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  2. Hugh, I don't own a Digital camera, but if I was interested in a DSLR, based on its analogue controls I would have considered the Df. But owning as I do a number of relatively heavy lenses, (Nikkors, Zoom-Nikkors and third-party primes and zooms) and based on your comments regarding the Df lens-mount, I'd have to re-consider, assuming of course that I ever take leave of my senses and decide to go Digital. Robert
  3. Hi Robert, with older style metal bodied Nikons, I too think that the 180mm ED is fine and especially for hand held use - as you have indeed pointed out. The poor Nikon Df, in spite of its rugged good looks, is a plastic camera underneath and a heavy lens could easily play havoc with the lens mount which is anchored into the underlying plastic body with five coarse pitched screws. I am not saying don't, but I am saying treat the combination most carefully when handling and carrying it. It is no Nikon FA/FM/FE or FE2/FM2/FM3a and it is certainly not a F, F2,............, D4 or a D5 etc In the case of the Olympus OMDs, some are indeed thankfully metal bodied inside, but there is still a lot of leverage from a heavier lens on a light body, especially with the extra spacing due to the Nikon F to OMD lens adapter included in the overall length. The 180mm ED lens itself is excellent.
  4. March 24 Of course it is spring Df -- 105mm f/1.8 and btw Pucks' birthday turned 3 today
  5. Hugh, Despite its weight, I've never found the 180 to be problematic and never on the four times in 30-odd years that I've used it on a tripod was the lack of a built-in tripod mount a problem. I never even considered that it needed one. But then again most of my tripod work involves using it to balance a coffee cup on as I shoot hand-held. My 180 is almost always used on my motorized, meterless, F as my reach lens when I'm also carrying rangefinder bodies with shorter focal lengths. Robert
  6. I love the texture in the B/W version, but agree with Mike that the colour version gives more data.
  7. Alan, I very carefully looked at both the B/W and Colour versions and I think the colour version better illustrates a sense of dilapidation to this poor old unloved house, what memories could these old walls recall! Quite a sense of the jungle taking back the ground which I reckon is enhanced by the variations of green and brown, particularly the rust on the roof, which in my eyes the B/W picture does not. The scene reminds me a bit of Queensland houses of the 1960s Brisbane of course a lot less dilapidated.
  8. I had to look twice at the first picture to realise that these are real birds and not sculptures; magnificent birds indeed.
  9. Thanks, Hugh. By the style of the building I'd say this house also dates from around the WW1 era or shortly afterwards. Given that, it's also probably likely to have asbestos-cement sheeting for ceilings and the lining of the rear scullery area, which in turn will make demolition an extremely expensive proposition given the rules and regulations concerning removal of that stuff these days. This is probably why it has been left standing and overgrown to fall down under its own steam, hopefully without anyone noticing it.
  10. Nice image Alan - your current B&W proficiency levels are certainly more than enough to fool this tired old plodder! The house very much reminds me of my parents old house which I had to have demolished for health & safety reasons nearly two years ago. You are right - once the damp, mould, rot, and wood borer gets into a wooden weatherboard house it is game over I am afraid. It was just over 100 years old. Dad watched it being built on his way to primary school during the early WW I years.
  11. Andrew, both the 24mm f/2.8 and f/2.0 are good lenses; however the f/2.0 has a reputation for having a lot of sample variance, so do make sure that you test the f/2.0 version before handing over your hard earned bucks/shekels etc or arrange a money back option for the deal in case you get a bad sample. The 28mm f/2.0 does not seem to have this issue, but the 28mm focal length may not be what you are after. I very much agree with Robert on the 180mm f/2.8 versus the 200mm f/4.0 (although the latter is still good and very light and inexpensive - it is just that the 180mm ED is so very much better). The ED version of the 180mm lens is highly regarded for example by astronomers for its optical performance for wide sky astrophotography. The AFD version of the lens is also very good and can still be had new on the gray market. I personally do not regard either version of the 180mm ED lens as being exactly lightweight, so do be careful if mounting it on your Df or OMD camera bodies. Unfortunately it does not have its own tripod mount, so you may need to make up a cradle mount or similar for it and its camera body if you have tripod work in mind. EDIT: the 180mm AIS ED f/2.8 weighs in at 860g and the 200mm AIS f/4.0 weighs in at 535g. In each case, this weight includes both lens caps and their built in lens hoods.
  12. Armando and Fons: Thank you: I have to admit that my favourite from that group is also the last one. Normally, I would be very excited by being able to get so close to a majestic wild Ostrich but the intrusive presence of this one (and her mate) was not what I needed at this moment: Photo-Bomber
  13. Thank you all so much!...I'm sitting here in limbo waiting on the storms...So far the dry line is causing them to fire off a little too far North.
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  15. These are simply excellent.
  16. And another vote for the lady on the stairs.
  17. Thanks for the comments. Armando, I'd been waiting for an overcast, still day to shoot the old house next door in order to avoid any harsh, confusing shadows and contrasts caused by all the trees and other objects, but all the same the sky in this scene was a lot brighter than the subjects which did require careful exposure to avoid blowing the sky yet still hold shadow detail. I think a scene like this is at the edge of what the Fuji sensor can handle all the same, although it is something I would have had to HDR with the D3s back when I was using that camera. This shot is also a two-shot stitch of horizontal frames shot one above the other in order to get the whole scene in with the 23mm lens and so not get too much of a distorted perspective as when using a single shot taken with an ultra-wide zoom at around 12-14mm. Also, I really like using the Fuji 23/1.4 lens, which, although being one of their earlier XF lenses, is the one where I think they finally nailed lens design for the X-Trans sensors. Since then they have produced numerous superb lenses, such as the 90/2 and the 50-140/2.8 (which is perhaps the best zoom I have ever used). When the third generation of X sensors appears in 3-4 years time, this camera system will take some serious beating - the current sensor, good as it is, is still a bit behind what the later lenses are capable of producing.
  18. Thanks for the comments. I didn't venture inside - the property as, dilapidated though it is, it has fences and closed gates around it. Going in could lead to a charge of trespass - I photographed this from what could loosely be described as a footpath - more like a roadside embankment on the public side of the fence. As for the tone - I realise it looks slightly sepia on any calibrated monitor (I take no responsibility for what it looks like on an uncalibrated monitor or a phone screen, however ), but when printed with my Epson 7800 on my preferred Innova Smooth Cotton Rag paper this tone almost exactly matches the tone I used to get with straight prints on Ilford Warm Tone Multigrade photographic paper in the darkroom. This keeps continuity in the look of my prints past and present, even though the technology behind them is 100% different. To prevent confusion or mistakes in printing later, I prepare all images I think might be printed in future to be ready for printing at final save after processing, and save them in a separate folder to any others not destined for printing that I might also save from a shoot or restoration job. For anyone who may be interested, here's what it looked like in colour, which in turn explains why I resolved to use B&W right from the start, even before taking the first exposure at the site.
  19. Nice series Vivion, I especially like the last one.
  20. A tourist shop in Santa Cruz, La Palma/Canary Islands. HDR from three hand-held shot Jpeg images.
  21. Great subject. Excellent image with first-class b&w conversion.
  22. Nice. Has sepia nuances... Rags
  23. I'm sure I've strolled around the area near to the scaffolding in No4, quite a few years ago now though.
  24. Interestingly, all of the photographs in this excellent set could be titled: "Reflective".
  25. Andrew, I'm not surprised, because the Nikkor 105 2.5 is one of the best portrait lenses ever produced by any manufacturer. I have both the rangefinder and SLR manual focus versions and they are outstanding. I had the 24 2.8 AIS for many years and loved it, but traded it in and got the f2 version to get extra speed for low-light indoor shooting (as now-discontinued high-speed slide film is virtually impossible to get). With respect to absolute image quality, probably not quite as nice a lens as the 2.8, but I'm not sorry I made the switch. Minimum focusing distance is about two meters so essentially everything on the street is always in focus. 180 2.8 ED AIS or 200 f4? 180 by a country mile. One of the few lenses I bought new, 30-odd years ago and worth every penny. One of Nikons best. Small, light, high speed with unbelievably great image quality and now, very inexpensive. One of the great bargains in photography today. I hope this information helps. Robert
  26. Your excellent processing conveys the essence of the creepiness in the ruins of that house.
  27. Borden: Thank you so much for those extremely kind comments. I wonder if your screen name might mean that you have a connection to Gail Borden of condensed milk fame? There are still many of these fascinating and very pretty little towns in upstate New York and in Canada which are largely unspoilt and have a rich history filled with stories of great human interest and much humour. I was at a town meeting in Patterson on one occasion when the felling of a huge, dead and dangerous sugar maple that stood on the corner of the church-yard was under discussion. With deadly seriousness, the tree company explained why they had taken down most of the tree but were reluctant to winch out the trunk "because of what might come out of the ground with it" !!! History laid a little too bare perhaps?
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