Sunday, 15 June 2014

Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 lens test sample shots

The Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 brags spectacular specs and I was wondering if it's all that great. I've recently had a chance to test one of the fastest lenses available in the market thanks to good guys at who made this test possible, so I borrowed my friends Olympus OMD-EM10 (great camera btw) and began the tests.

First of all this lens mounted on EM10 looks just great. The retro elegance is amazing and as it turns out it fitted my palm just right even though the camera is rather petite.

reminds a mint film camera innit?

I needed  just a few seconds to decide that the first results looked great, but I was still rather sceptical until I saw them on a larger screen.

I am quite suspicious of the micro 4/3 system in general as those sensors are considerably smaller. In this case the 2x multiplier comes in handy - it makes the lens a 35mm equivalent for the full frame and fast 35mm lenses are notoriously used for all kinds of photography. Many photographers consider this focal length even more versatile that 50mm. It's good for landscape, portrait and perfect for street photography. But in the DSLR world you don't even come close to f/0.95- you have to make do with f/1.4 and you end up with a really large lens. Twice as big and heavy as this one anyway.

I was booked for 3 portrait shoots on the weekend anyway so I took those babies for a spin and... I took about 15 shots total with my NEX5N + 35/1.4 lens that I adore. I took the other 3000 shots with the Olympus + Voigtlander.

The lens is tack sharp already at f/1.4-2, and still very decent at f/0.95 which I found almost unbelievable.
at 0.95 the image is perfectly acceptable
at f/0.95

at f/4

Sharpness almost all the way through apertures shown on 100% 1:1 pixel crops. The range between f/2.8-f/4 is the sharpest, f/1.4 is the sweet spot IMO
How do the portraits look? Take a peek yourselves:

Shallow (yet very sharp) depth of field is just amazing. I used it at f/0.95 almost all the time, occassionally stepping down to f/1.4 for some shots.
Colour reproduction is great too. Skin tones and the green of the plants look amazing straight from the camera so I only gave it a bit of postprocessing to get this result.

The lens focuses so close you can easily use it for some softcore macro without using any additional macro lenses etc.

With such a fast lens the only annoying thing are those chromatic abberrations as you might have guessed, but I have seen some f/1.4 lenses that had more ACs than this one at f/0.95. Luckily they are easy to get rid of with ACR or Lightroom so I didn't worry about them at all.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 SAMPLE PHOTOS from Sony NEX5N

Samyang 12mm SAMPLE PHOTOS finally!

I was lucky enough to test the brand new Samyang 12mm f/2.0 wide angle lens for Sony NEX. This lens is so compact!

I've got some samples for you (taken with a 16mpix NEX5N):

The lens has a remarkable resolution. It is sharp at f/2.0, at f/8 it is razor sharp. It would be a good idea to test this lens on a camera that has more than 16Mpix resolution (my camera).
It is sharper than my Tokina 12-24 I have been which is a pretty damn sharp lens. Like the Tokina (or even more than the Tokina) it has considerable colour aberration around the edges - however I didn't have any trouble correcting it with a few clicks in the ACR.

Some full 16mpix resolution samples (aberration corrected):

Sample with an uncorrected aberration issue in the trees:
Unfortunately most ultra wide angle lenses have this issue. Luckily it is easy to fix nowadays so no problem there!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

57: foggy tilted scapes

taken with Sony NEX-5N and Cosinon 50/1.8 and tilt nex-m42 adapter

Thursday, 1 November 2012

56: The Cheapest TILT LENS Ever! 65$

It's official now. I'm a terrible blogger, but I will try to make up for the silent months.

Over six months ago I bought Sony NEX and surprisingly it proved to be the best camera I have. I have recently purchased a 40$ tilt adapter for M42 lenses and a great M42 lens Cosinon 1.8/50 for 25$. This combo is really great and it allows me to make a whole lot of great photos each day. Just take a look at these snapshots and bear in mind that this great tilt lens cost me 65$!!! CHEAPEST TILT LENS EVER. Long live Sony NEX. (and other mirrorless, apart from the ones with tiny sensors)

Typical tilt miniaturization effect.

This lens has amazing bokeh and very little chromatic abberrations - both great for tilt use.
No particular purpose, just looks cool this way :)
The out of focus areas definitely add ambiance and build atmosphere.
This way you can pick out a subject and separate it from the background.
I was able to focus both on the background and the window I was looking through.

Monday, 20 August 2012

55: P

this time I just shot digital. Nikon D90 + Nikkor 50/1.8 so the most basic stuff there is

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Monday, 4 June 2012

54: Julka

Photos taken with Pentax 67 and the Takumar 105/2.4 on Ilford Delta 100 (1,2) and Portra 400 (3,4,5 and some of those are digitally converted to black and white)

model: Julka Kwaśniewska

Friday, 18 May 2012

53: Urban Rot

Olympus XA4 (wide angle 28mm compact camera) + AGFA Precisa