Botanical Lens Research

The Munich Botanical Garden is the perfect place to try out some new lenses (unrelated observation: my lens dealer has ordered a new Porsche) – at least that’s what we thought. We, that’s my friend¬†Michael and me, the world’s smallest Fuji X-T1 owners club. So we headed to Nymphenburg Castle to shoot some flowers in the said garden near the castle grounds. The garden is truly wonderful. Sadly, a strong wind was blowing and the flowers just wouldn’t keep still. After briefly considering ripping some of them out in order to take them home to the studio, we headed for the greenhouse, where, in theory, there should be no wind. That wasn’t true either, there was an annoying draft,¬† annoyingly little light, and a lot of annoying Austrian tourists. The space between the tourists was filled by very loud Kindergarden groups with their Kindergarden teachers, who clearly had taken their flock to the greenhouse in the hope that the kids would grow faster there. Well, when we finally gave up and headed for the pub, we had managed to take a few nice pictures and I noticed that I had also used all my new lenses – the Fujinon XF 10-24mm f4.0 super wide angle zoom, the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 tele zoom, and the Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 macro – all while shooting flowers. That has to count for something. Next time I’ll even look at the little signs with the Latin names so I know what all those colourful blossoms are called. Thankfully, most of them were tulips anyway. If anyone knows the correct names for the “Cactus Flower” and the “Red Flower”, please leave a comment – all you Austrian tourists, where are you?