Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lens Comparison: UV Nikkor 105mm, COSI 105mm, B&L 9"

Today I got an old lens, which was made many years ago by famous lens maker Bausch & Lomb, Rochester NY. It is a in golden color single coated, heavy and well made f4.5 9" lens which attracted me, since it was made to record images emitted by a P-16 phosphoric screen. Nothing special actually, but P-16 radiates at about max. 380nm, so now you know what attracted me most...

I ran a quick test using my "standard test subject", a roof of the neighbours house against the Coastal Optics Micro Apo 105mm and the Nikon UV Nikkor 105mm. The B&L lens is always shown on the right. The B&L images have been scaled down to match the shorter focal length of the other two lenses. These are 100% center crops. The Baader U-filter (310 - 390nm) was used for the reflected UV shots. [click on image gets you a larger image]

Here the results in visible light for the UV Nikkor (left):




and for the Coastal Optics 105mm (left):




Here the results in reflected UV light using the Baader U-Filter (310 - 390nm) for the UV Nikkor (left):




and for the Coastal Optics 105mm (left):




So now it is up to you to understand my surprise....

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos

Allium (Onion) in UV

So this is about onions in UV light. These have very cute ball-shaped flowers and I wondered how these would look like in UV "light". The petals seem to have quite some strong UV reflectance to attract pollinators.

So have a look, left is the visual image, middle the reflected UV image and right the image with UV remapped into the visual as blue [click on image gets you a larger image]:




And this one in a bit higher resolution:




So I hope you like these as much as I do....

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos