Introducing Sigma 28-135mm


sidewalk art on Temperance Street

I’m shooting a wedding on Saturday, so I’ve been comparing prices online and browsing Craigslist to see if I can find a flash and a wide-angle lens for the Pentax K100D. I’d love a Fisheye for the wedding, but that’s a pipe dream right now.

  • I found a flash through Craigslist, but it’s only $60 off the list price at Henry’s.
  • I drooled over a 12-24mm yesterday, but at $750 (on sale at Henry’s), I had to back off.
  • Someone’s selling a Canon 5D (body only) for $1700. Very tempting.

So far, I’ve resisted the urge to buy any big-ticket items.

I did, however, come across a 28-135mm macro listed for sale only an hour or so before I started browsing. What luck! It wasn’t on my shopping list, but this particular focal length range will be helpful on Saturday. Not to mention it suits my general shooting requirements.

easy rider
easy rider

I picked it up after work, having arranged a meeting with the seller at the Eaton Centre’s Apple store. We stood in the walkway over Queen Street and he showed me the macro feature. Bottom line: I felt comfortable with the sale. What I want to avoid is any hot property, and the best way around that is to verify that the seller is an actual photographer who probably bought too many lenses or needs to liquidate assets for an upgrade. No worries there.

sunflowers on Temperance Streetsunflowers on Temperance Street
sunflowers on Temperance Street

I took a bunch of test shots on the way home, and my first impression is the lens is faster than I expected at 135mm. He said it was only a month old, and it looked that way.

Next step: flash