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Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC DN Review

Sigma's website claims this lens 'cannot be bad, because it is the latest lens,' well, that's an odd way to put it, but they were right, at least in this case!

The Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC DN is a fast 'normal' lens for your APS-C and micro four thirds cameras.  It's slightly on the wide side of 'normal' for APS-C users, about 45mm in 135 film format, and on the long side for MFT users, with an 'equivalent' focal length of 60mm in 135 (full frame) format.

The technical image quality is very high; F/1.4 is totally usable even for landscape photography in low light, and there is no noticeable coma in the far corners!  Other positives include low axial color fringing, (but not lateral), and a simple distortion pattern which is easy to correct in post processing when shooting RAW.  I should also mention the very reasonable price, especially for this kind of performance.

There are a couple of negatives for pixel peepers...

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New review lens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC DN will be the first APS-C lens I’ve reviewed in almost three years.  I like the focal length on the smaller sensor, and the coverage is about 45mm in 135 format.

I’ll have some full resolution test shots up in a few days.…

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Today’s blast from the past; Glory Dimples and Lard Whistlers!

 

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Let’s do a little window shopping today, shall we?  Think we might need a box of Glory Dimples?  Or maybe some Kyanize enamel paint to touch up those worn out balls!!  Other items of interest: Otter Bait Pail, re-purposed as a ball washer perhaps; and in the right lower corner some cone shaped tees …

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New wide angle lenses from Sony

Sony announces two new super wide angle lenses for their 'e' mount with full frame coverage.  Both are zooms; a 16-35/2.8 which is a faster version of this lens, and the other one was a bit unexpected, a 12-24mm F/4.

The 16-35mm F/2.8 'G Master' is a 16 element in 13 group design, which looks to be significantly more complicated than the F/4 Zeiss version with a configuration of 12 elements in 10 groups.

Pluses for this lens; lightweight for a fast zoom, focus hold button, 11 blade circular aperture, (I prefer 6-8 straight blades for more defined sunstars, but that's just me), dual DDSSM focusing, and dust and moisture resistant.

Now on the downside; no OSS, or optical steady shot; huh?  Super expensive at $2200, 82mm front filter also expensive.

I have the Sony FE 16-35mm F/4 OSS, (review here), and like it a lot, so this new faster version will have to be

 

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Kodak HD power flash single use Camera review

Check out the latest film camera review, this time it's the swell Kodak HD power flash model.  True artists will appreciate this little marvel far more than any digital delight, as it produces an original image that you can hold in your hand and of course cherish for a lifetime!!

All things considered, it's a fun camera, and takes decent snaps, see the full size samples inside the review.

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Century old snapshot from Marblehead MA

Greetings from the corner of Mugsford and Washington st!  I thought I'd display another sample from my glass plate negative collection, (this one is tiny for back in the day, but considered large by today's standards), it measures exactly 2¼ x 3¼" (6x9).  Our Georgian style Isaac Mansfield designed subject is The Old Town house in Marblehead Massachusetts, built in 1727, more info here.  I'm guessing the image was probably taken in the teens to early 1920s as the car on the left suggests; looks like a

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