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03-25-2016, 02:03 AM - 1 Like   #13936
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andrew_Oid Quote
Google Just Made $150 of Great Photography Software Totally Free

This will probably be of interest to someone.

Also, I couldn't wait until tomorrow. The lens (20mm) is challenging me like no other has. Photo taken @ f8.
That was my reaction when I got mine, and I instantly liked it.
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A couple of pictures from last night from near where I live. All with the STak 55/1.8 wide open. There were a lot of frogs around.
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03-25-2016, 07:07 AM   #13939
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andrew_Oid Quote
Google Just Made $150 of Great Photography Software Totally Free

This will probably be of interest to someone.

Also, I couldn't wait until tomorrow. The lens (20mm) is challenging me like no other has. Photo taken @ f8.
Did you download the NIK? I am always afraid of downloading stuff for free.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pepe Guitarra Quote
Did you download the NIK? I am always afraid of downloading stuff for free.
Looks legit: Google's $150 Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software Is Now Completely Free

I would get it myself, but it's incompatible with linux at the moment. Hopefully some of the plugins will be developed for use with the GIMP, then I can try them
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Looks legit: Google's $150 Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software Is Now Completely Free

I would get it myself, but it's incompatible with linux at the moment. Hopefully some of the plugins will be developed for use with the GIMP, then I can try them
I tried the NIK for a month, but I forgot to buy it. The only featured I used was the B&W silver lighting?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andrew_Oid Quote
Google Just Made $150 of Great Photography Software Totally Free

This will probably be of interest to someone.

Also, I couldn't wait until tomorrow. The lens (20mm) is challenging me like no other has. Photo taken @ f8.

I'd love to see more of the 20mm on FF. What was challenging about it?
03-25-2016, 06:17 PM   #13943
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Tonytee -

We have visited the Mt. St. Helens area 3 or 4 times in the past 10 years. The 'Visitor's Center' (not sure what it's really called) is very interesting and quite impressive. One quick aside...the company I was working for at that time had a branch office in Portland, one of my friends up there sent me a ziploc bag with ashes (which felt more like fine sand) that had fallen on his car in Portland (which is quite a ways from the mountain).
I can tell you that the ash was really something. At noon, people were driving with their headlights on. Everything was covered in ash. Fortunately, it washed away easily except for under the cedar roofing material. That took a lot of extra work. At the time a woman was the governor of the state of Washington. Her full name escapes me right now, and she was a head of the Atomic Energy Commission, now known as NEC. She was a very portly woman, and someone here locally had written to her, telling her to keep her big Ash out of Oregon. ). Thanks for reading.

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A few from the SMC 135 f2.5, Super Tak 200 F4, and SMC 50 f1.4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pepe Guitarra Quote
Did you download the NIK? I am always afraid of downloading stuff for free.
I did download it. I usually scan the files I download from the internet with Avast antivirus and Spybot Search & Destroy before I open them to ensure they're clean. Both are free programs I have used for years and can recommend. Also, Malwarebytes for an occasional full scan.

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I'd love to see more of the 20mm on FF. What was challenging about it?
When I say challenging, I mean that it has me looking at everything through a 20mm frame and composing scenes for it, if that makes sense. Also, the lens has its strengths and weaknesses, and it will be interesting to learn how to use it within its limitations.

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SMC Takumar 20mm f4.5

I went back to the park today with the 20mm. Some samples. One of the challenges of the lens is to frame a shot without distracting, extraneous elements. The FOV is very large. Also, the DOF when focusing at MFD is surprisingly shallow for such a wide-angle at f8, f9. There's no focus assistance with the Sony Alpha a850 since it's a DSLR with a mirror and an optical viewfinder. (Field of View, Depth of Field, Minimum Focusing Distance) I cropped a bit off the top of the first image because of the first issue. For the rest I did some minimal PP, usually reducing the brightness a bit.
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SMC Tak 55/1.8....doggies on the trail (xposted)
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Takumar 58 f2

Here are two samples of the Takumar 58mm @f2.

I like the soft background of the Sonnar design

Pictures taken with an Olympus without post processing. ... I wait for the fullframe.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andrew_Oid Quote


When I say challenging, I mean that it has me looking at everything through a 20mm frame and composing scenes for it, if that makes sense. Also, the lens has its strengths and weaknesses, and it will be interesting to learn how to use it within its limitations.
Thanks, I'm trying to decide between the ST20 or the M20 at the moment. Leaning towards the ST since the M is going for absurd prices.
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