Lens test shoot – Neewer 35mm f1.7

Last week a new lens arrived – the Neewer 35mm f1.7 (E-mount). So I did a little test shoot both in my house and out in the park, just catching the blossoms of late Spring in time. I also did a few shots in ultra-low light, in a room solely illuminated by computer monitor and glowing mouse.

Being a budget lens, it’s entirely analogue. That means no autofocus, and no optical image stabilisation. So while handheld shots get a little shakier, it’s worth it for the narrow depth of field and soft bokeh. It can also almost see in the dark when wide open – at f1.7 and ISO 6400, it can see better than me!

Another thing I was testing was a new Picture Profile, which makes colours super-rich. It’s called CPF FILMIC 1.0 by Richard Crook. On the forum where I found it, one person said it looked like Kodachrome! I only used it for the second half of the shoot, so you can see it mostly from 1:15 onwards.

All in all, the Neewer 35mm f1.7 is an absolutely fantastic lens, especially when you consider it only costs £60 brand new! Cracking stuff.


Music – Antti Luode – Licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Camera – Sony NEX-EA50
Picture Profiles used: PP3 +3 colour level, CPF FILMIC 1.0 by Richard Crook

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