Wallpapers

I feel a bit tired today, so instead of a new photo or article, how about even more new wallpapers. And since the super ultra-wide category has only few to choose from, here are few new ones.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

More super ultra-wide wallpapers

As before, these are all at 5120×1440 pixels, made specificaly for those huge 32:9 screens. But they will also work fine on 21:9 screens (with the sides cut off a bit) and on dual monitor setups with 2 times 2560×1440 resolutions.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers

Laowa 12mm lens

It has been over a year now since I got the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens. In that time I had the opportunity to try it out a lot of times, so today I will share with you my thought on it, and if I’m happy with the purchase.

Taking photos at 12mm

There are not many lenses where you can go that wide. This is great, but also makes this a very specific use lens. One can only use it when something is really close, or very big. In all other situations, all will look very small, or you get too much of empty space. Also, pointing the lens up or down results in a huge amount of perspective distortion, so it’s best used when perfectly leveled.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

Still, the moment you are in a situation that fits this lens, it’s great. The distortion is minimal, the sharpness is great. Also having the F2.8 aperture is perfect if you want to do star photos or auroras (have not tried this personally, but have a friend who uses it all the time). It’s also great when you want to do a panorama, but are not able to do multiple photos. As it’s so wide, you can just take a photo and crop it later into a panoramic aspect ratio.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

The ability to use a circular polarizer and 10cm square filters make it very practical. Now I can use the same filters on my lenses and don’t have to get the big 15cm ones. This makes it much cheaper and much harder to damage the filters. You still get strong vignetting, but that’s a small tradeoff for how easy is to use them. I wrote more about this here.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

There are actually only two things I don’t like about this lens. First is, the aperture ring is very easy to randomly rotate. When I get back to the lens, it never is at the same aperture I left it at. Usually, just by touching the sides of my camera bag, it moves to F22.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

The second thing, it’s a bit harder to focus for me. I always manually focus, so being a manual focus lens is not a problem. The issue is the aperture. Normally, when you focus on a camera, the lens first opens to it’s biggest aperture, to let in the biggest amount of light it can. There is a button on the side of the most camera, that when pressed, steps the lens to the aperture you selected.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

On this lens, you have to change the aperture manually, so it’s always set to the one you have chosen. Like this, you see the resulting focus right away. But since the DOF is usually very high, you don’t really know where you are focused at all and have to check multiple areas of the photo. This is not really a problem of the lens, more of my workflow when taking photos. It’s just different from my other lenses, that I forget about it, and then end up with out of focus photos.

One year with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens

In the end, the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D is a great lens, and I’m happy I got it last year. And of course, all photos in this post are taken with it. You can also see my favorite composition with it. I like to have a path, railing or something similar on one side, pulling your eyes into the photo.

More wallpapers

Acording to the blog statistics, a lot of you seem to like the wallpapers I share. There are few that get downloaded much more than others, but all of them get viewed a lot. So let’s add few more today.

I also just noticed, that there were no links to the super wide wallpapers on the blog. There was none in the menu and on other wallpaper pages. That is fixed now, and you should be able to find them easily now.

All available wallpapers:

Paris 4K wallpapers

Today, I’m adding again 4 new wallpapers to the 4K section. And as the post name suggest, these are all from Paris.

Paris 4K wallpapers
Paris 4K wallpapers
Paris 4K wallpapers
Paris 4K wallpapers

Peak Design

I am still at a photo trip to Italy this week, but I thought I mentioned this here. I have written a lot about Peak Design products in the past, and also used a lot of them. And today they started a new Kickstarter campaign, so I think it’s worth a look.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

So as I said, Peak Design expanded into another category. They started with clamps, then moved into leashes, backpacks, bags and now to tripods. Their portfolio is really getting big.

The new tripod, named Travel tripod seems to fit it quite well. It looks nice, very compact and the specifications are decent. There are actually two variants, an alloy one (MSRP: 349.95 USD) and a carbon one (MSRP: 599.95 USD). So what are the specs?

  • Weight limit: 9.1kg
  • Colapsed lenght: 38.7cm
  • Max height with center column up: 148.6cm
  • Max height with center column down: 126.4cm
  • Min height: 11.4cm
  • Weight: alloy one at 1.56kg, carbon at 1.27kg
  • Leg sections: 5

It’s a bit short for my taste, but as a travel tripod, it’s still quite reasonable. And comparing that to the weight limit and how compact it is, it’s a good enough compromise.

They also changed the shape of the legs, to make the collapse together better. I think that it’s a good idea, and also that they try to move away from all other available tripods. The ball head that its build in also looks interesting, but it’s hard to say from the photos how good it is in use.

All and all, this looks like a very interesting approach to a tripod. I definitively want to try it out to see how it is, and how it compares to classic ones. But for that, I will have to wait.

I’m not sure if I will back this at Kickstarter, as I got a new tripod only recently, but will think about it. If you are interested, check it out on Kickstarter here. It’s a good way to get a discount on it, as usual, the prices on Kickstarter are lower than they will be once it’s fully launched.

Photos provided by Peak Design.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers

I like crazy monitors, and I always find it hard to find wallpapers I like in the resolution I need. So let’s add another category to the wallpapers selection on this blog. These ones are all for the super ultra-wide monitors with the crazy 32:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 512×1440 pixels.

Feel free to send or tweet to me a photo of your setup if you use one of these wallpapers. As I don’t have a monitor this big, I can’t try them for myself.

As always, these are all free for personal use and you can share them further, just link back to this blog. No commercial use without my permission.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

32:9 super ultra-wide wallpapers

As mentioned, these are all in 5120x1440px resolution. Will work best on a 32:9 monitor, but if you have an ultra-wide 21:9 monitor, you can use them too, just the sides will be cut off.

Additionally, if you have a dual monitor setup at 2x 16:9 at 2560x1440px, you can use all these also as dual screen wallpapers.

All the files are around 7-9Mb in size, so download only on a fast connection.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers
Super ultra-wide wallpapers

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

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