Wonderful sunny day, so popped over to Goodrington for a bracing walk (very stiff breeze) and of course took the camera and 8mm lens. Although I'm getting more used to it now and how it will alter perspective, I still find it 'odd' and wonder if I would have preferred something a shade less wide. Anyway a few more pics added to the Fish Eye Fun gallery page.
Although the weather wasn't great decided to get out and about and have a go with the 8mm Samyang. First thing that struck me was how impossible it was to use the viewfinder to focus with - everything looks in focus all the time! Indeed initially I thought there was a fault with the lens focusing mechanism as going from 0.3m to infinity seem to make no perceptible difference. However, switching to 'live view' (10x magnification) proved that it was indeed working fine. Anyway, bit of a tricky lens to get use to and does that front element feel exposed - managed to get a big fingerprint on it first outing! Thing is, on a 'normal' lens it would have little or no effect unless you really were looking for it, but on this lens I have a totally blurred easily visible area on the pictures - until I cleaned the smudge off. Created a gallery section called Fish Eye Fun where I'll put some of the results of each outing - though nothing too exciting or wonderful at the moment, just the first attempts with this lens.
Saturday saw the arrival of a Royal Mail Special Delivery package containing a new lens. In this instance a Samyang 8mm full frame fish eye - obviously not for everyday use but more of a creative tool. Why did I decide on this lens, well there are loads of positive reviews n the net speaking highly of both it's build & optical quality. Now the big downside with this lens according to many will be that in these 'auto-everything' days why buy a manual only lense? Yes, you have to focus it yourself & you have to manually select the aperture but this isn't really a problem at all - this isn't going to be a fast action lens! Anyway, had a quick play today, but the weather was awful so just took it to the beach to run off a few snaps - but expect to see a few pictures added to the Galleries in due course.
Had a good Christmas & New Year, but as always this time of year, batteries seem to be a priority item! Now I've a firm believer in rechargeables (Ni-MH) and have been using them for the last ten year, but recently (which after ten years of use is perhaps to be expected) they are not holding their charge as well as they used too. Or more frequently now, my charger (see below) is 'flagging' them up as 'bad' cells. My old preferred supplier was 7dayshop, but recently I've been very pleased with Vapextech UK and have been ordering from them exclusively. Now rechageables seem to be a bit of a 'black art' subject, one of the factors that may have contributed to the longevity of my rechargeables is the rather old fashioned 'gentle' charger I use - takes about 24hrs to recharge a set of four AA's (2500 mAh). But as with all things these days, I'm now using a 1hr delta 'V' charger and it seems really fussy about the quality of the cells, so I wonder if I'll get tens years usage out of my new cells using this type of charger?
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.