Yesterday I took a night walk with a fellow photographer to capture some night scenes in the park. My friend had the Sony NEX 5 with the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1 mostly to shoot video, while I took my heavy artillery for night shots, the Nikon D700 with the 24-70 f2.8 and 135mm f2 DC lenses. I was planning to shoot on a tripod so there was no reason for faster lenses.
That was actually the last shot I took before heavy rain started. Our cameras are not weather sealed but we decided to continue our walk. After a few minutes it was raining so heavy that we just couldn’t keep our lenses clear of droplets so we found shelter under a kiosk. Needless to say that the cameras were soaking wet. The NEX 5 due to its small size could be more protected under the coat, but the huge DSLR had taken a heavy shower.
This is the second situation where the D700 and 24-70 escape from a heavy rain situation. Although they are weather sealed, the D700 seems that it can withstand for a while (or more) these weather conditions. Now, I understand that this is probably a matter of luck, if the camera will escape or be damaged in these weather conditions but there are some times when your will of making images will make you take that risk. I am not sure about the lens (especially a zoom), but the thing is that both are still working and I got my images !
Under the kiosk I used the 135mm f2 DC, and made some images with wide open aperture. This is a lens I really like and as I have written before, the defocus control ring allow for out of focus areas alterations. A great portrait lens which I rarely use for portraits !!
I prefer wide angle lenses for my style of photography so much that I consider the 50mm a telephoto lens. I will occasionally use my Leica Elmarit 90mm but most of the times I am between 15-35 mm. I own the Nokton 50mm f1.1 but I almost always use it wide open at f1.1 (as its meant to be used). But the Nikkor 135mm is a very special lens which I am always enjoying it (and most of the times I shoot it at f2).
I made some shots handheld but the vast majority of my images were shot on the tripod. I consider the tripod absolutely necessary for good nights shots if there are no moving subjects involved, even with the great ISO perfomance of the D700 shooting at base ISO provides crystal clear images which can be printed large.
Well, that’s all for today, all images below we’re taken with the Nikon D700 and Nikkor 135mm f2 DC on a tripod. I wish everyone a Happy New Year !!!
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