Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens

Rokinon's super wide angle lensI hesitated on purchasing a fisheye lens for a long time because I thought it wasn’t meant for everyday use. Wrong. The Rokinon 8mm is great for really tight spaces! The lens has a 180 degree field of view, so you will definitely have to get used to that. The slightest object will appear in the viewfinder if it comes anywhere near the lens glass. Also, this is a manual focus lens. The reason it’s affordable is because it does not contain electronics. It has a very solid metal body and nice glass. The construction on this lens is rock solid.Angela sits on top of a pay phone in New Brunswick, New Jersey

I have to say the image quality for such an affordable lens is quite impressive. It’s sharp and the colors are comparable to my Canon lenses. Yes, I am on of “those” loyal Canon customers in terms of lenses. I am not opposed to trying out a different brand if they have a really attractive product. I couldn’t justify spending upward of $400.00 for Canon’s fisheye. It’s not a lens I use every day.Lambertville Railroad in Lambertville, New Jersey I should also mention this lens works best with crop sensors. You can use it on a full frame camera, but it will give you a circular image.

I took the photo of Angela on the payphone while it was raining and the lens performed flawlessly. My gear was in an exposed area where it rained continuously. The lens hood on the Rokinon 8mm is long enough to keep a light rain off the glass. Because the lens is rounded, making it harder to clean, you will want to avoid getting anything on it.Three models showing wares from Discreet Denim by Rick Meeker

The photo of the railroad track was taken no more than one foot from the actual track. It’s amazing how much this lens can see at such close proximity to the subject.

The photo of all three models standing in the New Brunswick train station tunnel is a perfect example of how wide this lens is. The sidewalk is about five feet wide. My camera was set up on the same sidewalk the models stood on. I was able to capture the sidewalk, all three models, and much of the tunnel. None of my other lenses would come close to producing a shot like this. Great DSLR lens at a great price.

Pick up the Rokinon 8mm today!




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My friend has been riding in the annual Police Unity Tour for several years now which is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The bike tour goes from New York City all the way to Washington D.C. That’s pretty impressive and it’s for a very good cause. It reminds us how many people have lost their lives in law enforcement. Their motto is “We ride for those who died”. They have to be dedicated to their jobs 24/7 and might even lose their lives protecting others.

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KICK-ASS sketch

KICK-ASS sketch by Christopher John Sztybel

Tonight I took a break from designing wedding invitations and RSVP cards to draw KICK-ASS. I love this character. His costume is two sizes too big and it’s ridiculously bright. He’s a goofy looking boy ninja! I used Crayola crayons and did this in about 20 minutes. Crayon doesn’t erase, so it’s fun to just roll with the mistakes. That’s why I start out with a light touch and then press harder as I work toward a defined figure.

I highly recommend checking out the KICK-ASS movie. It’s definitely one of the best comic book movies ever made! Hit-Girl is phenomenal!

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“Night of the Living Dead” drawing

Zombie drawing in crayonWho is a huge fan of George Romero? I am. He started the zombie movie craze that hasn’t let up for the past fourty years. I did this drawing using Crayola crayons and edited it in Adobe Photoshop Express for Motorola Droid X.

(I really have to get down to Asbury Park one year for their annual zombie walk.)