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  1. 3 points
    Taken yesterday. Thank you for looking.
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    The Nikon NOCT S f/0.95 Lens Some more comments on the NOCT95. This is a heavy lens (4.4 lb./2000g) with a 4” wide barrel. The tripod foot that is built into the lens is just secure enough to avoid shake, but not quite as secure and stable as I wish. It’s OK. The stiffness of the helicoid is my only complaint (so far) with this lens and I am going to install one of my focus-pulling gears on it with a lever and see it that helps. I have my doubts. The problem is with stacking 100 images and turning that helicoid which disturbs the camera a tiny bit with each shot, after which it returns (hopefully) to where it was before. LOL. Perhaps it will loosen up with use. The build is all I could hope for and more. Optically, the colors seem fine and although some reviewers say it is not as highly corrected (APO) as we might prefer, so far, its APO quality is good enough for my work. It’s aperture collar (and whatever) works but I see no use for it so far. As for all the buttons, digital-windows, etc. on the lens, they don’t bother me, but neither do I find them helpful for my kind of work. IMO, you will need a solid tripod for this lens, at least for focus stacking. I will use an RRS tripod, with either the Arca C1 Cube or the Burzynski “Protec” ball head on it. The unremovable tripod foot on the NOCT lens, as mentioned, is OK, not as sturdy as it could be. I mounted an Arca quick release plate on the foot and the stability of the foot is not quite as unmoving as I would like for stacking images. It is just inside of the limit that I would complain about, so I am not quite complaining. The hood allows for a clear filter to be mounted within it but, because the lens moves, it will not allow external filter holders to be mounted except in a very limited range of motion. This will be a serious problem for some photographers. The bokeh is probably the best I have ever used, with its 11 blades and very fast aperture, smooth and subtle. As someone who stacks focus, this is a perfect lens because it allows me to shoot wide open and have a lovely out-of-focus background. Then, using the very narrow slice of focus at f/0.95, I can paint focus on objects in the foreground, stacking layers of focus to create whatever I want to be in perfect focus. Since it is 58mm, this additional wideness allows for subjects with considerable context surrounding them. I wish it were a macro lens since it is already quite flat, but we can’t have everything. I am glad it can do what it does. This lens does NOT take extensions well at all, although I don’t have an extension available to me that is ultra-thin. If you know of one, let me know, but even then, it would be like painting graffiti on a Ferrari. In summary, the lens is for me a keeper. I will use it for much of my in-studio work and when spring arrives, slap on a clear lens, and take it outside, but not too far because of its weight. I would like to hear from other users with their experience of this lens. https://www.flickr.com/photos/185423603@N06/?
  3. 3 points
    I haven't posted in a while but thought I share a few of my latest images of African wild life. This is the part that covers lions at night ... I'll post more later. All these images have been taken from within an overnight hide where we entered at 2:00 in the afternoon and were picked up the other morning at 9:00 ... It was an exercise in patience and quietness but it was amazing experience. Cheers Chris #1 ISO6400, 1/125s, f/2.8, 160mm #2 ISO3200, 1/200s, f/2.8, 70mm #3 ISO3200, 1/200s, f/2.8, 58mm #4 ISO3200, 1/250s, f/2.8, 135mm #5 ISO6400, 1/500s, f/2.8, 70mm #6 ISO3200, 1/250s, f/2.8, 38mm
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    I haven't posted in a while but thought I share a few of my latest images of African wild life. This is the part that covers animals other than lions that showed up during the day while we were in hides or on drives ... I'll post more later. Cheers Chris #1 Pure elegance ... this one was taken from a vehicle ISO1600, 1/640s, f/5, 200mm #2 This was one of the most exciting moments. I lied flat on the ground ~10m away from this guy ... a very friendly cat this was... ISO800, 1/400s, f/5.6, 600mm #3 This one was also taken while standing on the ground i.e. not from the vehicle ... I love the light and the soft background ISO400, 1/4000s, f/4, 400mm #4 Watching a Giraffe drink is always spectactular ... taken from the hide ISO1600, 1/200s, f/5.6, 32mm #5 Another one from the hide ... sometimes a little luck is all it needs ISO1600, 1/400s, f/5.6, 50mm #6 Action ISO800, 1/1000s, f/6.3, 28mm #7 Fighting warthogs ... haven't seen this before and these boys were serious about it ISO400, 1/1000s, f/5, 600mm #8 Beauty again ... ISO800, 1/640s, f/3.2, 200mm
  6. 2 points
    I tested this beast yesterday at B&H Photo in my Z6. I found it difficult to focus. All pics @ f/0.95. Thanks for looking.
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    Here is another test, this time with a three-dimensional statue, in the case the great Mahasiddha Tilopa of the Mahamudra lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This is a stacked image, but only of a few layers, highlighting specific parts of the statue, leaving the rest to be bokeh of one kind of another..
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    Another view inside the Cathedral.Dehazing and clarity adjustments plus vertical G9 + PLeica 8-18mm @ 1/15 f4 ISO500 Tried to portray the darkness inside the cathedral!
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    Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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    A 1947 fully restored Beech D18S (C-45) photo pass
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    For me, the handicapped participants are the real winners. Some of them led me to tears. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The official winner, Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) - 2:08:13
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    I've waited months to get this shot - there is a 3-4 week period twice a year when things line up! Same spot up on Studley Park Road that I have used previously. I was hoping desperately that the cloud didn't thicken as I drove over. sunset I might post a few more once I get through reviewing them.
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    As for the NOCT95, there is not a lot of reason to use this lens for high-aperture images. The moment I lose the bokeh, there is still the sharpness, but I have many sharp lenses for high-aperture shooting. I am sure different photographers will have different ways of using this lens. IMO, wide-open is the only way (or most usual) way I will use the NOCT95. The ability to separate a subject from a background bokeh is what this lens is made for, as far as my work goes (portraits of flowers). It would be ideal for product photography, where a more subtle tone needs to be established. In-the-studio work (products) is made for a lens like this and a certain style of portrait photography would also make sense. Since I specialize in close-up nature photography (with very little macro), I will use this lens to provide context because of the 58mm focal length. And I will use it wide open for the bokeh, and then paint focus on foreground subjects by stacking focus. This lens seems ideal for that recipe. Here is an image with just three stacked shots, using f/5.6, just to see how that goes. It is OK, but without the incredible bokeh wide-open, many other lenses would suffice.
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    and the final couple.... sunset 2 ...a zoom right into the sunset. sunset 6 and a wider night scene. All shot on Fuji X-E3 with either 18-55 or 55-200 and, something I don't do often enough, tripod mounted.
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    Same locomotive, different angle and distance+ slightly different post process
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    A pair of GE Dash 8-40BW locomotives belonging to a local railroad, Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad (A-OK) FujiFilm X-H1, XF16-55mm F/2.8 R LM WR
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    I did also wait for it to get dark. sunset 5 And one of the few shots from a different angle when a flock of bats flew past.... or is it a swarm of bats? sunset 4 Unfortunately the bats didn't fly across the more balanced parts of the scene, so the composition isn't quite so good.☹️
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    Strawberry Cake and Cream, in Cologne. Very sadly I didn’t have any. 😪 Lumix G9 + PLeica 8-18mm @ 1/80 f4 ISO200
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    Nicely taken shot, Mike. 👍
  20. 1 point
    There’s always room for more pudding!
  21. 1 point
    A gorgeous North American T-6A Texan (N9790Z) Lifting Off During The Wings Over Dallas Event
  22. 1 point
    For nearly £8000, I would want it to give me a gin&tonic on demand as well as focus instantly and properly!
  23. 1 point
    Personally I wouldn't even do it once, but yeah, those cats are not stupid.
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    You are absolutely right, the vehicle offers other possibilities, so your approach of combining it with the hide seems the best way to go. I really enjoyed all of the images you posted in all of your 5 posts, thanks for that.
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    Thanks so much Rodrigo! You are absolutely right regarding the vantage point ... Getting low makes all the difference for that kind of photographs. In the overnight hides you actually sit a bit below water level. I couldn't agree more to all what you wrote! However, there are other kinds of images where a vehicle is very useful and where even the back row (aka the "Disney Seat") is the preferred option. I got some images of leopards in the tree or birds in flight (and other stuff) that wouldn't have been possible from within a hide. Following a pack of wild dogs in a vehicle also was an experience that I'll never forget. again thanks Rodrigo, Chris
  26. 1 point
    dum diddy do and the socks make the colour
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    Thanks a lot Maurice, much appreciated! Phinda is also a very good place to photograph cheetahs, Phinda is well known for them. At Sabi Sabi I had my only encounter with a cheetah hunting (unsuccessful) but in general Phinda and Zimanga give you a better chance to spot and photograph them. Thanks a lot again Luc, glad you like the images and much appreciated! Took me ages to get the colours right Cheers, Chris
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    Thanks again Aguinaldo and noooo .... no evil ... just hungry Thanks for you kind words Mark! Such encounters with wild life are magical and is a big part of what I am living for. Being on their territory and trying to adapt as much as possible to their rules is what it is all about. Dave, you are probably right that some people (aka thieves) will use the images for whatever purpose but the only way to avoid this is a very intrusive watermark which is s.th. I stubbornly refuse to do. A non-intrusive watermark is photoshopped in no time ... For everything else I got the raw files which is enough proof of copyright ... Well ... as you proposed ... I take it as a compliment (and will react ugly in case I notice unauthorized usage)
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    I haven't posted in a while but thought I share a few of my latest images of African wild life. This is the part that covers some of the images that I like in b&w ... One more post to come ... Cheers Chris #1 High key try I ISO800, 1/1000s, f/2.8, 70mm #2 High key try II ISO800, 1/1000s, f/2.8, 70mm #3 Ellies are wonderful b&w subjects (at least for others who know how to produce great b&w stuff) ISO1600, 1/2500s, f/4.5, 200mm #4 as stated above ISO3200, 1/125s, f/2.8, 62mm #5 buffalos just like elephants make a good b&w subject ISO3200, 1/160s, f/3.2, 130mm
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    That's the last post with images from my trip to SA a couple of months ago. This one is all about birds and all are taken from hides. I am not a birder so please let me know in case I ID'd them incorrectly ... Cheers Chris #1 African Jacana ... I was not at all aware of that most beautiful bird ISO800, 1/6500s, f/4, 600mm (sick settings in hindsight) #2 NIght heron ... patiently on the hunt. He drove me crazy while trying to catch the hunting moment ... Big fail on my side. ISO800, 1/6500s, f/4, 600mm #3 Tawny Eagle - relatively small but beautifully coloured eagle ISO400, 1/1600s, f/4.5, 200mm #4 Sacred Ibis - A successful hunter he was ... that poor frog did not make it long after that moment ISO400, 1/1600s, f/4.5, 165mm #5 $Egret - I have no idea what kind of egret/heron this is. I don't think it is a great white but well ... maybe a birder (@Greg Drawbaugh?) can ID it. For me this image is all about the light anyway. ISO800, 1/4000s, f/5, 600mm #6 A bird - The artistic approach that sRGB simply can't do any justice ... Looks awesome in ProPhotoRGB and printed. ID somebody? ISO800, 1/3200s, f/8, 600mm
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    Thank you Luc, much appreciated! The light in this hide was amazing in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Well, photographing wild life and patience go together, no matter what. But there are those moments where you patiently wait for hours and then look somewhere else for 5 minutes ... Guess when the action happens :)
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    Not the same film I was talking about but the same outcome:
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    Dave, it varies but I think that for parks with elephants they need a minimum of a 458 calibre. I will ask one of my ranger buddies and get back to you. Regarding the attacks by cats, if you are on the vehicle this is very unlikely as they don't see the vehicle as a threat. There's a bit of a misconception about animals seeing the vehicle with people on it as a single animal bigger than them, but it's not true. They definitely have the ability to distinguish people from vehicles. That said, most animals are innately afraid of humans (for good reason) and unless they are feeling threatened or they fancy their chances of taking you out, they would rather not have a confrontation and will either try to scare you off or beat a hasty retreat themselves. This is why rangers will tell you to never run because if you do the animals instinct will automatically kick in and they will take you out. If you stand your ground, however, they will lose their confidence and won't know quite how to react. This varies from animal to animal, but generally you're never going to outrun them so better to take your chances and fend off any attacks. I vividly remember seeing a documentary on lions when I was a little boy where this guy was in the bush tracking a lion pride. He was short of food and the lions had made a kill so he hatched a plan to steal part of the kill from them. So he runs towards them, screaming like a Banshee and waving his arms like crazy. The lions scattered like mad because they had no idea what this thing was that they were being attacked by. He got out his bush knife, cut off a piece from the animal and then disappeared. The lions eventually returned to their kill but it just goes to show that while they have the title "King Of The Jungle" it's just a title.
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    Fantastic Alan! I would so much love to do this but I have zero of the required skills and knowledge ... Maybe I get old enough that I can dig into that once my work-life ended ...
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    Thanks a lot for your kind words Dave! There were no rifles around at that place (at least not that I am aware of and I am pretty sure I would have noticed). The hides are securely locked (usually two doors) so there is no way lions can enter. Elephants however are a much bigger potential threat because they can easily smash the windows of the hides if they would be interested to do so which they aren't. It is of course strictly forbidden to leave the hides without a ranger nearby. All in all I always felt safe but the mileage of others varies . Guides / Rangers at Sabi Sabi and Phinda always have a rifle in the safari vehicle and they take it when they leave the car and expect an animal nearby. I have however no clue which calibur it is. I am not into rifles ... it is much safer to behave yourself and anticipate the environment and the mood of the animals. I remember encounters with Elephants where the rangers did not trust to get too close to them. Those rangers and the trackers can literally read the bush and do everything to avoid situations where a rifle is the last solution ... and they are extremely good!
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    I haven't posted in a while but thought I share a few of my latest images of African wild life. This is the part that covers lions in daylight ... I'll post more later. Cheers Chris #1 An encounter in the bird hide ... Actually we waited for small birds to show up and were rewarded with two lions showing up. Fantastic experience to be that close to those mighty cats (less than 2m I guess). ISO6400, 1/250s, f/4, 200mm #2 Photographing from hides provides very nice angles ISO800, 1/1600s, f/3.5, 70mm #3 It was a day of the mating season :) (same hide) ISO800, 1/1250s, f/4.5, 60mm #4 This one was take from a safari vehicle ISO3200, 1/500s, f/5, 600m
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    Yesterday I attended the KLM 100 Experience, an event to celebrate the 100th birthday of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The event was nice, the behind the scenes opportunity was more interesting 😀 All images Nikon Z6 + Nikkor 24-70mm f4 S 1. 2. 3.
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    I haven't posted in a while but thought I share a few of my latest images of African wild life. This is the part that covers animals other than lions that showed up at the water hole during night time ... I'll post more later. Cheers Chris #1 Zebras are always a treat to see ISO3200, 1/50s, f/4, 35mm #2 The poor guy was blind on the one eye but did pretty well. His friend helped with the more tricky stuff ISO3200, 1/200s, f/2.8, 100mm #3 Most wonderful animal this is ... ISO3200, 1/40s, f/2.8, 200mm #4 Feeding friends strengthens the bond between them ... ISO6400, 1/125s, f/2.8, 34mm #5 Buffalos showed up in abundance ... I find it difficult to come with pleasant buffalo images but I quite like this one ISO3200, 1/320s, f/2.8, 100mm #6 another buffalo image i like ISO3200, 1/160s, f/4.5, 102mm
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    Walking around downtown this morning with my new X-H1 and XF16-55mm F/2.8 lens. Really liking this body and lens as a walk around rig.
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    A few shots from the Fort Worth Alliance airshow held a couple of weeks ago - A very unusual bird. Take two Yak 55 airframes + One J85 jet engine and mash them together. to get a Yak 110 (N110JY) Randy Ball in his MIG 17 taking it easy on some very high performance cars. Messed up here having my shutter speed set for a jet aircraft which makes the cars look like they were standing still, which they certainly were not. Randy Ball making a photo pass in his MIG 17
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    Love this old Diamond T Motor Company pickup on display at the Mid America Flight Museum (Mt. Pleasant, Texas). A 40's vintage I'm assuming.
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    Since Bell Helicopter is one of the primary sponsors of the Fort Worth Alliance show they rolled out their latest ride still undergoing flight tests. The Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. V-280 Rotorcraft (Developmental) (N280BH) named Valor with a L-39 chase plane.
  43. 1 point
    I finally got 5 minutes without much wind and almost full sunshine (through upper-level cloud), and dashed out the back gate, set the camera up and took one shot with the Tessar lens and one with the Thornton Pickard's original lens (6 seconds between f/32-45), processed the paper negs and breathed a sigh of relief that I did not, in fact, waste my money on that 1935 Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar. As it turns out, the TP lens is not the 8¼"/210mm I thought it to be, but more like 9½"/240mm, so the 50% enlargement sections of the 2,400dpi 165 megapixel scans don't exactly match each other for comparison, but close enough to confirm that the TP lens is well below par in image quality, as I had expected. First the full frame of the TP lens & enlargement (vignette at top left caused by focusing cloth hanging a bit too low when fashioned as an impromptu lens hood), then the Zeiss Tessar with enlargements to the same degree as one another following. All exposures, processing, scanning and computer post processing identical to each other. Point of focus was the star picket at left, and the leaves of tree moved in a breeze in the Tessar shot as well. Resizing for Web does mess things around a bit, but in reality the Zeiss lens result is visually far better even without enlargement. The final photo would print without resampling at 106cm x 79cm at an Epson printer's native resolution of 360dpi. This section is of the point of focus enlarged (without resampling) to that size. Apart from my elderly Epson V700 scanner busting a blood vessel trying to scan this at 2400ppi (I didn't have the two weeks to wait for it to scan at its full resolution), and it left a lot of little artefacts in the process. It's pretty clear that these paper negatives are for all intents and purposes completely grainless even at that sort of an enlargement were they to be properly drum-scanned. Not perfectly sharp at that size, but this is a 1935 lens that has had a hard life after all, hence the low price. And just to add - the reason for me buying the CZJ lens after suspecting all was not well with the Thornton-Pickard lens is absolutely confirmed in the full photograph - the focus falloff increasing towards the right and upper right is very visible, particularly when compared to the same area of the CZJ Tessar's image - both at the same initial focus point and both at the same f/ stop. Thornton-Pickard Rapid f/8 Rectilinear lens: CZJ 4,5/210 lens: Section TP lens: Section CZJ 4,5/210 lens: Section at point of focus for print at 360dpi, native resolution (106cm x 79cm / 42" x 31") :
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    Not really a problem - granted there might theoretically be a slight loss in definition owing to diffraction, but the large format (half plate, 6½x4¾") means that my maximum intended enlargement of 16½x22¾" (so only 3.5x) would be very hard pressed to show that. Not that I'll make a habit of going to that extreme, however f/45 will have to be used on bright, sunny days with the subject in full sunlight as I'm trapped with using the lens cap as a shutter and need at least 3 seconds exposure to make sure any residual vibrations caused by sliding the lens cap off the lens won't affect the image overly. Luckily the rear mount thread of the lens is effectively M62x0.75mm (even though the lens is stamped N60), and that is the thread of a Copal #3 shutter, so when I find one at the right price I'll see if that can be made to work with the lens for shorter times and wider apertures without vignetting - the shutter is designed to sit in between the front and rear element groups so it may very well affect the image circle, hence the remark "at the right price". Unfortunately I missed a working shutter for $60 on ebay last week when I was still unsure of the actual lens mount thread as I hadn't received this lens yet, and wasn't willing to take a guess as I'm simply not into gambling. For shallow DOF I do have an old 1920's ½ plate Görlitzer Camera Werke studio stand camera with a rather large 240mm f/4.5 Voigtländer lens that can only be used in the studio, although my maximum flash output of 2,000w/s at 1 metre distance only gets me to f/5.6 with the Ilford Multigrade paper I use for my negative material, so I'm currently missing out on all the middle apertures in the situations I'm shooting in, inside and out. 3 ISO is an exercise in patience and good humour, believe me! Whilst it's challenging, I can however see the day where I'll probably surrender and buy a 4x5" camera again and shoot film, if only for the ability to use my 4x5 Durst enlarger and do proper silver enlargements rather than digitising the paper ½ plate negs, inverting to positive and printing them on my inkjet printer. I do like using the antique cameras, though, and while I could adapt a 4x5 back to either, I equally prefer to shoot the format they were originally built for.
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