Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13079
Country: United States

Fascinating Scott. As I reflect on it I realized I always set the non-CPU register at 50 f/4 when shooting with that lens. I certainly never had problems with metering, so I guess i was just lucky... With what Ray reported earlier, perhaps we have an explanation... considering that the aperture opening actually changes size when the zoom ring is turned. It is hard to imagine the camera is smart enough to recognize this particular lens even with the information in the register, but perhaps the difference in aperture size is what affects the outcome at the two different focal lengths. The camera expects f/4 but is actually dealing with different aperture size. Definitely a curiosity.



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2607
Country: Brazil

Great info on the 25-50/4. Better to left at 50/4 on the non CPU menu. I will check my copy tomorrow to confirm this behaviour.


More shots from the obsolete combo:


wide open:


Father and child bikers at 110m, taken with a 640mm f/5.6 semi AF lens por labecoaves, no Flickr

D2Xs + TC16A + Nikkor 400mm f/3.5 ais IF-ED (= 640mm f/5.6) + tripod, ISO 800, f/5.6 (wide open) at 1/250s, ~30% cropped. Rear tyre needs more air!




"Skiing" 90m away, taken with a 640mm f/5.6 semi AF lens por labecoaves, no Flickr

D2Xs + TC16A + Nikkor 400mm f/3.5 ais IF-ED (= 640mm f/5.6) + tripod, ISO 320, f/6.3 at 1/500s, ~30% cropped.



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 351
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
More shots from the obsolete combo:

Nice sharp images Jose. I had tried a TC-16 which was modified to use on all motor drive DSLRs. However it had major back focusing issues that I had to return it back.

But love my 400mm just by itself so much that I am ready to crop.
Canadian Goose by ramkumar999, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
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Very good capture, Ram. I have to experiment this lens with birds!



Cadaver
Registered: Dec 03, 2008
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Nice to see some photos from a great old lens like the 400mm 3.5. Post more when you can.



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
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Country: United States

Crusing Grand, was Pierce Arrow day. Took the 135mm 2.0, very hard to work with all the people milling around.

The cars are just magnificent.

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 ais D800 Pierce Arrow by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 ais D800 Pierce Arrow hood ornament by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 ais D800 Pierce Arrow headlights by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 ais D800 Pierce Arrow newer by Rafael CA, on Flickr



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
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Country: United States

There were some Packards too, this at 2.0 with the 135mm. How come cars do not come in these colors anymore?

NIKON NIKKOR 135 mm 2.0 CM D800 Packard Eight by Rafael CA, on Flickr



xecaoebrung8
Registered: Jun 21, 2014
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My favorite all-time lens



Big Appa
Registered: Sep 23, 2005
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Rafael...I think the Pierce Arrow hood ornament photo is striking.

Ed



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
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Rafael, I really like those old cars and when using manual focus glass it seems they shine even brighter. Your post processing will certainly add to that (wish to share the secret?)

I will be joining the FX ranks soon. I wanted to wait a bit with the purchase but a perfect opertunity came along and I purchased a used but very nice D3 (straight swap for my AF-S 14-24 f2,8 which feels redundant now that I own the much prettier looking and smaller 20mm UD Nikkor).

A few things have me wondering. One of which, and maybe the most pressing right now, is do the focus screens for the D700 fit in a D3 too? I do wish to swap in a split prism screen just like I have in the D300



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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Country: United States

Jose, more nice work with the "obsolete" combo. Looking forward to your test results on the 25-50.

Ram, nice tele crop with the 400 3.5.

Rafael, great car series. The Pierce Arrow hood ornament is terrific.



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 351
Country: United States

Cadaver wrote:
Nice to see some photos from a great old lens like the 400mm 3.5. Post more when you can.


Its a sleeper beauty in the world of f2.8s. Taken using the 400mm f3.5 AI., 50% crop.
House Sparrow Male by ramkumar999, on Flickr



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 351
Country: United States

I tried some tubes with my 400mm f3.5 AI. Here are some shots.

House Sparrow Female by ramkumar999, on Flickr

House Sparrow Female - Crop 50% by ramkumar999, on Flickr

House Sparrow Female - Crop 25% by ramkumar999, on Flickr



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
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Those are mighty sharp images Ram. The only lens that sharp in my collection must be the 105mm micro Nikkor.



nampramos
Registered: Mar 31, 2014
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Really nice that last one Ram! Love the detail on the bird and the background. How heavy is that lens?



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 351
Country: United States

the solitaire wrote:
Those are mighty sharp images Ram. The only lens that sharp in my collection must be the 105mm micro Nikkor.


nampramos wrote:
Really nice that last one Ram! Love the detail on the bird and the background. How heavy is that lens?


Thanks Guys. This is shot at f5.6 which is where the optimum sharpness begins. F8 is spectacular and F11 is too.
The lens is around 6 lbs. You can read about it here.
400mm f3.5

I could still use f4 if there is no cropping involved and if its a landscape styled photo.



nampramos
Registered: Mar 31, 2014
Total Posts: 351
Country: Sweden

How does the 400/3.5 compare to the 400/5.6 though?

I have a 300/4 AFS which with the TC17EII becomes a 500mm and I am very satisfied with it so its more for curiosity than any other thing.



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
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I was out taking some equine shots today. Here is one with 135mm f2.0 AI







Ken Hill
Registered: Jul 28, 2013
Total Posts: 499
Country: United States

Ram very sharp indeed

Laura pre focus serves me well as in the past skateboarders and the few taken earlier today of the golfer in full swing. Very nice series but no way in the "same league" as the Lakeland "Flying Tigers."

Nuno very good beach setting and shots.

Ray me salivate over a Vette .... yeah you bet!

Scott love the series and the block buildings

Steve the birds are very well done and natural

Chin ... how did you do that?

Phillippe some things like old men staring are universal

Kevin et al I think I'll try my 25-50 with the new info.

Curtis ... went to the car dealer yesterday and hung out. Learned I an lease a NEW Corvette C7 CHEAPER than I can lease a Power Chair to get around in. It's been six weeks yesterday. To my surprise a good friend dropped off a Power Chair that was used by his family. It has a 25 mile range does 5 MPH and can turn on a dime. Using it keeps my left shoulder from blowing out that will be needed once I can put weight on my legs.

Well I took the chair down the road today and took the 180 ED. Got some good shots and shot a flower and a kitten as well as momma cat based on the inspiration I get from this thread.




rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1389
Country: United States

the solitaire wrote:
Rafael, I really like those old cars and when using manual focus glass it seems they shine even brighter. Your post processing will certainly add to that (wish to share the secret?)

I will be joining the FX ranks soon. I wanted to wait a bit with the purchase but a perfect opertunity came along and I purchased a used but very nice D3 (straight swap for my AF-S 14-24 f2,8 which feels redundant now that I own the much prettier looking and smaller 20mm UD Nikkor).

A few things have me wondering. One of which, and maybe the most pressing right now, is do the focus screens for the D700 fit in a D3 too? I do wish to swap in a split prism screen just like I have in the D300


Congrats on the D3 Buddy, I just use Capture NX2 with the Nik Plug in, obsolete software, these were processed with either old photo, or solarization, plus color and contrast tweaks.

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 @ 2.0 D800 pierce arrow 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 @ 2.0 D800 pierce arrow by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 @ 2.0 D800 pierce arrow 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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