Exploring London’s hidden gems with the Samyang 14mm
Over the past few years, I’ve developed my skills in Architecture photography and have taken a particular liking to ultra wide focal length lenses. Prior to switching to my Sony A7III, my favourite lens on my canon 6d was the Samyang 14mm which is manual focus lens. I was excited to try the updated version, Samyang 14mm 2.8 FE for Sony full frame cameras to see how it compares to the previous version.
London is often seen from a viewpoint of cityscapes and landmarks of the city accentuated by the juxtaposition of the old and new architecture in London.
I tend to find the hidden gems of London inside buildings such as galleries, museums, hotels, shopping malls and generally the interiors of architecture. An ultra wide focal length lens is ideal for shooting interiors where more than often space is limited, as it dramatises the subject to create a new perspective.
Although i gravitate towards architecture photography, i shoot a lot of portrait and fashion photography which has certainly complimented my perspective. I’ve adapted an eye for people which I tend to blend with the environment, particularly with architecture it’s developed to scale demonstrated in the photos below.
A new addition to the sony version of this lens is the autofocus which I was particularly interested to try. The autofocus is fast and accurate but was more inconsistent towards the edges of the frame. The lens also worked with eye autofocus so I took a few portraits which I wouldn’t traditionally use a 14mm for. The images proved to be sharp even at wider apertures naturally taken with portraits to create foreground and background separation.
The Samyang 14mm is a fun lens to experiment with to create a new perspective. With the addition of autofocus, in particular the eye autofocus it creates new opportunities to blend different disciplines and be creative.