23 October, 2011

No Entry Sign in Rome

This street No Entry sign is located near the Pantheon in Rome

The artist is Clet, http://www.facebook.com/pages/CLET/108974755823172
I wonder if it helps obeying the law in Rome :)

22 October, 2011

Red Vespa in Rome

Hi all
it's impossible to think of Rome without the plurality of 2-wheel vehicles running all around.
The most famous one is obviously the Vespa, with its many years of history
They come with all colors, but the most noticeable is the red color :)

35mm, f/13, 1/80 Sec, ISO 100, Red filter applied, other red color areas removed later by post processing

17 October, 2011

My New Fisheye Lens

Hi all
Finally I received a fisheye lens: Samyang 8mm which is adapted to Sony A cameras.
It is a manually tuned lens, with very good reviews, so let's see some early shots with it...
Here is the very 1st one, just out of the box in a typical sunny Tel Aviv day (f/8, 1/500 Sec, ISO 400)

Next, I tried to see what happens when the sun is included in the picture - it is very difficult to avoid such cases due to the width of the lens: 180 degrees for my camera. The lens has a multy-layer coating which claims to do the work, and as you can see - it does it quite nicely (f/8, 1/800 Sec, ISO 400)

My next photos take you to Italy, as I used the opportunity of visiting Italy to experiment this lens
at TLV airport, with low light f/3.5, 1/40 Sec, ISO 800

and here is the main square in Todi, Umbria: (f/11, 1/125 Sec, ISO 100)

One of the key usages of fisheye kens is with landscape photography, and this is the view from Perugia, Umbria (f/11, 1/50 Sec, ISO100). Again, no real impact of the sun on the image quality, although included in the photo

Getting to Rome, I took a photo of the great monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, built with white marble stone
f/11, 1/100 Sec, ISO100.

One of the most visited buildings in Rome, is the Pantheon with its unique roof. No other lens can capture the ceiling as the height and diameter of this huge building are identical. here is the result with the fisheye, taken in low light conditions: f/3.5, 1/8 Sec, ISO800

This photo was also taken inside the Pantheon (f/3.5, 1/30 Sec, ISO3200). Again - very low light but as there are people in the photo I had to use 1/30 Sec and compensate with increased ISO

and last, that was my rented car, the beautiful Lancia Delta, F/11, 1/125 Sec, ISO100

Summary:
The Samyang 8mm is a good a solid lens. It behaves as a fisheye should behave, handling well direct sun light.
Pros:
Good built
low flare
low cost
Cons:
Sharp only for f/8 and higher
Manual control, no electronics inside the lens