My husband and I went out with a few good friends today, and one of them is a photography buff who was generous enough to show me some of his lenses. I asked if I could buy one or two, and he ended up giving me a couple of lenses as gifts. How awesome is that? It amazes me how somebody can have a heart as open and generous as that.
Almost everything he brought with him today are prime lenses. I was very interested in the toy lenses because they produce pretty bokeh and since they’re toy lenses, the resulting photos have a “lomography” look to them.
In the end, I picked out three toy lenses and a Zenit, all of them prime lenses.
I took a few comparative shots with them. The differences between the toy lenses are remarkable. These photos are taken inside my room, in low light, without a flash.
This shot was taken with a Zenit Helios 58mm f2 lens. It makes really nice bokeh, it’s sharp, fast and takes really good photos. Considering all the test photos are taken in a low, artificial lighting scenario, this lens is pretty cool.
The lens feels really hefty, though. On my tiny Olympus Pen E-PM1, it feels very front-heavy.
It also gives photos a vignetting effect and kind of a soft focus. At f/1.4, it opens wide and takes great photos even in low light.
I can’t wait to take this lens outdoors and see what it can really do. This toy lens is less “toy” in its output photos, I think.
The photo above were taken by Fotasy 50mm f/1.4 toy lens. The colors are more like lomography for me. Muted, soft focus, it produces photos that has an effect similar to linear tiltshift. Interesting lens.
I’m thinking that in better lighting, it will show off a lot of that unique focusing capability.
So, that’s it! These are my new babies, and I’m so excited to try them outdoors real soon. 🙂