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New Lens Fun

April 9th, 2008 Posted in Personal

2401536683_f4f3f64f60_mSo my new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 arrived at the office today.  I bought mine here, although I don’t know if I’d recommend using these guys since they screwed up three different things in this one order.  Then again,  I did finally receive the item I ordered and for a great price.  Regardless, I’m very stoked to have this thing, because this lens is 1) super fast (f/1.4) which will be great for indoors and other low light situations and 2) has an amazingly narrow depth of field, so I can take really cool shots like these ones I’ve posted here, where the subject is in focus and the rest of the shot is really blurry.  The focus field is so thin, in fact, that I actually took some portrait shots today where the subject’s eyes were in focus and tip of their nose and their ears were blurred out.  The downsides to the lens are 1) it’s fixed at 30mm, so there’s no zooming in or out whatsoever, and 2) it’s fairly heavy for a fixed lens (it has to be big 2402365466_2ba379fc1e_mto open so wide and take in so much light).

I’m really pleased with the sharpness of this lens as well; in the original of this shot I took of Keith, I can zoom in on his eye and actually see myself holding the camera, clearly reflected in his iris.  Pretty awesome.  I’m really looking forward to using this in most casual situations, and it should also be great for shooting bands from the front row.

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  • Giz

    I'm very impressed with the clarity of the shot. Nice shot.

  • danielle

    Very nice.

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