Following on from my recent posts regarding my purchase of this bargain 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens from Rokinon/Samyang, here are some more images from today.
First to show depth of field for a head shot at f/1.4 – here I have used a store mannequin through a window and used a polarising filter to reduce window reflections:
and with another mannequin, but for this one contrast is decreased as I could not fully eradicate all reflections, bt nevertheless, one can see depth of field well and a small degree of purple fringing on out of focus strong highlights – this lens is incredible for its control over purple fringing in general, at least when compared to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8:
Now here is a nice nature shot of a bee on some flowers – I used the lens set at closest focus (1m) and moved camera in and out until the bee looked in focus – no time for magnified view with this shot, note the delicious smooth bokeh:
But how sharp is this lens? Well, even though I had not been sure of obtaining critical focus, and the bee could have been moving, here is a 100% crop of the bee in the above image for pixel peepers – not bad given the uncontrolled circumstances! (Click on image to see 100% view)
and, while I was in the mood for some close up nature work, and it was Autumn in Melbourne on a lovely sunny day, here is another nature shot at close focus of 1m in the shade but with some backlight on the leaf:
Finally, as I walked in the park, I could not resist this quick snap of this lady with her grand-daughter to demonstrate that even at a distance (perhaps 15-20m from me), the background can still be thrown out of focus when using this lens at f/1.4. No Photoshop apart from sepia toning. This image is best appreciated in larger view by clicking on it.
As you can see, I am enjoying this lens, and it really adds to the Micro Four Thirds fun factor as well as giving almost identical imagery as a Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L lens on my Canon 1D Mark III but at considerably less weight, size and cost.
A must have lens for the photographer willing to use manual focus – if only Olympus would make an autofocus version!
More images of this combination can be seen on my website here.