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Some more with my Nippon Kogaku Nikkor-S 50 1.4
The most remarkable aspect for me is the rendering of the out of focus areas with wide apertures.
Apart from that, I think it's also a fine normal lens with a pleasing image quality when closed down more.

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I must agree w your assessment of the OOF areas. The lens also nails colors, contrast and sharpness--looks like an excellent 50 to be carrying around. Excellent images, as always. jt
 

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Some more with my Nippon Kogaku Nikkor-S 50 1.4
The most remarkable aspect for me is the rendering of the out of focus areas with wide apertures.
Apart from that, I think it's also a fine normal lens with a pleasing image quality when closed down more.

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#1 and #4 are out of this world...

Fantastic
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Some time ago I purchased a Nikon Ai 28mm f/3.5 lens from a fellow member on this forum, but have not used it hardly at all since purchasing it. Decided to mount it up to my D800, started playing around with different angles and grabbed these couple shots of my pups. Please pardon the dirty white one, she likes to lay in the dirt whenever she can.

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Some time ago I purchased a Nikon Ai 28mm f/3.5 lens from a fellow member on this forum, but have not used it hardly at all since purchasing it. Decided to mount it up to my D800, started playing around with different angles and grabbed these couple shots of my pups. Please pardon the dirty white one, she likes to lay in the dirt whenever she can.

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Nice colours and detail, Gary.
The close-up possibilities seem fun as well.
 
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Some time ago I purchased a Nikon Ai 28mm f/3.5 lens from a fellow member on this forum, but have not used it hardly at all since purchasing it. Decided to mount it up to my D800, started playing around with different angles and grabbed these couple shots of my pups. Please pardon the dirty white one, she likes to lay in the dirt whenever she can.

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These colors are nice. Curious, can you tell me what aperture you used for the 1st pic? I like how you got the entire dog in the focal plane, but still created a degree of out of focus in the background=subject isolation. 28mm has that great advantage of more readily getting DOF, at the sacrifice of far less reach, obviously. Everything in photography, like life itself, is a trade off, indeed! Thanks for the post--maybe this will get something started @ this near silent thread. :) jt
 
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These colors are nice. Curious, can you tell me what aperture you used for the 1st pic? I like how you got the entire dog in the focal plane, but still created a degree of out of focus in the background=subject isolation. 28mm has that great advantage of more readily getting DOF, at the sacrifice of far less reach, obviously. Everything in photography, like life itself, is a trade off, indeed! Thanks for the post--maybe this will get something started @ this near silent thread.

Both of these shots were done at F/8. I assume that despite the higher fstop, the distance between the subject and the background (closest part of the background is around 30-40 feet) combined with the subject being within just a couple feet of the lenses minimum focusing distance is enough separation to create a slightly soft background.
 
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Both of these shots were done at F/8. I assume that despite the higher fstop, the distance between the subject and the background (closest part of the background is around 30-40 feet) combined with the subject being within just a couple feet of the lenses minimum focusing distance is enough separation to create a slightly soft background.
Thank you for the A. Yes, DOF, not getting into sensor size here (for simplicity), is dependent upon 3 things: Aperture, Distance to subject & focal length.
 
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Since you mentioned sensor size I was using my D800.
FF sensors, roughly (if memory serves me correctly), have about a stop & 1/3rd to 1/2 more DOF than Crop Sensor bodies. Similarly, Crop Sensor bodies have more DOF than 4/3rds bodies have. This is why, as you work down to the sensors in a cell phone, shallow DOF shots become less and less possible. jt
 
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105 Ai-s f/2.5

Not many would be surprised the beach shot is wide-open, but some might be surprised the mountain-shot is wide-open. The 105 Ai-s is amazingly even, across the frame, even wide-open. To get the 16 x 9 aspect ratio I cropped, but all of the cropping came from the top of the shot ie., the bottom is untouched. And, while there is a faded border (I prefer this type of frame), I assure you even the extreme edges are evenly sharp. This was achieved by standing far enough away (I'm perched high, on an overhang) to allow all of the foreground to be in the focal plane. jt

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105 Ai-s f/2.5

Not many would be surprised the beach shot is wide-open, but some might be surprised the mountain-shot is wide-open. The 105 Ai-s is amazingly even, across the frame, even wide-open. To get the 16 x 9 aspect ratio I cropped, but all of the cropping came from the top of the shot ie., the bottom is untouched. And, while there is a faded border (I prefer this type of frame), I assure you even the extreme edges are evenly sharp. This was achieved by standing far enough away (I'm perched high, on an overhang) to allow all of the foreground to be in the focal plane. jt

Nice set there JT. I am in love with my recently acquired Nikon 105 2.5. Here's a shot I just took this afternoon with my Nikon Ai 50mm f/2. This shot was taken at f/4.

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Nice set there JT. I am in love with my recently acquired Nikon 105 2.5. Here's a shot I just took this afternoon with my Nikon Ai 50mm f/2. This shot was taken at f/4.

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Nice shot w excellent in-focus/out-of focus interplay--smooth transition w DOF field too. I like! :) Hey, tx for your kind words. I should have made it clear, but misfired--that Mt pic wide open was not meant to be presented as a nice composition--lol. I just wanted to show just how amazing the Ai-s 105 2.5 is. Best! jt
 
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105 Ai-s f/2.5

Not many would be surprised the beach shot is wide-open, but some might be surprised the mountain-shot is wide-open. The 105 Ai-s is amazingly even, across the frame, even wide-open. To get the 16 x 9 aspect ratio I cropped, but all of the cropping came from the top of the shot ie., the bottom is untouched. And, while there is a faded border (I prefer this type of frame), I assure you even the extreme edges are evenly sharp. This was achieved by standing far enough away (I'm perched high, on an overhang) to allow all of the foreground to be in the focal plane. jt

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Wonderful case for this classic, JT!

Nice set there JT. I am in love with my recently acquired Nikon 105 2.5. Here's a shot I just took this afternoon with my Nikon Ai 50mm f/2. This shot was taken at f/4.

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Looks great, Gary!
 
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Wonderful case for this classic, JT!



Looks great, Gary!
Hey there Bart! As always, I'm moved by your gracious commentary. However, the 105mm f/2.5, needs me not, in order to have a case for itself: it stands by itself. It's a beautiful lens, in every way, one which inspires me to uphold my commitment to this amazing hobby. Best jt
 
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50mm E-Series f/1.8

Shot @ f/2 is John Singer Sargent's version of Atlas bearing the weight of the world upon his shoulder. Seemingly, Sargent felt a man of such burden might at least enjoy inspiring views. In Sargent's mind, Atlas achieves balance by offsetting life's "Earthly Freight" with an equally powerful force.......... :)

FW Nietzche & Singer were agreed in their belief that Art makes life worthwhile: it ennobles & invigorates humankind!

My best to all the awesome people @ Boston's MFA for allowing me to capture some of their extraordinary art!
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The fact that you can use this lens for this kind of "reproductions", is good indication of how good it is.
Yes, such a small, light and fast-enough 50mm--almost a real pancake lens, which packs quality IQ. No AF in the museum is allowed. :) jt
 

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