Bought a manual focus Samyang 135mm f2 just before I left and was planning a little more street-esque photography (read: trying to be a hipster). Took it out for a full day and it was quite a challenge. Colours are a bit flat because it was overcast, and I’ve been lazy to process these too much.
I loved looking through a different perspective but it was really tight (ha!) and secondly it soon became very easy to get the same looking shots, especially of clock towers and tops of older buildings.
Westminster light posts (for the longest while I thought it Westminister)
Inside Someset Square, it says SKATE in the background as they’re setting up an ice rink here.
Continue reading Walking around Westminster at 135mm
Hoping this doesn’t really become a habit, but more gear! I’ve been eyeing one of these Samyang 135mm’s for a while, never got one when shooting Nikon because manual focus without any guides is pretty difficult.
One of the great selling points of Sony is easy access to focus peaking which allows lights up the viewfinder of the in-focus areas making manual focus a breeze. This meant no hesitations with buying a manual focus lens.
First impressions were, “this is a lot bigger than expected” (that’s what she said).
It’s a pretty hefty lens, and you’d assume so given the focal length and aperture but at the same time it’s a lens that retails for only about $700. Since I’m unlikely to be shooting portraits professionally for a while I couldn’t justify paying so much so it’s been months of hunting for a used one, less than $400 was the goal. They don’t pop up very often and a few came up in my price range without any bids but I had forgotten about them and missed the auction :(.
Using it does take some getting used to, the focus ring spins about 180 degrees to go from minimum to infinite focussing distances but it’s silky smooth and precise. There’s no electronic aperture control and also no contact with the body, you’ll have to see the focal length for in-body stabilisation.
The results? Damn, this thing is sharp and blur blur everywhere (out of focus blur that is). If you think a nifty fifty creates great blur, this thing just spits it out left right and centre. Here’s a shot 1.2m away at f/2, the background just melts away.
At a cost of about $300 for this lens? I’m absolutely thrilled, hoping it gets a lot of use!