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Old 22nd July 2011, 11:59   #8176
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It's worth it, but what about changing the aperture? ......there will be some light loss .....
I am planning it for my 50mm prime which has aperture ring. Light can be compensated by flash through mini-soft box or higher ISO. I was ready for a DIY project with the tube, but the mounting slot & dust will be always a problem. So, I am assuming a 50mm prime, tube, tripod and flash with diffuser should be a perfect combination for macros.

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...Optimus Prime is on its way........
Yayyy, I got it, you are buying the Videocon fish eye lens !!!
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Old 22nd July 2011, 12:48   #8177
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Are you getting a 85mm f/1.8 or 135mm f/2 for your D700?
Uh uh..nopes.

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Yayyy, I got it, you are buying the Videocon fish eye lens !!!
LOL! Shaju! Videocon "Toshiba" Fish eye Lens indeed!

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I guess it has to be the 85mm F1.4.

Or I would say either 50mm f1.4 or 35mm F1.8
Nopes again. I already have the 50mm 1.4G. The 85mm F1.4 is a great lens but that's not on my 'most wanted" list yet. By comparison, reports say the 24mm F1.4 is even better.

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This is the tube I was talking about, its around 300 bucks with free shipping as of today. The seller also has optional DHL or Fedex shipping for which I am waiting for the rate through email. Sizes of the 3 pieces are 9mm, 16mm & 30mm.
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Default Introducing "Optimus Prime"

Ok chaps, "Optimus Prime" is here!!! I went to pick up OP as it arrived before the scheduled date.

What/who is Optimus Prime? It is my brand spanking new Nikon 300mm F/2.8 AF-S VR-II lens.

This thing is bloody big and heavy and comes in an equally big bag and a carton. The lens sets the bar high, really high for not just other Nikon lenses but the photographer too. Quite simply put - any crappy shots are my fault.

More pictures to follow. Wish me luck.

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Old 23rd July 2011, 06:27   #8180
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This is the tube I was talking about, its around 300 bucks with free shipping as of today. The seller also has optional DHL or Fedex shipping for which I am waiting for the rate through email. Sizes of the 3 pieces are 9mm, 16mm & 30mm.
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Shaju, I use similar tubes with Takumar M42 lenses. Purchased the 3 ring set for $5 on eBay. Its worth a try and can produce excellent results but I wont recommend it as a long term solution to replace a dedicated Macro. The main drawback I observed is the narrow focussing range. Its extremely narrow and you will have to constantly move to get the subject in focus.

This one was shot with Takumar 135mm with extension tube:

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Quite simply put - any crappy shots are my fault.
Exactly. I have always found that I am the limitation even with my rather modest set up.
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.......More pictures to follow. Wish me luck....
Congratulations dear !!!! Please dont post more, one is more than enough to wet my pants Now go out and do justice to that baby, waiting for test shots.

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......Its worth a try and can produce excellent results but I wont recommend it as a long term solution to replace a dedicated Macro.
Thanks for the sample, it looks really impressive. Its 10 times bang for the buck, without doubt ! I cant compromise anything lower than Nikon 105 2.8 because of my FX body and thats 45k+ which does not make sense as of now. For casual macros, tube should meet all my needs.
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Congratulations dear !!!! Please dont post more, one is more than enough to wet my pants Now go out and do justice to that baby, waiting for test shots.
Thanks Shaju. Yes test shots are on their way ASAP along with a comparison with my 70-200. This thing is 11" long from the flange and when you attach the carbon fibre hood it looks huge - extends to ~18".

The lens merits monopod/tripod mounting due to its weight ~3 Kg. Attach the D700 (notice I said attach the camera not the other way around) and the payload is 4 Kg. You can shoot hand held due to the VR but the weight becomes bothersome over an extended period of time.

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I have always found that I am the limitation even with my rather modest set up.
Navin, actually it is no different with me. This is like a Lamborghini Murcielago and I am learning how to drive it. It will probably magnify my errors several times over and make me look like a bozo.
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..my brand spanking new Nikon 300mm F/2.8 AF-S VR-II lens.
Are you a pro?
Also how much did this cost?
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Are you a pro?
Also how much did this cost?
No I am not a pro but an advanced amateur dabbling in photography for decades starting in the '70s when I was a kid. As for the price, well, let me say it is expensive.
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R2D2, congrats on Optimus Prime
upload some clicks with Optimus Please!!!

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Nikon 300mm F/2.8 AF-S VR-II lens.
i was close!!!

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let me say it is expensive.
checked it out on Nikon India website. IT IS pretty expensive!!!

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R2D2, congrats on Optimus Prime
upload some clicks with Optimus Please!!!


i was close!!!


checked it out on Nikon India website. IT IS pretty expensive!!!
Thanks buddy.

Well you were close in the sense that it IS a high performance telephoto prime (inspiration for the lens' name "Optimus Prime") but a 300mm is lower down on the totem pole compared with a Canon 800mm.

Unfortunately Nikon decided that the VR2 should be way more than the VR-1 version with the internal optics and coatings remaining the same. You are paying more for the new generation VR system and the fact that the VR2 is matched with the TC20-III which transforms it into a poor man's 600mm super telephoto at a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Some test shots coming soon. I am still getting my head around the monster.

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Ok chaps, "Optimus Prime" is here!!! I went to pick up OP as it arrived before the scheduled date.

What/who is Optimus Prime? It is my brand spanking new Nikon 300mm F/2.8 AF-S VR-II lens.

This thing is bloody big and heavy and comes in an equally big bag and a carton. The lens sets the bar high, really high for not just other Nikon lenses but the photographer too. Quite simply put - any crappy shots are my fault.

More pictures to follow. Wish me luck.

Regards,
Nice glass R2D2! whats the cost in India? waiting for some pics from the monster and if possible do post actual photos of the lens mounted on your cam!
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As for the price, well, let me say it is expensive.
That it is. Just checked the MRP on Nikon India's site.

Do you share your photos on flickr or anywhere else on the web? Would love to follow.
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Shaju, I've the 105 f/2.8D & a lot more cheaper than the G version. Why don't you go for this? I picked this glass in March for 26k.

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I cant compromise anything lower than Nikon 105 2.8 because of my FX body and thats 45k+ which does not make sense as of now. For casual macros, tube should meet all my needs.
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