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My new Olympus lenses

12-50mm and 9-18mm Olympus lenses

12-50mm and 9-18mm Olympus lenses

A couple of new lens now reside in my Olympus kit. The two lens were ordered together, but the 12-50mm wasn’t available straight away.

I’ve had the 9-18mm wide-angle lens for a little while and used it to shoot White Night Melbourne and People With Cameras in Sydney.  It’s a wide-angle lens (equivalent to 18-36mm full-frame) that’s great for fitting everything, or everyone, into the shot.

The 12-50mm (with Power Zoom, manual focus and macro mode options) was on back order for several weeks and arrived just before last weekend.  This lens is great for everyday use (24-100mm equivalent) with a lot more zoom range and features over the kit lens.  So far I’ve only tested it out with my daughter at the park.  Watch this space…

Sigma Lens

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 lens

My new Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 every-day lens

This is my new DSLR lens.  It’s from the Sigma “Contemporary” range, has a focal range of 17-70mm, and will replace the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my Nikon D5100 camera.  This lens is also classed as a Macro, so in practive it might also replace my 40mm Nikon Macro lens.

The “SIGMA 17-70mm ‘C’ F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM” wasn’t cheap, but I found a good deal on eBay.  You can feel the quality just by holding the lens in your hand, especially compared to the kit lens.  That quality also brings with it some extra weight, so hopefully my arms wont get too sore when shooting for extended periods.

So far I’ve only taken a few test shots with the new lens around home and put them on Flickr, along with a few “unboxing” shots.  I’d say that most of my DSLR photos from now on will be taken with this lens, it’s a ripper!