As you can tell by my lean posting schedule of late, I'm buried with work on my Lightroom plugins, hoping Lr3 doesn't come out before I'm ready. But I had the opportunity to use an amazing lens today, and took it for a short stroll near my place.
The lens — an all-manual Cosina Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — is a full 100% macro, something I'd never used before. I got close with the 64% macro of the Sigma Bigma + 2× TC combination that I reported on in Walkabout with the Sigma Bigma: Versatility Galore a month ago, but this lens is in a different class.
(While the Voigtlander might be in a diffretnt class, unfortunately, I'm still in the same class, so the quality of these first shots are somewhat lacking...)
One of the very first shots I took when I got my hands on it, scrambling around the house for something to try it out with, was this shot of some flowers still hanging on from our wedding anniversary two weeks ago...
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/100 sec, f/4, ISO 3200 — full exif
nothing's really in focus, but I like the vibe
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3600 — map & image data — nearby photos
( you won't see it until you look at the 100% view, then will be amazed at the clarity )
( direct out of Lightroom with default settings )
What really amazes me about that shot is that the wind was whipping the little guy around, and you can see some movement blur on him, but the spider web is sharp as can be, so the movement at that one instant must have been in a direction exactly parallel to the web.
At 125mm, it's the longest telephoto I've ever used without VR (anti-vibration technology), and I could most certainly tell the difference. If I ever find free time again, I definitely need to break out the tripod.
There were only a few dandelions in the area I was walking, but I seem to have been attracted to them....
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image data — nearby photos
Those “big” red plants in the background are almost invisible to the eye unless you're looking... they're very small. Compare to this shot with the Sigma at 32% macro.
I don't really care for the shot... the thin depth of field is more annoying than artistic in this case.
Here's another one I don't care for, but it's illustrative of the close-up abilities:
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
Compare with the identically-titled photo on my post about the Sigma Bigma. Today was lacking the bright sun that gave the other shot such great texture, but unfortunately I wasn't at liberty to change the weather to suit my personal needs, so I went with what I had.
Here's a non-macro shot. The full-res version is nicely sharp....
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
And finally, a crop from a larger photo..
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5, highly cropped— 1/800 sec, f/4, ISO 1400 — map & image data — nearby photos
baby bird is about to get a beak full of bug crammed down its throat
A 125mm manual-focus lens is not really what one would use for wildlife photography, but they were feeding in front of me, and I had the camera, so why not.
All the photos on this post are straight-out-of-Lightroom at the default settings, except for the crop in the last shot, a touch of extra exposure in two shots that I'd underexposed, and a white-balance fix on the Creamy Jumble (because it was taken in incandescent lighting, which Nikon's cameras tend not to auto-whitebalance very well).