I picked up a new lens yesterday; the Zeiss 35mm f2.8 C Biogon T* (M mount) manual focus (silver color). In this day of faster and faster lenses, a f2.8 lens seems like an unlikely choice but for me I'm finding that a fast lens is not really necessary for my typical style of photography. Anyway, as soon as I got it I slapped it on my Sony A7II and headed out to my usual haunts to see what this lens was and wasn't capable of.
Anyone who frequents my blog will probable be familiar with many of these scenes; what can I say this is the the most convenient area for a quick test of a new lens.
Shot at f4. Not bad shallow depth of field for a f2.8 lens.
I find the simplest things interesting.
As one can see by the shadows, the sun is pretty strong today.
These girls were moving instruments to the waterfront in preparation for an outdoor concert.
A parasol is certainly a good idea for a fair skinned beauty today.
Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved
-- John Lennon
Love is holding hands
The traditional Yokohama landscape (cityscape) scene.
I'm usually more of a 50mm lens guy but the 35mm perspective is working quite well for me today.
Another standard waterfront image. To bad the sky isn't a bit bluer today. Oh well, at least it's not raining (knock on wood).
And, here on Osanbashi we have plenty of wood to knock on.
As I was looking through the view finder framing my next shot this fellow dashed right in front of me and I think he was trying to tell me something about myself or my photography :-) . The first rule of photography - don't pay attention to the critics.
Put a coin in and take a look.
A couple in total agreement on which way to go.
There's a lot of history in Yokohama and the King, Queen and Jack are a part of it.
I'm really liking this lens as I descend inside of Osanbashi.
It's nice and cool in here; dark too! A simple message to visitors to Yokohama.
More standard waterfront photography.
I sure love a parade and they were playing an old favorite of mine "Anchors Aweigh", it almost brought a tear to my old seafarers eye.
Okay, we're putting the "street" back into street photography.
Day 2, same lens: the next morning we got up early and went to the Misaki morning market. While Emi was shopping I decided to check out the pier-side action.
They must have hooked a big one, it's taking 2 of them to reel it in.
6:00 o-clock in the morning and this place is filled with people.
People are lined up to get some hot grilled tuna and some seafood soup for breakfast.
Watermelons, corn, eggplant. squash, tomatoes... this is the place to be!
You name it, they got it - and - the prices are reasonable (cheap) too.
The watermelon woman.
Heck, they're selling peanuts. What more could one want?
Well, that's it for the first batch of pictures with this lens. I had a lot of fun shooting this 35mm lens and I'm already looking forward to my next outing with it.
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