ean10775 wrote in post #15133935
This is fantastic, Ken. (and very nicely manually focused)
Mookalafalas wrote in post #15134015
This is gorgeous. Classic Gilbert deceptively casual seeming framing. Colors are stunning. Looks like film.
BobbyT wrote in post #15134054
I love the look of the images from the Rok lenses, and having to learn to use manual gear has made my shooting better.
it's funny you say that. just tuesday afternoon at the bus stop i was talking to neighbor who's getting into slrs, and he kept asking me questions about the lens i had attached (the samyang 35). one of the things i said to him is that i actually enjoy the challenge of manually focusing.
it's much more engaging. kind of like the difference between driving an automatic transmission vs. a standard: the standard is surely a bigger "pain in the ass," but it is also a LOT more rewarding to feel your skills progress, and to have full control over things. very very few MTs can shift as fast as even a crappy AT, but that's not really why we like manual trannies.
so every time i take a manually-focused shot, it's like going to a target range and shooting some rounds... immediate feedback on accuracy and precision. and you absolutely, positively, have to practice to get better. i think that process actually makes me shoot MORE rather than LESS.
ean10775 wrote in post #15134173
I've got the Canon 85mm/f1.8 and while I think its great, there is something about the Samyang 85mm that keeps calling to me.
dude, the 85 is dirt cheap. it's silly. try to find a used one and you're basically not exposing yourself to any risk at all--if you don't like it/can't get used to it/etc, just resell. full manual lenses have the great advantage that they're robust as hell.
pkilla wrote in post #15134343
Wow wow wow damn ride5000 them shoots are incredible what's your trick with this lens damn you caught the girl biting the apple as they where walking towards you now that's skills perfect in focus with manual lens very nice!
i must confess to walking backwards while i was squeezing that shot of my family off. the only trick is practice, and also to get used to having to TIME the shots properly. what i mean is that i'm not continually trying to TRACK focus per se, i'm getting focus very close, then using the natural subject-camera variations in range as we're both moving so that i hit the shutter at the moment where i think the focus is exactly where i want it. it sounds a bit more complicated than it is--just remember that expecting to lock focus and keep it precisely locked while you take your time with your shot isn't realistic when both you and your subject are moving: your shutter timing becomes much more critical.