First Outing With Samyang 135mm F/2


1stEverPentax

Link Posted 07/03/2021 - 20:11
Just taken delivery of the above lens after a long wait...paired with my K-5IIs and set off down to the river to try out.

Weather was dry but very cloudy with the occasional attempt at a solar breakthrough.

1. Horse



2. Four Mallards



3. Lichen on branch



4. Duck Pair



5. Riverscape



6. Great Crested Grebes



7. Squirrel Down



8. Gull in Flight



9. Spot The Pigeon



10. That's Close Enough



11. Berries

cardiffgareth

Link Posted 08/03/2021 - 11:37
I like that focal length, gives everything a nice flat look. Looks like you've got the hang of it already
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 08/03/2021 - 22:28
I think the Ivy berries show it off best but overall it makes some really nice rich colours as well as producing just the right degree of sharpness.
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1stEverPentax

Link Posted 08/03/2021 - 23:15
cardiffgareth wrote:
I like that focal length, gives everything a nice flat look. Looks like you've got the hang of it already

Thanks Gareth.

I do like the focal length...coupled with max aperture and close focus (80cm) makes for a very versatile product.
Only thing it lacks is WR...MF also allows for possibility of rapid reaction 'grab shots' faster than for example my son with his new Sony A7II and 70-200 F/4 who was still trying to focus on one or two shots that i managed to make a decent stab at.

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 08/03/2021 - 23:21
davidwozhere wrote:
I think the Ivy berries show it off best but overall it makes some really nice rich colours as well as producing just the right degree of sharpness.

I agree David...left the berries until the last for that reason.

Colours are nice and it's the sharpest lens i've owned...although that's not saying much.

It crops nicely as well to partly compensate for lack of reach.

Will no doubt be posting more with it from time to time.

GeoffMoore

Link Posted 09/03/2021 - 17:46
I picked up this lens before Christmas, still not used it in any meaningful way. Just like knowing I have it in the collection should there come a time where by its needed; which I think will be in the next few weeks and months as we start to come back into the summer and the return of the Galactic Core Milky way season. Its apparently rather good for Astrophotography. Weather permitting.
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davidstorm

Link Posted 10/03/2021 - 11:35
Hi Geoff

The lens looks to be very sharp, but to my eyes the colours look a bit 'flat' and don't seem to pop? Just wondering what your thoughts are?

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GeoffMoore

Link Posted 10/03/2021 - 14:09
davidstorm wrote:
Hi Geoff

The lens looks to be very sharp, but to my eyes the colours look a bit 'flat' and don't seem to pop? Just wondering what your thoughts are?

Regards
David

I have to agree, I find the rendition of the of the image a little muted in colour, to what I'm seeing with my eye. That being said my eyesight is failing and perhaps that's the real reason. Joking aside, I always process my images after the fact so, On the limited use I have had with the 135, I would added back in what the image needed I suspect.
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Last Edited by GeoffMoore on 10/03/2021 - 14:09

HarisF1

Link Posted 12/03/2021 - 21:37
davidstorm wrote:
Hi Geoff

The lens looks to be very sharp, but to my eyes the colours look a bit 'flat' and don't seem to pop? Just wondering what your thoughts are?

Regards
David

Yes this is something I noticed too, especially in direct comparison to the older A 135/1.8. It seems to have an insane level of sharpness with very little CA but that comes at the expense of contrast.
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