Sigma 30mm ƒ/1.4
By the way, I've received in the past couple of days—at long last—a Sigma 30mm ƒ/1.4 fixed-focal-length reduced sensor lens, in a version that fits on my Konica-Minolta. I did do some shooting with it on Saturday, but I'm afraid I was a bit rusty…I haven't done much shooting lately and I was just a bit off. I got about 12 pictures that I could see in my mind's eye as keepers, and all but one are just a little, well, off. You have those days, when you don't keep your hand in.
Reminds me of a story Bill Jay tells. (I hope I get the details right.) He was visited at his rural farm by the great Magnum photojournalist Josef Koudelka, and early in the morning Koudelka wandered outside and started snapping pictures with his Leica—trees, the woodpile, farm implements. Curious, Bill asked him why in the world he would take pictures of such things, since, to his (Bill's) reading of his (Josef's) work, rural farm still-lives were about as far as it was possible to get from his (Josef's) typical subject matter. And Koudelka said something like "I have to practice to stay sharp."
(Anybody know where this story is printed, if anywhere? I should check my sources but I can't remember if I read this or heard it from Bill.)
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON