Beautiful series, Arne. Too bad you have to invest in those Zeiss lenses
D3, 300vr 2.8
@ Rayyan, Hermann and Tom: thank you gentlemen for your kind remarks
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So many great frames since I last visited, e.g. from Steve Tarka, PeterB, Rayyan, Francesco, Tim, Lloyd, Steve tetsrfun, and Arne. All excellent
And lots of friendly envy on your new high Mp machine, Arne, stunning output. Congrats !
I would always welcome feedback. Joe
Main Street, Durango, Colorado. Cheers, Matt
1. D7000; 17-50mm f/2.8; 50mm; 1/125s @ f/5.6; ISO 800
2. D7000; 17-50mm f/2.8; 17mm; 1/15s @ f/2.8; ISO 800
3. D7000; 17-50mm f/2.8; 19mm; 1/200s @ f/5.6; ISO 800
Wow!! Those are full-on Gorgeous, Matt.
Arne: Stunningly, beautiful set of photos!
Rayyan: Nicely composed. Terrific color. Probably nobody's in-law?
Another awesome portrait in B & W.
Steve: Enjoying the snow? Nice work with the big lens! Perfect snow in the last.
Rayyan: Nicely balanced composition! Color's are great.
Arne: Again, incredible detail and color! Those last too are just brilliant.
jsf: I have no idea what it is; but, it's very cool: graphically, dimensionally, and color-wise.
Lloyd: Thanks! Didn't shoot much. I can see why SW sunrises are well photographed. I need to go back and get out of town.
Matt, it is a young woman in a short skirt, wearing leotards, leaning back against a plexiglass safety screen on a raised pedestrian walkway. I've been doing some soft reflection work. Thank you for the compliment. Joe
- The best car in the world
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- At sixty miles an hour the loudest noise in the new Rolls Royce comes from the electric clock
Maybe there are even more. I wouldn't know, only had three
the slogan I have in mind is the following:
"The quality remains when the price is forgotten"
Always a comforting thought when buying expensive (but solid) stuff
Lloyd, Steve, Jorgen, Rayyan, Matt: Thanks a lot for the nice comments!
Matt, those images from Durango look great! D7000 eh? Would be interesting as a more portable alternatve to the D3x when weight is of the essence, not to mention as a back up. Please post more and give us your opinion when you have worked it a bit!
Last shot (for now) with the D3x.
ZF-2 100mm Makro Planar.
Life, as it is lived. Black, white and gray. Simple. Stark.
I'm curious if anyone here uses "old" Nikon glass, and if they do, have you ever compared it with the new lenses? My curiosity is if the new lenses are sharper? I'm not unhappy with what I have but I have nothing to compare them with either. Just wondering if I am getting everything the camera has to offer in sharpness by using these old lenses. The lenses are all about 35 years old, manual focus, primes. Joe
Escaped the cold in DC and headed to Miami. A great spot for lunch is in Coconut Grove called Jaguar. They are known for ceviche. This is the shrimp nuevo. D3x with 105 VR.
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I just picked up this lens, a Nikkor 25-50 F4, it is at least 30 years old. Perspective corrected in CS5, this was shot at the 25MM setting. No post-processing other than the PC was done. I think it holds its own against the newer lenses. I also have a 1980s 35MM 2.8 PC that I use in my work, it too has great rendering. I am on the prowl for a 20MM 2.8 AIS manual focus lens.
The only disadvantage I see using older lenses with DSLR is that the metadata can only be fed to the camera if you use the non-CPU function - which is a pain in the ***, especially if you have several old lenses. I admit that I am a dinosaur and like old lenses with aperture rings and the uber-build quality.
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As for old lenses, optically its sort of like Leica's old lenses in that each has to be tried out and judged on their own merits, some having both strengths (and a look) and other times weaknesses exposed by using them on a sensor based camera. The entire building shot (could the building be considered art deco?) has a fabuolus look to it that if it wasn't for the cars, I might have thought you scanned an old slide from decades past.
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In general, I find that the modern lenses seem a bit sharper, with a couple of exceptions. my 105/2,5 AIS is about a sharp as anything I've every shot. And I have a 24/2,8 which is tack sharp as well. But overall, I think my newer lenses are sharper. I haven't tried to do the micro focus adjustments you can do with the D3 and other newer Nikons, that my have an impact.
It is my impression that my Micro-Nikkor 55 mm, 105mm, 200mm and 300mm are as sharp as the camera is going to give me, my 28mm, I am not so sure of, it is the f/3.5 and though sharp not like the other lenses. But then I don't know. I don't know what to expect from the camera. I am so used to shooting MF or LF that I have not yet adjusted to the look of the digital. I haven't found adjusting in menu to non-cpu lenses to be any more time consuming then switching the lens in the first place. But I tend to shoot slow so I probably wouldn't notice the extra step. I am still dithering over a new tripod. I tried a carbon fiber Gitzo this last week, it weighed 4lbs. w/o the head, the head was another
2 lbs. and it was a bit much, even though the tripod itself was very nice. I think I want to be able to come in right around 4 lbs. for everything. So back to pouring over the myriad of choices. Thanks for the feedback. Joe
As for tripod/ballhead combinations, I have a couple of Gitzo carbon fiber tripods I really like, but they are a little pricey. Also, as for ballheads, unless you're really planning to load it up, you might look at the Really Right Stuff BH-40 model. It's rate up to 18 lbs, and only weighs 16.9 ounces. I've never used one myself, but I have it's big brother, the BH-55. It's rated to 50lbs, and still only weighs 1.9 pounds. And while I'm at Really Right Stuff, I've never used them, or even seen them in person, but I hear good things about their Versa carbon fiber tripods. The TVC-24, has four section legs, is rated to 40 pounds, and only weighs 3.2 pounds. That, with one of their ballheads might fit your weight perimeters. Good luck.
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Joe: Thanks for the explanation. This second photo's also very good.
Rayyan: Thank you, sir. I like the D7000. It won't replace the full frame Nikons; but, it's an excellent camera.
Steve: Thanks! I hear you! You're getting an unusual amount of the white stuff.
Jorgen: Thank you!
Arne: Thanks! Of course, portability and backup would be it's only advantages over the D3x. I occasionally insert some in this gallery: http://mdriscoll.zenfolio.com/p1057030329
Your last post: Very textural composition. The lightness and detail of the tree trunks balance well with the snowy mountains.
Rayyan: Exactly as you said!
Aboudd: Right off the pages of 'Gourmet'. Beautiful.