The Samyang 14mm F2.8 first tests

UPS just delivered the Samyang 14mm F2.8 lens (nikon mount).
The first tests show promise, sharpness is pretty good, and in contrast to earlier reviews it seems that flare resistance is ok as well.Some sample shots below, just download the full size images by clicking the "download" link.

Build quality: very good
Weight: average
Vignetting: not disturbing

It has no CPU so it will not meter on low-end dSLRs. It will meter in A and M mode on the D700 (which I have).
Focus throw is long, especially for a wide end lens like this.Forget about using filters on it, the front lens is bulging outward, and you cannot use gel filters in the back of it.
Even though it is a manual focus lens, working with it is quick and painless.
More impressions in a follow up post.

Cat & Mouse play

Looks like our cats can't stop hunting and playing.. Sadistic little bastards, playing with an "innocent" mouse... Funnily enough, with all that playing, the mouse got away.
See the photo with the cat "hands-up" .. the mouse is actually thrown over her, you can see the mouse behind her belly.. That was the last she saw of the mouse :D

Sorry for the out of focus shots.. I need to practice the tracking with the D700 (and the sigma 150mm isn't very fast either)

First Sigma 150mm F2.8 shots

Well, testing the Sigma 150mm F2.8 AF IF EX DG APO MACRO HSM lens. Sigma marketing must have a poll on who can invent the longest acronym list!

Anyway, here are some samples. I already noticed a few things:
- Macro photography is HARD .. but since the lens will be used mainly for portrait stuff, I can get around that ;-)
- AF is, even though it is an HSM lens, quite slow. AF tracking is hit or miss, even if you use the focus limiter.
- The damn thing is heavy. My D700+MB10+8xAA is already pretty weighty.. adding the 150mm doesn't make it easier. The whole kit weighs 2.6kg .. 
- Sharpness and field flatness is excellent.. I wonder if I could use this lens for piggyback astrophotography.

Any vignetting you see is added in post-processing :-)
Post processed with Bibble 5 PV2.1 available from Bibble Labs