14 Feb REVIEW: In a Tight Spot? Samyang 8mm to the Rescue!
About eight months ago I decided to buy the diminutive Samyang 8mm f2.8 fisheye for the annual trip to Le Mans. This lens is small and light and has a field of view of 180 degrees. It is a manual focus lens but focusing only starts at one metre so I tend to leave the focus ring on infinity, stop down to f5.6 or f8 and not worry about it.
This little lens allows me to get pictures from some very tight places or take an extreme wide view that you can’t normally get, even with the Fujinon 10-24mm set at 10mm.
Now if you want a wider view some photographers will say ‘take a few steps backwards and then shoot’. But there are some situations where you can’t do that.
The shot at the top of the page is a good example. 2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Drivers Champion Alex Brundle was getting strapped into the Ligier-Nissan for the final race of the season at Estoril in Portugal. I took the shot through the other door into the cockpit. The working area in these race cars is actually very tight but with the 8mm Samyang it looks positively spacious.
At Le Mans I was able to capture some different shots in the pitlane and at The Pesage, the pre event scrutineering, in the centre of Le Mans before the race. I recently visited Deep Sea World in North Queensferry near Edinburgh with the family. One of the features of this aquarium is the…