Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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Ken Hill
Registered: Jul 28, 2013
Total Posts: 1118
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Ken - I noticed you had the 70-180 macro. This is a lens I always wanted, but never good justify the cost. How do you like it?

Jay - They hype every little storm these days.

Ray - Just got back in from using the snowblower. So far we 15 inches with more on the way. Ain't life fun?!

Georg - What a great shot, I even love the grain in it! It's great that you caught Dracula with a smart phone.


Leighton - Ditto on your comments and yes to the 70-180. I do use it manual focus because it's not a fast focus and the focus set/limit switch a royal pain for a street lens.

It does not have a lens hood but I've taken an HB-36 plastic hood, trimmed the tabs and it slides on the lens and can be used much the same as the sliding hood on the 180 ED.
I got it from KEH when there was a sale, just over a $1000. Like you, I lusted for this lens and when the money was right and in the checkbook I got it and never regretted it.

It is sharp! I've included shots all MF to show it's strength. The photographer in the series works for our local paper and went to the dark side. Shot at 180mm with him, me and the camera moving at 1/30 kind of tells you what you can do without VR or AF.

The die was perhaps 6" away and the Berries and flower from the local market. The flute was maybe my favorite.

So forgive the AF in MF that are all hand held SOOC.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5072
Country: Sweden

Great shot everyone !!
too many to comment .. Clicking likes instead

Some closeup with 28mm f2.8 Ai-s

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

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

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



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4212
Country: South Africa

Ray - thank you.

Just spoke to my son in Lansdale PA. They're all at home - no school today, trains aren't running and the 4 grandkids are having a ball in the snow! Funny how growing up takes the fun out of life as the responsibility increases

Amazing images today with Chin and Ronny neck and neck although Leighton's fowls and Georg's B&W are right up there.

Stay warm!



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

jhinkey wrote:
FYI - A quick comparison of the 135/2 AIS to the 135/2 APO Zeiss at up close distances:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1263580/8#lastmessage


John, thanks for sharing this really interesting read! Regarding the performance-differences at close vs far away distances: that's an under-rated, maybe unknown to many photographers, phenomenon.
Some excellent optics (the Leica Apo-Telyt-R 180/3.4 and the Zeiss Planar 100/3.5 for Hasselblad to name just two legendary lenses) were especially designed for long-distance work and are not made for close-range-photography. The Zeiss-lenses you've tested obviously belong to the opposite camp.
That's why I take all "test-chart-tests" with a some grains of salt. Distortion btw is in almost all cases depending on the reproduction-scale too.
That said: I really like my 135/2 Ais and the slim 135/3.5 Ai too



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 1282
Country: United States

Nice photos.. Especially with the 28mm AIS., Didnt know it focuses this close. I used to have a 28mm E Series once and was not too thrilled with that and sold it.



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

A glimpse of this snowy day here. 180 2.8 ED AIS wide open

More snow to come before it all ends for tonight.


BirdFeederInSnow by maryland_photos, on Flickr



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

Ronny, thanks for sharing some of your first-class flower-shots!

Leighton, the chicken-stable is a great shot: love your conversion and the wide (or deep or great) DoF. Nice snow-bank - I hope the amount of snow will not exceed the manageable limit for you and Barbara. But a winter without some snow at all is just boring ;-)

Jay, love the graphical qualities of your fine fern-shot! Great use of the PC-E 24/3.5 at (or on?) the Coral Fungus.

Curtis, the portrait of your friend is touching. I know this kind of expression and think you've photographed your friend in a highly respectful manner.

Chin, the pano looks absolutely great!

Fons, that's a really nice set! I like that you've included the yellow container and the blue toilet to the building-site-shot.

Ed, the colored snow looks great on your fine winter-shot. I remember your images from the flooding and hope the snow-problems will not be exceeded by a possible flood.

Andy, your latest mushroom-set trumps the previous mushroom-images easily in my opinion. I really love the more artistic take like on "DSC_6167". The shallow DoF and the muted colors go well together.

Rafael, sorry, I just have to ask: are you using silica-gel or similar stuff to keep humidity out of your cases? Or is humidity not an issue in "sunny California"?

Ken, nice framing of the sun-lit house! The sun within the frame works great - and I really like the flare/ghosting.

Samy, your shot of the bird-feeder is a really fine winter-illustration!



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

A question for 400/3.5-users here: is the very first "lens" a real lens or something like a built-in and easily changed protection-filter? I have my eyes on a heavily used 400/3.5 Ais with scratches on the "front-end".
Don't wanna spend big bucks on a pristine copy as I'm a user, not a collector, and have had good look with banged up lenses in the past, but I don't wanna throw money out of the window ;-)



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

Thanks for the kind words on the smartphone-using Dracula! Here are two more MF-shots of light-shy beings.


105/1.8 Ais at f/2 - 1/125sec at ISO3200 - maybe I should have used really long lens for more subject-isolation


105/1.8 Ais at f/2 too, 1/125sec and ISO6400 - tried a VSCO-preset to mimic color-negative-film



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

Great work everyone! Apart of giving some likes I was unable this past week to comment or to share here. I see that the fast glass is again fashioned. I must wipe the dust from my f/1.2 MF trio some day

For now I want to share three images captured with D800 and 45/2.8 AI-P. First image is from Bucharest, right on the street that was called "The Victory of Socialisme Bvd." Down the road you can see a bit one of the craziest buildings ever built, a megalomaniac project of Ceausescu, the so called House of People, a huge palace intended to host the Communist government and administration. Ceausescu has been killed during Romanian Revolution almost 25yrs ago, before to see this building finished. It is really a huge and massive construction, with many floors underground. The picture does not give justice to its size and volume. Its surface is close to the Pentagon one. Inside one can see only marble and huge crystal chandeliers. This is outrageous because Romanian people was kept in oppression and poverty while the dictator played a megalomaniac architectural game.







In comparison with Ceausescu's palace here is a regular village old home:



and a winterscape.... on the road to my town:



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

Georg, the Dracula march is fun to look at, very funny and of course so well captured and processed. Reminded me that my 105 1.8 AIS has been sitting idle too long.

And good to hear from you again Mihai from the land of Dracula! I like the non-Ceausescu home, good character and well captured. Also, interesting history about the end of communism in Romania. I remember hearing how Ceausescu's end came.

Leighton, I hope the snow's done down south for you. Some day I will have pictures other than snow and ice but that's not going to be today. Here's a couple more.

First one with the 180 2.8 ED AIS, wide open

LeavesAndDropsInSnow by maryland_photos, on Flickr

And next with the 10.5cm f4 T, from a couple weeks ago. Since this is a preset aperture, I don't remember if this was f/4 or f/5.6.

IciclesInBnW by maryland_photos, on Flickr



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

Mihai, very nice mixture of subjects from your fascinating country! The "House of People" is for sure a worthy subject. Strange how many dictators tried to immortalize themselves with monumental buildings… Have to think about the owners of the nicely captured small village home - every winter must be hard for elder and/or poor people.

Samy, "Leaves and Drops" are wonderfully captured. Little jewels in the winter.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

Nice work everyone.

Peter, nice image of the wandering cat.

Andy, lovely mushrooms. I like the water droplets on the third image.

Ed, good to see you back. Nice winter scene.

Fons, I like the thatched roof.

Jay, beautiful light in the fern image.

Leighton, nice gritty image of the coop.

Ronnie, lovely flowers and bee.

Samy, nicely captured bird feeder.

Mihai, really like the 2nd and 3rd images in your series.

Chin, amazing pano!



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

Ron, you certainly spoke for the 50-135 with those flower pics, as well as the twin good looking specimens of the lens! 1st and third were the best. Hope you did okay in the last couple days of non stop snow.

Ram, nice yellow car and cute yellow eyed cat. And the centipede looks creepy.

Andy, cool mushrooms, especially the purple one.

Gregg, your repeated vows to stay off ebay are not going to work. Mine never have

# 38 Georg?! I think you have surpassed Curtis.

Tony, that first 55 1.2 shot indeed makes me giddy! Superb! And the valley shot is very scenic.

Peter (Madison), love that soaked spider in a hurry.

Jay, very nice colorful bottlebrush with the 55 3.5 micro.

Rafael, immaculate collection!

Chuong, nice pelican and reflection.

Roberto, nice portrait, I presume that's with the 100 2.8 Series E.

Ken, like that flary shot of the homes. Is that with the 20 3.5 UD? And I liked the 1/30s portrait of the Canon photographer.

Jay, very interesting color and structure of the coral fungus!

Peter (Knysna), that cat certainly didn't take into account your lack of AF. I had one that climbed a tree quite a few years ago and looked very nervous while I was trying to coax it down. Glad this one kept its cool.

Curtis, good for you to keep up with your friend through her illness.

Leighton, like that chickens picture, I am sure they are looking forward to tomorrow.

Ronny, your flower shots are terrific always, good to see more again! I like the little fly keeping an eye on you.




ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 1282
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
A question for 400/3.5-users here: is the very first "lens" a real lens or something like a built-in and easily changed protection-filter? I have my eyes on a heavily used 400/3.5 Ais with scratches on the "front-end".
Don't wanna spend big bucks on a pristine copy as I'm a user, not a collector, and have had good look with banged up lenses in the past, but I don't wanna throw money out of the window ;-)


My 400mm f3.5 AI is a real beater of a lens. It has two major glass chips in the side of the lens., it had some major scratches outside and the hood is slightly out of shape however I dont see any effect on the photo. Unless you test the lens, you wouldnt be able to tell if the scratch will affect the photo or not.
If its on ebay, Ask for photos of the scratch and some sample shots.

Nikkor 400mm f3.5 AI lens by ramkumar999, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

leighton w wrote:
Ok Paul, let's see some shots from it when you get it!



+1

Congrats Paul!
I suppose it was the same copy I almost bought these days, near pristine and with the original hood.
If someday you decide to sell it please send me a PM before
I think other owners here are Ron and Rafael. Looking forward for your firts shots with the "monster" zoom.

By the way, these days I sold one of my last "plastic fantastic" VR, nano, etc, G lens (16-35/4) by an amount that allowed me to buy 2 zooms I have lusted for a long time: 80-200mm f/4 ais and 50-300mm f/4.5 ED ais, both in pristine-like conditions. However, I have to wait around one month here to receive the lenses...



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

Ed, incredible earling morning snow shot;

Fons, great scenarios with the venerable 25-50/4 zoom;

Georg, love the "horror" shots, specially the first one B&W + grain;

Leighton, loved the B&W chikens;

Ronny, as usual great flower shots;

Samy, stunning "leaves & drops" with 180/2.8 wide open.



rw11
Registered: Jan 19, 2014
Total Posts: 2382
Country: United States

What is the white color on that lens?



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2488
Country: United States

georgms wrote:

Rafael, sorry, I just have to ask: are you using silica-gel or similar stuff to keep humidity out of your cases? Or is humidity not an issue in "sunny California"?



Georg, Humidity is low in Southern California and there in no need for dessicant, if I lived in Florida that would be different.



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 1282
Country: United States

rw11 wrote:
What is the white color on that lens?

Are you asking on the 400mm ? I just have taped the visible parts with a camouflage tape.



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