How Shooting Cityscapes with Manual Lenses Makes You Better

The manual lenses from Samyang and Rokinon can organically make you a better photographer.

On last week’s episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we showed viewers a special segment on manual focus lenses. Chris has long been enamored with them. He and Brett believe that you can make you a better photographer. With manual lenses, you end up putting more time and careful thought into the image taking process. So here are our extended thoughts on Shooting Cityscapes.

In This Episode

Shooting Cityscapes with Manual Lenses: In this sponsored segment by Samyang, we’re going to discuss how manual focus lenses are great tools for being more creative. Specifically, we’re targeting the travel and city-dwelling photographer. Walk around at night, and it’s easy for you to mindlessly capture photos. But when you manually focus, you put more effort into the shot. You’re being a lot more conscious of what happens before you press the shutter. The whole process is less automated. The result is less photos, but better photos. There’s no need to go through a whole ton of them later on. And manual focus lenses can make you a better shooter overall. We used the Samyang 85mm f1.4 II and the Samyang 14mm f2.8 II while Shooting Cityscapes.

Samyang 85mm f1.4 II Samples

Samyang 14mm f2.8 II Samples

In the Next Episode

Why I Still Adore the Fujifilm X Pro 1: I’ve owned a number of Fujifilm cameras over the years. But the one that I’ll probably never sell is the Fujifilm X Pro 1. It uses the older 16MP X Trans sensor and was Fuji’s first ILC. Paired with small, fast, prime lenses, there’s little better than this camera. By modern standards, the Fujifilm X Pro 1 is very antiquated. But it’s still a very capable camera. Chris will lead the conversation by diving into what he adores about the Fujifilm X Pro 1. He’ll also discuss how the X Pro 2 lost its way and how the series came back home with the Fujifilm X Pro 3. The team will also discuss what made it unique, like the OVF/EVF feature, the sensor, the rangefinder camera body style, the retro aesthetic, etc.

The Cult of the Sony a7s: The a7s series of cameras feature small megapixel sensors, which give them the ability to see in the dark. These cameras have always been a hit with videographers. However, they have never been seen as a tool for photographers. Over the last week, we have been putting the newest member of the a7s series, the a7s III, to the test. Given its low light capabilities, the a7s III should be ideal for documentarians and photojournalists who need a camera that’s an excellent performer in all lighting situations. Find out what our first impressions are of the Sony a7s III and see for yourself if it has the chops to be a good camera for photographers.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.