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

I have one photo to share before winding up this day. I spent most of the day with Sue at her new home getting it ready for her to move in. There is a great deal that needs to be done and I'm committed to helping her in any way I can. Today that had me scraping underlayment off the floor in a closet. The closet had been used by the previous owners to hold their cat's litter box. The closet stinks so bad that we've needed to deal with it. We've tried cleaning but clearly the closet is going to have to be dismantled and reconstructed to get rid of smells that have saturated the sheetrock and the shelving. Not fun and likely not inexpensive... but it needs to be done.

I took a bit of a break in the early evening, taking my recently arrived and finally cleaned 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI lens for a short spin in manual mode. It was too dark for anything else. This is one of the shots i liked... a conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2 of benches in the courtyard in front of Sue's new home... For the fun of it...


Rest well everyone... I'm exhausted. It will be a great relief when all the chores are done and Sue can move into her hew home.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

Andy - We'll be praying for you, and get the heck out of there!

Curtis - You're going to have to take a break after all that work. Why don't you come over and sit on the porch with a cool one?



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

giag wrote:
OK another question for the experts. My DX 1.5 factor makes me yearn for something good and wide but small and compact. Is a 20mm going to be enough? do I really want to drag a huge tokina 11-16 around? Whats the prime lens solution for wide on DX and manual ais-esq


Gia, the 16mm fisheye works wonderfully with a DX sensor. Ray used to use his a lot when he was shooting with the D7000.



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

craigjohn wrote:
Macro, er....Micro question.

I'm eyeing up getting a 105/2.8 AIS - but wondering gif I should go with the a 135/2.8 or 135/2 with an extension tube. Any thoughts?

TIA.

c


I have used both the 105/2.8 Micro and the 135/3.5 + tubes for macro, but never made a "scientific" comparison.
My general impressions are:
If you need critically sharp images at the borders for macros, then the 105/2.8 Micro (or the f/4 version) is the best one.
But if you are not interested in the borders and/or is a casual macro shooter, then the 135mm with any tube is an excellent combo, with the advantages of low cost (tubes) and more working distances than the 105/2.8 micro.
As Curtis already told you medium telephotos + tubes in general have revealed here and mostly in the "shooting with tubes" thread exceptional images (see Ronny's 135/2+Vivitar tube for example).



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
craigjohn wrote:
Macro, er....Micro question.

I'm eyeing up getting a 105/2.8 AIS - but wondering gif I should go with the a 135/2.8 or 135/2 with an extension tube. Any thoughts?

TIA.

c


I have used the 105/2.8 Micro and the 135/3.5 + tubes for macro, but never made a "scientific" comparison test.
My general impressions are:
If you need critically sharp images at the borders for macros, then the 105/2.8 Micro (or the f/4 version) is the best one.
But if you are not interested in the borders and/or is a casual macro shooter, then the 135mm with any tube is an excellent combo, with the advantages of low cost (tubes) and more working distances than the 105/2.8 micro.
As Curtis already told you medium telephotos + tubes in general have revealed here and mostly in the "shooting with tubes" thread exceptional images.



All one has to do is look at Ronny's images with the 135 and tubes to be sold on what Jose just said.



Stokesey
Registered: Apr 18, 2012
Total Posts: 1543
Country: United Kingdom

Just got back from taking some rubbish to the recycling centre .....

On the way back I passed a few wild flowers in the hedgerows ... so ...

What does any intrepid photographer do when the urge takes you and the sun is shining ......

You're so right .... you put a lens on your body ... and then perhaps re-think and put a tube on there too ....

So with the 85mm f.14 and a PN-11 .... you go shoot !!!!

Seems the only sensible thing to do ....

Steve



anthonysemone
Registered: Mar 08, 2008
Total Posts: 5366
Country: United States

I just got word from my local USPS that my D700 from Molson FINALLY has made its way to me - 7 freakin' days in Customs So, all's well that ends well. BTW.. not Molson's fault.. USCBP had their undies in a bunch or some such event... anyways.

I now get to take it along with couple of Ai-S lenses to Toronto tomorrow. I don't know the city at all, so I don't know if it's a photographic target-rich environment like., e.g., Paris , so do any of you all up that way suggest to me where I might go for city/hottie-scapes? ?



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

JD, I like the framing of your first horse-portrait a lot. Nice work!

Kevin, the DoF looks just right to my eyes. Wonderful flower-close-up, love the colors.

Curtis, nice grainy take on the benches.

Ram, another cool double-exposure. Very airy and fresh looking, how does your "model" likes this image?

Jose, superbe work with your 135/2 Ais! The down on the flower is awesome.

Jay, wow, the 24 PC-E is wiiiiide. This lens is on top of my dream-list, maybe sometimes…

Ray, I really like your take on the statue.

Teodor, #1 and #3 are my favs from your latest set for your composition.

Andy, I hope the cyclone won't do any harm to you and your family/friends.



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

Well the sun was shining yesterday in Tampa and it was an opportunity to take pictures. Ray, Jay and I were at University and it's an interesting place to say the least. It was built at the turn of the 20th century and is very well-maintained and upgraded with some modern conveniences make it a thriving school as well as Museum.

Comments on the last six pages of posts are nearly impossible and still carry on with daily activities. Was fun to see the double exposures, the discussion on tubes which I haven't gotten into yet and of course NMFAS.

What I post today was inspired by ideas I picked up on this thread. I tried to copy from what I've learned, and yes, you might find a little bit of your inspiration in some of the shots.



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

joanlvh wrote:
georgems do you have a source for your film presets that u could recommend? thanks

DF+85 1.4


Hi Joan, the film-presets (available in different "packs") I use are from "Visual Supply Co" (VSCO).
Those "packs" are available for Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop.
Many included film-presets don't suit my taste, others work pretty well, but not for every subject.
Other software-developers like NIK for instance are offering filters to mimic film.
Georg



Stokesey
Registered: Apr 18, 2012
Total Posts: 1543
Country: United Kingdom

What do you mean Ken ..... I thought the sun always shines in Florida !!!!

Nice monochrome ...

AndI love the fish head spout .....

Nice work.

Steve



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

deang001 wrote:
georgms wrote:
Dean, your multi-exposures are really fantastic. Envy about your pre-visualization-skills, honestly. The portrait of your mate is hilarious. I wonder how I would look with a cup of black coffee on my forehead ;-)



You being envious of me is absurd but a fine compliment Thank you.

Georg - a quick question if that's OK. If I were to shoot an entire roll and then send it to someone else, could they then shoot over the top of that roll to create double exposures or would everything just not line up?

I was thinking it would be interesting ... maybe I shoot a series of crazy HK backdrops and then send the roll to someone else in the world .. like yourself ... and then you shoot the roll again? Would be interesting to get this developed.

Leighton ... maybe this might be a good idea for you and I to do? We live in about as opposite places as you could get in this world. Would be funny to have back drops of frenetic HK and then a shot of farm life over the top of each image All with Nikon Film cameras & Nikon MF lenses naturally.

Just a thought ...



Dean, now that's a great idea! But to be honest I fear the shots wouldn't line up, even if the same camera-types (FM2 for instance) were used and an exact procedure on how to load the film would be set up.
I did all kind of stunts with film back in the 90's and early 2000's, but never tried this.

It would be very easy to send large-format-cassettes around the world, but rules are rules and 4x5-cameras not all that common among MFNG-users...



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

Ken, nice set from your meeting with Ray and Jay. I like especially the second and third shot. We have a real "Ratskeller" here, located in the cellar (=Keller) of the local town-hall.



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

One from today, the light was boring, but I had the opportunity to shoot a classical building from a unusual point of view:

Anatomie von georgsfoto auf Flickr
The large building is the Anatomical Institute of the local University. The building was carefully restored some years ago.
The large cylinders/barrels at top left, close to the church-spire, belong to the brewery ;-)
PC 85/2.8D, shifted some Millimeters down

PS: Had the opportunity to look through very expensive Zeiss Diascope spotting scopes from this location and was blown away. The clarity and sharpness of the view through the ocular was really something. Don't know how to calculate the equivalent of the focal-length, but it was very, very impressive.



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

Tony, just find the place where the girls hang out and shoot away

Reagan



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

anthonysemone wrote:
I now get to take it along with couple of Ai-S lenses to Toronto tomorrow. I don't know the city at all, so I don't know if it's a photographic target-rich environment like., e.g., Paris , so do any of you all up that way suggest to me where I might go for city/hottie-scapes? ?


My favourite spots in Toronto downtown are CN tower, Roundhouse park where you get to see old train tracks and the Steam whistle Brewery.Toronto Islands take one whole day and it isnt summer yet so that might not work.

Lakeshore Boulevard is a nice place for lot of lake photos. I would also suggest Coronation Park, China town, College street.



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
Total Posts: 2123
Country: Germany

CGrindahl wrote:
Has this thread always been this insanely fast? Takes my breath away.

It is a delight to have so many new participants who've discovered the joys of shooting with these beautiful lenses. I've been singing their praises for over three and a half years, but I've learned along the way that many folks who discovered these lenses long ago still love them. I'm looking at a mint copy of the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI, a very nice copy of the 16 f/3.5 K AI and a 20 f/3.5 U.D. AI sitting on the desk in front of me. If I turned around I'd be looking at a mint copy of the 180 f/2.8 AI-s, a very clean 80-200 f/4.5 AI, a 20 f/2.8 AI-s that had the last number listed on photosynthesis when I bought it, and a 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI that looks like it came out of a box new. My world is filled with extraordinary lenses produced by Nikon and with people from around the world who love them ALMOST as much as I do...

Wow... this is great!

Thanks to everyone who contributes to the vitality and integrity of this thread. And stay well Andy. Thanks Samy for giving us a heads up on this one...


Curtis, I am about as addicted to pre-Ai lenses as you are (almost) and am slowly building a kit of (admittedly somewhat scuffed) pre-Ai lenses to use on my photo trips.

I own a 28mm f2 N.C Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd), 50mm f1,4 S.C Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd), 55mm f1,2 S.C Auto Nikkor (Ai'd by me), 105mm f2,5 P.C Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd), a 135mm f3,5 Q Auto Nikkor (Ai'd by me) and a 135mm f2,8 Q Auto Nikkor (factory Ai'd but currently taken apart).

My 24mm f2,8 N.C Auto Nikkor is at the customs office and I will pick that up on monday, and a 135mm f3,5 Q.C Auto Nikkor (non-Ai) is on it's way to me as well. The abundance of 135mm lenses is my desire to get a good user 135mm lens in my kit. Both 135mm lenses I currently own have some issues but I got one for free and the other one for $40 plus shipping so I just ordered a 3rd for $60 shipped to my door in the hopes I can combine both f3,5 lenses to a single good and usable lens with smooth focus ring and multicoated glass.

What are your thoughts on the 200mm f4 Q.C Auto Nikkor? I see a copy on ebay from a seller not too far away. What I'm looking for is a small but sharp 200mm lens to use with tubes. The aperture of f4 is not really a drawback in this case. I know the 180 f2,8 ED Ai-S is stellar, but it's too heavy to justify a place in what is supposed to be a lightweight kit.



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

georgms wrote:
Ram, another cool double-exposure. Very airy and fresh looking, how does your "model" likes this image?


Thanks George, my wife definitely loves these interesting shots., I have promised to keep myself interesting by surprising her.



cadman342001
Registered: Dec 02, 2005
Total Posts: 4467
Country: Australia

I thought it would be fun to link the most outrageous priced mf lenses you can find.

Here's my opener, a 105/2.8 micro for A$2,343. It is new mind you

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Nikon-Micro-NIKKOR-105mm-f-2-8-Lens-/111317595123?pt=AU_Lenses&hash=item19eb0bb3f3&_uhb=1

or a new Noct for A$10,618

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Nikon-Noct-NIKKOR-58mm-f-1-2-AI-S-Lens-NEW-from-Japan-miracle-/321241714354?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item4acb7f8eb2&_uhb=1

Andy



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

georgms wrote:
Ram, another cool double-exposure. Very airy and fresh looking, how does your "model" likes this image?

ramkumar999 wrote:
Thanks George, my wife definitely loves these interesting shots., I have promised to keep myself interesting by surprising her.


Way to go ;-)



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