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  • I have always admired the images that have come from this lens, so I finally caved in and bit the bullet and purchased it last week. It is a hefty chunk of glass that practically dwarfs my Nikon Df. But oh my, does it produce some beautiful... I have always admired the images that have come from this lens, so I finally caved in and bit the bullet and purchased it last week. It is a hefty chunk of glass that practically dwarfs my Nikon Df. But oh my, does it produce some beautiful images. The Auto Focus is crazy fast and accurate, the colors are rich and vibrant, the details are sharp, the bokeh is creamy :)

    The maximum aperture is F2 and stops all the way down to F22. Although the depth of field is extremely shallow at F2... it is crazy sharp as well as rich and vibrant when shooting wide open:) Not to mention that the background just melts away into a colorful palette.

    Minimum focus distance is 6'2", has 13 elements in 9 groups, utilizing 9 rounded blades. It has Nano Coating, VR, and a drop in 52mm filter and weighs in at 6.46lbs :ohmy:

    As nice as this lens is, I feel Nikon failed with the lens foot that they supplied, so I replace the original with a Hejnar Photo lens foot.
    http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/product-p/h102.htm It's really well made, is both long enough and high enough to also be used as a handle, and their customer service is second to none.

    Here is a photo of me holding the lens foot as a handle...
    https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5615/30289735475_009caa4e8a_b.jpgPA123645 by Don Sawall, on Flickr

    Most people use this lens for portraits and I can see why, but it can also do landscape as well. Here are a couple quick test shots taken on my first day with the lens both of them hand held. I can't wait till I can get more time with this lens and learn the in's and out's of it :)

    https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8664/30249388765_07715841f3_b.jpgDSC_1432 by Don Sawall, on Flickr

    https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5688/29618711374_68f976137b_b.jpgDSC_1472 by Don Sawall, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!
    Don
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  • Really love the rose image. Very beautiful!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikon AFS 58mm F1.4G
    My love for the 5.8cm has led me to the AFS version. It arrived today and I am so stoked! Cant wait to take it out for a hike and really get to play with it. Here are a few quick shots from today. It took a bunch of ebay listings for this one and...
    My love for the 5.8cm has led me to the AFS version. It arrived today and I am so stoked! Cant wait to take it out for a hike and really get to play with it. Here are a few quick shots from today. It took a bunch of ebay listings for this one and I actually got a pretty good deal on a refurbished copy from Nikon.

    https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8764/28275819185_b4bdb0162c_b.jpg_DSC0882 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8693/27660080394_940f4b3eac_b.jpg_DSC0885 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8674/28275818285_5c448420b4_b.jpg_DSC0887 by Ani Trone, on Flickr



    Congrats on the new lens, Ani. These firsts images are spectacular!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikon AFS 58mm F1.4G
    here are some images from the 58G over the past week.

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8627/28325179020_53a8efd114_b.jpg_DSC1642 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8749/28325179740_4cedcaf685_b.jpg_DSC1637 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8713/28325180110_af4c0c220a_b.jpg_DSC1622 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8072/28022087884_061938fb5c_b.jpg_DSC1655 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8717/28366021170_7eaa09bdff_b.jpg_DSC1763 by Ani Trone, on Flickr


    Great...
    here are some images from the 58G over the past week.

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8627/28325179020_53a8efd114_b.jpg_DSC1642 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8749/28325179740_4cedcaf685_b.jpg_DSC1637 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8713/28325180110_af4c0c220a_b.jpg_DSC1622 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8072/28022087884_061938fb5c_b.jpg_DSC1655 by Ani Trone, on Flickr

    https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8717/28366021170_7eaa09bdff_b.jpg_DSC1763 by Ani Trone, on Flickr


    Great series, Ani. I've gotta say though that I really love, love, love the first image of your horse with the mountains in the background! Spectacular! You made a great choice in getting this lens. It's like it was made for YOU :)
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  • That looks like a "Canon" to me. Wowza, what a big gun!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 24 N.C. Auto F/2.8
    Really love the clouds in this one!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 24 N.C. Auto F/2.8
    These images are incredible Mark! Love, love, love the reflections and compositions here! Fantastic!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 85 F/1.8 HC
    These are very nice Mark!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 28 F2 Ais
    Looking forward to seeing some images that you get with this one Mark.
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 35 F2 O.C.
    Looking forward to seeing some sample images when you get around to it:)
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 35 F2 O.C.
    I really like the last image in this series Mark. Love the color of the tall grass and the landscape itself.
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  • Some fast samples from this impressive lens from my morning drive in.. thanks as always for looking! I highly recommend this lens!















    If I had a scenic drive like this on my way into work, I'd be late everyday :lol: ...
    Some fast samples from this impressive lens from my morning drive in.. thanks as always for looking! I highly recommend this lens!















    If I had a scenic drive like this on my way into work, I'd be late everyday :lol: I like #3 and #6 the most out of the series.
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor 50 F/1.8 Series E
    HI Mark! I like how you framed the red barn in the first photo. The sun star looks pretty cool in the 3rd image.
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor-P Auto 180 2.8 lens
    A few pictures of and then from the 180P.






    and then a few from:









    Wow Mark, that's an excellent copy you've got there. These images really showcase the qualities of this lens. Very nice indeed!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor-P Auto 180 2.8 lens
    Nice series here Somy! I love listening to jazz. From the looks of it, this lens performs quite nicely with the Df. Thanks for sharing these with us!
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    No Regrets replied to a discussion, Nikkor-P Auto 180 2.8 lens
    Looks like a pretty good performing lens, Somy. Love the wide open shots!
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  • Great snaps Don I have enjoyed looking through them. I have a lot of love for anything Zeiss. Thanks.

    The circa 20 focal length is a challenging fl to say the least...it's ability to look down and to the sides presents a special set of...
    Great snaps Don I have enjoyed looking through them. I have a lot of love for anything Zeiss. Thanks.

    The circa 20 focal length is a challenging fl to say the least...it's ability to look down and to the sides presents a special set of problems for composition. I like to use them it tight places and flipping the camera vertical.


    Thank you for the very kind comments! I really love my Zeiss glass. They truly make special lenses and I think they mate well with the Df too. I don't have a lot of glass but the few Nikkors, Zeiss and Sigma Art lenses that I have keep me pretty happy:)
    Thanks again for keeping me inspired!
    Don
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  • Taken handheld with the Nikon Df and the Zeiss Distagon T*21mm f/2.8 ZF.2

    https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8805/28377767450_5a8989f6e5_b.jpgDSC_0309 by Don Sawall, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking :)
    Don
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  • you made good of those few minutes Don!


    Thanks Ani :)
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  • Another from the Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm/ Nikon Df combo hand held on this beautiful Memorial Day...

    https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7436/27365991255_18f87c02a5_b.jpgDSC_8708 by Don Sawall, on Flickr
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