I couldn’t contain my excitement this morning when I got news that the Sigma South Africa
12-24 Art lens might soon be paying me a visit & teaming up with my Canon 6D to go wider than wide.
I currently use the Canon EF 17–40mm lens which is great but every so often I need to go wider but maintain quality (and still have a few Rand left for food at the end of the month).
It was in order to celebrate so my Sigma 10–20mm f/4–5.6 EX DC HSM lens grabbed onto my oldCanon South Africa Canon EOS 550D and we headed for Moyo Ushaka before sunrise.
My El-Cheapo tripod from Govan Mani did well in the surf and we managed to maintain a sharpness of sorts.
Afterwards the girls and I grabbed a Prakash Bhikha“lens special” (coffee with a dollop of white chocolate) from The Coffee Guys – South Beach .
I then met up with Dean Nieuwoudt who mentioned he had seen meet shooting the sunrise. He had been riding his bicycle from Greg Albert atCyclesphere Cycling.
Later when I got home I found Dean in one RAW file but the lights on the pier had gone off a few minutes earlier. I found two other files from the same shoot and chose the best lights and water action (plus some added specials) to generate this defiantly and definitely not “straight out the camera” shot.
The 10-20 has done me well but will not work on my 6D. Plus the 6D needs a premium lens hence me looking at the Sigma Art range, which claims: “premium full frame wide angle zoom designed to have minimal distortion in its wide angle imagery.”
Base image: F18, 1/13 sec. ISO 100 @ 10 mm on Canon 550D & Sigma 10-20 lens
— at Moyo on the Pier Ushaka.
I’m busy looking at the wide angle Canon 11-24 or Sigma Art 12-24 lens for my Canon 6D.
The Canon comes in at R 40 195.00 and Sigma at R 25 995.00.
There are also Samyang manuals for R 8 000.00 and R 16 000.00.
The only way to be sure is to try the lenses oneself as the reviews tend to be too harsh or biased at times.
Let’s see which manufacturer wants Andrew to play around hard with their lens (one is showing a keen interest).
Photo: derivative of Sigma Lens SA 2nd winner May 2015 – Sigma 10-20 on my Canon 550D.
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“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it” – Thich Nhat Hahn
Canon 6D, F7.1, 1/100 sec. ISO 250 – a rework of an old image
Read the background here.
Two weekends ago plus I took my Canon G3X for a walk in Palmiet Nature Reserve, a venue suggested by “Snake Man” Nick Evans (PS: contact him to safely find & remove snakes).
Perhaps not the best camera kit to take into a low-light forest but I also need to up my “walk briskly in forest, show extreme stealth, focus correctly, don’t blame camera equipment skills”.
As hard as I tried I could not get any of the close-up creature shots that many others often display.
But it was a lovely walk, I got lost and then found (I had to climb a fence to get out of the reserve), and at least have a few shots (some not so well-focused) of my 5 km outing (that felt like a 20 km run).
Another shot of the pigeons at Wilson’s Wharf Durban Harbour looking towards Royal Natal Yacht Club at sunrise on Sat 08 April 2017. This was the fun Focus On Us shoot arranged by Graham Gillett .
Canon South Africa 550D with Sigma South Africa 10-20 mm lens and cheap but great tripod from Govan Mani.
If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen!
Thank you Joop for an awesome evening and yet another top quality SA steak: pan-fried pepper steak medium-rare with chips and a bottle of Stellenbosch Vineyards Zonnebloem.
Eat Out Dining-OUT Joop’s Place #joops #steak #durbanfood #durbandining
“People who produce exceptional work consistently and lead their games understand that we grow by having the guts to go to the jagged edges of our highest limits on a regular basis. And by so doing, those limits expand.
Life gives you what you give it. Stand for world-class in this age of too much average and you’re pretty much guaranteed an epic journey. Doesn’t mean it will be easy. [The Great Ones have all suffered the most; the fire purified and developed their heroic instincts]. But I promise you: it will be worth it.
To walk with the icons, devote yourself to the building of a meaningful legacy. One that inspires you to bring out the fullness of your natural genius, one that causes you to know powers in you that you didn’t know you had. And one that, at the end of your life, allows you to look back on the way you have conducted yourself and say…
“…I had times in the sun. I had seasons in the rain. I reached for my best. I raised others with me. And now, in a state of vast peace, I leave our world better than I found it.”
You’re meant to make a difference. This is your time. Now is your moment. Begin.” ~ Robin Sharma
Canon 550D, Sigma South Africa 10-20 mm @ 20 mm, F6.3, ISO 100, SS via AV
Anton Lembede Street Durban
Canon 6D, F8, 1/400 sec. ISO 200
“The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart” ~ Robert Schumann
Canon 6D, F8, 1/320 sec. ISO 320. PP as much as I could change / add in until I got tired.