Is it worth buying manual lenses? We explain for whom they are intended such glass and what you need to know about them.

Manual lenses are relatively popular among users of mirrors. This is because they are primarily cheap, and thanks to the multitude of adapters and adapters there are really interesting and very cheap M42 lenses. However, there are a lot of new manual lenses intended for specific mounting, such as the popular Samyangi. Is it worth buying such lenses? What applications will they check?

Price / quality ratio

Taking into account such criteria as the price / quality ratio of the product offered, manual lenses are a hit! They are really cheap glasses , which often in terms of image quality do not deviate from the more expensive counterparts. Samyang 85mm F1.4 , which is almost indecidably cheap, because the picture is great and costs four times less than 85mm f1.4D IF . These lenses are cheaper due to the lack of expensive and complicated autofocus system and lack of stabilization . As long as the latter in wide-angle and standard lenses such as 35mm or 50mm is not very needed, so for longer focal lengths its lack may be already problematic. However, this can be done by using a monopod or a classic tripod.

Who should buy manual glass?

Everyone Absolutely everyone should try manual sharpening.   Why? In my opinion, this gives me a better understanding of how AF works in the camera, and teaches patience and practice from blindly shooting blindly. This does not mean, of course, that you have to have a manual lens – just change the MF mode on the camera and you will have this substitute. This will also let you know the specifics of this sharpening, so that you do not spend money in vain – manual sharpening can cause trouble early. Salvation can be a focus peaking feature that shows you the depth of field and shows sharp objects during manual sharpening. If you want to buy a typical manual lens, think twice. Manual optics can be tested in static portraits, macro or landscape . It will be completely useless for wedding photographers during weddings or for photojournalists. The exception here is the fish eye , for example Samyang 8mm f3.5 . By setting the aperture value to at least f4, when you are only a meter from the subject you will all have sharp focus because the depth of field is gigantic. By changing the aperture to f5.6, you only need to take 46 inches from your subject to take a picture of the APSC. So what to buy manual lenses? It does not make sense to me to buy long lenses – 85mm is enough for portraits even on a full frame . It can be useful to be thirty-five, both in portraits and landscapes. Fisheye, if you have an idea for it, will not be a bad way even for those in need of AF. Lenses longer than 85mm may also be checked, but you need to remember that there is no stabilization. Also see 4 lenses that every photographer should have.