I am starting to really love this CCTV lens that I have, the 25mm F1.2 C mount lens. It is difficult to manual focus with this lens, it is not sharp anywhere off center, it exhibits strong vignetting and corner softness, and suffers heavy barrel distortion all over the frame. Landscape shooters would hate this lens for not being able to keep straight lines straight, and portrait shooters hate the bad distortion on facial profile, or the lack of sharpness in most shooting conditions. As for me? Did I complain about all those things I have mentioned before? Of course I did. However, did any of those complains matter in what I shoot so far? Purely for my shutter therapy session, I think I am enjoying this lens more and more. In contrary to all the unforgiving technical faults of the lens, I was actually in love with the lens flaws, that exhibited specific and unique characteristics in the photographs the CCTV lens produces.
Thursday nights have become a ritual for me and my friends for night street shooting. Luke Ding, Kelvin Ng, Scott Chung, Nick Wade and myself attacked the streets of Bukit Bintang again.
All images in this entry were taken with Olympus PEN E-PL1 and CCTV Lens 25mm F1.2
Who says Olympus Micro 4/3 system cannot render shallow DOF?
Luke's new addition to his Nikon camera system. An External Flash for extra "oooomph" in street shooting.
Roar like a tiger
One way to test if the flash is working.
Where we had our dinner
Honestly, I can't read Chinese. I am not ashamed to admit this.
The giant cube
High Angle Photography.
Dining at a hawker style stall by the road side
Everyone is a photographer
Didn't your momma tell you not to play by the road?
Ooops, wrong ISO setting
Kelvin Prefers Kodak.
Did you see the swirly bokeh? Gosh, as much fault as the lens can do, it is all forgiven, seeing those beautiful, dreamy, swirly bokeh in my photographs taken with it. We can go on complaining on how "perfect" or how much better we want our gear to be, in the case of some friends, chasing that upgrade to better equipment to produce better photographs, but if the motivation to shoot comes from gear, I don't think you can go far. I had a very proud moment today, when an old friend whom I have not seen in a year, asked me if I have purchased anything new, and my answer was yes, it was the one and only CCTV lens !! That itself was a very satisfactory achievement for myself, not succumbing into the never ending temptations of gear purchase, changing, or upgrading. Stay with one system, learn to optimize and fully utilize it, and squeeze everything I can out of the same system.
My gear may not have changed in one year, but I can tell you, very, very confidently that I have grown to be a better, and more mature photographer that I was a year ago. Perhaps not by that much, perhaps I am still no-one significant in comparison to many others who have done it, and been there. But I can also tell you that I am a much happier photographer. I shoot, and I enjoy shooting. It is that simple. It should have always been that simple.