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Forum: Lens Clubs 05-09-2011, 01:12 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By Madhatter_
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Forum: Lens Clubs 05-02-2011, 10:59 PM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By Madhatter_
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Such a smashing lense for the price, never regretted buying a 28-75.



The light in the afternoon was just perfect, made me want to rush home and grab a tripod.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-24-2011, 08:24 PM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By Madhatter_
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28-75, cant remember the street name in valencia though.

Forum: Lens Clubs 03-17-2011, 12:17 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By Madhatter_
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Grabbed this one a couple of weeks ago when iron maiden were here.


M 50/1.7 @ f4.0, ISO800 1/160th

Pretty happy with it since I was being smashed around in the pit a few rows from the front barrier :lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-15-2011, 06:34 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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not on something like the westminster shot I took above its not. :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-14-2011, 10:21 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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Haha. Its actually a bit of a chore traveling with a lense so physically big to be honest. Heavy, but takes up a load of space. I usually only travel with 3 lenses in an over shoulder kata bag, so not big on space. I remember buying the 10-20 years ago and Hoya Pro 1D filters were about $200 each in 77mm, good thing prices came down a bit, set of 82mm filters could cost more than the bloody lense!
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-14-2011, 05:53 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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problem with the 10-20 is vignetting. Can cause problems even when stacking filters.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-14-2011, 06:37 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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Could be, but have you seen the size of the 10-20? its a tank. Who the hell uses 77mm filters :lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-14-2011, 01:23 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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I just make sure everything is insured, so if it gets trashed, atleast im not out of pocket. I took that westminster abbey shot handheld too, no tripod. :) Cheers, ive always found the bigma can be really sharp and produce some amazing images, a lot of people just seem to have problems with them? should see some of the church photos I got from spain (still have to go through them), stunning on a whole different level.

Kind of like this one I took a couple of weeks ago in singapore. Its the marina bay sands complex they finished recently, stunning building. Sun was just in the right position to give the photo a rendered look, not sure if its a photo or cgi :)

Forum: Lens Clubs 03-12-2011, 11:18 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
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Thanks guys. Its westminster abbey in london :)

heres another one from one of the other entrances, ts a bit blown out though, but it is quite a light coloured brick so its a mix of the two.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-12-2011, 03:01 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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Still havent gone through all the photos from europe last year, but heres one I liked.

Forum: Lens Clubs 09-16-2010, 08:00 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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Yeah, im sorry, Im just not into HDR images either. It was kinda cool for a few minutes, then I started to find they really arent an accurate reflection of the subject. The way I look at photography is an extension of something my eye sees, so its taking a snap shot of that moment as you see it (more or less).

HDR's more often than not, are the opposite of that, yes they produce more detail, but its usually more detail than you are actually able to see with the naked eye anyway. Not only that, it usually sacrifices something, such as shadows and subtle tonal highlights that go a long way to project a feel and vibrance through the image. The end result is usually something that, at best, looks slightly other world, at worst, 3d generated, way too saturated and overexposed.

Im not saying they dont have a place in producing some stunning images, Im just saying, I dont like turning everything into an HDR. If you find yourself liking the images overall and utilising the process more often than not, I think you need to take stock of just what you are doing. Its not directed at anyone, just my feeling on HDR images.



Thanks. It was an amazing church in valencia (spain) funnily enough called, saint mary of valencia cathedral (locals call it seu) :) Would have loved a tripod, but its just too much to be carrying on holidays.

Im waiting for my new dell to arrive so I can actually resize them in something that doesnt compress the hell out of the images from our holidays, so ill repost later. :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-12-2010, 01:13 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
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Forum: Lens Clubs 08-13-2010, 01:29 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
Views: 830,141
Took some photos on the journey from bergen to oslo (norway) railway, the view is just simply AMAZING, it has a bit of everything really. I was about half way into the 8hr trip when I realised I should just flick it over to raw+jpeg so I can keep family and friends updated as I traveled (ive only got a netbook, so it wont really work with raws). Pretty much all my images were taken with the train in motion (normally doing up to and above 100km/h), so I was impressed with how well they turned out.

When I hit this shot I knew it was going to be gorgeous, when I get home in a months time ill try and edit out the lights from inside the train, and of course, the image wont be compressed like it was with paint. So this is just straight off the camera, no editing or adjustments at all other than a resize.


Sigma 10-20 4-5.6 EX @ 10mm, f9.0, 1/320, ISO400
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2010, 02:04 AM  
Traveling 17-70mm vs 24-70mm vs 24-75mm
Posted By Madhatter_
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Heading over to europe for 6 weeks and looking to travel light, so im only taking 2 lenses. I guess its a good excuse to buy another lense, but time is getting short and the more reviews I read, the more indecisive I get. In short, I need to buy a lense this week and I cant make up my mind :o

Im taking the sigma 10-20 and want something a little longer to take along with me rather than the primes ive got, so im looking at;

Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC macro
Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG (is the new IF worth the extra money?)
Tamron 24-75 f/2.8 XR Di

I could probably stretch the budget to $1000 AUD if there is something worth looking at that I havent thought of. I was originally looking at a super zoom for travel, but it would probably spend most of the time at the wider end anyway, hence looking at the above lenses.

Any help would be appreciated. :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-27-2010, 01:21 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
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Beautiful shelby from a few weeks ago. It was stark white, very difficult to take a photo of in the sun without blowing out, was as good as I could get.





And I guess this was ok too. :lol:



Forum: Lens Clubs 05-23-2010, 12:11 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
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I find (well, any ultra wide really) its brilliant for outdoors car shows because of the people in the way. Lighting is usually pretty good thanks to the sun, so I find you can pretty much stand less than a couple of feet from the car and take a photo without people getting in your way.

Also helps that the 10-20 is a physically big lense, so hanging off the front people tend to think you must be serious or something official and will get out of your way rather than mess up your photo :lol:

Here's a few from the wintersun festival, 2009 @ Coolangatta, Australia.













Also means you can lean into cars and take a nice wide photo of incredible interiors (like this aligator lined 57 chev) without the owners getting upset for touching their cars :)

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-22-2010, 05:08 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
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Thanks :) Quite surprised how well the sigma performed when traveling around the country, took that pic hand held from the end of the station where the tranzsenic used to gather before they moved it, so the light conditions were less than ideal. Shocked the hell out of me when I found a supermarket inside the train station too :lol:

Not actually a kiwi, but hope to be back in the land of the long white cloud next year. :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-22-2010, 02:59 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
Views: 830,141
No, the guitar is full sized, the girl is a giant :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-22-2010, 02:34 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Madhatter_
Replies: 3,790
Views: 830,141
The paneled arches and the dome reminds me a lot of the train station in wellington, new zealand.

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