1st Kill of the year 2013
It's the new Sony 35mm 1.8 OSS! OSS stands for Optical Steady Shot which means like Canon's IS and Nikon's VR lenses. Sony A mount bodies has built in body AS system but their NEX doesn't (which is a pain in the ass for me!)I'm getting old and I like to have some anti shake system for some low shutter handheld shots.
Previously, I was using the 24mm Zeiss which at 1200 2nd hand price tag does not even have OSS and I don't actually really like the fov of a focal length of 35mm. I am more into 40mm to 50mm for a street camera so it was pretty awkward shooting with it. I do like it's sharpness and contrasty colours but I have a tendency to crop the photos later as I was not in the correct position. Moreover, the lens is sticking too far out from the body and its just make it very difficult for me to take it out or put it back into my camera bag. That's a minor thing but the fov and OSS is the deal breaker. It was an impulse purchase and my gut feelings is that I will sell it some time later and I did to get back my money to fund this lens hehe.
After selling my 24mm, I do have a 35mm CV L39 lens and was using it as my default lens most of the time. But it register a magenta cast on the corners of the photos whenever I shoot wide. However, while using the CV, it constantly makes me more convinced to get this lens as I enjoy the fov of the 35mm. The new lens was bought via a Bro Jame of LBJQK which I met in facebook and I received it just last saturday when it was finally released in Malaysia. Immediately after collecting the lens I went to Garden by the bay to test it out and the inital results were very positive. You can view the 1st series here.
I went out today on a street test with my friend Callan for a 2nd round and yes, I totally enjoyed it and it will definitely be a keeper! Great way to start a year! :)