South Beach with the Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4

I have read great reviews about Voigtlander lenses. I was looking for something more than a 35mm, but less than a 50mm. I have a Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 that doesn't do well at night, and a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.C.C. that is just too close for night shots. So, why not get a very moderately priced Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4?

I got a good deal for it. The only negative being that it had dust inside the lens. However, at the price I got it I can afford to get it clean and still save over getting a new one. I decided I wanted to see how well it does during the day time Miami sun and during the evening to night time lights.
 Here are a couple of shots.

No focus, by luck shot.
Some women at the beach looking at their phones laughing it up

A side alley shot

Saw this hostess/waitress and took this shot. It was by pure coincidence that she happened to look my way. 
This shot is cropped from the image above, which was cropped from a larger image. I did have to bokeh the background to take out noise levels and soften her face a bit.


As far as the Voigtlander, in one day this lens has managed to become my favorite lens. It is just so sharp at f/2.8 in most of the frame that it's just amazing. I had a Canon 50mm FD 50mm f/1.4 S.C.C. that was my daily shooter, but the voigtlander gives me a lot more flexibility. It is also about half the size of the Canon. The only thing is that this lens is not for close-up shots unless you get an adapter for it. It's a lens best used for subjects 3 feet and out. At least with the Sony A7R.

Camera: Sony A7R
Lens: Voigtlander Noktor Classic 40mm f/1.4

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