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    A London Night Shoot Through A New Lens

    As a Birthday treat, I treated myself to a new lens. The Sigma 16mm/f1.4 DC DN/C lens for Sony-E and Micro Four Thirds mirror-less cameras was due to be released in the USA first on December 1st but mine was delivered November 28th. Although it is designed for crop sensors and as I will be using it for low-light/night shoots, I attached it to my full frame A7RII in crop or APS-C/Super 35mm mode as it gives me access to 5-axis stabilisation and uncompressed RAW which gives me an image size of 35MB as opposed to 24MB I’d get on my crop sensor a6300.

    Not sure why I picked the coldest day of the winter so far to go down to London, watching snow flurries from the train on the way down from Cambridge and a bitter wind chill coming off the Thames, so rather than do a proper test with the lens I set it a f1.4 to see how sharp it was wide open and adjusted the shutter speed and ISO and kept moving to keep warm.

    The weather forecast looked good for a nice sunset with scattered clouds but when I got to the observation deck at the top of the One New Change Shopping Centre next door to St Paul's Cathedral, the scattered clouds had clumped together and blocked out the sun. Another visit another day.


    Igloos outside the Coppa Club bar and restaurant next to the Tower of London.


    Ice rink set up in the moat of the Tower of London.


    No floating Christmas Tree in St Katherine's Dock this year.


    Christmas Market stalls at More London.




    Carol Singers on the steps into Hayes Galleria.


    Apparently there has been an Ale House on this site for over 800 years. The Anchor was built in 1615 as the tap room to the Anchor Brewery that used to be behind it and it was said that in 1666 Samuel Pepys viewed the Great Fire of London from it. More recently, well 1996, the exterior of the Anchor featured right at the end of the first Mission Impossible film.


    The Royal National Theatre, more commonly known as the National Theatre.




    The London Eye


    The Elizabeth Tower slowly disappearing under scaffolding and plastic sheeting. The bongs rang out at 8pm but didn't sound quite right so I assume they have started using recorded bongs coming out of speakers now.


    Sony A7rII CSC + Sigma 16mm/f1.4 DC DN/C lens, hand held, manual settings.
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    That is one very sharp crisp lens Brian,
    Stunning pics ! puts my newly aquired Tokina 11-16mm to shame !
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    Top shots Brian

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    Fantastic photographs!

    I've just received a Tamron18-400mm super(?) zoom and am wondering where & how to try it?

    Thank you, Pen Pusher, for sharing your photos and for the erudite captions!

    This is my first-ever post to the forum - a pleasure to try it!
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    I use the Tamron 18-400 Jon. It's very good, a great travel lens.
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    and am wondering where & how to try it?
    Chuck some food out in your garden and photograph whatever turns up. Good practice for handling your new lens.

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    Extraordinary shots Brian, very well focused.
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