Cover Picture August

“Cover Picture” is a new topic that I will try to write every month. The subject but also used gear will be briefly discussed, which will ultimately give it a kind of short review. I hope you can enjoy it.

The cover picture of this month is a butterfly with the name: Vanessa atalanta, also called Atalanta or red admiral butterfly or number butterfly. First described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae, and is found in North Africa, the US, Europe, Asia and Carribean, which in the end is just about everywhere 🙂 . Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_atalanta )

Camera and lens used: Fujifilm X-T20 with Sigma DG 70-300mm f4.0 / 5.6 macro PK, adapter Fusnid PK / FX. The macro magnification at maximum (300mm at 95cm) is 1: 2. The macro function works between 200 and 300 mm.

The Sigma 70-300 mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is not a legacy or vintage lens, but a real bargain in terms of price / quality ratio.
The target price second hand is between € 50 and € 100, and this in different mounts such as Canon, Nikon and Pentax, add an adapter (if the lens does not fit) from Fusnid or K&F Concept, and you have a very cheap macro / portrait / tele combination. 300mm telephoto on an APS-C camera with a crop factor of 1.5 gives a whopping 450mm equivalent on a 35mm film camera.

Conclusion:
This Sigma is certainly not the cream of the crop,
although it is certainly a must have, with its light weight of 550grams, tiny dimensions 76x122m, macro capabilities up to 1: 2, and a super pocket-sized tele photo lens, it can take incredible images, and due to its compact dimensions and light weight you can have it with you al the time.
An extreme lens for extreme and unexpected events.

Review by Pentaxforums : https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/sigma-70-300mm-f4-5-6-apo-dg-macro.html

Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. Oh yes, the email address is still there, but I'm not a Pentaxian anymore - now i'am proud to be a Fujiian !

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