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

This beauty was just purchased in e-bay for $70. Hope it is as good inside as it looks outside. Been looking for one a long time, since Curtis sang its praises. These are the sellers pics.


$_57 (2) by Rafael CA, on Flickr


$_57 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


$_57 (1) by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

Wish I knew that Rafael, I sold two, one was mint and factory AI. I never used it much, so I sold it for probably what you got yours for (for both, one was a parts lens).



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

Some panos from our road trip of about 4000 km (2500 miles). The first is about 200 miles from Knysna moving into the semi desert Karoo ("Place of great thirst"), the second about 900 miles Northwest bordering on Lesotho and the third from the central grasslands on the high plateau.

We were dogged by heavy rain for the entire trip so made relatively few images.

Enjoy. All with 28 2.8



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

rafaelcasd wrote:
This beauty was just purchased in e-bay for $70. Hope it is as good inside as it looks outside. Been looking for one a long time, since Curtis sang its praises. These are the sellers pics.


I have one of these, too, bought back in the late 80s. Great lens. Mine is a bit banged up but still works great. Ball bearings inside (I had it apart to fix the AI conversion that went wrong). The price is right, too. The mount is strange on that lens, as it can be completely twisted past the usual bayonet stop. Doesn't seem to harm anything but I try to avoid that.



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

CGrindahl wrote:
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...



+5 My copy is the sister to Curtis's 280127. Congrats Peter!!!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

Problem with internet connection . No 2



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

And now No 3. !



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
Total Posts: 2119
Country: Germany

Peter, lovely shots. I particularly like #3, but have a look at the sky on the left hand side. There appear to be some darker spots in there.

I love th elook of the grasslands. Shows the D200 can holds it's own. I know I always loved mine



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4210
Country: South Africa

Thanks Buddy - damn dust bunnies that I didn't notice!



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

MDoc9523 wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
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...



+5 My copy is the sister to Curtis's 280127. Congrats Peter!!!


I have 275XXX, not as perfect as Peter's but not too shabby either.


nikon nikkkor 16mm 3.5 with D3 55mm 3.5 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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

Thanks for the comments.

Congrats Rafael, looks like a near mint copy; when it arrives, please post shots taken with the lens;

Welcome back Peter, and what great panos are you posting with the 28/2.8; keep them coming - but you need to clean your sensor



Last weekend I made an effort to CPU'd five of my beloved MF Nikkors.
These are models that do not need any machining, just a little glue:


Left to right:
Nikkor-UD 20mm f/3.5 F ai'd; Nikkor-OC 35mm f/2 F ai'd; Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 K factory ai'd; Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI-S; Nikkor-QC 135mm f/3.5 F ai'd.


Side view:

CPU'd old Nikkor MF lenses - side view by labecoaves, on Flickr

Small collection of CPU'd MF Nikkors.
D600 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AI-S, ISO 100, f/2 at 1/60s, built in flash + diffuser.



Back view:

CPU'd old Nikkor MF lenses - back view by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AI-S, ISO 320, f/2.8 at 1/80s, built in flash + diffuser.




Detail of installed CPU on the Nikkor-UD 20mm f/3.5 F ai'd. by labecoaves, on Flickr

Detail of installed CPU on the Nikkor-UD 20mm f/3.5 F ai'd.
D600 + PN-11(52,5mm) tube + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AI-S, ISO 3200, f/11 at 1/60s, built in flash + diffuser.


The work is pretty simple, less than 5 min for gluing each chip, and less than 10 min for programing each CPU/lens. The vendor of these chips in Singapore is very reliable and I got a good price - less than USD 27.00 for each cpu.


The site from Thomas Pindelski is simply awesome as a guide:
Part I:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/08/adding-a-cpu-to-mf-nikkor-lenses-part-i/
Patt II:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/17/adding-a-cpu-to-mf-nikkor-lenses-part-ii/



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore

Got them from Tagotech, did you?
I remember reading glue can be iffy, in the event the chip drops into the mirror box...



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore



only love can breakerfall by Zichar, on Flickr


Ken Hill
Registered: Jul 28, 2013
Total Posts: 1118
Country: United States

The trip to the repair shop yesterday revealed why I couldn't find the short! It seems that 12V went straight to ground via a 6ft long wire that's not there anymore because it burned itself up. A hard decision but it's getting trade for a Red one ... pics to follow when the deal is done. This thread's images are a good antidote for bad news.

Comments I need to make:
David, you are correct, the thread has been my way of challenging myself and finding new thing to shoot and using MF glass slows you down and enjoy what you are doing .

Gregg, thanks for the shot of "F4 Phantom" was my favorite "back seat" ride many years ago.

Ray I appreciate the compliment from someone that has mastered the art of catching shots of interesting people. I bet the D600 is back any day now!

Lester in my case the return spring for the aperture blades was gone. I read that it's not necessary and that some video conversions remove that and the click feature.

Jose you are right about the lens being a keeper. The great job of framing the biker with the lines in the road is super. The CPU'd lenses interest me and I think I'd like to do a few that I switch frequently.

Peter good lens shots ... you are adding to NMFAS.

Reagan I asked the girl in the photo to face me and she said NO! She said she is waiting for your bokeh Did our friend answer the phone?

Scott nice church in B&W especially

Rafael that is one great shot of a grand airplane. I did a series last year (using AF-S glass) of a B25 the made them B&W with a vintage look.

Peter welcome back and adding some fine shots of a beautiful country. The first is terrific and made better by the lady in the foreground giving it a great perspective.


The addition today is people at the market ... some pretty colorful. A Ray commented I shoot a lot of frames and pick out what catches my eye. Once again the two lenses are the 55mm 1.2 and the 50-135.








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

Zichar wrote:
Got them from Tagotech, did you?
I remember reading glue can be iffy, in the event the chip drops into the mirror box...


Yes Chin, Tagotech.

According to Pindelski I applied a good epoxy glue, not the superglues out there, and for more than 2 years i had no problem with my first CPU'd lenses (24/2, 28/2 NC, etc).

By the way, loved your last B&W shot!

And Ken, another killer set!



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore

The first is great Ken, what an action shot! Though I may have suffered a headache from the one with the psychedelic tie dye colours, yikes!

Jose, I once contemplated but backed out in the end. Looked at the store again, USD27 is a great price including shipping. Thought if I bought it locally and ship it to you might save you some reals; I guess not!



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

pburke wrote:
Full no questions asked return option? If not, ignore the offer.

the seller's unclear on a no question return policy or even returns. Sadly I wont go for it .everybody is rubbing it in with their pictures of the 16mm.

@Rafael:Beautiful crispness on the aircraft image. Nice 16 mf
@Peter:lovely Pano set. You are blessed with beautiful wide landscapes and clear skies. When does Winter begin?
@Jose:nice line up of the CPU'd lenses and lovely article. Very informative.
@Chin:Loved the b/w image of the w breaker
@Ken:Awaiting to see the pics once everything is finalised in Red. Nice series and colors.Loved the tatooed baker the most





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

MDoc9523 wrote:
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Thanks for your input Georg. I may just like the idea of having a special-effects-lens 24mm 2.0. I have the 35mm 1.4 which I enjoy using for landscapes as well as the 20mm 3.5 So it may just be the next on my list. Although the 105 1.8 looks like a charmer as well or.... the 200mm Micro? Good thing i have all year to decide



The weather here is really spring-like today and 've spent some minutes to create some more "special-effect-shots" with the bokeh-wonder 24/2 Ai:


Unbenannt von georgsfoto auf Flickr
framing is too tight for my taste, the "ghosting-ring" is typical for (my copy of) the 24/2
The big and expensive AF-S 14-24 can be forced to show a similar behavior.


Unbenannt von georgsfoto auf Flickr
24/2 Ai wide open on a D700 for all shots here


Unbenannt von georgsfoto auf Flickr


Unbenannt von georgsfoto auf Flickr
the 24/2's rendering if shot up-close and wide-open is unique


Unbenannt von georgsfoto auf Flickr
highlights are rendered in a very wild fashion ;-)
24/2 Ai at minimum focusing distance



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

@Georg:Beautiful images as always..Loved them all but the BW one most of all..
can the flare ring be removed in PP?



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

lsds wrote:
@Georg:Beautiful images as always..Loved them all but the BW one most of all..
can the flare ring be removed in PP?


Thanks, Lestor! The shots above are done in a way to show the "character" of the 24/2Ai - shot into the sun to provoke flare and ghosting and so on. The "ring" can be removed just like dust spots, cloned or stamped out. But that's a lot of work.



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