When I saw that the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge was red flowers, I thought it would be a good time to try out the lens I got for Christmas – the Sigma 30mm f2.8 prime lens. I bought a bouquet of red Gerbera Daisies and took them into my backyard.
I quickly got discouraged. You can’t get close to anything with the 30mm lens. Maybe what I really wanted was a macro lens? I don’t know and I guess that’s the problem! The reviews for the only Sony E-mount macro lens weren’t very good and the Sigma was one of the top recommended lenses in my price range, so that was what went on my Christmas wish list. This is the best I could get with it.
In other shots, the background was too in focus, distracting and choppy, something I didn’t expect with an aperture of f2.8.
My 55-210mm lens didn’t do well with the Gerbera Daisies either, mostly because you have to be so far away from your subject to get a close-up with it and I just couldn’t get far enough away in front of a decent background.
So, the winner of this competition was the kit lens that came with my camera!
I didn’t get real crisp focus on the center of the flower (something I often struggle with) but the bokeh created from sunlight reflecting off of the leaves in my hedge was just what I was hoping for.
*Saturday, I took the Sigma lens out for a spin and got a few really crisp shots and magnificent color so I feel good about my choice now. (I’ll share those photos in another post.) I think it’s a good lens, just maybe not the best choice for close-ups. Then again, maybe it is and I just don’t know how to use it. To me, that’s kind of exciting! It means there’s more learn and more to discover.