Alessandro Michelazzi Photography Mirrorless

A trip to Moscow, street photography, Part III

Posted on Sep 2, 2013

The third part of the blog post about my trip to Russia. During the two weeks I’ve been there, I took with me the Samsung 20mm f/2.8, the Samsung 30mm f/2.0, and Pentax 50mm Super Takkumar f/1.4.

Both the Samsung lens are very good with the 30mm a bit above the 20mm quality speaking.

In my opinion, the Samsung 30mm f/2 is an incredible lens that produces sharp photos with a very good bokeh. This is my favorite lens for taking portraits with a bit of ambient around: the 30mm lens on the Samsung APS-C body become like a 45mm lens on the full frame, so really close to the standard 50mm.

During the trip, however, I’ve used the most the Samsung 20mm f/2.8: this because it gives me a bigger field for the photos, ideal for city shoots. The 20mm on the APS-C sensor become like a 30mm equivalent on the full-frame.

Let’s just talk about the Pentax 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar. It’s a great lens from the ‘60ies that I am able to use thanks to Samsung to Pentax K adaptor.

The lens works great in manual mode, turning the aperture ring directly on the lens to change exposure value. Focusing is all manual but you can get some help with the central “OK” button that enlarges the scene and helps in this way the manual focus operation.

Not to mention that on the Samsung Nx-300 now I’ve also the focus peaking help! Pentax 50mm became an excellent lens for portraits: the lens is like a 75mm on full frame and it helps to capture great portrait shoots blurring all the background around!

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