This is the tenth of a series of articles showcasing pictures taken on the Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm/1:0.95. These pictures were taken inside the beautiful restored Queen Victoria Building located at the heart of Sydney.
For more information on the Heliar 17.5mm lens, check out my initial impressions article and other articles in the series:
- Initial Impression
- The Rocks
- Woolloomooloo to Sydney CBD walk
- Mitchell Library
- Sydney Trades Hall
- Sydney Haymarket and Chinatown
- Newtown Record Fair
- Camperdown Cemetery
- Newtown Street Art
- St. Andrew’s Cathedral
According to Wikipedia, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a heritage-listed late-nineteenth-century building designed by the architect George McRae. Completed in 1898, the Romanesque Revival building was used for a variety of purposes, initially as a marketplace. It went into a long period of decay in the 20th century but was lovingly restored in the mid 1980s by a. consortium led by a Malaysian company Ipoh Bhd. I remember prior to its restoration it was a shabby eyesore with the street level populated by discount stores (much like Central Station today which is also overdue for a restoration).
This is a lovely building with a glass rooftop. I love capturing the dark staircases, the beautiful stained glass and the dome at the centre of the building
This was a good opportunity to see how well the lens capture colour and detail in the low light environment of the building..
The lens performed quite well, and I was really pleased with the colour rendering of the stained glass windows and tiles. The staircase shots were a bit disappointing, but the open air shots across the building came out okay.