I had an impromptu photo shoot with my son and nephews tonight.
Dancing on a roof in Red Hook
#nyc #umbrella #streetphotography #overhead #midtown #rain
I have to admit I’m having a lot of fun with my Dog Schidt Optiks FF58 lens. Probably too much fun. I’ve been shooting with it a lot, both on for personal shoots and while on professional shoots - which is risky given the unpredictability of the lens + shooting at f/2 and manually focusing. That being said, I love the low contrast and warm haze of the raw image as well as the bokeh. The pictures above were processed out using Adobe Lightroom 4 and VSCO film pack plugins, then manually tweaked.
*The third photo in the set doesn’t have any flare, but is more of an example of this lens as a portrait lens. It is a 58mm lens, but it feels longer than that on my 5DMK2.
Here is another shot taken with the Dog Schidt Optiks lens.
This is one of my first photos taken with my new Dog Schidt Optiks lens. I bought option 1, orange tinted flares, low glow, low contrast and no cleaning marks.
Here are my experiences thus far. The lens ships without a lens cap or rear cap, so make sure you pick some up if you want to protect your lens. I am also having a slight problem, which I emailed Rich about, when at infinity focus the mirror can get stuck on the rear of the lens. If I adjust the focus slightly then I don’t experience the issue at all. Option 1 has a variable aperture from f/2 - f/16, but the flares are best wide open. In hind sight, I probably should have just gone for the lens with the fixed f/1.5.
Focusing is tough, only because I use autofocus almost all the time and I’m shooting wide open. When I do manage to get shots in focus they have a great look and feel. It’s much different than my EF lenses. I was surprised (in a good way) at how low the contrast was - in the image above my shadows are set to -29 and my blacks are set to -33.