Once in a while I like to take out my super wide angle lens and do some landscape photography with it, but then even that becomes boring after a while, so today I tried to do some macro photography with it, and funny results happened! I have a 14mm F2.8 Samyang lens that I bought from off of Evil-Bay a couple of years ago. It was a good investment, I got it for a reasonable deal at the time, and the picture quality is surprisingly good. I did have a purpose for buying the lens.
I wanted a good lens for doing interior shots for inside homes and buildings. At the time I was very much into architectural photography, and needed a lens that would work inside rooms, closed spaces and confined areas, plus getting the most field of view as possible without going into a fish eye lens. My research pointed me towards this lens, based on the budget I had at the time.
Getting the Samyang 14mm, F2.8 to work with my Sony A77 Alpha meant that I must operate the lens in full manual mode. The Sony A77 does not recognise the lens either, so I had to override the lens detection mode for the camera to work properly with it. However, the lens does respond quite well ergonomically–smooth focus ring, F-stop ring is good and snug, and the lend hood is permanently attached to the lens body. A good solid lens.
Normally the minimum focus distance is about 30cm, but I have been able to get it as close to 5cm, however, it means a lot of tweaking. The distortion from the lens is not that bad. You get the infamous moustache effect when you take a photo of anything with vertical and horizontal lines in it, but with some creative composition techniques, you can hide most of those distortions. But then there are times when you want the fish eye distortion in your shots, and in fact, exaggerate it as much as possible.
Yes, The Hand!
You think the image looks weird of my hand, well you should see it while looking through the viewfinder, while walking around. In this shot, my wrist is touching the lens hood, and I am cranking the minimum focus distance to its maximum, using F2.8, a wide open aperture. You can get some crazy results from a good wide angle lens. I may consider buying an 8mm fish eye lens, but for now I will continue to play with this lens.