Mondo Verde - Jungle (GXR-M, Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5, M-mount)
Today I've been to the Mondo Verde World Gardens, to try out my new Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 (new M-mount version). It was a great success I must say. At least, I returned home with about 85 pictures, shot over about 4 hours. (Yes, I'm a slow shooter.)
Below are two pictures from the "Jungle" part of the garden. In the next days I'll post some more pictures of parts of Mondo Verde.
Editing is minimal: only white balance and color tweaks in Lightroom, to actually convey the colors I saw there. In addition, the second picture's exposure was adjusted to -0.3EV, and it had a small adjustment in contrast and highlights. Everything else was left to Lightroom 4's defaults. Both pictures are complete: no cropping.
For people who are interested, here are two 100% crops from the first picture. First one is about 1/3rd from the top, second one is at the middle of the right edge.
Some observations about this lens:
This thing is sharp . It's sharp enough to resolve blades of grass at big distances.
This thing is wide . On the Ricoh, it's just 23mm. Not very special, but my previous widest was the 17-40L @ 40D (28mm). I fear to shoot this lens at full frame someday....
The GXR-M handles it perfectly. I've seen no color shifts or overly bad vignetting.
It's very small, and very light. Don't mistake it for a camera cap...
All in all, it's a great lens for use on the GXR-M if you intend to shoot landscapes at around 23mm.
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