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Monday, February 06, 2006


Nikon D70 @ 10mm, 1/4 sec, f/4, ISO 200

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The more observant members of the audience out there may have noticed something new about the site. Yes, that little number 10 representing the focal length in the exif data! I got myself a new Sigma 10-20mm F4.0-5.6 EX DC HSM lens on Saturday. I've been meaning to treat myself for a while, and thought that this lens was too much of a bargain to miss.

My first reaction was probably the most obvious - it is W I D E!

At 10mm it's ridiculously wide. I really got this lens for my landscape shots when 18mm on my kit lens isn't quite wide enough. When used as wide as it can go for shots like this one, it almost becomes a novely lens (I think), but I don't mean that in a bad way. I've hardly had a chance to use it, but I'm already thinking of a lot of new shots that simply wouldn't have been available to me beforehand.

This shot was taken before we went to the Scotland rugby match today. I have to confess that I'm not a huge rugby fan, but what a match to go to for my first time at Murrayfield. The atmosphere was superb and I still can't quite believe that we managed to beat the French. We had seats right next to where the majority of the action was, so we couldn't have asked for anything more.

As for the shots itself... shot as wide as possible, and wide open. I'm amazed at how close the lens can focus, as the pint was no more than a foot away. Managed to get good DOF at this distance, but added a touch of radial blur around the edges.

Hopefully this is the first of many shots taken with this lens that I'll be posting here.


Blogger Behrooz said...

We will be with you with the experiments.

12:49 am, February 06, 2006  
Blogger raef said...

Nice shot John...thanks for all the tips
you give us hackers. Had all but put my camera(d-70)down till I visited your site for the first time about a month ago. Thanks for the inspiration!

1:39 am, February 06, 2006  
Blogger DGAF said...

What happened to the Sigma 80-400? The wide angle prob suits your needs better now anyways. Enjoy the new toy. I am still trying to save up for a macro and ultrawide. Let me know how the sigma performs. Looks good so far.

2:20 am, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Jem said...

Nice lens and shot John! I could have gone with the Canon 10-22mm instead of the Sigma 12-24mm - but the Canon was an EF-S lens, and hopefully in the future when I can afford a fullframe digicam, it will make that lens redundant :/

I also found though - that for landscapes more of the time the 12mm was just too wide. It sounds strange, because I also thought it would be nicer than my 17-40mm for landscape work, but i've found on most occassions that I just end up with too much space in the frame. I'll be interested to see how you get on with it :)

11:18 am, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Rob said...

Cracking first shot from the new lens, really like the composition and DoF and glad you enjoyed the match!

12:52 pm, February 06, 2006  
Blogger ShutteredEye said...


5:17 pm, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie said...

Hi John .

Nice shot i love the way the guys hand is blurred with the movement of him drinking his pint very cool .you got a new lens i bought a Manfrotto Tripod and head can't wait to get out now and use it.


5:22 pm, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Drew said...

It's actually the clock makes this for me.

Good work John boy.

8:59 pm, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Paul said...

I really like this shot, particularly the distortion of the pint glass on the bar and the movement of the glass in the guy's hand. Another fine shot!

9:11 pm, February 06, 2006  
Blogger John said...

raef: I'll look forward to seeing your photies!

dgaf: I think I'm still going to treat myself with the 80-400mm... I've been a very good boy this year :) After that it's the macro. Man, is this photography thing expensive!

Jem: Yeah, I can see where you're coming from. I think for my 'proper' landscape shots I'll be shooting between 15 and 25mm but we'll just have to wait and see. Although so far I've been very impressed with the sigma at 10mm.

drew: hey, how goes it? You're going to have to explain this one to me... why do you like the clock so much? Cheers though :)

1:10 am, February 07, 2006  
Blogger CurlyToes said...

Ooh, most jealous. I've been hankering after this lens for a while. It's gonna be good to see what it will do in the hands of a decent photographer like you.

6:47 pm, February 07, 2006  
Anonymous suki said...

A very nice close-up. Congrats on the wide angle lens!!

5:00 am, February 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello John
Many thanks for your inspiring photographs.
It is not only the objects you have chosen, it is your way of seeing things that touches me. I confess I am homesick for Scotland and your photographs contribute to my strong feelings.
I visited most of the places on your photographs. It is very interesting to see how a young person sees and interpretes these things.

And I would have liked a drink when I came to the photo of the bar..

Please continue. Your are a gifted man.

Markus, 48 years old, Swiss, father to four, who can't afford to come to Scotland this year. (Sorry for any spelling mistakes.)

9:23 am, March 05, 2006  

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