The key to a successful outdoor life is good clothing. I know this, but tonight I just wanted to shoot the mist. I was wet but not cold and the only thing bothering me was the mosquitos. Big, angry mosquitos. I gave it 30 minutes and then I went home. I was never further away from my house than 40-50 meters. I usually can spot deer, fox and hare from the bathroom window but tonight they did´t want to show up.
Now it´s time to finish the photo-editing-beer and got to sleep. The tonight special was the Innis & Gunn bourbon cask dark ale.
Good night, good night where ever you are.
First of all, this is not a review, it´s more of a first impressions summary. I started by upgrading my old Sigma 120-400 to the 150-600. I loved my old lens but wanted the newer lens with new technology. The other lens is more of a attempt to use the fisheye´s extreme angle of view and the effect it makes to create different kind of landscape and nature photos.
The Sigma 150-600 Sports is a heavy piece of machinery but i like it. To be able to handle it I also got the Sirui P324 S monopod. Yesterday I took this combo out for a walk down to the lake to watch the birds. Got to see some nice birds and a beautiful swan. Next time I´ll bring another pair of shoes so that I can get closer to the birds and not worrying about the wet mud.
Here are some bird shots and by clicking the photo you´ll see a slightly bigger version.
I said two lenses and I´ve already said the word fisheye so what´s the other lens you´ll ask yourself. Well, it´s the Samyang 12mm 2,8 Fisheye. Love the lens but I think it will take some time to get to know it and to learn how to work with it. These are the two first photos with the 12mm.
Summary: first impressions of the Sigma 150-600, the Samyang 12mm 2,8 and the Sirui P324 S monopod is that I´ll never leave home without them… and a couple of batteries. Paired with my griped D600 I think it´s great. Also have the Nikkor 16-35 F4 VR and at the moment with the genre of photos I´m taking I think I´m all set. The only thing missing now is a nice bag to carry it around in.
This is it for now. I´ll try to post at least 3 times a week and more frequently if I´m of work and have time to shoot. Since I´ve moved out to the country side I´ve found my way back to nature after living in the city for 15-20 years. I hope this results in some great photos.