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Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3521
Country: Singapore

I don't know why but I thought of georg as I processed this
He hasn't been around lately, no?

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I walked past, and stopped, frozen step in mid-air
And rewound my self to step into the alley
Between open boxes of jumble-sale women's shoes
Whistling softly to capture its attention
I didn't because I can't



making prints for the broom by Zichar, on Flickr


Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2413
Country: Sweden

Really nice flower Scott
Get better soon Ken
Great set Nuno
Nice Jason



Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 3 000 000 views ) auf Flickr

Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 3 000 000 views ) auf Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 3 000 000 views ) auf Flickr



HCE HCE
Registered: Apr 15, 2012
Total Posts: 487
Country: United States

Wonderful flowers joanlvh and Ronny!

D800 85mm f/1.4 with 12mm tube






D800 135mm f/2 with 12mm tube @ f/2





-Jay-


HCE HCE
Registered: Apr 15, 2012
Total Posts: 487
Country: United States

Ken That 1st mile is a hard one! Hope all is soon well with you and equipment!

Curtis Thanks for the shooting suggestions but I'm currently distracted by the smaller plants, it is a very colorful time of year.

Scott Great Tulip color!

Samy Beautiful museum shots. Those Gods led interesting lives!

D800 45mm PC-E
Let's be careful out there





-Jay-


craigjohn
Registered: Dec 30, 2013
Total Posts: 143
Country: United States

Jason_Brook posted this pic..







...which is precisely why I want the DF. That is just all kinds of Nikon sexiness.


kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2882
Country: United States

A few selections from the last time I got to go out and shoot. Taken with either the 55/1.2 AI or the 75-150/3.5 E (listed as the 80 in EXIF). Again, D7000...

First one is "Kathy"

_DSC9711 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Next up is the automotive classroom on campus.

_DSC9708 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

From the Horticulture dept.

_DSC9698 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Don't touch! Small furnace. Believe this one will hit 2200 degrees. I saw a guy with an old film camera try to do a long exposure of the furnace when it was on. He was shooting into the bowels of the furnace, melted a hole not only through the film, but deformed the plastic back as well. With the 55/1.2.

_DSC9543 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Natures wonders..

_DSC9723 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13091
Country: United States

Folks shooting with the Df seem to be enjoying the experience. I know there has been much criticism of the fact you can't change the focusing screen to facilitate shooting with MF lenses they've so promoted with this camera. I guess we'll know more when someone active on this thread gets the camera and reports how well it handles our much loved lenses.

Speaking of which... I drove to Fort Baker and the northern shore of the Golden Gate to take a few photos of the bridge for the thread I started in City, Streets and Architecture forum. Steve, Ray and Kevin have all stopped by, which is a delight. Of course, I've no wish to ignore my first love, which is this thread, so here are a couple of shots from this morning...


I really don't like the processing of this image but I like the perspective... taken underneath the bridge and showing the San Francisco skyline and the Oakland Bay bridge. This was shot with the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI... a two photo panorama stitched in PS6. Same lens used below. Always fun to find unusual angles for capturing the bridge.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5086
Country: United States

Lens Porn Alert!!!!
My latest incarnation of the W I D E S



My latest acquisition the 18mm 3.5 AIS thanks to a trade with Scott!
"keeping them in the family'"





mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 4286
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Lens Porn Alert!!!!
My latest incarnation of the W I D E S



My latest acquisition the 18mm 3.5 AIS thanks to a trade with Scott!
"keeping them in the family'"






Hey Ray, where is your 20mm 3.5 Ais? Very nice line-up. I especially like that lens second in from the left.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5086
Country: United States

I hope it is in your hands



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13091
Country: United States

Cool... SOOO many ways to keep massaging one's kit. And you're right Ray, it is always good to keep these lenses in the family.

Way to go guys. Scott, you need to give us a family portrait when the 20 arrives. You can't let Ray have all the fun. Beautiful lens by the way. Very nice...



cadman342001
Registered: Dec 02, 2005
Total Posts: 2896
Country: Australia

Overcast wet morning yesterday when I went out to the car to take youngest to school, the end of our cul-de-sac / Close tarmac/bitumen as an oof bg, first flowering of our pink frangipan tree, 180/2.8 @ 2.8.

_AGM1017 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

Andy



gbohannon
Registered: Feb 19, 2014
Total Posts: 11
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Folks shooting with the Df seem to be enjoying the experience. I know there has been much criticism of the fact you can't change the focusing screen to facilitate shooting with MF lenses they've so promoted with this camera. I guess we'll know more when someone active on this thread gets the camera and reports how well it handles our much loved lenses.


Curtis - a quick reply on the Df (getting ready to head out for the weekend) and will provide more in-depth feedback next week, but I have been shooting with the Df since the week it came out last fall (I got the body only). Almost all of my shooting has been with MF lenses. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I used an AF lens on the Df. I have no technical explanation on why the focus screen/manual focus capability is better on the Df but it truly is when using most MF lenses when compared to my D800 and from what I remember on my D700 (no longer own, but had a Katzeye screen in that). In my experience, the only challenges my soon to be 52yr old eyes have had are with my 50 f1.2 AIS and ultrawides. But then again focus is generally not an issue for me on the ultras because I am using zone focusing most of the time anyway.

My 28mm's, 35, 45P, 105, 200, etc all just "snap" in and out of focus. Of course this is assuming decent light. Even the best can be challenged in very low light situations. In that case, I use live view for critical focus. Another topic for discussion, but the response/refresh rate of live view on the Df is head and shoulders above my D800. Of all the MF lenses I have (in my profile), believe it or not, the one I enjoy the most due to size and focus ability is my 50mm f1.8 Series E. It is a joy to shoot with.

I am one of our church photographers, and I really avoid using flash except when absolutely necessary and the combination of the Df with its low light capability and classic MF glass has been my go to rig all year. My D800 has been relegated to my 80 - 200 AF/80-400 AF zoom for wildlife and being used for video (of course using classic MF glass). Favorite for video on my D800 is the 50-300 f4.5 ED AIS.

I have a 55 f1.2 S Non AI being delivered tomorrow and will just miss it for my weekend trip. That purchase was a direct result of the influence of this thread I am interested to find out if the 55 f1.2 is any easier to focus vs. the 50 f1.2

Have a good weekend everyone.

George



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13091
Country: United States

Wow. Thanks George. That was a very fast response but even better, it was succinct and to the point. I'll tell you, you're not making it any easier to strike that camera off my wish list

As I said before, you really belong on this thread with your great affection for these lenses. I'll be curious to hear your report on the 55 f/1.2. I love the fact you can mount that on the Df without needing to cut the aperture ring. I know it can be done with great care, as Jose does it, but there is something comforting to know these lenses can be left in the "natural" state. Happy shooting George.



Jason_Brook
Registered: Sep 28, 2012
Total Posts: 984
Country: United States

Well, after a half hour of playing with my new 50/1.4 all I can say is......Dear Jesus how can I hide buying a 135/2 from my wife?!?!?! I need one, NOW. *cough* would trade 85/1.8G *cough*

Seriously though, this is my first OLD lens. I was not expecting quality like this or the character. I was expecting its shortcomings to be bad, real bad, but they're not. The shortcomings give character, gorgeous character. This thing is so creamy compared to modern 50's.

As for using it on a DF, I have no opinion, as I've never shot a full manual lens before today. I'm 26, cut me some slack

50mm F/1.4 Nikkor S (non-ais) by Jason Brook, on Flickr



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13091
Country: United States

Lovely Jason. Such a sweet shot... those sparkling eyes.

You'll be forgiven Jason but it is nice to see you're a quick learner. This thread has been the smashing success it is only because these lenses are such great performers. The lens you have is not considered one of the best of the lot, but as your experience shows, it still sparkles. And the craftsmanship is amazing. That we can buy these lenses so cheaply feels almost criminal, but I'm not going to report anyone...

So now you know what this is all about. The 135 f/2 is a fine lens and with Ronny, Ray and others dropping great shots on the thread, it is easy to understand your interest. But don't forget the 105s and the 85s and the great 180. We say "kit building is forever" simply because there are so many fine lenses with which to play. So have fun with the Df and do a bit of shopping. There are some great deals out there...



Jason_Brook
Registered: Sep 28, 2012
Total Posts: 984
Country: United States

That's why I want the 135/2 so badly. I know this 50/1.4 is one of the lesser lenses, I can only imagine how much I'd enjoy that 135. Even with the 50/1.4, I plan to exploit what it does good. It will not be a walk around lens (that's what AF is for ), it will be a lens with a purpose.



Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2413
Country: Sweden

Lovely shot Jason



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2310
Country: United States

Jason, welcome and careful. That 135 f2 has some kind of crazy glue on its mount, it doesn't come off too easily from the camera once it goes on Nothing wrong with using the 135 as a walk around. In fact I haven't used an AF for a walk around for the last two years since I got my first manual Nikkor. And wonderful picture of the little one with the 50 1.4!

Andy, very crisp flower and leaf, well done!

Ray and Scott, what's all this horse trading going on?? That 18mm looks delicious, as does Ray's growing wide family

George with an e (We have a Georg without the e ), thanks for the info on the Df. You and Joan are pioneers along with Ron on this thread with that camera, and I believe quite a few on this thread are wondering how to justify a new camera to their significant ones

Kevin, very happy to see that you are past your latest ill health and can enjoy photography again. Just take it slow and take the fewest possible lenses each time for your photo walks, maybe just the one mounted.

Jay, thanks! And very interesting double exposure on the cliff. That looks like quite a drop.

Ronny, terrific flower set again!

Chin, very well done with that look down that alley. Great capture and post processing. And very interesting corner building with the window air conditioners. I don't know how you can be more productive. Your style is an inspiration!

Scott, thanks. That flower is terrific. Love the light on it and the rendering of the 35 2 background.

Ken, great to see that you are in good enough spirits to post pictures of both your injury and that of the 55 1.2. Once you are healed, I am sure you will find another one.

Steve, love the peony bokeh and other macros! And Curtis, have forgotten about the tubes thread, will have to post a couple there this weekend.

Joan, very nice flowers and the background with your Df + 85 1.4 combo!

Rafael, thanks for documenting that fire, the one with the red flames looks closer and terrifying! And enjoy your trip to Guadalajara, look forward to your photos once you are back.

James, what a serene view at the sea. Even though the smoke from the fire added to the color.

John, interesting photo story of the tornado shelter.

Philippe, the more I read about Camile the more impressed I am at such a young age she took on such a dangerous assignment. Very sad and indeed CAR seems to be in very bad shape from what I am reading. Very unfortunate for the two soldiers too who were trying to keep the peace in such a dangerous environment.

Nuno, congrats on the 85 1.4 acquisition. It never disappoints, you will love it. Give it some time and you will be more used to it. I would keep the 85 2 also, its not quite as stellar (or popular here), but its got its own, different style from the few examples I have seen on this thread.

Peter (Kynsna), I have been enjoying the classic cars the past week or so since you have been posting the pics.

Thanks folks for the comments/likes on the set from the museum. Looking again at the comparison between the Ultramax and the Agfa photos of the sarcophagus, the Ultramax color is spot on. The Agfa might be better where I want to have more of a saturated look.








saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 2310
Country: United States

And where's Georg?



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