I have been obsessing about wide angle lenses since I first met Todd in June of 2010. We were there for a meet with Butch, another tog we met on the forums. We were given exclusive access to the top of a 20 something story building in down town Dallas. At that point I was rocking my 40D, Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 55-200 all perched on top of an $80 Quantary tripod. It was set up as a night shoot. I had never done night before, and had always wanted to shoot downtown from up high. This was the perfect setting.
Todd was shooting a 5D2 and 16-35 2.8L. 16 on a full frame is wideee! I decided then I had to go wide.
The week before last I sold a guitar I have had for 20 years with the intention of getting wide glass. I was all set to get the Canon 10-22 (10mm on a 40D is basically equivalent to 16mm on a 5D2). Doing a lot more research while waiting on the second half of the cash to come in, I found that there were more decisions than to just settle on the Canon offering. Sigma has a couple in this range, but I started looking at their 10-20. But they are all the F3.5-5 range. Then I saw the Tokina 11-16 2.8. Looking at the sample image archives on several forums, I was impressed. And so far no one has had much to complain about this this one. There is some issues with the other UWA's. I e-mailed my local camera shop for price and availability for several of these, being told by the shop that the Tokina is way sharper. At $200 less than the Canon. And this is the retailer suggesting I get the less expensive glass. I think that this speaks volumes!
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CAR SHOT
Okay, for those of you who know me either personally or online, I have been hunting old abandoned cars and trucks for some time. (IF you know of any, please comment below). I have been a car nut for most of my life. I had a subscription to Hemmings Motor News at 11 years old. I have had a couple of vintage bugs. I actually still have a few Hot Wheels that my 6 year old son does not know about.
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a couple of threads on a forum I frequent. One was about OCF lighting of cars from a strobist point of view. This is cool, and I have integrated several techniques learned there into lighting my abandoned cars. The other thread, however, really took me by storm. It outlines setting up a rig attached to a vehicle to mount your camera on. This allows the camera to be moving at the same speed of the car that it is attached to. One thing I do not like about the method most used is that it uses suction cups to attach to the body panels. Big honkin industrial pump action suction cups. I am seriously not feeling this. A) multi-thousand dollar paint jobs. B) flimsy body panels (depending of the vehicle). C) my a$$ in a lawsuit? I think not. Plus all of the post processing work to remove the boom arm. I have decided that I will design and build an under car mounted rig. Then I do not have to worry about messing up any ones body or paint. Don't have to worry about cloning out a boom arm from across a complex body panel. I just had the idea of "going under" today. This is going to be fun. Stay tuned for updates.