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    1st version Nikon 85mm micro PC

    Sharing a panorama of one arm of the Latefoss :
    Pure stitching of 3 long exposure jpgs in a late afternoon, no other RAW manipulation otherwise. ( Mainly also because I am still overseas, can only do simple work with the small underpowered travel lappy at the moment )


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    Another 1 up for old manual focused nikkors
    1st version Nikon 85mm micro PC



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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    Another 1 up for old manual focused nikkors
    1st version Nikon 85mm micro PC



    Ryan
    Where are you?

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    Nikkor 35 1.4 AIs =)

    F3, FTN, D700, just primes =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by diediealsomustdive View Post
    Where are you?
    That was Norway, Geiranger.
    But I am back in Singapore

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    Sweet. Not so easy to go to norway. Gotta think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diediealsomustdive View Post
    Sweet. Not so easy to go to norway. Gotta think.
    Can be done bro. Logistics wise I would compare it to be like visiting NZ. Except left hand drive and slightly narrower roads.
    Used to think Homer Tunnel drive in NZ was cool. But cannot compare to the amazing numbers in norway, which can be way much longer, even undersea, even saw a roundabout within one of them.

    Here is another done by the venerable 85mm micro PC, shifted stitched into a pano. The micro PC lives up to its micro tag and gives much details to landscape use.







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    Did you have to find the optimum point to (forgot the term) pivot your camera for rotating on tripod for this panaroma stitching?

    I will some day plan for a trip to Norway. This is in spring, so not too cold.

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    Ryan
    really like that last one.. have you any experience with the 35 2.8 PC? been thinking about it but not sure if its decent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diediealsomustdive View Post
    Did you have to find the optimum point to (forgot the term) pivot your camera for rotating on tripod for this panaroma stitching?

    I will some day plan for a trip to Norway. This is in spring, so not too cold.
    You mean the nodal point ? that is if you are rotating the whole setup.
    For shift lenses, the camera does not rotate. I just shift the lens left centre right and take 3 frames for my panos.
    The thing I like is seamless stitching. No funny de-distortioning or uncalled for cropping, since they are part of a larger image circle anyway.

    It is a little difficult to describe, but here is a clip on shifting vertically.
    0.05 to 0.07 he was shifting


    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Ang View Post
    really like that last one.. have you any experience with the 35 2.8 PC? been thinking about it but not sure if its decent.
    I actually did try the 35mm PC f2.8 ( the last version ) in a shop in PP some yrs back. But he was trying to sell me a 90% delaminated multicoating copy for 1 k SGD and insisted that pictures will turn out fine. ( he probably is right for some accounts ) It was a pure shift lens. In the end I bought a grey copy of the Schneider PC-Super-Angulon 28mm f/2.8

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    I understand that shifting the lens for pano is still inaccurate for close foreground objects
    Shifting the body and keeping the lens stationary would be best
    Sounds super unwieldy

    I did consider a 35mm PC before, and from all my checking, I'm pretty sure the one next to CP in Peninsula (can't rem the name? Alex Photo?) has one of the cheapest I've ever encountered. Better than anything on fleabay
    It's been sitting there (front display) for many moons already though so many have a chance to bargain down?
    No idea if it's the same delaminated one heh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zichar View Post
    I understand that shifting the lens for pano is still inaccurate for close foreground objects
    Shifting the body and keeping the lens stationary would be best
    Sounds super unwieldy

    I did consider a 35mm PC before, and from all my checking, I'm pretty sure the one next to CP in Peninsula (can't rem the name? Alex Photo?) has one of the cheapest I've ever encountered. Better than anything on fleabay
    It's been sitting there (front display) for many moons already though so many have a chance to bargain down?
    No idea if it's the same delaminated one heh
    i was surprised cos they come up on ebay for as low as 280 USD so i was wondering if its cos the lens isnt good or something else..
    F3, FTN, D700, just primes =)
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    I would think because most consider it a less-than-useful FL for shifting?
    To be clear, I was referring to the AIS black knob version (latest, same as what Ryan is talking about)
    Can't remember what it was going for in that store though
    I missed having a 35mm, and thought the PC would be a quirky way to get what I want and still explore having a shift lens
    Let's just say I now have a 35/2 AIS on the way
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    I enquired at a time where Nikon did not have the pce options. My guess would be that the older lenses retained much of their resale then, or the fella was obviously trying to rip me.

    Yes bro zichar there is alot of manual steps in using, and I hate it sometimes. The older lenses including the 85 micro pc needed a separate knob to stop down aperture before shoot, and I have accidentally forgotten it and overexposed several shots unknowingly overseas, only to discover back in singapore. The newer nikkor PCE allow electrical control of aperture diaphragm that we so take for granted in usual lenses.
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    I've always wanted to find out how stop-down metering works, is it really such a pain to?
    Someday, we must lim kopi together!

    Here's something super recent
    Chef Anatoly Komm
    From this afternoon at the World Gourmet Summit
    Won free passes to the Citibank Gastronomic Jam Sessions courtesy of Gold FM
    Skipped out on bringing my cam the first day, didn't see a reason not to the second

    D700 + 45PCE
    Shift + full tilt



    WGS 2012 (CKC_7342) by Zichar, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zichar View Post
    I've always wanted to find out how stop-down metering works, is it really such a pain to?
    Someday, we must lim kopi together!

    Here's something super recent
    Chef Anatoly Komm
    From this afternoon at the World Gourmet Summit
    Won free passes to the Citibank Gastronomic Jam Sessions courtesy of Gold FM
    Skipped out on bringing my cam the first day, didn't see a reason not to the second

    D700 + 45PCE
    Shift + full tilt



    WGS 2012 (CKC_7342) by Zichar, on Flickr
    Oh u got the 45 PCE!

    Lim kopi sounds good. I can bring down some barang barang

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    Aye, I do. Found a great deal online and went for it. Mostly shoot street and candids with it, 45 is rather odd for landscape here
    Yet to go wandering abroad with it ... maybe June
    Okay onz, gotta figure out my schedule though lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    You mean the nodal point ? that is if you are rotating the whole setup.
    For shift lenses, the camera does not rotate. I just shift the lens left centre right and take 3 frames for my panos.
    The thing I like is seamless stitching. No funny de-distortioning or uncalled for cropping, since they are part of a larger image circle anyway.

    It is a little difficult to describe, but here is a clip on shifting vertically.

    Ryan
    I understand this perfectly, you've explained it well. Guess I will have to practise on finding the nodal point (thanks for reminding me), since I do not have a PC or PCE lens.

    My guess is that for flawless stitching, the lens should have little to no distortion (i.e. slightly longer focal length is best), and in my case, find the nodal point. Theoritically... but not done in practise.

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    just to share something from earlier today



    d300 + 50 1.4 AI'D again (because its the only MF lens I have )

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    Quote Originally Posted by diediealsomustdive
    My guess is that for flawless stitching, the lens should have little to no distortion (i.e. slightly longer focal length )
    Yes. Anything above 50mm gives less headache stitching. I love 85mm or 135mm for quick n easy panos. For wide stitching if there is no sufficient overlap & frames, end up post stitch might not even get much more than a single frame shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zichar
    Aye, I do. Found a great deal online and went for it. Mostly shoot street and candids with it, 45 is rather odd for landscape here
    Yet to go wandering abroad with it ... maybe June
    Okay onz, gotta figure out my schedule though lol
    Let me know then bro.

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