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Hiking in Rosengarten in South Tyrol

October 30th, 2016

At 1.834m above sea on the summit of the Völseggspitze (Monte Balzo)


EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/200 s – f/8 – 8 mm

Rosengarten group seen from Wuhnleger Weiher (Wuhnleger pond)


EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/60 s – f/13 – 16 mm

Path to the Hanicker Schwaige alpine hut at 1.904m


EOS 7D – ISO200 – 1/200 s – f/8 – 8 mm



EOS 7D – ISO200 – 1/320 s – f/4 – 150 mm


Powershot G7Xmk2 – ISO125 – 1/320 s – f/2.8 – 12.7 mm


EOS 7D – ISO200 – 1/800 s – f/5 – 200 mm


EOS 7D – ISO1250 – 30 s – f/5 – 8 mm


October 2nd, 2016

Almost exactly 10 years ago I got my first DSLR camera and one of the very first images I took was lightning during a massive thunderstorm.

After that I never had the chance again – until a few days ago. The rain was not too bad and the sight was ideal.


EOS 7D – ISO100 – 20 s – f/11 – 18 mm

I suspect the many little black spots result from the combination of rain with the extremely bright flash. If there was a dust issue it would not be so evenly distributed and it only occurred in this one picture.


EOS 7D – ISO100 – 20 s – f/8 – 18 mm

Late summer meadow

September 4th, 2016


EOS 7D – ISO400 – 1/1000 s – f/3.2 – 300mm


EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/6500 s – f/1.8 – 26mm


EOS 7D – ISO400 – 1/1250 s – f/3.2 – 300mm


EOS 7D – ISO400 – 1/1250 s – f/3.2 – 300mm

Real world experience with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art

April 23rd, 2016

Writing my first article about the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens was mostly motivated by the fact that the AF inconsistency was sooo frustrating. Then only one week later I dropped the camera (a first for me in 10 years of owning a DSLR) with the Sigma attached, damaging the rear barrel and destroying the main PCB. But hey, I already knew where to send it so some weeks and about 200€ later I got it back like new just before leaving for two weeks vacation in Sri Lanka.

Of course there was no time to check focus again or even take test shots so this journey was the real test to see if the lens can hold up to my expectations.

After going through over 800 pictures the situation is more or less unchanged

  • AF misses maybe 10-15% of all shots
  • when AF is off it is almost always completely off – more or less to either end of the focus scale
  • I found no pattern in the AF glitches, they seem to be more or less random
  • refocusing one or two times gets the AF to work correctly most of the time
  • Sharpness, contrast and color is absolutely amazing when focus is correct

All in all the lens was way more convenient to use for everyday shooting than I thought. Yes, the range may be a bit limited compared to a 17-50mm f/2.8  and it is far bigger and heavier. However the creative potential and amazing image quality at all apertures makes the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art a joy to use for me.

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EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/2000 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

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EOS 7D – ISO3200 – 1/200 s – f/1.8 – 20mm

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EOS 7D – ISO800 – 1/60 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

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EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/1600 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

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EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/1250 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

Night sky over Brandenburg

January 5th, 2016

Over new year we spent some days in Fürstenwerder north of Berlin. The population density is low and from midnight on most of the street lights get shut off so light pollution is much less than near big cities.

So one freezing cold and stormy night (-10°C/14°F) I took the camera and a flashlight and went out.


EOS 7D – ISO3200 – 10 s – f/1.8 – 18 mm


EOS 7D – ISO3200 – 8 s – f/1.8 – 18 mm


EOS 7D – ISO3200 – 8 s – f/1.8 – 18 mm


EOS 7D – ISO3200 – 10 s – f/1.8 – 19 mm

Starry sky

December 7th, 2015


New lens, new possibilities.


EOS 7D – ISO 800 – 5 s – f/2 – 18 mm


EOS 7D – ISO 3200 – 2.5 s – f/1.8 – 18 mm