Sigma 12-24 aka Popeye aka The Really Freakin Wide Lens

22 06 2010
Sigma 12-24 lens

Sigma 12-24 lens

A long time ago, digital SLR’s were only available with a crop sensor. This meant that if you wanted to go really wide, you had to get a REALLY wide lens.

One of the only options around was the Sigma 12-24 3.5-4.5 lens. I had it for a year or so and was very impressed with the image quality and build. The only problem I had with it was the front lens element which made me extremely paranoid when walking around in a crowd. Seriously, no wonder the lens is nicknamed “Popeye”. Back when I was still shooting with a crop sensor, I thought the lens was very wide. Check out the examples from the coronation of King Sihamoni in 2004.

Students gather at the coronation ceremony of King Sihamoni

Students gather at the coronation ceremony of King Sihamoni


RCAF soldiers stand at attention at the coronation of King Sihamoni

RCAF soldiers stand at attention at the coronation of King Sihamoni

Nice and wide at 18mm’s.

The other day I happened to be at the Phnom Penh Post dropping off some photos and ran into Heng Chivoan, one of their shooters. He had the Popeye sitting on his 40D and let me put it on my 5D.

What a difference 6mm’s makes…

Phnom Penh Post offices

Phnom Penh Post offices

Rick Valenzuela hard at work at the Phnom Penh Post

Rick Valenzuela hard at work at the Phnom Penh Post

Heng Chivoan on his laptop

Heng Chivoan on his laptop

a 12mm shot of Rick Valenzuela 3 inches from his chin

a 12mm shot of Rick Valenzuela 3 inches from his chin





Canon EOS Experience at Raffles

13 12 2009

Sorry this is a bit late but I haven’t been able to upload photos onto my blog ever since I got my new laptop.
So am on Safari for the first time in years to post this.

I had a chance to play with the new Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS L lens at the Canon EOS Experience Seminar at Raffles on Wednesday and Thursday.
Its an impressive lens which deserves the red ring that signifies it as an “Luxury” class lens. I wanted to see if the lens would be good as a portrait lens along with being a top notch Macro lens. The only drawback I experienced on the lens was the very loose focus ring which caused me to lose focus several times while in Manual Focus. It may easily be photographer error because of the very small depth of field f/2.8 allows at 100mm. So I guess I should say that I need to use the Auto Focus if I decide to get this lens!
There was an opportunity on Thursday morning with some models being brought out for the shooters. Here is a shot that really shows the sharpness of the lens.

Eyelashes

Tight closeup of a model

I still don’t really understand why they did this as I was the only one of the participants that actually got to use one of the products that they were flogging. When actually thinking about it, I liken the experience of the seminar like going to Guitar World in Hollywood.
Anyhoo, another photo of the event.

Paparazzi at Raffles.

Paparazzi at the pool

Paparazzi at the pool





My hero

15 07 2009

Just stumbled on this blog and is as classic as Fake Steve Jobs was.
For those who don’t know who Chuck Westfall is, he is Canon’s main media spokesperson for new camera products (thanks Digital Journalist).
FCW really hits the mark on the problems that I see with the Canon brand and its current line of products.
From what I have read, Canon is not too pleased about it:

http://fakechuckwestfall.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/shut-down-notice-from-canon/

Anyhoo, have a read.
http://fakechuckwestfall.wordpress.com/