camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large
camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large
camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large
camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large
camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large
camera: canon eos digital rebel - click to view large

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

With the exception of my 85mm, from Dec 2004 until this happened on March 30th, I mostly shot with a canon 18-55mm kit lens. Though basic, it was flexible and I knew how to get what I wanted from it. But I've been frustrated since it broke -- for five months, I've used our castaway lenses (the 50mm f1.8 and a 10d kit lens), cursing about focus issues, and heavily editing the results.

The good news is that i've found my new main lens. After considerable research and getting hands-on time at Bic Camera in Tokyo (above), I've decided upon the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8. With a similar range to what I'm used to, it has the bonus of being a compact digital-slr-optimized lens for low-light! voila.

At Bic, i tested many canon, sigma and tamron lenses on my 300D. Some of the results above. (Levels adjusted only.)

1. sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6: The first wide-angle lens on my camera, it surprised me when I saw the view... all 122-degree angle of it.

2. sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6: Another super wide-angle lens. --- Sadly, neither of these fit my photography style or my budget, but they were great to test out.

3 & 4. canon 50mm F1.8 vs canon 50mm F1.4: Same settings and the exact same levels in post... if you compare this to this in two browser tabs, you can see that the 1.4 lets more light and color in. It also produces slightly more dimension (contrast? sharpness?) for the $220-ish difference.

5 & 6. Sigma 18-50mm F2.8: (The sixth shot is a top-left detail of the fifth.) --- This is the lens I'm getting. It has the range that I prefer for street-shooting, the auto-focus is reliable, it's sharp, and it lets lots of light in. (I also found it for almost $300 less than the Sigma MSRP.)

Re: Japan... lens prices weren't competitive enough for me, but Bic was a great place to hang out. If you're ever in Tokyo, I'd also recommend Map Camera for new and used equipment.

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Tuesday 29 August 2006

wide zoom low light and fixed lens testing at bic in tokyo

30 August 06 @ 10:55
that wide aperture is so important for your shallow-depth-of-field style. Part of the Rion look.
30 August 06 @ 13:11
Hmm. That 2.8 Sigma looks very promising. Thanks for posting about it. As always, greatly enjoying your photos.
09 October 08 @ 10:23
You are great! I'm becoming a frequent reader of Rion.nu!
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