Last Updated on December 18, 2018 by gregor
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 400 24mm
Vienna is one of the most photogenic cities in the world so it’s impossible not to be snap-happy all the time. Every place is worth getting your camera out which makes it difficult to prioritize what to take a photo of. These are the best photo locations in Vienna that will make jaw drops and induce envy into all fellow Vienna lovers. These will be the shots that you’ll look back on in years to come and reminisce over
Thanks to Nikon Austria I have been able to test the newly released Nikon Z 6 mirrorless camera. Its wide 55 mm diameter is the world’s widest full-frame lens mount and can capture light as never before. Just 16 mm between the mount and the camera’s full-frame image sensor means more of that light reaches the sensor. From twilight blues to graphic shadows. The powerful optical design of Nikon Z mount lenses, combined with the wide mount, gives you the power to do magic with Vienna’s atmospheric lights.
The Nikon configuration I have used for all photos on this Blog:
Nikon Z 6
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S
During my photo-walk through the City Center of Vienna, I could test the benefits of the Nikon Z 6 mirrorless full-frame camera.
Here are my biggest pros
+ Image Quality: Superior Nikon image quality for colors and dynamic range.
+ Top Edge Technical Specifications: the Nikon Z 6 is a 24.5 MP full-frame mirrorless shooter. It sports an ISO range of 100 – 51,200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Maxed out, it can get up to an ISO 204,800 equivalent.
+ Wonderful Design an Ergonomics, Great Buttons layout, everything right upon your fingertips, easy to access, great Top-Level Display, practical joy-stick
+ Tiling and Touch-Enabled (!) LCD Screen with 2.100k dots. The touchscreen experience is the best I have seen so far on any camera. It was great to be able to double tap to zoom in on images and use the screen to scroll through images and the camera menu.
+ Large and beautiful Viewfinder: 3,686,400 dot OLED finder: 100% coverage, 0.80× (!) magnification, 37º apparent angle of view. It’s a great viewing experience
+ Full Frame Auto-focus: You have sensors all over the entire frame. The Nikon Z 6 has 273 on-sensor auto-focus points and resulted in some rock-solid auto-focus performance in my testing
+ Completely silent operation
+ Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: Snap Bridge — Nikon’s mobile app — works on both iPhone and Android Smartphone for seamless pairing. Over Bluetooth, the camera can preview images and add Geo data to your photos as you shoot. Switching over to Wi-Fi and you have a whole host of other functionality. The Z 6 has 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi which is significantly faster than the 2.4 GHz found before when transferring images.
+ New Mount: Z-mount has an increased mount diameter which allows Nikon to create new large-aperture lenses like the upcoming f/0.95 Noct lens launching early 2019.
+ Top Lenses: With the Z-series cameras, Nikon announced three new Z mount lenses: Nikon Z 24-70 mm f/4 S, Nikon Z 35 mm f/1.8 S and Nikon Z 50 mm f/1.8S, as well as the development of the fourth lens, the Nikon Z 58 mm f/0.95 S Noct. Nikon has also published a lens road-map with exciting new lenses to come. It makes clear to that the company will continue to expand the system and introduce the lenses you might one day need.
+ using the FTZ adapter, you can use the entire band of Nikon Lenses.
+ The Nikon Z 6 is Weather-Sealed
Video. I have not been able to test the Video Capabilities, but in on of the next Blog post I will test this and inform you accordingly
Here’s where to capture the most iconic shots in the City Center of Vienna:
One of the most beautiful and photogenic places in Vienna. If you go up the stairs (which are also great to capture) enjoy a wonderful view to the Opera and the Hotel Sacher. On the back the view to the Burg gardens is glorious.
Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/200s f/4.0 ISO 400 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/200s f/4.0 ISO 400 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is very impressive, even more so at night when it’s lit up.
Tip: When taking photographs at night, use a tripod. This adds an extra element to the picture. Another good spot is near the entrance to the Albertina museum which is located on the other side.
Best time for pics: Blue hour/night
Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 400 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 400 42mm Lightroom Filter used
Depth of Field.
With the great Depth of Field Full-Frame Cameras offer the Nikon Z 6 offers wonderful bouquet. See here:
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 560 70mm Lightroom Filter used
These gardens (“Burggarten”) were once the private gardens of Emperor Franz Joseph I., the husband of the Empress Sisi. The gardens of the Imperial Palace also contain the Palm House, one of the most beautiful art nouveau glass houses. This tropical oasis includes the Butterfly House where hundreds of exotic butterflies reside today, along with a very atmospheric coffee house and restaurant.
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 1000 70mm Lightroom Filter used
Top Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 640 39mm Lightroom Filter used
Top Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 450 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Mid Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/160s f/4.0 ISO 400 27,5mm Lightroom Filter used
Mid Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/160s f/4.0 ISO 400 37mm Lightroom Filter used
Bottom Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/200s f/4.0 ISO 400 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Bottom Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 400 27,5mm Lightroom Filter used
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 640 26,5mm Lightroom Filter used
When I first saw Rathaus I was seriously impressed. Taking pictures of it isn’t really the easiest as there is almost always an event or something going on in front of it.
The Rathaus is also particularly nice at night when it’s lit.
Best time for pics: Night
Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 1400 33mm Lightroom Filter used
Mid: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 1000 38mm Lightroom Filter used
Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 900 31,5mm Lightroom Filter used
I really enjoy strolling in this historical enclave with the old city wall, original architecture, and cobblestone streets. If you’re a fan of The Third Man, you will recognize the doorway where Harry Lime makes his appearance (Schreyvogelgasse 8). This area is also seen in Before Sunrise. Really a special place to stroll and take pictures
This beautiful passage at the Herrengasse in Vienna with a magnificent and elegant design. There are also nice cafes close.
Best time for pics: Day
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/60s f/4.0 ISO 5000 34,5mm Lightroom Filter used
One of Vienna’s most beautiful coffeehouses is Café Central.
Tip: When taking photographs make sure you use a very wide-angle lens otherwise you won’t get as much in the picture.
Best time for pics: Day
you can see Roman ruins as well as several other architectural masterpieces from several centuries, like the Loos house and the Neo-rococo Hofburg entrance and various Hercules statues. Make sure you do not miss to capture the famous horse-drawn carriages the “Vienna Fiakers”
Christmas lights and decorations
Vienna totally embraces in the Christmas spirit. Although you will find decorations all throughout the city, here are some of the best spots to find lights and decorations.
Lights along the Graben
The hanging lights along the Graben are probably the most elegant Christmas decorations I’ve ever seen and make for perfect festive photographs.
Best time for pics: Night
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/60s f/4.0 ISO 3200 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Lights along the Kohlmarkt
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 3200 42mm Lightroom Filter used
This already beautiful street gets an extra bit of magic during the festive season which you can see below.
Tip: When editing your pictures for this spot, try adjusting your white balance as your camera may get confused by the bright yellows.
Best time for pics: Night
As well as lights along the streets you’ll find Christmas Markets at many locations throughout the city, such as at Rathausplatz, Am Hof, Michaelerplatz and many other places.
Best time for pics: Night
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/60s f/4.0 ISO 5600 42mm Lightroom Filter used
Rathaus Christmas Market
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/100s f/4.0 ISO 3200 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/80s f/4.0 ISO 3200 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/60s f/4.0 ISO 5000 53mm Lightroom Filter used
Top Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/250s f/5.6 ISO 200 70mm Lightroom Filter used
Top Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/60s f/4.0 ISO 3200 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Mid Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 2500 37mm Lightroom Filter used
Mid Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 900 37mm Lightroom Filter used
Bottom Left: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/60s f/4.0 ISO 3200 26mm Lightroom Filter used
Bottom Right: Lens: NIKKOR Z 24–70 mm f/4 S 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 2800 24mm Lightroom Filter used
Do you know of any other great photography and Instagram locations in Vienna? Please comment below and let me know.
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