Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Kingfishphoto wrote:
3. Rainbow car.


You and I share an interest in photographing hot cars Harry but unfortunately, all the photos in my portfolio of cars were taken during my Canon days and don't belong on this particular thread.

As you can imagine, since I live in California where cars age a bit more gracefully without harsh winters or roads salted against ice, there are some gorgeous older cars on display during summer months when local communities host hotrodders. The City of San Rafael hosts May Madness each year, blocking off downtown streets that are lined with cars from yesteryear, including some gorgeous hot rods, as well as classics lovingly restored. Needless to say these are great events for photographers as well. Next year I'll take my D700 for a stroll so I can share the wealth.

Thanks for the great shots!



Kingfishphoto
Registered: Nov 26, 2005
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Comon guys- eye surgery can preform wonders.



dj dunzie
Registered: Aug 14, 2006
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Kingfishphoto wrote:
Comon guys- eye surgery can preform wonders.


... at least enough eye surgery to be able to see a fuzzy green dot!

I hope my vision never goes, I enjoy these MF lenses too much.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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dj dunzie wrote:
Kingfishphoto wrote:
Comon guys- eye surgery can preform wonders.


... at least enough eye surgery to be able to see a fuzzy green dot!

I hope my vision never goes, I enjoy these MF lenses too much.


Is that dot really green?



vws51
Registered: Mar 07, 2008
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I picked up a beautiful MF Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF AiS back in 2006 to use with my D200. Took a couple of test shots with it and never used it again. A couple of days ago I decided I might as well sell it, so I mounted it on my D700 and took a couple shots to use with my ad...













Crap! I like this lens and I'm gonna keep it.



dj dunzie
Registered: Aug 14, 2006
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vws51 wrote:
Crap! I like this lens and I'm gonna keep it.


That's a good thing! You were meant to keep it and love it I think! Nice IQ for sure...



DABNIK
Registered: Jun 30, 2009
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ecidi wrote:
50 f1.4 ais

YOWSA to that one & the 50 f1.8. Just beautiful!!!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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vws51 wrote:
I picked up a beautiful MF Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF AiS back in 2006 to use with my D200. Took a couple of test shots with it and never used it again. A couple of days ago I decided I might as well sell it, so I mounted it on my D700 and took a couple shots to use with my ad...

Crap! I like this lens and I'm gonna keep it.


I'm a real sucker for cat photos and these are excellent.

It appears you have a real winner with that lens. No doubt, the D700 loves these old MF lenses.



nikolin
Registered: Aug 02, 2010
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Nikkor 35mm F1.4 AI-S wide open on D700
http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=11530750



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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nikolin wrote:
Nikkor 35mm F1.4 AI-S wide open on D700
http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=11530750


I think this is what you were looking for... You need to lift the image out of the photo.net frame so it sits bare in its own window. You copy that URL and drop it into the composing box and you're home free.







CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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And Harry, I did take a photo of a vehicle, though not an oldie but goodie. I'd forgotten that I'd already posted BMW photo on the 105 f/2.5 appreciation thread. Here is another one showing this German beauty in the foreground and my car in the distance. Not quite as sexy as what you've offered, but at least in the spirit of the thread.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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I'm a week into a holiday in the Netherlands where I'm visiting a friend with whom I share an interest in photography. As I put together a kit for this trip I found myself drawn to the manual focus lenses I've been talking about on this and other threads. In the end I took five manual focus prime lenses and nothing else. I've taken well over 2,000 photos during this week, and I'd say perhaps two or three times the thought crossed my mind that I wished I had either a zoom or automatic focus. These old Nikon lenses are so fine that taking photos with them has been a pleasure.

I know this post is rather meaningless without a photo or two, but I've been so busy taking photos I've processed few and uploaded to the internet none. I return on Saturday and will likely spend the next week at my computer going through all these images. I'll post a few photos then.

Tomorrow we take a boat ride up the Maas River from Rotterdam to Dordrecht and bicycle out to some of the dikes, cameras in hand or quickly available.



Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
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CGrindahl - don't you know that you are missing out on a perfectly composed shot by using only primes With a zoom, you wouldn't have to take a step backwards to frame a shot. I mean sometimes a 50mm FL won't work as I need 49.75mm at times.... I've said many times that 2-3 primes make for a nice travel kit which yields very good results. Be sure to post some pics!



Erie Patsellis
Registered: Oct 05, 2006
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CGrindahl wrote:
I can only guess that these wonderful lenses fell out of favor with the vast majority of photographers because AF shooting doesn't require the same degree of concentration as MF shooting. I know for those who've shot for decades, manual focusing is second nature. I was shooting yesterday afternoon and friend who'd observed me shooting before exclaimed, "You're shooting manual!" and proceeded to tell me about his long lost Nikon kit. Obviously my left hand turning the lens gave me away.

I can't help but wonder how many of the folks posting images from the MF Nikkor lenses are actually still shooting with them. Quite a few photos posted have been recycled through other threads and could have been taken long ago. For me its all new and refreshing, reinvigorating my photography. I'm now an apostle... ...


As a long time film/MF shooter (since '74), I find the transition from MF to AF to be disconcerting, while great for grab shots and such, I find I'm frequently turning it off and focusing manually. But I also only own two zooms, and 30 or so fixed focal length lenses.

Then again, I'm an old fart that still prefers big (4x5, 8x10, 16x20) negatives to digital anyway.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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I'll make a downpayment on photos from my trip with this shot taken at 9 p.m. from the top of the Euro Mast with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s mounted and set at f/2. I was looking north toward the Maas River with the dramatic Erasmus bridge in the distance. Two friends whom I met years ago at Trekearth live in Rotterdam and this evening was intended to give me an introduction to what they call the "blue hour." This photo is more toward black, but certainly photos I took earlier in the evening have a wonderful blue glow to them.. This is hand held, leaning on the railing that runs around the observation deck on the top of the Mast.







CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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And here is a photo of my friend Bert with his Panasonic G1 mounted on a tripod. He was rather blown away by the performance of the D700 in this low light. I shot all these images in Manual mode at 1/50th and f/2 and let Auto ISO take care of the rest. In this case it was ISO 6400.







object88
Registered: Aug 30, 2010
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I'm glad to see this thread; I just picked up a 135mm f2.8 for a steal: $35! I later figured out why -- it has a fungus infection. However, being completely new to manual lenses, I will use the crap out of it while trying get my bearings around exposure, quick focusing, etc. Even if the lens is completely unusable in a year, I will have got my money's worth many times over in experience.

I plan on taking it out this upcoming weekend for a first real walk around town. It's going to be fun!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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CGrindahl wrote:
I'll make a downpayment on photos from my trip with this shot taken at 9 p.m. from the top of the Euro Mast with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s mounted and set at f/2. I was looking north toward the Maas River with the dramatic Erasmus bridge in the distance. Two friends whom I met years ago at Trekearth live in Rotterdam and this evening was intended to give me an introduction to what they call the "blue hour." This photo is more toward black, but certainly photos I took earlier in the evening have a wonderful blue glow to them.. This is hand held, leaning on the railing that runs around the observation deck on the top of the Mast.


Could you provide a higher resolution version of this? I'm very interested in how this lens does on a D700 for this kind of shot - I've the 50/1.2 AIS, but only a D300.

Thanks - John



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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vws51 wrote:
I picked up a beautiful MF Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF AiS back in 2006 to use with my D200. Took a couple of test shots with it and never used it again. A couple of days ago I decided I might as well sell it, so I mounted it on my D700 and took a couple shots to use with my ad...

Crap! I like this lens and I'm gonna keep it.


Yes, I've a 300/4.5 ED-IF AIS as well and have not used it much since I compared it to my 70-300AFS VR on my D300. On the D300 it was just ever so slightly better than the 70-300 - not enough to justify using it over the AFS lens.
But I suspect on a D700 those corners on the 300/4.5 will be way better than my 70-300AFS, so it has stayed.
However, to afford the step-up to the D700 from the D300 I may need to let it go.
Keep the images from the 300/4.5 ED-IF coming!

John



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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jhinkey wrote:

Could you provide a higher resolution version of this? I'm very interested in how this lens does on a D700 for this kind of shot - I've the 50/1.2 AIS, but only a D300.

Thanks - John


I was approached by someone who complained that my images were too large who suggested that 800 pixel width is the standard. I've subsequently honored that request, though I tend to process images at 1200 pixel width. Here is a link to the image at that size.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pAnSFqpOjdqTcIYNdeGVAw?feat=directlink



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