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rbsinto last won the day on 18 December 2016

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    Thornhill Ontario Canada. Thornhill is a suburb of Toronto
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Andrew, Welcome to my world. I own and use a bunch of AI and AIS manual focus Nikkors ( primes: 24 f2, 35 1.4, 50 1.4, 85 f2, 105 2.5, 105 f4 micro, 180 2.8, 300 2.8, 35 3.5 perspective control, zooms: 35~70 3.5, 80~200 2.8 ED) as well as a bunch of Nikon S-mount rangefinder primes (35 1.8, 50 1.4, 85 f2, 105 2.5, 135 3.5). Wonderfully rugged, reliable and most important, sharp lenses all complete with the now sadly gone depth of field scales. Throwbacks to the days when manufacturers actually were concerned about producing the best quality equipment for loyal customers. Outstanding. Robert
  5. Thanks Chris. I've not yet shown it to her. I'm keeping the photo essay under wraps until I get various pictures from our son and son-in-law. I had to confide in them to get some of the shots that their families had taken to include in the essay, so until it is completed she'll not see this one. Robert
  6. I've started another photo essay on our children and grandchildren, and their relationships with their parents and grandparents. So I've started scouring my old binders of slides for images to scan and found this one. Taken about 30 years ago when our daughter was six or seven. I moved all the furniture out of the living room and shot her in natural light from the south windows. Our ballerina in training. motorized Nikon FE Nikkor 50 mm 1.4 AI manual focus Ektachrome 100 ISO colour slide about 2.8 @ 1/60th
  7. This was taken a few years ago on an Excellent Adventure to Lake Superior, which for some strange reason I always think of as Ojibwe Gichigami, which is it's Aboriginal name. While my dear Photobuds Simone and Richard were busy shooting waterscapes, I noticed a Great Lakes freighter far out on the water, and as always when I see them, I was overcome with a feeling of longing to know the mystery of their voyages. This combined with the dark, scudding sky made for a scene that I had to shoot. motorized Nikon F2AS Samyang 17~28 f4.0-4.5 AIS manual focus Fuji Sensia II 100 ISO colour slide probably f8 @ 1/60th
  8. Another of my new-old photos recently scanned for my Shooting the Shooters photo essay. This was taken a number of years ago in one of the many small canyons in Death Valley. Despite the risks to life, limb and gear we scaled the narrow stone ledges to get the interesting nature shots. Well they did anyway. I was more interested in taking pictures of my Photobuds. Here I liked the beautiful curve to the sharp sedimentary rock formation, and the way they clung to its sides like flies on a wall. motorized Nikon F2AS Tamron SP 35~105 2.8 AIS manual focus Fuji Sensia 100 ISO colour slide about 5.6 @ 1/125th
  9. "....purely for Sport...." Ascribing anthropomorphic qualities to non-human, non-primate members of the Animal Kingdom is, in my opinion illogical and so I'll merely say that I'm sorry for the loss of your pet Ducks, and not comment further. Robert
  10. I can't condemn or judge a carnivorous creature for acting like a carnivorous creature. While I've never seen what mink can do to ten pet Ducks in a single night, I assume the Ducks were not happy campers in the morning, because that's what Carnivores do when they confront prey. They eat it, without prejudice or malice or evil intent. We Humans kill for sport or passion or evil intentions. Nearly all other creatures do not.
  11. Taken a few years ago during a protest in what had been the Garment and Furrier's District here in downtown Toronto. While most of the Furriers in Toronto had ceased to exist, there were still a few producing real fur garments, and as part of a protest against them a small group showed up with placards and stripped down to their underwear for effect. None of the three had the strength of their convictions to actually strip naked. The photographer in the bottom left corner was the unlucky young soul from one of the major newspapers who was assigned to cover this bit of theatre on a weekend. As I was in the area that day, I stuck around long enough top grab this shot, and schmooze with the photographer for a bit and then left for more fertile ground. motorized Nikon FA Nikkor 24 f2 AIS manual focus Fuji Velvia 100 ISO colour slide 5.6 @ 1/125th
  12. Andrew, Luc, Thanks for the comments. Robert
  13. Taken a few years ago about 40 miles north of Toronto near my late Brother-in-Law's cottage. When a friend advised me that the commercial Sunflower fields were in full bloom, a small group of my photobuds and I raced up to get some shots. This is a shot of Robert Z. a good friend and excellent photographer, as he gets artsy among the Sunflowers. motorized Nikon F2AS Tokina ATX 80~200 2.8 AIS manual focus Fuji Sensia II 100 ISO colour slide about 2.8 @ 1/500th
  14. For the last couple of weeks I've been busy scanning and processing almost 400 slides to produce two photo essays. The first, was an essay of slides on Homeless People here in Toronto, that I made a number of years ago and the second was from the many shots of photographers that I've taken over the last 40 some years. I purchased some excellent photo-essay software, and after some initial frustrations used it to get the two essays done. As a by-product, I now have a ton of new-old pictures available to post. This is a shot of my photobud Richard, made on the Gypsum Field in Death Valley. Nikon N65 Sigma 12~24 f4.5-5.6 autofocus Fuji Sensia II 100 ISO colour slide probably 5.6 @ 1/125th
  15. Ann, Rags, Alan, Thanks for the comments. Robert