On Saturday, the 23rd of August, I met up with Tongyeong based photographer, Chris Cusick (check out his work here: http://www.thelostlens.co.uk/) in Seoul and we headed out to Bukchon to test out our new lenses. I recently acquired a Nikon 28mm f/2.8 manual focus lens from home and I haven't really had the chance to test it out until now. It took me a while getting accustomed to the 28mm since it was a lot wider than I am normally used to using for street photography. If you're used to auto focus lenses, this lens will take some time to get used to. However, it does slow one down and forces one to carefully think about composition and waiting for the right moment to take a image. Other than that, if you're a Nikon FX user and would like to play around with a wide angle prime, I do suggest getting the 28mm f/2.8. It costs around 100 dollars which isn't a lot for a full frame lens, but do beware that you're highlights might be a bit blown out and colours might look a bit flat on your camera LCD screen. I'd suggest to turn down the exposure compensation to -0.3 ~ -1.0 range depending on the situation. Although it might look a bit under exposed but you can always adjust it in post processing.
I picked up this little gem in a camera shop near Chungmuro station in Seoul two weeks ago and I have been testing it out since. All I got to say is that if you are comfortable with manual focusing, you'll defiantly enjoy the 50mm f/1.2. I love the build quality of the it, which is all metal and the bokeh is really dreamy at f/1.2. However, once you stop it down to f/2, this lens outperforms the 1.4 in sharpness from f/2 to f/5.6, and did I mention that the bokeh is amazing? Enough chit chat. Here are some of the photos I took over the past two weeks.
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