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Arrived! Sigma 30mm f1.4 for my Olympus!

September 15, 2006

All I can say so far, before really giving it a workout, it that it “feels” solid. It’s a heavy lens. It looks great on the E-500 — you can almost hear all the light being sucked in through all of that glass. I’ve taken a few shots, nothing noteworthy yet. I hope to post some samples in the next day or two for all to see.


Thank You Amazon (with apologies to anyone who may read this)

September 15, 2006

So all of my ranting and raving actually worked. Someone at Amazon figured out what the problem was and at 7PM last night got the lens shipped out of Reno. It made the journey to Louisville and arrived in Minneapolis this morning at 7AM. The estimated delivery was still up in the air, but someone must’ve tossed it on the last truck out this morning. It arrived a little after noon today.

It’s beautiful — heavy, and I get to take it to Chicago with me.

P.S. I know, I know… “He’s a hypocrite! I thought he said he was going to return it!” I would have, if it had shown up next week while I was out of town. Am I planning on using Amazon again any time soon? No, but I have to thank whoever figured out the problem and found the 30mm f1.4 beauty that is now fastened to my Oly E-500.


[photos] my son made these

September 12, 2006

My six-year-old son, Field, has been watching me take photos his whole life and asked for my old digital camera last weekend. I was more than happy to oblige him. Here are four of his first shots. I wasn’t with him but sent him with his grandparents with this, “Sometimes, but not always, a small part of a thing is more interesting than the whole.”

I expected 65 shots of his little brother and cousin making faces — he took 25 shots and only two obligatory snapshots in the bunch.

These are all full-frame.


Ordered the Sigma 30mm (for my Olympus E-500)

September 11, 2006

I couldn’t wait any longer. I’m heading to Chicago this weekend and I wanted to be able to take some low-light shots. I’ve gotten pretty good at getting some artsy low-light shots with the included zooms, but it’s a chore and requires anything but handholding.

Amazon was posting a next available date of December 31, last week and I nearly gave up. Then on Friday evening they said they were in stock — only three left! One of them is mine and will be on the plane tonight.

Should be arriving on Wednesday.

I’ll be posting pictures as soon as I get it on my flickr account.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens for Olympus available – FINALLY!

August 21, 2006

Fellow Olympus E System users! Amazon (well “OneCall” by way of Amazon) finally has the lens we’ve all been waiting for available. This means that Amazon proper will likely begin shipping in the next few days. I think I’ll wait for Amazon (think generous return policy) as I have no idea on the build quality and lens characteristics. This “fast prime” will let you shoot natural light in far more situations than before.
For those who can’t wait: