BTW, I always like your B&W conversions, what software do you use?
Oly has a sealed 50mm
Just went today in a mall, so here's shopping results
D3x, DC 135/2 (the first one is not very sharp though, I'll go there again anyway :
Took the D3 on vacation with me to St Maarten...
I use PSCS3, the standard b&w conversion, but there's always some tweaking during and after the conversion. The yellow and red conversions are important, and usually have to be adjusted individually. I do curves and sharpness after the conversion. Sharpness is very critical to get right with b&w, since the photo consists entirely of lines and contrasts.
I was told that the rainy season didn't really start until August , but this year, we've had a complete season in May as well. It's not over until it's over, and even the first week of November can be a bit wet sometimes. Never trust the weather
But hey, it's only water, and November is the best month here; everything is green, temperatures are reasonable and the tourists haven't arrived yet (most of them anyway)
Nothing, possibly except an E-1, will withstand the heaviest showers of course, but when it rains that much, very few photos would show anything but rain, unless taken with a wide-angle lens. This is one of the reasons why I've kept the Zuiko 11-22. I just need a smaller weather sealed body than the E-3.
Love the chairs, Alex. Great photo. How would it look in b&w?
Jorgen, I decided to bring your questions from the other thread here, I didn't want to dilute that one, besides its more relevant to this forum.
Compact teles, if you're up for mf, both the Voigtlander 90/3.5 and the 180/4 are excellent and don't cost a lot. There's also a little known gem from Zeiss Jena, in the form of a very compact f-mount 70-210 zoom that you can pick up for next to nothing on e-bay. Its a tad slow at f4-5.6, but its the size of an average 35mm with a skinny shade, and it renders like a Zeiss!
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There's still a Nikkor 105/1.8 AIS in the pipeline for me somewhere, but it can take anything from a couple of weeks to forever to get it here
With all these balls in the air, it looks like I'm "stuck" with Fuji and Nikon for a while. Not the worst situation to be in, so I'll survive
Have you tried a Katzeye screen on the S5? I'm looking for ways of making focusing simpler, and a split screen is what I used for 35 years... wow, I'm getting old
What I found really helps me with mf was adapting the DK-17m eyepiece to all my cameras, even when using a split screen. You're going to need a DK-22 and an adapter kit to mount it on the S5. The kits can be ordered as a complete set or just the adapter on-line here;
If you get it, I recommend getting the dk-19 eyecup too, specially for bkk, just make sure to super glue it to the eyepiece or you're going to lose it with first use. Also tighten down the adapter parts well.
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DK17-m is the actual magnifying glass. You could do without the eyecup but but I like using one.
From a local triathlon yesterday. This kid is only 15, but finished 4th overall against a very tough field.
D300; 200-400/f4, wide open, hand held:
Hey - Trondheim is my old home town - looking forward to your version!
F2, FM2, D700, 3,5/20 UD, 2/35, 3,5/55, CV 2,5/75 (all ai or ai´d), 1,8/85 af-d,
I was close to this very old monastery and I couldn't resist to take some photos there. And this is very short photoreport:
First I met this old MG (maybe it's a collector's car!):
All taken with D3x, DC 135/2 (I should've taken my 24-70 too!).
Nice shots Leica77, I particularly like the sunset and shot of the door. It certainly does have a scandinavian character.
Lovely work with the 135/2 DC Alex! I just got mine this week. Here are a few shots with it that I took on a trip down South. I have a lot more, just not processed yet. It is a really fantastic lens. I love the look it has and it balances really well on the D3.
Great images! After looking at the clarity of your wonderful images, my next purchase will be a Nikon 135/2 DC lens. Thanks for your kind feedback. Best regards, Leica 77
Unfortunately, I had to let an excellent copy of the 135/2 pass, but here's one with the 50/1.8.
S5 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.0 and 1/18s handheld
Your image is superb! The Nikon 50mm f1.8 is reputed to be one of the sharpest lenses made by Nikon. Your beautiful image certainly supports the reputation. Best regards, Leica 77
I really have a strong love/hate relationship with this lens. Yes, it sometimes produces excellent results, but precise manual focusing is more or less impossible, and the cheap plastic feeling is almost beyond belief. There's a more solid feel to anything that comes free in cereal boxes
Mangrove forest on my province
Nikon D50 + Fisheye 10.5mm
Leica M9 | SE 18 | Lux 24 | Lux 50 | ZM 35 | Nikon D700 | 35/1.8 | 45 PC-E | 50/1.4 | 70-200 VR II | SB 800+600 |SF 58|
No, I didn't add noise. It was almost a stop underexposed at ISO800 with the S5, so the noise is all natural
Actually, I don't mind a little bit noise in portraits, at least as long as it doesn't affect microcontrast. To me, grain or noise tend to enhance the character of a person's face.
Fun Picture with Nikon. AF Nikkor 18mm. Thanks for looking. Leica 77
Many thanks for your kind and positive feedback. Best regards, Leica 77
Fun Picture with Nikon D300 + AF Nikkor 18-200mm VR Lens. Thanks for looking. Leica 77
Rush-hour at the race track.
S5 with Reflex Nikkor 500mm f/8
The 500mm Reflex is a fun lens in good weather, and the low contrast is perfect under the sharp mid-day sun. I should it more. There's surprisingly little DOF though.
S5 with Nikkor 500mm f/8 Reflex
Jorgen, please, no more such pics. Those beauties took away my breath.....now i understand why your work is such terrible hard...
Hello leif e et. al.
Fun Pictures with Nikon -- photographed in Trondheim, Norway. Thanks for looking.
A slightly different kind of fun. In this case, I put the clouds and sky in behind the Mission where none existed.
Fun Pictures with Nikon -- Photographed in Oslo, Norway. Thanks for looking. Leica 77
Jorgen, I'm sure that you've heard the saying; too much of a good thing... it looks like you're having much too much fun these days!
What's fascinating to me is how differently you and Mitch Alland see the same city and people. You two couldn't be more opposite even if you tried. I like both your styles but when looking at his imaged I question myself about staying there for nearly 14 years until I look at your vision and I'm reminded of some of the best and most fun times of my life, thank you!
David and Terry,
I also find the contrast intriguing, and I miss Mitch' work here. Differences like that is probably mostly due to the fact that we see differently. Although I see lots of dark sides as well, and sometimes involve myself far beyond my abilities, my camera seems to be looking for the bright spots, something to base a life upon.
What impresses me most, not only here in Southeast Asia, but anywhere in the world, are people who are happy with what they have. I come from a nation that used to have very little, a people who travelled to find more, as vikings, as merchant sailors and as tourists. Then, they found oil in the North Sea, and now Norwegians have anything money can buy. We did lose one thing though, on that way to riches: Ourselves. Not completely of course, but too much...
Edit: Oh, and btw. David, most of the photos that I post now are many months old. Too much boring, and sometimes frustrating, work lately. I need to get out more. Correction: I need to get out
I have a few plans though