AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED: Day 1

DSC_5846.JPG: Shot with an AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens on a Nikon D810 at 5:13 PM on 12/23/17: 1/100 at f/5.6, ISO-100, FL 35mm.

Picked up the 18-35mm at the US Post Office downtown early this morning. I found a pink delivery notice in my mailbox yesterday. The carrier claims I wasn’t home to sign for it. Didn’t have a chance to test the lens until this evening at around 5 PM. Caught the last rays from the winter sun in my already dark living room. This photo is a crop of a very small section of a larger photo.

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Tokina 100mm Macro: Nikon Night Shoot


This is a quick test of the Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 Pro FX Macro on a Nikon D810 to determine its night shooting capabilities. All shots are JPGs converted from RAW. Some were straightened, but none were edited. For me, the jury is still out on the Tokina 100 Macro. Thus far, it seems to do a lot well but doesn’t seem to stand out in any one area. Currently, I don’t have enough lenses to compare it to. Still, I’m impressed by its night shooting capabilities. Reminds me of the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2.

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Lunch Wagons on Kaheka and Kapiolani

Kapiolani Blvd. and Kaheka Street. Shot with X-E1 with XF35mm f/1.4, 1/250, f/8, ISO 400. 12/21/17 at 1:18 PM. Click images to zoom in.

Kapiolani Blvd. and Kaheka Street. Shot with X-E1 with XF35mm f/1.4, 1/1000, f/7.1, ISO 400, 12/21/17 at 1:16 PM.

Kona approaching Mahukona. Back entrance to Ala Moana Shopping Center. Shot with X-E1 with XF35mm f/1.4, 1/500, f/7.1, ISO 400. 12/21/17 at 1:11 PM.

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Fuji X-T2 to Nikon D810: What’s the Difference?


Update 12/18/17: The following are crops from photos I took this afternoon with the Nikon D810 and FX 70-300mm lens. Click them to zoom in. I shot these as a test for ISO priority, but they demonstrate to me the tremendous advantage of a full-frame. I’m able to crop freely into shots and still preserve useful sharpness. With other cameras, including the XT-2 and XE-1, I’d struggle to get similar usable crops. This cropping advantage creates opportunities for visual storytelling.

A family of intrepid tourists from Asia (probably China or Japan) who have discovered the convenience and fun of participating in urban Honolulu’s bikeshare program, Biki. I’d feel a lot more comfortable if they were wearing helmets and if the males were wearing protective clothing. Tourists often don’t realize the risks they’re taking when on vacation away from home. Click any of these photos to zoom in

The woman in dark glasses seems to have had surgery on her eye, and the other woman, apparently older, seems to be guiding her..

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Two Old Cameras: Shot with Tokina 100 Macro

Zeiss Ikon Folding Contessa (1950-55) and Super Richoflex (1956-58) shot with
Tokina AT-X 100mm F/2.8 Pro FX Macro lens mounted on Nikon D810. All shots are JPGs SOOC. They were cropped and straightened but not edited.

Both the Contessa and Ricohflex are in bad shape. I got them from my sister and brother-in-law. The cameras belonged to his father and hadn’t been used in ages. I’m planning to put a roll of film in the Contessa to see if it still works. The gears on the Richoflex are frozen, so I’ll need to see if I can get them turning again.

I picked up a used Nikon D810 on eBay a couple weeks ago and am experimenting with various budget FX lenses. The Tokina 100 Macro is highly recommended by Theoria Apophasis (aka Angry Photographer) and others, so it was among the first lenses I bought on eBay. Aside from some CA, it seems to work well as a macro. I’ve set it up for the D810, but I find myself bypassing the AF and manually focusing for best results. The focusing ring is smooth, and I can lock on quickly. I’ll also be testing its non-macro capabilities in the coming days and weeks.

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Nikon D810 Firmware Update

Check your current firmware version:
1. In the MENU, go to the SETUP MENU (wrench) and scroll down to “Firmware version.”
2. “C” is the camera version. “L” is the lens version.
3. Turn camera OFF.

Download the firmware:
1. Go to the Nikon D810 Firmware download site. The default page is for Windows.
2. Click on the Mac OS button for Macs.
3. Click Accept and Download.

Format a memory card on the D810 for the update file:
1. In the MENU, go to the SETUP MENU (wrench) and scroll down to “Format memory card.”
2. Choose SD card slot or CF card slot. (I chose the SD card — smaller of the two.)
3. To the question “All images on memory card will be deleted OK?” select Yes.
5. After the Yes response turns red, click OK (button on the left bottom of the camera).

Copy the firmware onto the formatted memory card:
1. Insert the formatted memory card into your computer.
2. Open the downloaded folder.
3. Copy the D810_XXXX.bin file onto the memory card.

Update the D810’s firmware:
1. Insert the memory card into the D810’s primary slot.
2. Turn the camera on and, in the Menu, go to the SETUP MENU (wrench) and scroll down to “Firmware version,” which is the last item in the list.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

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Photos of Fuji XF80mm Macro Shot with a Tokina 100mm Macro

I used the Tokina 100mm Macro on a Nikon D810 to shoot the Fujinon XF80mm Macro mounted on an X-T2. Click image to enlarge.

The Tokina 100 is made specifically for Nikon. The AF works, but the focus is poor. Manual focusing is simple, quick, and very effective. I like the push-pull clutch function of the focus ring. The focus ring has just the right amount of resistance to provide a precision feel.

I’m impressed with the Tokina 100mm as a macro lens. I need to take it out for a shoot soon.

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