NIKON D800E and prime lenses

NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

While the 24-85mm zoom I bought gives good results with the D800E, there's no doubt that to get the best out of it, the prime lenses I have, show what it can really do.

NIKON D800E 50mm f/1.8D lens
NIKON D800E 50mm f/1.8D lens

NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

The Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 is an unusual lens in that its small and light.



 http://www.voigtlander.com/cms/voigtlaender/voigtlaender_cms.nsf/id/pa_fdih7pyj95.html

Manual focus only of course, and not particularly good wide open, but at f/8 its great and at f/11 its spectacular.

NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

It's clear that these SLR fit lenses by Voigtander are somewhat less popular than their m-mount range, and they do seem to be little known. As you can see from the list above in the picture from the Voigtlander website there are 20mm, 28mm, 40mm, 58mm and 90mm options. I have just ordered one of the 90mm lenses as a medium telephoto lens for the Nikons and a slightly longer telephoto for my NEX-7. The whole range is beautifully made and they provide a nice alternative, if like me, you find some of the new Nikon 35mm primes somewhat on the large side. 

To a certain extent I'm still experimenting with the Nikons to see what works best for me. Lenses like the 28-300mm are obviously top class but at 800g I'm not sure how often I'd take something like that out. I'm actually currently being quite "careful" using the D800's, as I'm really keen to see this work. The image quality, image size and general overall handling are so right for me that I'm keen not to do what I've done in the past, which is to buy quality but heavy lenses and get problems carrying the whole lot around.

With that in mind, I'm going to be using my NEX-7 with a couple of primes for situations where I'm walking some distance. It has been a case of "so far, so good" and I'll be exploring a light zoom option for the Nikons next week.

Incidentally there's a nice article by Kirk Tick here on the virtues of the OM-D. After using it for a while, I'm not quite so smitten with the Olympus as I was, and in fact have it up for sale, but its a good read nonetheless.

On interesting reading there's a link from sonyalpharumors - http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/is-the-future-for-dslrslt-full-frame-only/ to a blog piece here and while I don't agree with much of whats suggested, its an interesting thought / opinion piece. Personally I'm in favour of as many formats as possible and have no doubt that APS-C is here to stay, but again see what you think.

As those of you who live here will know only too well, and those of you in other countries may have seen, the UK summer is on hold, and nature is doing its best to remove our drought problem. If another part of the world would like the jet stream, we're getting pretty fed up with it sitting on top of us and you are welcome to it!! Consequently, I'm getting out to shoot whenever I can and often that means I've only got a window of an hour or two every few days. Yes its that bad! Consequently I'm working locally mainly and any thoughts about a longer trip further away are out of the question. Still at least I get to see whether Bradley Wiggins will be the first Brit to win the Tour de France. The other riders seem to have found a way to deal with Mark Cavendish, which is to knock him off his bike at every opportunity!! Lets hope Wiggo doesn't suffer the same fate.

Just looked out of the window and its actually NOT raining. Who knows, I may even get out today.

NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5
NIKON D800E Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5

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