Michael Erlewine

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Michael Erlewine last won the day on 22 October 2016

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    Big Rapids, MI USA
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    Lenses, Focus Stacking, APO, Medium Format
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  1. All my adapters arrived, so I was able to firm up the system. Now we have a more-solid Copal-1 board in the front standard, dispensing with all the various rings and adapters. Because the AM-ED 210mm is so large, I had to add a Nikon PK-13 extension on the camera end, so that I can achieve focus. If I use a smaller lens, like the AM-ED 120mm, I would not need the PK-13.
  2. This is the Novoflex BALPRO system, with the Novoflex BALPRO APRO board, inset with the Novoflex NIK-A adapter (to Nikon cameras), with the Fotodiox GFX>Nikon adapter, ready to go, waiting only for the Fuji GFX to arrive. This will work for the various industrial lenses that take a bellows, like the various enlarger lenses, Large-Format lenses in a variety of formats (Copal-0, Copal-1, M39, etc.) Since this system already takes the Nikon camera, the Fotodiox GFX>Nikon adapter will just click on the adapter and we are ready to go. If you wonder why I have it mounted on the Tilt/Shift end of the BALPRO, it is because Novoflex only geared the front standard (and not the rear standard), and to stack properly, we have to move the camera on the rear standard, while fixing the front standard. So, I reversed it and now move the fr
  3. I hear you. The El Nikkor 105mm APO is the exception and the AM-ED lenses, if used with hoods, are pretty good too. Just experimenting.
  4. It is not that big or complicated. I have ordered a Copal #1 board for the lens, after which all of the adapters are gone, leaving the lens in the board, and the rear lensboard/adapter. Very light. The camera and lens are by far the heaviest part.
  5. Here is a relatively inexpensive bellows camera that successfully uses the large-format Nikkor AM-ED 210mm f/5.6 lens lens. The “AM” in the “AM-ED” series (120mm and 210mm) stands for APO-Macro, so that says something about how we might use the lens. For those who like to experiment, here is the order of the attached parts in this image, starting with the lens. (1) The lens is the Nikkor AM-ED f/5.6 lens, reversed here to use the 67mm threads on the front of the lens to mount it. (2) Next is a step-down ring from 67mm > 52mm. Here I used two rings, since I did not have a single step-down of the right size. (3) Next is the Novoflex Prolei Board, with the LEINIK-NT adapter set into it. (4) Then comes the Novoflex BALPRO T/S bellows system, reversed because I want to move the rear standard to stack photos properly, and for some (sorry) reason Novoflex chose to make only the front standard movable by gear. So I reverse it. (5) Then comes the Novoflex APRO board, with the NIK-A adapter inserted in the board. (6) Then, of course is the Nikon D810. PLEASE NOTE. I have in my hands the Fotodiox FuJi GFX camera mount to Nikon F-Mount lenses, ready to go on this rig the moment I get my GFX. It will probably work. Worst case, I might have to add a little extension on the camera end. ALSO: This same Fotodiox adapter will fit on my Cambo Actus camera exactly, and the lens will fit on the Cambo Actus lens-mount Copal #1 that I have coming. PLUS, I will have an extended Actus rail and bellows (450mm), which may or may not work well (vignetting) on the GFX, but it is worth a look.. Bottom line is I want to see how the GFX does with some of these LF lenses. A shot with bad lighting (night) that shows that this lens is sharp and we know I am catching just the center of it. And another shot of some Gebera, again with bad light.
  6. Nikon D810, Zeiss Otus 55mm APO
  7. I have never "liked" it. To me, it is a lazy way to say something, when a simple word like "nice" would better suffice.
  8. I had an opportunity to pick up a copy of the Nikon Nikkor AM-ED f/5.6 210mm lens at a low price. Even though it is large, I got it. Now, can anyone show me how best to use it on the Nikon D810. It takes a Copal #1, and I have one on order for the Cambo Actus, but it may take a while. In the meantime, I have an Actus lens mount that allows me to mount it, but a little loose. Still I can see though it with the D810, but the length of the Cambo Actus rail is not enough for it to come into focus. Any ideas about how I should/could mount this on the Cambo Actus or any other bellows system? Any help would be appreciated. The lens is in perfect condition.
  9. Here is another color rendition of this image. This is more true to color.
  10. The Cambo Actus works perfectly with the D810, mounted on the back.The lens is among the best I know of, stellar.
  11. Nikon D810, Cambo Actus, El Nikkor 105mm APO, Zerene Stacker
  12. Today I pulled the plug after seven months of waiting for the X1D. I cancelled my order. It was not just the delay, but after much investigating, monitoring posts, hearing from the few actual users, and so on, it is clear to me that the X1D does not lend itself to my particular approach to photography, which is nature, still-life, and stacked images. The less-than-state-of-the-art LCD screen (LiveView), and particularly the fact that there is no toggle-joystick to quickly locate a focus point, and the fact that I frequently use a photo-loupe to check focus, makes it inconvenient to try and use touching the screen. The color looks good on the X1D, but I have confidence that raw files from competitive MF mirrorless cameras are probably workable. Luckily, I ordered the Fuji GFX within hours of its availability, so now I am waiting again, but for a different camera. LOL. If, in the intervening time, Nikon should produce a 54 Mpx update on the Nikon D810, I might just go with that. Also, as regards the GFX, the fact that there are now tests suggesting the Otus lenses work well on the GFX is meaningful to me, since I have them. And the 3-way tilt-able back-screen is very useful to me as a close-up photographer, often to be seen crawling around on all fours with a tripod. Tilting the screen or being able to look directly down on it is a feature I could use. I am aware that others will have different reasons for getting (or not-getting) the X1D; it looks like a very nice camera. And while, initially, I loved the minimalism of the X1D, through this long waiting-process, I have realized I am more a gearhead that I thought. I need all the technical advantages of something less-than-minimal. If the X1D is a Porsche, then I guess I drive an SUV, which in fact I do. It has been a fun ride, nevertheless.
  13. I use Bridge because repeatedly Lightroom has trashed their catalog and lost all my metadata. Also, Lightroom is way too slow if you have a large collection of images. If you have to break Lightroom into smaller groups, why not just use Adobe Bridge? Bridge uses the folders you create, as you want to look at them. I know Lightroom very, very well and have curated many hundreds of thousands if images on it, I can't trust Ligthroom's file system and very often it cannot be restored in my experience.
  14. It is nice that the battery, next to the sensor, will be warmer for those of us in colder climates.
  15. Alan: I am keeping my Nikon D810, which I love for its 64 ISO and usable LiveView screen, and I have a bunch of exotic lenses for it that I love, as well. I am just expanding outward to mirrorless MF, because I believe it is here to stay and just what the doctor ordered... for my work.