Recently, I allowed myself another lens purchase, the Sigma 8-16mm. f/4.5-5.6 DC ultra-ultra-wide lens.
Yes, for a photographer who focuses on portraiture photography, it is quite a strange and new experience for me to use one in the field, since I'm not exactly into landscapes. Most of the time, I'd be taking close-up shots of people in events, particularly when they're doing something quite interesting enough to be placed on print, like a sudden burst of laughter from them upon hearing a joke or seeing some antic, a bonding moment between the bride and the groom, or even the sight of two hands holding each other... These are the things that I believe would bring out the message or essence in any given wedding or party event. After all, I'm a people-person, so to speak. ;)
The reason I bought this is that as a portrait photographer, I still have uses for such a lens, particularly in events where lots of people flock together for a really big group shot. Sometimes a kit lens' wide end of 18mm just couldn't cut it, since there may be instances that space is limited and thus stepping back to fit 50 people in the frame may be impossible. It is not for me to tell them to, say, go only in groups of ten, or get rid of your respective girlfriends and/or boyfriends to save space... It is up to them as to how many people they'd like to have in any photo, and it's up to me to capture that group, no matter how insanely many they could be, or how ridiculously restrictive the space may be.
This is where this lens comes in.
Today, Celene and I decided to have a little time off by taking a nice stroll around Eastwood City. It was a perfect thing too, since I do needed some R&R from surviving a week of various activities, and I also recently got (borrowed, actually) myself a nice portrait lens that I was then itching to try outside.
This particular lens is simply stunning in terms of image quality. It does exactly what lenses of this caliber would promise; produce sharp images even at its widest opening. The bokeh is smooth and creamy, as the image above would suggest; the background simply melts away like a dream. Take not though, that is is an f/1.8 version, and f/1.4 samples would produce something even more spectacular than this. Even with this lens alone, I already fell in love with its performance, except for one flaw that of which origin I couldn't seem to figure out.
The sample that I got though, sharp as it may be, would also fail to focus properly on a number of occasions, as expressed in this example: