Last Sunday, November 22, 2014, my wife and I drove over to el Parque Forestal de Hato Pintado (Forest Park of Hato Pintado) to test a new wide-angle lens I had recently purchased from Amazon online. The new lens was the Vivitar 0.43x professional wide-angle lens with macro. I was anxious to test this lens, since I badly needed a wide-angle lens to shoot landscapes and seascapes in Panama. The “nifty-fifty” lens (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II) was doing its job, but had the restriction of not being wide enough.
Sunday morning was a beautiful day full of light and cool temperatures. Being a Sunday morning, the traffic was almost non-existent. I drove over in less than ten minutes. The place was empty except for maybe four of five early birds like my wife and yours truly. The sun was showing its first lights which were delicately reflected by the greenery of the site. I took my Manfrotto tripod with me as a spare tire, in case I needed it—to avoid camera shake.
Below are some of the pictures I shot at this natural lung in the middle of the neighborhood of Hato Pintado in Panama City, Panama. Here we go.
In general terms, the lens did not receive a passing grade. I will keep it as an emergency lens, in case I need a wide-angle lens to complement a blog post in the future. If I can get wide shots with the Fujifilm X-30 camera which I plan to acquire sometime in February 2015, then this lens will be definitely mothballed. Good Day.