States

Thanks Reagan, I'm still around, but mostly lurking, since school is occupying 90% of my time now.

Reagan wrote:
Hey Ray, I was in Lakeland the other day on my way to Tampa and thought of you

Reagan

I think of how Laura, Rinie,Gregory,Alan,Tony and Brad aren't around anymore. Leo must be big now
Almost forgot Monty

Reagan



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9300
Country: United States

And Reagan, you've got a PM



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Leighton's permanent mantra about the 50-135/3.5 worked, but sadly I got out-bid on a nice example…

This site looks a bit bald without images, so here are just a few fresh snaps from neighbor's garden.
Nothing really nice, just some wide-open-snaps to check out the Ais 85/2's rendering.


D700 + 85/2 Ais wide-open - the soft rendering here might be result of some manually induced back-focus ;-/


bio-style tree-protection against small crawling and nibbling animals
bio-gardening is trendy over here


this tiny apple got trapped while trying to follow Newton's law…
D700 + 85/2 Ais wide-open at minimum focusing distance


D700 + 85/2 Ais wide-open at about minimum focusing distance



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12615
Country: United States

Great examples of the 85/2 Georg. I really like the apple in the fork image. Too bad about being outbid, keep trying.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5637
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Great examples of the 85/2 Georg. I really like the apple in the fork image. Too bad about being outbid, keep trying.


Georg, did you check to see if it was some guy from Virginia that outbid you?



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3758
Country: Singapore

Haha thanks thanks
I think what's really cool for when we travel to lesser known regions
And that we always try to look for local craftsmen and produce
We meet people who are truly passionate about what they do

>>

So twice in a single day!
My friend rattled off a list of Japanese meals
Yet none struck our fancy
Until my wife asked if it was possible to have a kaiseki dinner
A multi-course meal, each piece fashioned in small delectable morsels

I thought the guy was young for his age to come out and open his own traditional resto
In an age where fast food dominates and french/italian cuisine are considered top-of-the-line for the young
The place was quiet, with only two other tables filled with, as you would have it, elderly women
Yet the dinner was one of the best I've had
Maybe it's how the spotlights accentuate the furrows in his brow as he slices through fish
Threads bamboo skewers through octopi
Grills meat over a small tabletop charcoal broiler

We sat a bit aways so I brought out the... 135 2.8 AIS



hiring a hitman for yourself by Zichar, on Flickr


georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Leighton and Scott - I'll keep trying to find a modest-priced 50-135/3.5. But with an arsenal of about 3 dozen MF-Nikkor's I'm not in a hurry ;-) The 25-50/4 is another Zoom-Nikkor I'd love to try. The buy-it-now-prices and second-hand-dealer-offerings are too high for my taste, but sooner or later…

Chin, "Hiring a hitman for yourself" sounds like you like Finnish movies ;-) A very nice shot - I can feel the energy of the cook. Love the colors too.



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3758
Country: Singapore

Haha that's actually from a favorite Hong Kong movie of mine, must have watched it more than 50 times
God of Cookery by Stephen Chow
The full movie's available on youtube actually with english subs, not sure how well it would hold up that way though
Hiring a hitman for yourself is from the intro, 3m51s until to about 11m here:
http://youtu.be/CvTkp92Zt9I?t=3m51s



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12615
Country: United States

mp356 wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Great examples of the 85/2 Georg. I really like the apple in the fork image. Too bad about being outbid, keep trying.


Georg, did you check to see if it was some guy from Virginia that outbid you?


I already have two, thanks to you!



rick2906
Registered: Jan 04, 2013
Total Posts: 1364
Country: Canada

I have some really great news, I have some new visitors!! I installed a bird feeder about a month ago but nobody came to see me

Today, there was lots of them!! It will be cool to play with light, diffuser and flash set-up and do some extreme bird macro set-up!! :P



0jjcpa123
Registered: May 29, 2006
Total Posts: 72
Country: Canada

Are there somewhere in this super big thread talking about which Nikon body is the best for MF only lenses? D800 is over my budget. So D700 vs D610 or maybe APS-C?

Thanks, J



Mishu01
Registered: Nov 20, 2009
Total Posts: 2444
Country: Romania

georgms wrote:
Mihai, I really hope we'll see some of your work here again soon. Maybe you can step out of your trap, but don't rush it ;-)


You need some patience and tobacco... One day I'll be back, hopefully soon. In the meantime I'm enjoying your pictures...



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

Andy very nice display of flowers especially the cannonball!
Reagan is going to town with his new D7100 - Love it!
Thank you Ken and BTW what a beautiful golf course nicely displayed
Rafael you have some beautiful lenses. 20mm and 35mm are two of my favorites. The bird of paradise are terrific
Georg great work with the 85mm 2.0 that last photo is a stunner!
Chin great capture and great timing with the 135mm 2.8 which is my next scheduled walk around lens




leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12615
Country: United States

0jjcpa123 wrote:
Are there somewhere in this super big thread talking about which Nikon body is the best for MF only lenses? D800 is over my budget. So D700 vs D610 or maybe APS-C?

Thanks, J


Any of them that can meter with the AI/AIS lenses. The FF bodies are easier to focus with because of the larger viewfinders. I would say either the D600 or 700 would be ideal. If you tend to shoot long than a D7000/7100 would be good.



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

0jjcpa123 wrote:
Are there somewhere in this super big thread talking about which Nikon body is the best for MF only lenses? D800 is over my budget. So D700 vs D610 or maybe APS-C?

Thanks, J

Welcome J! I'm not sure there is a best. We have a few using the D200, D300, D700, D600 and D7000/7100's Personally I do believe that they shine on a FF body, but many get just as great results on a crop. I think you have to try them out to see which is best for you.



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

Here's one more from my 50mm 1.4.
I am following advice from our good friend Ray from Ohio in deciding whether to get the 50mm 1.2 or the 135mm 2.0 So I spent the day using my 50mm 1.4 and my 135mm 2.8 is next in line to see which I would prefer



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

georgms wrote:
saph wrote:
I don't need any more lenses. I don't need any more lenses. <Trying to not read John's glowing recommendation on the 45 P>

Nikon FG, with the 10.5cm f2.5 lens mounted. Taken with the D800 + 55 1.2 S. Now wait, how do I know the images of door knobs and magazines I took today were in focus, correct exposure, the depth of field I was looking for, heck even a reasonable composition How did us humans survive for so long without instant gratification??


NikonFG by maryland_photos, on Flickr



Samy, part of the fun of using film-cameras is the excitement when pulling the freshly developed* film out of the spool/tank. In some cases shooting with vintage gear is such a great experience that the pictorial output is never as nice as the joy while handling well-crafted old gear. I'm a weirdo** in this matter, but sometimes I don't care for the final pictures - the process of shooting with a Leica M3, framing with that fantastic finder, the feel/haptic of this superbly engineered equipment is more important than looking at the pictures done with it.
I'm sure the same feelings can be achieved by using vintage Nikon-gear too.
Happy shooting, Georg ;-)

*) and properly fixed and rinsed
**) "a fondler" in the Leica-terminology

Well said Georg and can I just add; "If you want to be a good photographer it is important that you take photos"



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