A tale of two lenses

I’ve been thinking about changing my camera for a while now and not for another Sony for a few reasons.  Given this I’d not looked at getting any other lenses as I’d not be using them on a new camera.  However conversations with a couple of friends made me rethink my plans a little.  As one friend pointed out “a good lens will still be worth quite a bit in a few years time, a camera body less so”.  Given that I realised the issue was as much about considering which lenses I really wanted, I decided to try out a couple of other lenses on the Sony and put off the camera change for a while.

The two new lenses I’ve now got are at opposite ends of the photography spectrum so I’m into a rather large learning curve again.  Macro photography has always interested me so buying one of those was fairly obvious.  Given the short term nature of the purchase maybe I decided not to go for a top end lens but I am impressed with the Sigma 50mm f2.8 DG lens.

The ones above were taken on the day I got the lens so are far from perfect but I was impressed with the possibilities.  I quickly realised that I’ll be using the tripod more but I found bumble bees less than co-operative!

The other lens which I’ve had for a week or so now is at the other end of the spectrum.  Anyone looking at my images will see that wide open spaces and landscapes are at the heart of my photography so an ultra wide angle lens has been something I’ve thought about since I got the dslr.  I’ve used the word “ultra” as the ordinary lens I use is technically “wide angle” at 18mm at the end of its range.  The new one goes significantly further – it is Tamron 10-24 f3.5-4.5 lens.  As with my existing Tamron it is rather prone to chromatic aberration but I’ve got used to dealing with that.

At the “ultra” end of these lenses a rather different approach of composition is required.  It is not simply about getting everything in the shot in general.

Both these (taken on the same evening) are at ultra wide angle.  The sandcastle is taken at 10mm and shows the “distortion” that occurs with such photography.  However it catches some sense of space (I hope!).  The light a little later in the field was striking as was the barn in the distance.  I was lucky with sky here and the gate – wide open – along the hedge provides a good edge to the image.

I’m certainly pleased with both lenses and hopefully there will be more examples of both types of photography in the future.


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