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Old 10-17-2010, 09:55 AM   #121
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Thanks. Manual focus is easy- you really have to work at it to get anything out of focus. And it will meter fine with the D7000- aren't you getting one of those? I was just using it on the D40 yesterday.
Good stuff Jeff!

That's been my experience also, pretty hard to miss focus. If I'm close enough that I need to move it off infinity, I don't even bother using the VF, I just guess the distance and set focus by the scale. It's faster for me since there is a large margin for error.
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Thanks. Manual focus is easy- you really have to work at it to get anything out of focus. And it will meter fine with the D7000- aren't you getting one of those? I was just using it on the D40 yesterday.
I forgot about that! I remember reading that the D7000 wouldn't initially be able to meter some lenses, but you could 'program' it to meter (probably not the correct term of art on that). I didn't quite follow the tech side of that; do you know if it will be able to meter with the D7000 out of the box, or will something need to be done. That really resolves my key concern.

My second concern, with the focus, is really going to seem...odd...but it's for when I take pictures of myself, such as this:


May seem like a minor thing, but I've recently started taking a lot of pictures like this with the fisheye. Although, I suppose if I got the 8-16mm, I could use it for that purpose. Hmmm.
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IF it operates the way my D700 does then you will have a library of lenses you can program in and the Samyang will operate the same way my AIS lenses do. You have spaces in the menu 1 thru 6 or whatever- that you can program the lens specs- Focal Length, Min F-Stop- then all you have to do is select the lens you are using and control f-stop via the aperture ring. In A-Mode it will meter and expose just like any lens except you are using the old school ring instead of the camera dial to choose your aperture setting. The IF is a big if though- that is the impression I got from reading but I am no authority.

I know for a fact the D300 and D300s behaves this way BTW- I'll respond to that other thread or start a new on on that when I have more time.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:37 PM   #125
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My second concern, with the focus, is really going to seem...odd...but it's for when I take pictures of myself, such as this:


May seem like a minor thing, but I've recently started taking a lot of pictures like this with the fisheye. Although, I suppose if I got the 8-16mm, I could use it for that purpose. Hmmm.
I'd just set focus to 3 feet and snap away. I'll have to test this one out.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:03 PM   #126
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Yeah, fisheye manual focus is relatively easy, especially if you stop down a little.

That Samyang seems neat. I'd love to pick one up but it doesn't make any sense to get another fisheye (on top of the 10-17mm and the Zenitar) but it wouldn't be my first redundant lens. Manual focus doesn't bother me too much; in fact, I've been trying to hone my manual focusing skills again and have been using MF as much as possible lately.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:17 PM   #127
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Some new shots! We skipped the Watkins Glen Vintage Races last year and this year due to my new daughter, but I found that there was a Ferrari Club of America event there the weekend before, so I decided to take her down there for just the day to see how she'd do at the racetrack. (She did very well! It's the camping that we do at the Vintage Races that concerns me more.) We went down on the last day, so I think there were less cars, but it was still a good turnout and relatively cheap admission.

Here's a few fisheyes from the event...





F40! First time I've seen one in person... it's one of my all-time favorites.



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Nice ones, Groucho. ^^Is that a 5X self portrait in the lug nuts? That's too cool.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:12 AM   #132
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Nice ones, Groucho. ^^Is that a 5X self portrait in the lug nuts? That's too cool.
Heh... hadn't noticed that. Looking at the original at 100%, yes, I'm in there and so is Mrs Groucho.

It's always fun using a fisheye with cars. I have a whole bunch of photos still to go through from the event but almost all are cars on the track, so few if any fisheyes...
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Samyang Fish on Full Frame- I left the first one a little uncropped.


Samyang Fishey on Full Frame (Cropped Some) by ~Life by the Drop~, on Flickr


Lacy by ~Life by the Drop~, on Flickr
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Probably not great examples of the many cool ways a fisheye can be used, but still fisheye photos all the same!

The first is the "candy buffet" at my Sister-In-Law's recent baby shower. The second is a shot of the nursery they're decorating for their soon to be daughter/first child.



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