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asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2645
Country: Brazil

Just an experiment to show how the humble 75-150/3.5 E zoom performs at 150mm with a 52.5 mm tune (PN-11): a comparison between lens set to infinity and MFD (1m) focusing.
Not the best background in the world, but just for comparison, a cicada exoskeleton:

No cropping, both images just as taken by the camera:


Top - at infinity focus, bottom - at MFD (1m).



Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5E macro test with PN-11 tube by labecoaves, on Flickr


D600 + PN-11 tube + Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E @ 150mm + tripod with focusing rail, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/60s, pop up flash with a diffuser. Besides higher magnification, at MFD we have comparatively less depth of focus.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3479
Country: Germany

asiostygius wrote:
Georg, loved your last work with the tiny 85mm f/2.

It is a very good lens with the bonus of tiny size (almost always I think it is a 50mm lens when looking at my collection of lenses

I made some time ago a simple and not strictly scientific test on bokeh of my 85mm lenses, if you are interested:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/8734098214/in/set-72157630731799688
http://www.flickr.com/photos/labecoaves/8734097678/in/set-72157630731799688/

Under the circunstances of this test (around 10-30m, palm leaves - the background tree) at f/2 the 85/2 appears to be a little more "busy", but from f/2.8 and down all lenses have similar bokeh (not shown on my test, but beleive me).


Jose, thank you, I remembered your comparison. In my very limited experience with the 85/2 Ais I've found it's highlights at f/2 to be a bit more "contrasty" than my other 85's, but I could be wrong. In it's rendering the 85/2 Ais seem to be closer to the AF-S 85/1.8G than to the venerable Nikkor-H Auto 85/1.8.
The old 85/1.8 will be something like a special-effects-lens for me now (for cats-eye-bokeh-shots and cool ghosting-effects), the 85/2 Ais my personal go-light-85 ;-)
Unfortunately the weather is very un-inspiring, otherwise I'd love to set up a little comparison between my 85's

Btw, your 75-150 performs wonderfully with a tube - amazing what Nikon's budget-lenses can deliver in the right hands.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9493
Country: United States

Jose, thanks for the demonstration. Looks as good as the 80-200/4.5 ai with tubes.



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

Ken what a great find in that 180mm. Looks like the newspaper put that one to great use and I am happy to see it is still going strong!
Reagan very nice work with the D7100
Andy very nice macro shots
Jose the 75-150 sure does shine along with the pk-11. Very nice photos!



Ken Hill
Registered: Jul 28, 2013
Total Posts: 553
Country: United States

Reagan - Bore snake? Hoppes does the job on the exterior parts when used sparingly and is safe on wood, glass, aluminum, plastic rubber - plus it smells good! We need to find a spot to meet some time in mid-Feb. Nice Indian River capture.

Ray - Thank you, I see Reagan met Marshall's which is a great family run business - with a lot of knowledge. I got my used D700 there as well as several lenses, 16 2.8 fisheye, TC200 and PK13 tubes.

Georg, Leighton - The lens was a good find and it's probably got a very interesting history.

Jose - I've yet to try using the tubes I bought, but you are an inspiration to try something new

Here are more from the 180 in December and why it's always with me. Plus it seems to get STARES because it isn't NEW.





mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Jose the 75-150 sure does shine along with the pk-11. Very nice photos!


+1 Jose. That 75-150 is a gem. You get so much out of it in so many different situations.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 3002
Country: United States

I keep telling folks, the Series E lenses aren't as bad as they are made out to be by "those in the know..."

Great shots Jose.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4354
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
I keep telling folks, the Series E lenses aren't as bad as they are made out to be by "those in the know..."

Great shots Jose.



I had one a while back but sold it due to a floppy zoom. This was before I learned of gaffers tape. I should reconsider adding it back into my bag.



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3018
Country: France

Paris, Beaubourg, 50/1.8 ais :



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4043
Country: South Africa

Wow - Phillippe that's dramatic! Presumably this has nothing to do with M.Hollande's peccadilloes .........?

Jose - the exo skeleton is terrific.

Ken - that old lens was very clearly well trained as well as being well used

Georg - if you do buy a mirror reflex, stick to Nikon. We want to see the results

Reagan - it's good to see you haven't lost your touch - even if the camera feels like a Minox in your hands.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4043
Country: South Africa

More with the 500 mm



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3479
Country: Germany

Philippe, the leaves in front of the street-art-piece are a very nice touch. Is your D700 back in service (=in your hands)?

Ken, I like the big-bellied plane and the reflected surfer.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3479
Country: Germany

Peter, the Little Egret is my personal fav from your fine Reflex-set! Still have no clue which Reflex to get, but I have my eyes on a late Reflex-Nikkor like your copy.



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3018
Country: France

Oosty wrote:
Wow - Phillippe that's dramatic! Presumably this has nothing to do with M.Hollande's peccadilloes .........?

.


Mister who? Sorry, I don't know who is this guy you're talking about.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3479
Country: Germany

Some more pictures with the neat 85/2 Ais, shot those images in fading light this afternoon:


The "Arche Noah" came to visit my hometown - will visit this large houseboat-style exhibition hall on Sunday.
85/2 Ais, D700, f/4 and 1/125sec at ISO3200, the 85mm lens was a bit too "tight" for this scenic


Stopped on the way back to my car to snap a few test-shots - no big "sunstars" at f/4
The old Nikkor-H 85/1.8 was in my bag too - sorry, was too lazy to try it on this subject too.
From memory the 85/1.8 will show more spectacular "sunstars" - but my memory is fading/failing ;-)

The 85/2 Ais will show unsharp highlights in a heptagonal shape when stopped down:

Ais 85/2 at f/4


for comparison: Ais 85/2 at f/2



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3018
Country: France

Great set, Georg.
My D700 is still in intensive care. Hope this is not a hopeless case.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 3479
Country: Germany

Lieutenant Z wrote:
Great set, Georg.
My D700 is still in intensive care. Hope this is not a hopeless case.


Sorry to hear that, Philippe. My D700 still works fine, but is a dirtbag beyond description. I fear a repair could cost more than a grand, so I just hope it will continue to work in it's un-glory. Actual shutter-actuations: 277.888



cadman342001
Registered: Dec 02, 2005
Total Posts: 2993
Country: Australia

More stunning pics from you guys - Jose, Ken, George, Phillipe, Reagan. Bravo !

Peter - the bird pics would be great if they were sharp ! Sorry but someone had to say it

Andy



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2352
Country: United States

Pecadillos in Paris??

Georg, thanks for posting the ongoing 85 f2 review. Seems like quite a neat little lens that isn't seen around these parts too much.

Here's a window for Leighton with the 55 1.2 S (I used to think he was only into doors but recently he revealed a thing for windows too )


StMarksWindow by maryland_photos, on Flickr

This is St. Mark's Lutheran church in Baltimore. The interior including this window were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, one of the early founders of Tiffany and Co., in the 1890s

Sorry, unstraight lines



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2352
Country: United States

Peter, thanks for posting the bird pics from your part of the world. I like the oystercatcher pic the best.



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