Just two. A couple went up on THE CHANGING SEASONS – DECEMBER 2022, but these I saved just for this post 😀
These were test shots for a new lens, the Sigma 56mm prime lens on the Olympus Pen F. Sigma doesn’t make many lenses for 4/3 mirrorless cameras — a total of 5. Two are “art” lenses that require manual focusing. Art lenses are not for people my age whose eyes are not what they used to be.
I have all three of the other Sigma lenses that fit my camera. One is the 30mm f2.8 macro lens. It’s sharp and does a good job, though it doesn’t get as close as my 60mm Olympus macro, though it also isn’t as temperamental as the Oly macro. I use both lenses. I think the Sigma lens seems sharper in low light than the Olympus.
I also own the standard 30mm f1.4 Sigma lens. It’s incredibly sharp and lets you shoot cleanly in very low light. It’s my alternate “normal” lens. I bought the 56mm f1.4 Sigma lens because I could. It’s a good portrait and general-use lens. Not as artistic as the Olympus 45mm portrait lens. It won’t give the beautiful bokeh you get with the Oly, but it’s a stop faster. These shots of the Duke were tests the day the lens arrived. It’s always hard to get both sides of Duke’s face since he’s got a dark and light side. This is not usually a problem with human subjects unless you know an odd group of people.
Both of the f1.4 lenses are great lenses in medium to low light, but are a bit too fast in very bright light. This is why changing lenses is useful. If you have the right lenses, you can get exactly what you want. It’s also good to know what you are planning to do while you are taking picture. No one I know is willing to carry all their lenses all the time. Pack your camera bag with what you think you will actually need and know that inevitably, you’ll want something you didn’t bring.
Sigma lenses are available for the Sony mirrorless and a couple of other brands. They are all reasonably priced at under $300 each. I don’t know if they are going to stay at those low prices, but if you like prime lenses (as opposed to telephotos), these are a great buy for high quality lenses.