One of the benefits of being a contributer/writer for Digital Photography School is that I get to try out a lot of new gear. It can be good, see what is happening out there, but in some ways it can be terrible, especially when I really like something and have to give it back. Still I usually get over it and then something else arrives that I fall in love with.
I thought I might start a new weekly post looking at what I’ve been playing with. Some of it, might be gear I’ve purchased, or it might be products I’ve been loaned for a review. These won’t be reviews, more thoughts and what I think. Perhaps notes I can use in a review. There may be more than one post on them, initial impressions, and then final thoughts.
Samyang 100mm 2.8 Macro Lens
Last week I was loaned a 100mm f2.8 macro lens from Samyang Australia. I have used many macro lenses now, and I know I’m not as professional as many, but I enjoy it. I do love photographing flowers and seeing what I can do.
I have the Nikon 105mm so it is good to compare. I haven’t done a lot of photography with it so far, but my initial impressions so far are good.
- The lens is heavy, I noticed that when I took it out of the box. Though the Nikon one is as well.
- It is a manual lens, and you have to focus manually, though people say when doing macro you should do that anyway, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
I will keep using it and experimenting with it. I think it could be a great alternative to people who don’t want to spend the big money that many of the main camera brands charge for their macro lenses. Admittedly they have auto focus, but using manual focus isn’t that hard when you get used to it.
I’ve only used it once, mainly because the weather here hasn’t been good, but will get out with it again over the next few days. The weather is meant to improve for a short time. I will also try it with the extension rings. The filter size is slightly larger than my Nikon camera so I won’t be able to use the close up filter that I got for it. I thought I might try doing some more set up type of photography as well, use the lens on a tripod. There are a few things I can try out with it.
I will do another post on this, after I’ve used it a bit and get a better feeling for it.
I’m going to leave you with a photo that I took with it.