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Showcase Nikon 300mm f2.8 ED-IF Ai-s

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Eirik, Oct 6, 2012.

 
 
  1. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    After having acquired this beast a while back, I think it is time to start a thread with some samples of what I have managed to get out of it...

    EX Hurtigruten vessel MS Narvik, now it's a floating secondary school:
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    Saw this kitty at my paren's farm
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    Kitty's mom:
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    My parent's dog, Josie:
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    Finally a shot of the moon, full size heavily cropped:
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    I have to say I'm pleased with the lens so far, very good image quality, except from some CA where there are large differences in contrast...
     
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  2. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    The colours look very nice.
     
  3. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    Apples on a tree:
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    Torso with graffiti in the background:
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    Ducks in a moat:
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    Dead leaf in a stream, looks a bit like a stingray fighting it's way upstream
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    Seagull:
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    And now, something weird: This was taken with two extension tubes put on, effectively halving the close focusing distance from 3 meters to 1,5. Also, very difficult lighting condition with harsh overhead lighting and sharp shadows, so I had to pull the levers lots in photoshop...
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    It's been fun so far playing with this thing... :D 
     
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  4. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2010
    Fabulous photos. What camera body are you using it on? With or without IBIS, if it's an Olympus?
     
  5. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    Sorry for the late answer, I took most of these as a part of an October challenge on a Norwegian discussion board. All of them are shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with IBIS.

    More from the 300/2.8:

    My dad's old Capri
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    Josy again:
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    The cat and the Capri
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    A bush in front of the house
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    A shot of the moon, with the TC-14b 1,4x teleconverter (cropped)
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  6. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

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    Brooklyn, NY
    Thanks for sharing your images Eirik! You're absolutely right in that the 300 / f2.8 AIs is a monster (even by pro Nikon standards!). I own one that I shot fashion exclusively with. It's been a long time since I pulled it out of the closet, but your thread might just inspire me to lug it out and give it a try! Love to see a photograph of what YOUR rig looks like with the lens attached...

    Keep them coming!

    Cheers-

    Wes
     
  7. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    Looks like this, more or less (+/- straps, or tri-/monopod): :smile:

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    Definitely worth giving it a try, just go get a proper adapter, don't go for a cheap one if you want to attach such a heavy lens. Go for a Voigtländer or Novoflex.
     
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  8. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Ah yes, atta girl!

    Cheers Eirik!
     
  9. Bravin Neff

    Bravin Neff Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2011
    Detroit
    Bravin Neff
  10. faisalj

    faisalj Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jan 4, 2013
    Singapore
    WOW! Fantastic captures with this beast of a lens. :) 
     
  11. enzodiac

    enzodiac Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 7, 2012
    Sweden
    Andreas Fougner
    I just got a hold of one of these today. A late model from 1997 with 3m close distance etc. Just tried it out indoors with a tripod to see what kind of image quality it can produce under controlled circumstances. I am impressed I must say. It is so much better then panasonic 100-300. Not much ghosting or CA at f2.8 at all. Now the learning begins, shooting birds with manual focus and mono/tripod.

    These shots were taken about 5 meters away from the subjects. The House is probably 50-60meters away though.

    House and bird are iso 1600, rest is iso 200. No noise reduction used at all.
     

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  12. enzodiac

    enzodiac Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 7, 2012
    Sweden
    Andreas Fougner
    Some more from this deadly combo!

    All shot at f2.8 handheld.
     

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  13. davidzvi

    davidzvi Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Eirik, truly wonderful old glass.
     
  14. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    Yes, it's a very good lens. Got it out to shoot some ships lately:

    MSC Musica
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    Independence of the Seas:
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    Adventure of the Seas:
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  15. Eirik

    Eirik Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 20, 2012
    Oslo, Norway
    Eirik
    Some action shots from the Gatebil racing and drifting event in Norway, taken with the 300/2.8:

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    All of these are on an E-M5
     
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  16. What a great lens for auto racing... nice pics.
     
  17. dissonantie

    dissonantie Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dec 9, 2014
    The Netherlands
    @Eirik@Eirik and @enzodiac@enzodiac: Thank you for sharing your pictures! You've convinced to get a copy of this great lens. Here are some of my first shots:

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    There is definitely some chromatic aberration wide open, which can be fixed later. But it took me quite some time not to destroy the contrasting feathers of the magpie. Most of these shots were hand-held, a great demonstration of the wonderful IBIS on the E-M1! However, peaking is not always accurate with the razor-thin DOF, so I tend to use the magnify function a lot and do some minor cropping later.
     
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