So tomorrow is the flight home and tonight I have wifi access. It was a remarkable trek (for someone as feeble and lazy as myself) and went from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, to Vermilion Cliff National Monument including a side trip into the White Pocket area and then over to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and finally back to Las Vegas where I took a few shots of Lake Mead and environs. I almost exclusively used a Voigtlander 10mm f\5.6 lens with the rest being a Sony 55mm f\1.8 for the tighter shots. Heaven only knows what that’s going to produce but I’m excited to see. Sorry for this short note but I need to catch up first with what is going on in the big bad world.
All but the last three photos were taken with the Loxia 21mm lens on the A7S. This lens has proven to be sharp wide open and corner to corner (of course it gets even sharper when it’s stopped down). The colors are excellent and the lens does not suffer from chromatic aberration or other faults. It is a fantastic lens for any photos that conform to a 21mm focal length. I highly recommend it to any A7-type camera users.
The final three photos in the group above were taken with the Voigtlander 10mm. This lens cannot compare to the Loxia 21mm with respect to corner sharpness, or flare resistance or chromatic aberration. This is not to say that it is bad in these respects. On the contrary for an unbelievably wide 10mm focal length it’s actually amazingly good, just not in the same league with the Loxia. What it does excel at is providing the ability to juxtapose a foreground and background in extremely creative ways that only ultra wide angles can provide. And so if you need that type of composition I wholeheartedly recomment this Voigtlander (or the 12mm version too).
Back in August I took some close-ups of flowers around the yard using the Voigtlander 10mm on the A7S. I confess it’s an odd combination for that application. But it produced some interesting (but odd) results. Here they are.
On Friday June 10th 2016 I took the 10mm Voigtlander out on my Sony A7S. I tried it on both landscape and closer objects. I’ll have to say that this lens is completely acceptable for both. The central sharpness is excellent and the corners are good enough for almost any lens critic. Let me clarify. The corners on the Loxia 21mm are much better. But that is a much narrower angle of vision. The correct way to compare this is to lenses that are close to the 10mm here. I’m comparing it to the Sigma 12-24 zoom at 12mm or the Voigtlander 12mm for M mount. When compared to these lenses it is actually better in the corners. Of course a tougher test would be against the Canon 11-21 zoom. I hear that lens has excellent corners and f\2.8 aperture. I’ll leave that test to others. Suffice it to say I’m very pleased with the 10mm Voigtlander. This summer I’m going to use it to capture Milky Way landscape shots. I think that will be interesting.
So I got bored inside on a rainy day and decided to poke around the yard. This shot should give you an idea of what the Voigtlander 10mm does shooting close-up stuff on my A7S. I’ll put up something a little more ambitious next week.
So this first part of the review will include some photos and first impressions. I got this copy from B&H about a week ago and it arrived safe and sound. B&H is one of my favorite sources for photographic equipment. They’re efficient and professional. They also seem to get everything first in the US. Anyway I went out and took some landscape and architectural shots.
After that I had a little fun pointing this thing out of the horizontal and enjoying the fun-house mirror effect.
Wide is an understatement. I have several pictures of my feet in hand held shots. A monopod helps to eliminate this interesting problem.
A 10mm perspective means you really have to keep the camera in the horizontal if you don’t want some really tilted straight lines.
If you really enjoy wide angle lenses this thing is a blast.
While this lens is quite sharp in the center and good in the corners it is extremely hard to focus by eye even relatively close objects. I say this even when using the magnified view. Everything is so small in the viewfinder. Luckily for most distances the hard stop at infinity is the only setting you need. Almost everything is in focus (except your feet).