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Old Feb 26, 2013, 12:21 AM   #11
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Good contrast in this picture in dim morning light. Looks good and sharp to me! As you may have known already, I also have this lens.
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Good contrast in this picture in dim morning light. Looks good and sharp to me! As you may have known already, I also have this lens.
WCKSer - yeah I think it is pretty sharp, how do you like yours?

Here's an HDR I shot with the lens yesterday as well that I kinda like, very wide open empty feeling to it, in my opinion.


P2258833_4_5_6_7_tonemapped by ramcewan, on Flickr
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That looks very nice ram. I'd be tempted to see what it looks like cropped down to a 16x9 or even wider.
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Brrrrrrrrrrr.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 12:29 PM   #15
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Good contrast in this picture in dim morning light. Looks good and sharp to me! As you may have known already, I also have this lens.
I have not used the lens very much except the first couple days or so. I notice a slight barrel distortion in landscape shooting. In general, this lens is great for outdoor shooting. For indoors, it seems like the DOF is limited and not that good for available light group pictures shooting. I tried out this lens shooting without a flash for my club event, the results are somewhat disappointed. I would not take group shots without a flash indoors.

Lately, I have been using my Canon camera for bird pictures and have not had a chance to try the lens. I would say that this lens probably work better in the Oly body better than a Panny because of the IBIS.

By the way, your snowy landscape picture looks great. The IQ of the picture speaks for itself.
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The lens is good for closeups although not a macro.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 5:11 PM   #17
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Not so good for distant landscape like this picture here. It covers a wide area but not long enough to pull pull in the distant buildings to show details. Pictures like this one require a longer lens.
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That looks very nice ram. I'd be tempted to see what it looks like cropped down to a 16x9 or even wider.
yeah this is actually a crop of a vertical shot, I did another landscaper orientation but didn't like it as much (not enough sky) I may try to crop further as you suggest.

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yes that's the emotion I intend to convey, that and emptyness, I also posted this under the winter theme bi-weekly shoot out and invoked Robert Frost who's farm is only a few miles away from where this was shot.

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A Winter Eden

A winter garden in an alder swamp,
Where conies now come out to sun and romp,
As near a paradise as it can be
And not melt snow or start a dormant tree.

It lifts existence on a plane of snow
One level higher than the earth below,
One level nearer heaven overhead,
And last year's berries shining scarlet red.

It lifts a gaunt luxuriating beast
Where he can stretch and hold his highest feat
On some wild apple tree's young tender bark,
What well may prove the year's high girdle mark.

So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.

A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o'clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life's while to wake and sport.

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the two close ups look good and the landscape, well that's a tough shot for this focal length. Not too many lenses will be sharp enough to capture detail on the distant buildings. I think I'd attempt a multi-shot panorama using something a little longer like the 45mm f1.8 or even longer like the 60 or 75 with the camera oriented vertically. I still think you might be stymied by atmospheric conditions over the water at that distance.

I am still figuring out this lens for sure , sorry to hear the bad group shots it produced, I'm overall not blown away but I am finding enough that it does well that I can't complain. I often times need to force myself to shoot with a lens until I figure out what it is good for, then later when it counts I know whether to grab the 14, 19, 25, 45 or 70-300mm

Here's a few more cat pictures


strong, silent type by ramcewan, on Flickr

in the second one you can see at f4 it is sharp but there isn't too much creamyness to the background, this could of course be fixed in post but I didn't find it terribly distracting as the eye is drawn to the sapphire eyes of the cat.


hark what light through yonder window breaks by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Really like the winter HDR shot, there is a nice mood to it. Really quiet, with no snowmobiles tearing across the fields -- scenes like this make winter bearable. Nice capture, nice processing. And the blue eyes on you cat! The backgrounds look okay, take away that bright red whatever to the right and the cat's eyes really are the focus of attention.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 11:06 PM   #20
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I have been using zoom lenses for awhile and seem to forget about using prime lenses. Zoom lenses make things easy for a lazy man like myself by zooming in and out to get the picture framed just the way I want A prime lens, however, is different since each focal length is made for a specific function. I also need to find how to use the 2 Sigma lenses to determine what they are good for. Meanwhile. I just keep shooting and experiment......

The above pictures were taken with my E-PL1 which I haven't used for months. The Sigma lenses work well on this body which has IBIS.

You have a good looking cat, Kazoo, and a good model for testing your shots.
Love those blue/sapphire eyes!
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