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Monday, 13 August 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012



So did I mention I tried two copies of the canon 15-85mm in my seemingly never ending quest for a standard zoom lens that doesn't suck? Well I did and they both sucked, they were both decentered and on different edges of the picture too, maybe I should have tried a third?

I then tried a Sigma 17-50mm OS and guess what? The left side of the image is soft! I GIVE UP!!!!!! it was too short notice to send it back so I had to take it to this years Bristol Balloon fiesta and make do, SOME of the shots were relatively sharp across the frame at f/7.1 but even then it was hit and miss, I really wanted to stick to F/5.6 or ideally F/4 so I could use a CPL and stay to ISO 100 and still get decent shutter speeds because of my ridiculously shaky hands!

What a shame, the lens was good otherwise, it's very similar to my Sigma 18-50mm (which ISN'T decentered but DOES front focus by a huge margin) The build is great, the OS appears to work well, the usual warm Sigma colours are there and the bokeh is great for a zoom lens. Some reviews claim the lens has poor edge sharpness but on the side my lens was working properly I found the edge was very sharp by f/5.6 at the wide end and was pretty sharp wide open at the long end, if only the story was the same at the other side of the picture!

I will have to try getting a replacement or a warranty repair at least once so I will report back with my findings, I'm not holding my breath!

Anyway, here are some photos from the balloon fiesta, taken with a combination of Canon 60D and aforementioned Sigma lens as well as they Sony nex-5n and the Samyang 8mm and Fujian 35mm lenses:



Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Mr Wonderfuel and Mr Peanut

Mr Wonderfuel and Mr Peanut

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012


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