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Monday, July 1, 2019

Five Frames, Olympus OM2S + A Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, Framing The Twin Towers

Olympus OM2S + Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Framing The Twin Towers 01
Olympus OM2S + Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Framing The Twin Towers 02
Olympus OM2S + Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Framing The Twin Towers 03
Olympus OM2S + Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Framing The Twin Towers 04
Olympus OM2S + Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Framing The Twin Towers 05
Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with a Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, framing the Petronas Twin Towers.
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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. 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 today. The lens was solid metal and glass construction with 7 elements in 7 groups, and comes complete with a built-in floral hood, and a rotating front element with a diameter of 67mm.

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

While I have used the lens only occasionally, initially for image samples 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
Olympus OM-2S, 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 listings on auction sites that are far 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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