After living for a year in Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island's rugged outer shore, we decided to fulfill another dream and move to the downtown area of Vancouver. These are the adventures, in words and images, of a couple of retirees now based in Lower Lonsdale.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Anticipation !

One of the things that is obvious as I examine my photos, is that much of my time is spent at either the ultra-wide or at the long limit of my available lenses. And at the long telephoto end, I've been stuck at 300mm (35mm equivalent) since I sold my Micro 4/3s equipment and moved to Sony mirrorless.

Well, I'm all excited because I'm awaiting delivery of a Sigma 400mm f5.6 long telephoto prime lens. It's an older lens, from the 1980's, but it has a stellar reputation and despite being built like a tank, it is also relatively light and small. I found it online at KEH rated as "excellent +" for less than $200. This is with a seller that has a reputation for undervaluing their goods. All of the gear I've bought from them over the years has been better than they have described. Hot damn!

It's a Pentax K mount so I had to source a PK-to-Sony E mount adapter, and now I will have a 600mm f5.6 (35EQ) lens, complete with built-in tripod mount. I LOVE long telephoto lenses for the great separation they give to pop something out against an out-of-focus background. And simply being able to pull a subject in so close is really the reason for such a lens.

Can't wait to get this puppy and get out and shoot with it!

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