Daily Archives: Saturday, 24th Mar 2018

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 lens

If you’re reading this on Facebook, make sure to click through, or you’ll miss some photos, which are pretty much the whole point of this post.
Regular readers and other such mythical creatures may have noticed some wiiiide images appearing here lately. These come from my latest add-on to my Fujifilm X-T2 – it’s another manual-focus lens from Samyang[1], which is also available for other camera makes, but I can’t comment on those, so everything here relates to the Fujifilm x-mount version.

I’d read a few reviews and seen some sample images which led me to think that this  relatively cheap lens might be a nice addition to my kit. It’s a lot smaller and lighter than my Fuji 10-24mm, and unlike my lovely little Samyang 8mm fisheye lens, it doesn’t produce insanely curved images, which aren’t always what you want.

So, I ordered it from Amazon just in time to have day after day of either rubbish weather or no time or energy to take it anywhere. But that changed today. It’s been bright and sunny and distinctly not cold, which gave me a chance to take it to a couple of my favourite places.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The box contains the lens, complete with hood and a soft pouch you can use to carry it around should you be so inclined. It fits securely to the camera (paper metal mount, not nasty budget fittings) and is ready to use. If you’re thinking that manual focus might be a pain, it’s really less of an issue with wide lenses – for most use cases, you’re going to be working with a large enough depth of field for “near enough” focusing to get you there, and the camera’s  focus aids should get you the rest of the way. I leave mine with the default “focus peaking” on, which shows highlights on the in focus parts of the image. If you’re doing finer work, getting up close with the lens wide open, more care will be needed.

Anyway, enough wittering and on with the images. Here’s a view of Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/300s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0521′ 0″ N 1° 25.0197′ 0″ W

And of course, there’s one thing I have to do when I get a wide lens:

Wide bridge

Wide bridge

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0521′ 0″ N 1° 25.0197′ 0″ W

Not quite wide enough to get the whole of the Millennium Bridge in from its centre, but still gets a lot in.

This one’s a repeat, but shows that it’s not just for longer distances:

Wide-angle Tigger

Wide-angle Tigger

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 18 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0521′ 0″ N 1° 25.0197′ 0″ W

So far, I like what I’m getting from this lens. I’ll have to let it take me to some more places and see what it does with them. I do feel some landscapey type thingies coming on…

[1] The same lens is also sold under other names, such as Rokinon

Calling the design department…

This is an interesting thing that’s appeared in Newcastle:

Moss

Moss

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/480s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 54° 58.6947′ 0″ N 1° 36.8088′ 0″ W

This is a “moss tree”, which will be absorbing nasty pollution from the air as well as looking quiet interesting. However, being me, I was more interested by the sign on the side, which makes some suggestions on how we can all contribute to reducing air pollution.

Need more icons

Need more icons

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/850s
Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 54° 58.6947′ 0″ N 1° 36.8088′ 0″ W

But something seems to have gone wrong with the design. For the bit about using pubic transport, there’s a sort of train icon, which is fair enough, the Metro is quite useful, but I suspect more people use buses, what with them going places where there’s a slight shortage of rail lines. Then for the cycling bit they’ve got,,, the same icon, presumably because they couldn’t find one of a bike. And for walking… yeah, you guessed it.

It always intrigues me when this kind of silliness happens. Surely multiple people were involved? Did nobody notice?

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 March 2018

Weight: 206.7 pounds (14 stone 10.7 pounds, 93.8 kg)
Steps: 9,340

Down again to yet another new low, etc, etc. This might be related to me having a slightly more active Saturday than usual. I started by walking to Tesco’s, which I haven’t done in ages. After that, I took the Metro to Tynemouth for a wander around the Priory with the X-T2. I then got a bus back to Newcastle, where I had a short wander before taking another bus to the Quayside for a further wander before getting another bus back up the hill and a final one home.

Various acts of photography have been committed, and you’ll be seeing some of that over the next few days. Here’s a wiiiide one taken at the Priory which takes in the actual Priory, the abandoned 20th century coastguard station and the World War I 6″ gun (not the original, but one of a type used at the site).

Contrasts

Contrasts

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/210s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 March, 2018
Location: 55° 1.0597′ 0″ N 1° 24.9581′ 0″ W