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    This is breathtaking, Rayyan! Wow. Which lens are you using here?

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    This is breathtaking, Rayyan! Wow. Which lens are you using here?
    Grateful sir.

    D700 + zf 100/2 at f/2.8

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    Grateful sir.

    D700 + zf 100/2 at f/2.8
    Magic in your hands.

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    Magic in your hands.
    Very very kind of you sir.

    I use it for portraits of my in-laws! This is not one of them though..


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    Beautiful series, Arne. Too bad you have to invest in those Zeiss lenses

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    This is breathtaking, Rayyan! Wow. Which lens are you using here?
    +1 Absolutely great. Such clarity and contrast.

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    Comrades in arms!! In any case my friend, your Mimi is always right and always beautiful.

    My best regards to her.
    Much appreciated, my friend... by both of us.

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    I'm absolutely delighted with the IQ of the camera. It has had some expensive side effects though , like new Zeiss & Nikon lenses, standard print size has jumped to 17x25 inches etc.

    Some truly wonderful images, Arne. I especially like the first one you posted, and this one. Congrats on the new camera. And thanks for sharing some results.

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    Very very kind of you sir.

    I use it for portraits of my in-laws! This is not one of them though..

    Yeah, not seeing any resemblance. Handsome fellow, however. Great shot.

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    This is breathtaking, Rayyan! Wow.
    Yes!!!
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    Very very kind of you sir.

    I use it for portraits of my in-laws! This is not one of them though..

    Nice!
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    Another Winner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    I was fortunate to get my hands on a lightly used D3x a few months ago, so I suppose it's time to show some images
    Note: some of these were posted on the FM forum, but they have been completely reworked (and I hope improved) for this posting.







    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    I'm absolutely delighted with the IQ of the camera. It has had some expensive side effects though , like new Zeiss & Nikon lenses, standard print size has jumped to 17x25 inches etc.


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    Magnificent set & IQ Arne!

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    D3, 300vr 2.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post

    +1 Absolutely great. Such clarity and contrast.
    Jorgen, thank you very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post

    Yeah, not seeing any resemblance. Handsome fellow, however. Great shot.
    , thanks Lloyd.


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    Yes!!!
    Nice!
    Another Winner!
    Steve, thanks pal.

    Grateful to you guys.

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    D3, 300vr 2.8
    Steve, these are wonderful. One better than the other.

    But #1, and #2 are Extreme!!:

    Bravo.

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    This is wonderful image, Rayyan. I love her subtle smile. (I also loved the quote you had on there before. One you seem to live.)

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    Steve, these are wonderful. One better than the other.

    But #1, and #2 are Extreme!!:

    Bravo.
    Big +1 from me Bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Beautiful series, Arne. Too bad you have to invest in those Zeiss lenses
    Thank you, Jorgen. When I buy that kind of thing I justify it with the old Rolls Royce slogan..

    Lloyd and Steve, thank you very much!


    A few more with the D3x.












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    @ Rayyan, Hermann and Tom: thank you gentlemen for your kind remarks

    - - - - -

    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 !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Steve, these are wonderful. One better than the other.

    But #1, and #2 are Extreme!!:

    Bravo.
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    Big +1 from me Bro.
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    @ Rayyan, Hermann and Tom: thank you gentlemen for your kind remarks

    - - - - -

    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 !
    Gentlemen, Thank You!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    Thank you, Jorgen. When I buy that kind of thing I justify it with the old Rolls Royce slogan..

    Lloyd and Steve, thank you very much!


    A few more with the D3x.










    Gorgeous!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    Thank you, Jorgen. When I buy that kind of thing I justify it with the old Rolls Royce slogan..

    Lloyd and Steve, thank you very much!


    A few more with the D3x.




    There's some magic here, Arne. Very, very nice.

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    I would always welcome feedback. Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    Thank you, Jorgen. When I buy that kind of thing I justify it with the old Rolls Royce slogan..

    Lloyd and Steve, thank you very much!


    A few more with the D3x.
    For some reason, I don't have a Rolls, so apparently the slogan didn't bite on me

    Another beautiful set. You really make me homesick sometimes

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    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


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    Wow!! Those are full-on Gorgeous, Matt.

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    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.

    Cheers, Matt.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Main Street, Durango, Colorado. Cheers, Matt

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    Matt, these are wonderful. I love the light in the last two.
    Congratulations on the D7000. How's it working for you?

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    I would always welcome feedback. Joe
    Quote Originally Posted by jsf View Post
    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
    jsf, like Matt, I do not know what it is. But love the color and graphic presentation.

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    A few more with the D3x.
    Gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post

    For some reason, I don't have a Rolls, so apparently the slogan didn't bite on me (...)
    I'm not sure either, I know of at least three different Rolls slogans:

    - The best car in the world
    - Trusted to Deliver Excellence
    - 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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Wow!! Those are full-on Gorgeous, Matt.
    Ohhh Yeahhh!
    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
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    Steve: Enjoying the snow? Nice work with the big lens! Cheers, Matt.

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    In one word...No! Thanks Matt!

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    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
    Creative Mastery! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Main Street, Durango, Colorado. Cheers, Matt
    Great photos!! Particularly the first two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    I'm not sure either, I know of at least three different Rolls slogans:

    - The best car in the world
    - Trusted to Deliver Excellence
    - 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
    Ok,Ok, I won't keep you in suspense any longer,
    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!

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    Last shot (for now) with the D3x.
    ZF-2 100mm Makro Planar.


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    Arne...Stunning!!!

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    Life, as it is lived. Black, white and gray. Simple. Stark.


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    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
    Both very nice, Joe. Abstractly goodness!

    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    Last shot (for now) with the D3x.
    ZF-2 100mm Makro Planar.
    Looking forward to more, Arne.

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    Life, as it is lived. Black, white and gray. Simple. Stark.
    Indeed, my friend. Just so.

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    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

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jsf View Post
    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
    Good question.
    I do, on a D700. I'm in the same boat as you - waiting to see comparisons ...

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by aboudd View Post
    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.
    Nice shots Aboud....love the ceviche (yum). I used to have friends who lived near Coconut Grove and towards the end of Feb each year there is a fabulous well known "street" art festival.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jsf View Post
    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
    I have a number of lenses of about that same vintage, and a couple even older. I do enjoy shooting them, and in most cases find I'm pretty happy with the results. I particularly love my 25-50 Aboudd mentioned. Wonderful lens... not a sharp as the more modern lenses, but I love the way it draws, especially for landscapes.

    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.

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    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

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    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
    Oh yes, I agree about the 55 micro-nikkor, razor sharp. I also don't mind setting up the camera for the older lenses, nor do I mind manual focus. I'm a Leica shooter from way back, so I actually tend to prefer that style of shooting.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jsf View Post
    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
    I cannot speak for all of them, but the 55 Micro Nikkor and the 105 Ais are incredable performers and often overlooked by those that must have the latest and greatest. There are others too! Aboud and others here are right, so many nice older lenses that have excellent images characteristics just waiting to be discovered.

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    I cannot speak for all of them, but the 55 Micro Nikkor and the 105 Ais are incredable performers...
    I certainly agree.

    I rely on my 105mm micro for all of my 35mm closeup work. Excellent performer.

    The 55mm micro is equally good; I just prefer the greater working distance of the 105mm.

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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.

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