In this first sample we have a challenging shot, as this lens is fully manual and at a fixed aperture, taking a shot of a rolling Lamborghini with the license plate fittingly stamped "CSH TLKS" was surprisingly made easy with Sony's built in focus peaking feature. But how about that, the $40 is pretty sharp in the center but has a feathered radial blur happening in the edges. This little lens really surprises me as it looks like no other lens I own.
Another thing I had to photograph was my new Patagonia boots gifted to me by my wife! Shooting up towards the windows brings in a whole bunch of light leaks and interesting bits. I think this lens is best used to try to achieve these sorta "artsy" photographs. I don't think it would make a good "professional" lens and I probably wouldn't bust it out at a formal headshot for a business executive. But for street photography or just capturing something from a strange angle, this lens is awesome!
Okay, admittedly the above images were edited using Lightroom so I decided this wouldn't be fair if I didn't upload an image shot in raw and exported with Lightroom without editing at all. The lighting of the Mercedes Benz interior was ideal and the subject matter not hard to look at. But I just wanted to show you what a photo looks like straight out of the camera with this tiny little lens. I would really recommend this lens for its artistic abilities and I promise it won't take up any precious space in your bag. With a price tag of $40 why would you not get one?
I will keep updating this blog post as I use this lens more. If you have any questions about the lens hit me up in the comment section below.
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