Monday, July 1, 2019

Analog Diary, The Twin Towers

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Olympus OM-2S, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4


The Twin Towers

'Five frames with the Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, framing in the Petronas Twin Towers'

I was at the location of the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur recently with another camera but found that the 28mm wide-angle zoom I had on the camera wasn't wide enough to capture both of the twin-tower elements in a single frame as I would like it to be.

Olympus OM-2SP, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

The decision to visit the location again, with another camera, was the better choice. For the second visit, I took the ultra-wide-angle Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4 mounted on the Olympus OM-2SP, and I was able to capture the set of amateurish images I was looking for.

Launched in 1979, the one-touch Zoom Gamma 21-35mm lens was the world’s first wide-angle zoom, an area that Sigma continues to excel in today. The lens was solid metal and glass construction with 7 elements in 7 groups, comes complete with a built-in floral hood, and a rotating front element with a diameter of 67mm.

While I have used the lens only occasionally, initially for image sample with the lens adapted to the digital Pen E-P5, and then only of late, I do have high regard for the lens - for its built quality, the zoom range it offers, images it renders, and its worth as a keeper.

Olympus OM-2SP, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

While the lens came to me almost complementary with the online purchase of an Olympus OM body, the lens is almost a rarity with listing on auction sites that are far and few in between. You may, instead, find more instances of the follow-up Sigma Zoom-Gamma II 21-35mm F3.5~4.2 being offered in the listings or something that will cost you an arm and a leg in the form of the Leica Vario-Elmar-R 21-35mm F3.5~4 Asph.

These images were shot on a roll on a recently expired Kodak ColorPlus 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.

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