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Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 3001
Country: United States

Kingfishphoto wrote:
Anyone looking for a low click D700 with grip ? Foto Forum in Phoenix has an 8000 click, with Nikon grip, boxed, for $1,400 . It looks pretty much like new to me. Their phone - 602-263-0084 .
Harry Palmer


Mine has only 7195. I guess I should call it barely broken in

R



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 1472
Country: United States

My last posting with the 50 1.4 S, nippon kogaku, this is one competent and friendly lens, it does not have the signatures of the 5.8cm or the 5cm 2.0S, or the 55 1.2, it has a look all its own, these are subtle but very clear an fun differences, did not get around to the comparo as the weather was ugly.
$_57 (13) by Rafael CA, on Flickr

But was able to do a portrat session with Jaxiel and Abraham, 11 year old humans, giving therapy to Roberta and Elliot, 9 year old canines.

nikon nikkor 50mm 1.4S D800 Jaxiel and Abraham give dog therapy Elliot by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 50mm 1.4S D800 Jaxiel give dog therapy Roberta by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 50mm 1.4S D800 Jaxiel and Abraham give dog therapy by Rafael CA, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2642
Country: Brazil

Kevin, Peter and David:

All these doubts about defish or not defish the 16/3.5 and I remembered that I had myself doubts during a trip to Italy in 2013.

Sometimes even in a DX body the distortion is clear, as in this take of Imperial Palaces + Circus Maximus at Roma:

Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palaces - Nikkor 16/3.5 F ai'd by labecoaves, on Flickr

A view of the Imperial Palaces on the mount Palatino, with the Circus Maximus track in the foreground.
D7000 + Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/5,6 at 1/640s.
Original image non "defished".


Then, I experimented a defish action inside CS5 using the profile of the 16/2.8 AF-D and the result was:

Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palaces - "defished" Nikkor 16/3.5 F ai'd by labecoaves, on Flickr

Same shot of above, but a "defished" version using the 16/2.8 af-d profile at CS5.


Not sure though if this result will be the same on a FX body; supposedly not.




asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2642
Country: Brazil

Inspired by the magnificient night sky shots from Nuno, Peter and John, during my last trip to the countryside I tried my relatively new (to me) 35/1.4:


Although at f/1.4 & f/2 coma is clearly visible, at f/2.8 it is almost gone.

Milkway centre with Nikkor-NC 35mm f/1.4 ai´d by labecoaves, on Flickr


D600 + Nikkor-NC 35mm f/1.4 ai'd + tripod + remote shutter, ISO 1600, f/2.8 at 15 sec of exposure; ~20% cropped.
Near the small city of Itirapina, some light pollution.
At f/2.8 coma is almost gone, except at the very extreme 4 diagonal borders.
The pink-purple spot at centre left is the Lagoon Nebula (M8).

BTW, you guys, masters of nightsky shots, what main PP actions or workflow did you use?



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2982
Country: United States

Whenever I need to defish a shot, I use DxO. I have tried everything out there and DxO I feel is the best.

Taken with my D7000 and the 10.5/2.8 Dx Nikon fisheye. De fished with DxO.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinwoodard/9888972326/



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 6038
Country: United States

A few from the day's adventure taking the passenger ferry over to Seattle.
16/3.5 AI, 45/2.8P, and 135/3.5 AIS accompanied the D800 (and A7r) on the trip.

When I could focus it accurately the 135/3.5 was excellent. The Blue Angels image was accidentally shot wide open, but the planes at 100% viewing are extremely sharp. Highly recommend this lens to anyone.
Also as you can see - the bokeh at f/3.5 is still very good.



DontShoot
Registered: Jun 15, 2009
Total Posts: 2302
Country: United States

Another hot day in SoCal, so I took my kids out for an ice cream

105 2.5 again



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

A few from around town using the 18mm 3.5 AIS



Inside train museum



inside caboose





anhlp
Registered: Jul 31, 2014
Total Posts: 14
Country: Vietnam

CGrindahl wrote:
Since you all appeared at the same time, I guess i shouldn't be surprised that you are friends. How delightful to have friends who share you interest in shooting with these gorgeous old lenses. From the ones listing in your profile I take it you like to go long. Those are three excellent lenses for the purpose.

I note that you've included some information about yourself and your kit in your profile. Thanks so much for that. Since Vietnamese names are a bit confusing to me, and likely to others, it would be helpful if you included your first name in your profile so we can refer to it. Our friend Chuong has been with us for quite awhile and we've become familiar with his name. I've no doubt we'll get to know yours as well as your friends. If you could pass this message on to them I'd be most grateful.

Again, I'm delighted you found us. I hope you keep sharing what you find when wandering about with your camera. Honestly, that is what all of us are doing on this thread. So welcome!

Thanks so much for your recomment and fathfuly! Well done ;-)))
Ken: Thank you so much for the compliment.
Good Morning (in TaoDan Park - Ho Chi Minh City)
D7000 + 35f2.8 AI
DSC_3056 bokeh by anhlp, on Flickr



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3553
Country: Singapore

You might have started a new internet trend Chuong
Vintage Nikon + Rambutans
Here's my take after stumbling upon them in the market



red oh by Zichar, on Flickr


Fpessolano
Registered: Jun 30, 2014
Total Posts: 271
Country: Belgium

The 35/2.8 has quite a funny bokeh! Make the flower photo quite interesting!
I have seen in the past door photos and I am not sure why they were dedicated to Leighton, I think. So, before moving on from the H85 I am sharing two doors.

The door of our little cottage ... Actually I would say the reflections on it.






And a door I saw yesterday in Le Conquet. The color was quite something else.






And now this is what we could see this morning just after waking up ... Tide receded again all the way. This one is with the 180ED. The lens I hope to use more today.






leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9458
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
......


I'll probably end up doing the conversion myself. Didn't Jose document that procedure?


Leighton, yes, after buying a factory ring for the 16/3.5 F (from Ray if I am not wrong) in the end I decided to make myself the ai'd work, specially in the cases where the scalloped ring is original. BTW anyone interested in 400/5.6 K ED & 16/3.5 F factory rings, just PM me.

The best resource I know to DIY is this one:
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/02/06/nikkor-ai-conversions-diy/

Contrary to Pindelski, I prefer to maintainr the aperture "claw" when possible.
The critical issue is to pay attention to the table (in the mifddle of the document) titled "Nikkor pre-Ai filing limit
for Ai conversion, maximum aperture".



I repost two of my conversions below:


Nikkor-N.C 24mm f/2.8 ring conversion to AI by labecoaves, on Flickr

This is the conversion on my ex 24/2.8 NC (sold because an impossible to fix haze inside the lens). D600 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 ais hand held.
Just to show the easy task with the final cosmetic touch (matte black paint).



DIY-ai-conversion-set by labecoaves, on Flickr

This is an illustration of the work on my 105/2.5 P Sonnar. Contrary to Pindelski, I prefer to maintain the aperture "claw" just because I like the original look of the lens.
All ring shots with D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 hand held.
Debut shot ("selfie") of the ai'd lens with D7000 hand held.


Thank you Jose. I read the procedure on his site yesterday, looks pretty easy. You did a great job on yours. What kind of paint did you use? Was it for metal?



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9458
Country: United States

Fpessolano wrote:
The 35/2.8 has quite a funny bokeh! Make the flower photo quite interesting!
I have seen in the past door photos and I am not sure why they were dedicated to Leighton, I think. So, before moving on from the H85 I am sharing two doors.



Very nice door shots! I think I got door images attributed to me a few years ago after posting a bunch of them from around town.



nampramos
Registered: Mar 31, 2014
Total Posts: 399
Country: Sweden

Samy, that first one of your last post is really really good! That area looks very beautiful and the reflections on the water look great!

Jose (Brazil) bonita foto! When shooting the night skies I change the WB on my camera to 4K and then on LR I play around with the highlights and the shadows. It always depends a bit from photo to photo, especially if there is light pollution on the horizon or if it is early in the night or starting to get into the morning hours (the sky will be more blue at this time and not super dark). I always try to make it look as natural as possible but if you want to go all crazy start using PS to maximize your RAW captures. I have seen some guides online and the amount of "transformation" that is possible nowadays with this new sensors is amazing. I also always try to have something on the foreground, which helps the viewer understand the dimension of the sky you are showing. A tree or a rock is a good thing to have on the foreground or if you're lucky enough to find an old barn/house in a dark place.

Here's an old one I took in Sweden, back then with the D7100 and Fish Eye DX 10.5/2.8: http://500px.com/photo/65048883



nampramos
Registered: Mar 31, 2014
Total Posts: 399
Country: Sweden

A few more from Saturday's SUP Competition. This are from the 8 Km marathon on a Lagoon nearby.

For this one I used the 50/1.2 AIS. I have to admit that I am not enjoying it that much until now and it is pretty hard to nail focus at f/1.2 when shooting people only with the OVF and the assist green dot.

DSD_2549.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr

The following one I used the 105/1.8 AIS, another lens that I do not really see any gain from the 85/1.4 AIS. I have shot a bit more with this one than with the 50/1.2 but I haven't had the chance to look and process the photos I took with it yet. Hopefully this week.

DSD_2544.jpg by Nuno André Ramos, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2642
Country: Brazil

Nuno, obrigado! Thanks for the tips. In fact I even tried to include some landscape with the 16/3.5, which was in the trip too, but the scenarios were terrible, a far cry from yours or those of Peter/John. And the city was close so too much light pollution.

Leighton, If I remember was someone here that suggested the use of Birchwood/Casey Superblack instant touch pen. Depending on your lens you would need a "flat black" or a "gloss" version. I have both. Good luck in your conversion. If possible document it to show us over here.



Fpessolano
Registered: Jun 30, 2014
Total Posts: 271
Country: Belgium

Leighton- I think I saw some Leighton doors In The past week actually ...

Nuno - do not give up on the 50. At least if you like what you see wide open.

And now two with the 180 inspired by the ones also with the 180 of Nuno somehow ...












nampramos
Registered: Mar 31, 2014
Total Posts: 399
Country: Sweden

Good ones Francesco! The 180/2.8 is a really good lens! I am going to the beach in a couple of minutes and I am taking it with me.

The thing with the 50mm is actually a bit more complex than that. I was never a fan of that FL. The only reason I bought it was to try out the f/1.2 and also because it was a very good deal, together with the 105/1.8. I will use both during the month of August and then decide what to do with them.



Fpessolano
Registered: Jun 30, 2014
Total Posts: 271
Country: Belgium

I will do the same once the kids wake up. These were from driving and walking around. I am just not sure if I take the 180 or the 105.

Knowing the prices you paid for those two, you will be able to sell them at no cost if not profit anyhow!



dhamments
Registered: Aug 10, 2009
Total Posts: 330
Country: Australia

CGrindahl wrote:
dhamments wrote:
Good afternoon all. There has been much to like once again as this thread moves rapidly forward. At the risk of over posting images from my first session with the 16mm f3.5 (now ai), here's one final image that needed a little help. After some cropping and a boost with Color Efex Pro, I offer this shot for consideration... It's raining tonight, so doesn't look like I'll be able to get out and "give er another go".

Cheers and good light,
David



David, it is a time honored tradition that when someone gets a new lens they have free reign to inundate the thread with photos... four at a time, of course. We never want to dampen enthusiasm and nothing stirs people's lens lust as quickly as someone else's LOVE for a lens. Of course, the 16 f/3.5 in all its iterations is already much loved. It is one of those lenses that costs a bit more, but most find it a worthwhile investment. You'll have to tell us what it feels like WHEN you pick up that DF...


Thanks for the go ahead Curtis (and thanks to Ray, Peter, John and Jose for their insights into using this lens). Curtis, how could you tell that I am leaning towards purchasing a Df before I leave Canada? I took a stroll around our neighbourhood last night, in dreary conditions with the 16mm f3.5 mounted on the D7100. I've located the "sweet spot" on the focus ring and really don't have to worry very much about OOF captures with this lens. Composition is another matter however.... you REALLY have to keep the camera level and avoid straight lines on the periphery of the image (as Peter pointed out earlier). I think LR does a pretty good job managing the distortion with this lens, but wonder if others are having more success with another program Also, I'm wondering if it's worthwhile tracking down an 18mm f3.5 ai as images captured with this lens seem to handle straight lines and perspective better Anyway, here are a few from last night's stroll in the neighbourhood. The big house is "Willistead Manor"... an old manor home here in Windsor.

Cheers and good light,
David



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