All posts by Lars

Sigma thinking about offering lenses for Fuji X and other rumors

Photokina approaches and the gossip factory is slowly but surely beginning to work overtime. The newest Sigma rumors are coming from none other than the Fujifilm community. According to Fuji Rumors Sigma is supposedly thinking about developing lenses for the Fujifilm X-mount, provided that Fuji manages to up sales of its cameras by 20%. What ...

Ocean Ramsey

Sharks count among the creatures which most people are scared of. I’m probably not very wrong when I blame a very popular Hollywood movie for this phenomenon. Ocean Ramsey also sees it this way and aims to put the bad reputations sharks have and all the panic, which mainly movies like “Jaws” have caused, in ...

What happens when you revers an element in a photo lens?

The Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami also wanted to find an answer to this question, which is why he disassembled an old Zenit Zenitar-M 2S 50mm F/2 and reversed the third element whenn putting it back together. The shortest description for the resulting effect is „soap bubble bokeh“ – a type of bokeh, whose circles look ...

Sharpness comparison: Sigma 100-400mm vs 135mm F1.8 Art

Depending on how scrupulously one goes about things, a sharpness comparison of two lenses can end up being quite a hassle. One could compare the sharpness at multiple distances. One could, even when comparing a prime lens to a zoom, not only shoot at the same aperture but shoot photos with the prime at those ...

Shooting landscapes and architecture with a telephoto zoom?

I’m hardly what one would consider a landscape or an architecture photographer. I’m more interested in animals, insects, plants, abstract motifs and “detail” (I’m not sure how to better describe that particular type of subject). However, when I head out with the intention of shooting landscapes and architecture, I prefer to take a wide-angle lens ...

Picture vs. life? Volcano tourism on Hawaii

The pictures traveled around the world. At present Hawaii has been struck by one of the strongest volcano eruptions for decades. Although Hawaiians have always lived with their volcanoes and been aware of the risks and although most inhabitants have already experienced several eruptions, the situation now is quite different. The Kilauea (translation “the spewing ...

Surrealism – in photography as well?

We’re all familiar with names like Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst or René Magritte and without thinking we categorize them as surrealism in art. We’ve often seen paintings like “The Persistence of Memory”, “Celebes” or “The Son of the Man” and these impressive works are stuck in our minds (or at least in my mind). Melting ...

Sigma improves compatibility of several lenses with Canon and MC-11 with new firmware versions

Here is some good news for owners of Canon / Sony cameras and Sigma lenses for the EF mount: today Sigma has released new firmware versions for several lenses and the MC-11 adapter which patch different bugs and improve compatibility. Some of the lenses are now compatible with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, while ...

The potato camera

Potato Camera is a term readily used by the English speaking YouTube community when commenting on shots and videos that have extremely low image quality. “Was this video filmed with a potato camera?” is a good example of such comments. The folks who run Corridor Crew, known for their quirky experiments, wanted to find out ...

Which have better bokeh, zooms or primes?

Right from the start it should be clear that there is no general answer to this question. As is often the case, circumstances are critically important. Which specific lenses are being compared? Are you comparing widest aperture vs widest aperture or are you stopping down the prime lens? Are you looking at bokeh circles or ...