Not that many may care, but I have finally hunted down my Moby Dick. About a year ago, yes I actually have the date recorded, it’s not as sad as it seems, I missed winning an auction for a Sigma 14mm f/3.5 lens in Olympus OM mount. Up until that ‘magical’ auction came up I had thought that the widest, non fisheye lens, in OM mount was the Tamron and Tokina 17mm f/3.5 lenses and the Zuiko 18mm f/3.5. Well I of course I immediately started drooling and was crushed when I was out bid on the lens. At the time more then about $300 was just to much, even for such a ‘must want’ (notice I didn’t say must have) so I ‘lost it’ and was depressed for well over a week afterward.
Well flash forward about a year of near daily Ebay, Craigslist, KEH, Adorama and B&H searches and lo and behold another Sigma 14mm f/3.5 comes up on Ebay. I was all over this one like a fly on day old cheese cake.
This time, not only did I manage to win it, but I was also the only bidder. I guess my luck. It showed up last night all in its original packaging in truly mint condition. My first impressions, with my next widest lens being 24mm, well, 14mm is wide, really, really, really stinking wide.
It’s really just rationalization at this point, but since my wife and I want to sell our house and move, probably within the calendar year this lens is going to prove to be very, very useful to get good architecture shots of the inside of the house for when it goes up for sale. This will probably be the last lens for a long time as selling the house and moving as well as a second child who is going to be here in just a couple of months is going to take all priority to me getting new photo gear.
I’ll just keep telling myself that as I play with the lens. My life does feel a little empty now with no reason to check Ebay, or any of the other usual camera shops daily on the off-chance one of these pops up. I really look forward to being able to use this lens and it is really just making me itch to go somewhere like the South West, or Europe or anywhere I can rationalize that having 14mm would be really handy.
Lens tests, more thoughts on using it, etc soon. Also tons of example photos, thoughts and lens tests from the Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 soon as well (before the end of the week). Thoughts and comments on my (new to me) Sekonic L-328 digilite (its great).
*Update 1/27* I forgot to mention, by ‘not as sad as it sounds’, I meant that I saved the pictures from the other auction so I happened to glance at the date stamps on them when I won the auction for the 14/3.5, that is how I know it was almost exactly a year ago.