|Taken with Panasonic TS4 point and shoot|
Before I get into it, I've been thinking about gear talk on this blog and all the gear talk I read on the web, see in magazines and hear about on podcasts. I wanted to add a little caveat to my participation in this phenomenon and that is just a little nudge for you to remember that this (photography) is a business. A big business, and while the gear is cool just remember, you are the customer and whether someone (like me) is writing a review or talking about gear, or someone (like Canon) is selling equipment they aren't necessarily always doing it for pure love. Sometimes they are doing it for (or for the hope of) profit.
If you are a pro, before you buy equipment, consider if it is going to make you money in return. Is it a worthwhile investment. If you are doing this for fun consider if it is something you really need to advance your craft and art. Remember you can't buy skill, you have to earn it. And the lens you already own is probably not the barrier to getting where you want to go. Whatever you do, if you have to borrow money (pull out that credit card) to buy equipment, then stop and seriously consider if it's worth it.
OK, that is enough of that. Now, onto the awesomeness of a lens.
|Taken with Panasonic TS4 point and shoot (review of that camera coming soon)|
|Canon 14mm f2.8 version II on 5D Mark ii at f22 ISO 100 1/25 of a second|
I had the lens for 3 days and took it out 3 times in total. One on a walk through downtown Nanaimo, another a walk around a swamp and once more on a family portrait session where my partner in crime used it for a couple of images. I will say right away that this is not the ideal portrait lens, and one that you don't need if that's your bread and butter. But we couldn't resist since it was in the bag anyway and, like a fisheye lens, it can give a fun alternative look for your client for a couple of images.
|f22 ISO 100 1/15 of a second|
The really large front element is curved in an extreme way (see the photo on the top) so using screw in filters is out of the question. Given that this would seem to be a great architecture and landscape lens this is a rather serious limitation. I do know that the Nikon version of this lens has some expensive glass filters that can be added on by Lee but I don't think there is an option for the Canon except for the 31mm gel filters that sit on the back of the lens if need be.
|f14 ISO 100 1/40th of a second|
Keeping the camera reasonably level helps to keep things looking as normal as possible, if that is what you are going for, but the drama of the edge distortion is kind of fun once you get used to it. Adobe Lightroom 4 doesn't seem to have a built in correction profile for the lens, though I'm sure there would be one to download if you looked for it (I didn't). The auto correct in stock lightroom treats it like the 15mm fisheye and does bad things. See the corrected and uncorrected versions below.
|Auto corrected in Lightroom 4 for distortion|
|No auto correction applied.|
|f7.1 ISO 800 1/40th of a second|
|f2.8 ISO 160 at 1/20 of a second|
|The box the lens came in from Canon.....and some feet|
|A cottage straight out of camera|
|f22 ISO 100 1/30 of a second|
|f22 ISO 100 1/6 of a second|
|f22 ISO 100 1/8 of a second|
|f22 ISO 100 1/15 of a second|
|f22 ISO 800 1/8 of a second straight out of camera|
Mostly, thank-you for stopping by. I appreciate your visit. I'm now off to get all my plug-ins to work in CS6 which I just finished installing. Wish me luck.