Category Archives: Inspiration

Butterfly Girl, 2.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Butterfly Girl.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

There comes the darkness.

“Then in your life, there comes the darkness…”

Decks Dark, Radiohead.


↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

OK Computer.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

OK Computer meets Ghost in the Machine.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

The iPhone Generation.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Garden, 3 (re-processed).

I’ve re-processed my image Garden, 3, using similar techniques I used to use when processing my M9 files.

So…. I’m still experimenting.  Wondering what people think (I’m looking at you jh).


↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Garden, 3.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

Garden, 2.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

On my 50th birthday.

A childhood dream finally came true today.

The first LP to be played on my first ever record player:  Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.

Thank you to my wife and family.


↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.


↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.


↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.

As a point of comparison…

In follow up to the Voigtlander 40/1.4 post, where I evaluate central sharpness on the Nikon Z7 at various lens apertures, here’s what the Nikon 50/1.8S lens does wide open @ f/1.8:

Clearly, this lens is operating on another optical level (the advantages of newer lens design and manufacturing, software trickery, as well as a larger size).




Somewhere far from here.

Portugal, 2008.



Nikon D3 + Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8.

Test Shots: Nikon Z + Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4.

These are some test images I made for my own purposes.  I was specifically looking at central sharpness of the Voigtlander 40mm Nokton 1.4 at various large apertures when mounted on the Nikon Z7.

I took two series of test shots, one at close-ish distance and the other at mid-far distance.

As you can see, @ f/1.4 there is a definite softness and “glow”, but resolution is actually quite good.  By f/2, the lens takes on a more modern contrasty look, which improves @ f/2.5, and then very slightly again @ f/2.8.

Depending on the look I’d want, I could see myself shooting at each of these apertures, but for a general-purpose look f/2 is probably the best compromise; @ f/2.5, the sharpness is already beyond anything I’d need for portraiture.


Scene 1:

(focus is on the number “30”)

Scene 2:

(focus is on the word “LIFETIME”)

As “dreamy” as the shots @ f/1.4 appear, they can easily be made to approximate the ones @ f/2, if contrast and sharpness are added during post processing:

(as stated in the introduction, the resolution is all there)

Transforming the “LIFETIME” image @ f/1.4 to a more modern rendering is a little more tricky, because there is more “glow” present, but — again — adding contrast and sharpness helps.

BY THE WAY, the Voigtlander 40/1.4 Nokton I have is the single-coated (SC) version.  The multi-coated (MC) version may behave differently, as it is purported to render with more contrast, have less propensity to flare, etc.  However, having owned it in the past I can’t recall seeing a difference, though admittedly I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison.

I hope you found this useful.



↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.


Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/2.