For Christmas Santa gave me some money to spend however I wanted. Since I have been into photography lately I decided to spend that money on a new lens. (I know, I am such a dork, but I like doing it, so leave me alone haha)
Since I already have a zoom and a standard lens, I wanted to invest in a lens that is great for astrophotography as well as landscape photography.
I was adviced by the internet as well as by people who actually know what they are doing to look into getting a wide-angle lens. After extensive research, I found a lens that was not too extensive and got some great reviews. I bought it and tested it out during the Australia Day long weekend.
Underneath are some pictures of Sydney harbor during sunset and after dark with my new fancy pants lens.
Since it is summer at the moment Down Under. the sun sets pretty late. I hopped on a bus and arrived at Milsons point around 7.45 on a Friday evening. The sun sets just after 8 pm. I went to the Mary Booth reserve in Kirribilli and I was not alone that evening. Probably tens of other eager photographers where there that day to snap some kick-ass photos.
Unfortunately, the sunset itself was a bit of a disappointment. No super red skies that day.
as you can see, the sky never really turned red.. BOOHHH But it was still pretty cool for pictures.
With the new lens I got I was able to get the Opera House, Sydney Skyline and the bridge in one photo. With a standard lens, this is not possible. Because I am not made from gold, I was not able to afford a lens that autofocuses. So thought this shoot I was playing around with the focus. Another tricky part is exposure, as the sun was setting underneath the bridge. So the bridge was a lot lighter than the Opera House. So I had to do some editing to fix the photos. I am sure I could do better, but I am an amateur with training, so I did the best I could do.
After the sun had set the lens became a lot easier to use. This beach the lightfields were pretty much the same everywhere.
Because it was Australia Day long weekend, lots of boats were out on in the harbor having a party. Additionally, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was light up in different colors representing the aboriginal community. Underneath are some pictures I took.
if you look very closely you can see a few stars in the picture. Which is amazing because of all the population by the light above the city. I can’t wait to try this lens out in (almost) complete darkness to see how many stars it will pick up.
Lastly, I wandered up into Kirrikibil to get another vantage point. cause I was getting a bit bored to take the same view over and over (I know, I am awful haha)
After this I had enough, I had been at the harbor for almost 3 hours and It was time to go home.
If you are interested in getting a similar lens, I bought the following: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 – Best Budget Super Wide Angle
Why it’s great:
- Ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.8 constant aperture
- A budget way to get into astrophotography
- Multi-layer coating to reduce lens flare
This lens is pretty for a beginning photographer without compromising too much on the quality. Images are sharp and clear with little coma, and the build is solid.
What do you think if the pictures? Do you like them or nah? Let me know in the comments below.
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