Shots from My First Prime Lens!

October 9, 2011 / Photography / 17 Comments

I recently saw some phenomenal shots from the Fujifilm X100 and it rekindled my passion for photography. Since the X100 is totally out of my budget, I decided to get a prime lens for my Pentax K-x instead. So say hello to Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL!

Shooting with a prime lens is so much joy. It’s quite intuitive since it’s what your eyes see. And since there’s no zoom, it trains me to look out for photo opportunities. I’d love to be able to take some great street photos one day.

Photos from Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Here some test shots I took today. Taken in medium quality JPEG. No post processing done unless otherwise stated.

This was one of my first shots with the lens. I obviously hadn’t gotten the focus quite right yet. But I like this photo of the unsuspecting bf.
My portrait
A photo of me with disheveled hair. Post-processed for color correction (and to remove a zit).
Beef NoodlesYum! I love taking photos of food!
Chinese TeapotCheck out the blurred background!
Capitol Building, SingaporeQuick snap of Capitol Building. Post-processed for black & white, high contrast effect.
Capitol Building, Singapore Close-upCropped version of the photo above just to show you the amazing detail.
Singapore Night SkylineThe Pentax really shines at night.
Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeMarina Bay Sands, Singapore
Sculpture at EsplanadeIndoor shot at the Esplanade
Attempt at Street PhotographyMy fave shot of the day! But I should’ve focused on the lady instead of the frame though.

Before I end, here’s some noob-to-noob advice. If you’re looking for your first prime lens, make sure you know what sensor your camera body has. Many pro photographers will tell you to get a 50mm prime lens because that’s the closest to you eye’s view. That’s only true if you camera body has a full-frame sensor. Many beginner dSLRs have cropped sensors. That means 50mm isn’t really 50mm, it’s actually a more zoomed in version of what your eyes see. If that’s the case, you should go for a 35mm or 28mm, depending how cropped your sensor is. Here are two good articles to read about cropped vs full frame sensors and the crop factor.