This post is partly a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #10 Photo Challenge and partly a ramble about a lens I picked up before Christmas. A 35mm f/1.6 lens that cost me $33.41 CDN although the shipping from China was $7.99 CDN so it was over $40 in total.
Other than the shipping that’s a similar price to what I paid for the various CCTV lenses I was experimenting with last year. Except this lens came with a native E mount to fit directly on to my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera without an adapter. It is therefore, my only native E mount lens apart from the kit lens that came with the camera. All the other lenses I use with the Sony are adapted from other mounts. I don’t actually know where the Sony kit lens is. The Newyi even came with a rather nice rectangular lens hood, something Sony didn’t come with.
For the price I wasn’t expecting very good optical quality and although it’s not very sharp wide open it does improve when stopped down. I find the colours are a little muted and the contrast low but nothing that can’t be corrected in editing.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise a couple of days before Christmas.