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

Peter, I'm really glad that your third 16/3.5 is finally a keeper. Now that you've found your camera I hope to see some shots with it ;-)



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

Some shots from today - installation of a new weather-radar. I didn't got all the shots I had in mind, but shot 100% manual focus glass this time ;-)


preparing parts, discussing the installation - 20/3.5 Ais + polarizer


20/3.5 Ais + polarizer


16/3.5 - couldn't find a way to properly frame the shot


my new old scratched 400/3.5 Ais at f/5.6, cropped a tiny bit at the bottom



BSPhotog
Registered: Mar 08, 2014
Total Posts: 1555
Country: United States

Wow! The sun and shadows are really great on that radar dome thing. I love how the stark white shape contrasts against all of the busier construction/brick/scaffolding areas. It becomes something really abstract.

I think I am less drawn to the b/w wide angle shot--probably because it is alongside the others shot on a less distorted focal length. I'm a big fan of the first two shots though



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

Ben, thanks for your comment and welcome to FM! I usually prefer less cluttered compositions, I just couldn't clean up the construction site ;-)



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

Thank you everyone for the comments.

Steve, loved the framing on the Pacific Coast shot;

Ram, really inspiring susnset shots;

David, excellent isnpiration (from Ram) sunset shots;

Georg, for me your B&W + grain added work is always amazing;

Gregg, loved your entire set, specially the firts shot - bokeh playing!



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

Some more "real life" tests of the 50-300/4.5 ED, this time making a crazy combo:
"poor man" 80-400mm semi-AF.
An experiment with the 50-300mm f/4.5 ED ai-s + modified TC16A.

I don't know if would be better post here or in the "MF shooters shooting AF" thread, but anyway the lens itself is a MF lens and the moded TC16A just makes a fine tuning AF, since we have to manual focus prior to activate the TC16A AFocusing. I would say MF is ~90% and AF 10% of the focusing procedure.



Couple in a Harley Davidson with the "poor man" 80-400mm semi-AF lens" by labecoaves, on Flickr

Couple in a Harley Davidson ~95m of distance from my balcony.
D7100 + Nikkor 50-300mm f/4,5 ED ai-s @300mm + modified TC16A (= 80-480mm f/7.2) + tripod, ISO 500, f/5.6 (in fact f/9) at 1/500s, ~50% cropped.




Biker with the the "poor man 80-400mm" semi-AF lens by labecoaves, on Flickr

Biker ~70m of distance from my balcony.
Another real life test of the "poor man 80-400mm" semi-AF lens.
D7100 + Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 ED ai-s @300mm + modified TC16A (= 80-480mm f/7.2) + tripod, ISO 500, f/5.6 (in fact f/9) at 1/500s, ~50% cropped.


I think this is not bad for a 30+ years old design, that needs to be pre-manual focused, then TC16A probably degrades a little the image; and at 70-95 metres away (believing in Google Earth). No VR, nano, AF-S or other whistles and bells, but the crazy combo did the job raesonably well!

As I used a D7100, in fact it was a 120-720mm lens!!



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3008
Country: United States

A few pix of the "new" lens in my kit. Made in 1972, #404 of about 2600 made, factory AI kit installed.













and mounted on a much newer camera









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

Wow Peter, congrats! Looking forward your shots with this beauty.
Funny thing my copy is a sister of yours with serial # 272705 !



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3008
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Wow Peter, congrats! Looking forward your shots with this beauty.
Funny thing my copy is a sister of yours with serial # 272705 !


Made the same day, maybe by the same person. Too cool.

Forgot to mention - this came from KEH and was marked as "engraved" - I have yet to find any engraving on the lens.

Somebody messed up with the lens rating, because this should cost more than $339, but I am not complaining



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

^^^^^^^
Reported to Keh

R



lsds
Registered: Feb 05, 2014
Total Posts: 169
Country: Belgium

@Peter:Congratulations..That 16 3.5 is a beauty to behold..Waiting to see the snaps
@Jose:Nice set..would love to see how the D7100 crop sensor renders pictures taken with the 16mm..



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

Thank you for the comments and likes everyone.

Leighton, neat wave clouds. Did they precede a storm?

Gregg, great desert heavy metal series. I really like the first two of the aircraft.

Jose, nice shot of the cyclist with the 50-300. Do you find this lens to large or heavy? Tripod only?

Peter, nice catch "fish"ing. Looks like a beauty.





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

Thanks Lestor and Scott.

Scott, indeed the lens is heavy (almost 2 kg) and I suppose a monopod or tripod is important for most shots. Not impossible hand held, but not for long time.


Lestor, I think you can get an idea with these old shots from Roma, with my ex-D7000 + 16/3.5:


Imperial Palaces on the mount Palatino, with the Circus Maximus track in the foreground.


Original image non "defished".


Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palaces - Nikkor 16/3.5 F ai'd by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/5,6 at 1/640s.




"Defished" version using the 16/2.8 af-d profile at CS5.


Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palaces - "defished" Nikkor 16/3.5 F ai'd by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/5,6 at 1/640s.





Additionaly if you consider panos stitching several shots, here are 2 examples with D7000 + 16/3.5;


Pompeii's Amphitheatre general view


Pompeii's Amphitheatre general view by labecoaves, on Flickr

This is a 8 vertical shots pano.
D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/1600 to 1/640s.



Herculaneum pano - 5 vertical shots with Nikkor 16mm f/3.5


Herculaneum pano - 5 vertical shots with Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 by labecoaves, on Flickr

General view of Herculaneum from south-west border. At 79AD the beach was just at where I stood to do this photography, but today the beach is some 300-400m behind.

D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/250s.
5 vertical shots pano.
Note the town is ~20m below today's ground level. Modern day Ercolano city and Vesuvius are in the background.







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

Steeples and slate. Taken with the 75-150 Series E.
Scott



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4682
Country: United States

I remember those shots Jose. They were what inspired me to get a 10.5/2.8 Dx. Kind of a long term borrow. Could never get the hang of using a fisheye.



lsds
Registered: Feb 05, 2014
Total Posts: 169
Country: Belgium

@Jose:Beautiful Panos..
@Scott:Love the church architecture ..nice



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
Wow Peter, congrats! Looking forward your shots with this beauty.
Funny thing my copy is a sister of yours with serial # 272705 !


I'll second or third or fourth the congratulations. Well done! My copy of the lens is from the second version. The serial number is 280302. It has the rubber focusing ring. Pretty sweet price too Peter. You did well. And I love the lens porn. We can never have too much of that...



dhamments
Registered: Aug 10, 2009
Total Posts: 1105
Country: Australia

Great job on the compositions of both church images (not always easy to achieve) ... also like the B&W conversion done on the 2nd image very much!

Cheers and good light,
David



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

asiostygius wrote:
Some more "real life" tests of the 50-300/4.5 ED, this time making a crazy combo:
"poor man" 80-400mm semi-AF.
An experiment with the 50-300mm f/4.5 ED ai-s + modified TC16A.

I don't know if would be better post here or in the "MF shooters shooting AF" thread, but anyway the lens itself is a MF lens and the moded TC16A just makes a fine tuning AF, since we have to manual focus prior to activate the TC16A AFocusing. I would say MF is ~90% and AF 10% of the focusing procedure.



Couple in a Harley Davidson with the "poor man" 80-400mm semi-AF lens" by labecoaves, on Flickr

Couple in a Harley Davidson ~95m of distance from my balcony.
D7100 + Nikkor 50-300mm f/4,5 ED ai-s @300mm + modified TC16A (= 80-480mm f/7.2) + tripod, ISO 500, f/5.6 (in fact f/9) at 1/500s, ~50% cropped.




Biker with the the "poor man 80-400mm" semi-AF lens by labecoaves, on Flickr

Biker ~70m of distance from my balcony.
Another real life test of the "poor man 80-400mm" semi-AF lens.
D7100 + Nikkor 50-300mm f/4.5 ED ai-s @300mm + modified TC16A (= 80-480mm f/7.2) + tripod, ISO 500, f/5.6 (in fact f/9) at 1/500s, ~50% cropped.


I think this is not bad for a 30+ years old design, that needs to be pre-manual focused, then TC16A probably degrades a little the image; and at 70-95 metres away (believing in Google Earth). No VR, nano, AF-S or other whistles and bells, but the crazy combo did the job raesonably well!

As I used a D7100, in fact it was a 120-720mm lens!!


Love this Jose, I have used this tc16a and 50-300mm combo very succesfully, but normally with sunlight and closing to f8, you know the 50-300mm is one of my favorite lenses.


Executive Sweet by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

pburke wrote:
A few pix of the "new" lens in my kit. Made in 1972, #404 of about 2600 made, factory AI kit installed.













and mounted on a much newer camera









Congrats Peter, I have the same lens and it is one of the best performing lenses ever - period, yours is very pretty too.


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