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    Forced Back to the Nikon D810

    But it seems as if the blue fringe was simply excised. Take a close look at the edges.
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    Forced Back to the Nikon D810

    See the 8/2.8 FE review by Bjørn Rørslett (aka, Great B**r of the North): "There is, however, the ubiquitous blue fringe around the perimeter, which according to Dr. Brian Caldwell is caused by wave-length dependent vignetting and is inevitable for any fisheye lens." I'm unaware of a software solution. LR profile for the lens doesn't extinguish it?
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    I was relatively late to the digital party; a D50 was my first and when it was stolen, I migrated to the excellent D700, bought with normal and tele zooms. I had quite a few AIS lenses accumulated over time for an FM2 so ultimately outfitted the D700 with a KatzEye focusing screen. Began using the AF lenses less and less. When the Leica R was discontinued and Leitax mounts became available, I took the fateful step of buying a few. It was a bit of a (costly) revelation. Limited by 12MP and tired of lugging the heavy kit, I sold off all my Nikkors, except a NOCT and 16/3.5 FE I still used on the FM2. I also made the dangerous move at trying a Leica M6. Probably for the same reason I prefer mechanical watches, I took to the RF. Luckily my vision hasn't failed me. The original M Monochrom was then being replaced by a newer CMOS version and so they were available at discount. Haven't looked back. I plan to save for an M10 and use my R lenses that have been fallow for some time. I learned photography on a Minolta SRT-102 and manual focus is second nature. Also more fun. I'm a hobbyist and none of my work matters to anyone but me. So I can take my time to compose. Carrying a small and relatively light kit has been such a joy.
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    Ultra-Fast Glass for Nikon F-Mount

    Using a Leitax mount, you can convert an Olympus 50/1.2 to F mount but there's always the Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS. Superior to the earlier 55/1.2
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    Pursuit of clinical perfection gone too far?

    'Modern' doesn't necessarily mean 'dull'. The Leica 50 Summicron APO is such an example; its bokeh has a curiously gentle and non-descript quality; it doesn't add, subtract or distract from the subject in-focus. The degree of resolution and exactness of color correction are so great and the fall-off so quick, especially at ƒ/2, that the isolating effect on the subject is nothing short of stunning. The combination may not be to your liking, but it is a (?new) reinterpretation of what a lens can do. I especially have to concur about the Z* 1,4/35 (Classic), a much under-appreciated optic. People were caught up with its middling MTF numbers and missing the 'point' of its design. Its color fidelity, skin tones and artful rendering made it my favorite of the four ZF lenses I once owned.
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    Nikon goes wide!

    Nikon's malaise of being perpetually reactive and then leisurely going about it is sad. Canon came out with a superb FE zoom over 5 years ago. A 28/1.4? Anyone absolutely needing that speed has likely bought an Otus or contented themselves with the excellent Nikkor 28/1.8. Nikon continues to bide its time with the superfluous.
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    A new Rabbit Hole - Manual Focus Lenses

    Also have my three AI lenses that I haven't parted with; a 75-150 (bought for nothing, virtually worthless but a really nice lens), a 16/3.5 and a NOCT. These were the favorites out of a dozen Nikkor and Voigtländer AIS lenses acquired over 20 years shooting Nikon. The two latter lenses are still unique enough as to warrant the wait for a mirrorless F or a Sony a* that I care to actually buy (hasn't happened yet). In the meantime, they remain in use on the FM2 every now and again.
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    Republican Party State Convention

    Standard mockery for "Rick Waldroup". Reducing things to a caricature is great fun, I imagine but doing otherwise would require some thought & effort on your part. At least it entertains our enlightened Scandinavian crowd. That's really what matters, I guess. Nice contrasty images, though.
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    Republican Party State Convention

    Then I will refrain from saying anything about the mindset of Euro-Leftists and Scandinavians
  10. From lensrentals.com owner Roger Cicala: "There was, if anything, a bigger difference than I thought. On the D800 the lens (a ZF.2 2/100) had a maximum center / average resolution of 1091 / 1030. On the 800E it was 1250 / 1120. Now let me state I have no idea how much the AA filter is expected to effect MTF 50 resolution, but the difference surprised me. Let me emphasize this was one quick test with a couple of copies of the lens on one D800E." http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/03/d800-lens-selection
  11. Roger Cicala, owner of www.lensrentals.com, ran the D800 with a whole slew of Nikkors and Zeiss glass on the Imatest machine. I'm not really familiar with the device but the results are interesting in and of themselves. Of note is how poorly the new 24-120 & 28-300 fared while older glass like the 50/1.2 AIS and 17-35 acquitted themselves surprisingly well in center performance at least. http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/03/d800-lens-selection#comments
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    Apo-Lanthar 90/3.5 SL II discontinued

    Cameraquest's listing for the 90/3.5 reads: "The lens is discontinued but still in stock for Nikon and Canon".... http://cameraquest.com/inventor.htm
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    Using the D 800 in DX mode

    I don't understand the rationale that it would be a bad DX camera. Using DX lenses in DX mode, it deploys about the same number of pixels as the D7k. Yes, using MF lenses in DX mode will be a challenge but that's not what the thread was asking. Compared to the D3/D700 utilizing about 6MP in DX mode, the D800 in theory will obviate the need for a DX backup that some desire because it should provide stellar cropable resolution using the better DX lenses with a flick of a switch. The D40 has a tiny VF, not sure how this compares to a D800 in DX but it's pretty small to my eye and never hampered good photographers.
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    UWA NIkkors for IR

    Thanks. Of the 20's, any preference? I know you're less than enamored of the ƒ/4 than most. My inclination is toward one of those two.
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    UWA NIkkors for IR

    Was inquiring re: IR

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