Here is a copy of the Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens review I wrote for the November 2012 edition of What Digital Camera magazine.
I shoot as a Model Photographer and Wedding Photographer. The featured photo was from a photo shoot in Ukraine with model Olga taken in an orchard close to the city of Uzhgorod. I was shooting the Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens wide open at f1.4 on a Nikon D800 body.
I bought the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic to use as a tilt shift lens for my Nikon D800. The Edge 80 optic can be mounted on any Lensbaby body. I have used it on a Lensbaby Composer Pro body and the Lensbaby Spark body. The Composer Pro is a better construction and easier to use but the Spark provides a very economical and light alternative.
Here are a few more manufacturer details:
“The Edge 80 Optic is a 80mm, flat field of focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture and is compatible with all Lensbaby lens bodies*. When tilted, the Edge 80 delivers a slice of tack sharp focus through the image, bordered by soft blur. When pointed straight ahead, the Edge 80 can be used just like a high-quality straight lens. When tilted, the size of that slice of focus depends upon the aperture used, and the placement of the slice of focus depends upon the degree and direction of tilt. Rotating the aperture dial on the front of the optic changes between apertures from f/2.8 through f/22”
Full spec can be found here: https://lensbaby.com/edge-how-to-guide/
Unlike many people who buy tilt shift lenses, I didn’t buy it for miniaturised cityscapes. I bought it to use as a model photographer and wedding photographer. It allows me change the plane of focus to create unique straight from the camera photoshop’d look images that my clients love and I appreciate as I like to be different.
Here are some samples of the Lensbaby Edge 80 in action:
Bridal photography with Lensbaby Edge 80:
Engagement shoot with Lensbaby Edge 80:
Model photography with Lensbaby Edge 80:
The Lensbaby Edge 80 is compact and lightweight so rarely leaves my camera bag. I like it! 🙂
Leica cameras are my workhorse tools for all types of photography, both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. I also use medium format cameras such as Hasselblad and Mamiya (+ 4×5 large format cameras) and develop my film in house. The majority of the blog content is either Leica camera related or film photography. I photograph people; portraits, models, fashion, lifestyle, wedding photography so most of my photography is portraits, experimenting with various cameras, lenses and films. Currently the digital Leica CL camera is my do everything digital camera but I shoot film whenever possible.
I used to write technical articles for UK photography magazines so I just share the same information here. I hope you find the content as enjoyable to read as I find it is to document.
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