Okay, so this quick review will be a little bit of a 'bits and bobs" style review as I actually tested the Sigma Lens on a road trip last weekend, and the filter today very quickly on the Sigma Lens.
So, the lens? Great little lens. It's a wide angle zoom that goes from 10mm to 20mm with a maximum aperture of 3.5, not super fast but fast enough to get the job done in most situations.
It's sharp and it's focus is quick, so far so good. As usual with this type of lens there is a little vignetting but you expect that, and it's not major and can be easily rectified in Lightroom, my preference, or Photoshop.
I had this lens on an APS-C sensor, a Canon 7D, and even on the small sensor the angle of view is amazing and opens up a whole new world.
It has a beautiful weight and feel to it, very well made and operates smoothly. It seems sharp right through a wide range of apertures and in general doesn't really suffer that much from edge softness, as you'd expect with such a wide angle specialist lens.
It retails for around $550.00 to $600.00 so I was very pleased getting it on special at Digital Camera Warehouse for $458.00, a super price for a super little performer.
Now the filter..................
The Hoya PROND 82mm 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter.
Firstly let me say, if you could pick a day to NOT test an ND Filter today would be it. Everything is gray, there is no movement in the clouds and very little movement in the water. However after being totally unable to get one of these anywhere in Sydney and having to sacrifice a limb, much internet research and wrestling a croc, mine arrived in the mail today. So, what else could I do right? I had to rush straight down to the beach at the end of the road and test it!!!
I was bursting to give this baby a go, and gave it a go I did.
Initial impressions are that I love it and can't wait to get out with it on the right kind of day with great cloud movement, good lighting and some water breaking on the rocks kind of a thing. Once I do that I will blog about it again as I think long exposure photography deserves a good chat, it's an awesome and creative form of photography.
Meanwhile here are a few samples from the worst ND Filter Day in history!