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.
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.