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The sound of pennies dropping

I shoot a Canon EOS 7D. As well as some Canon lenses, I also own some Sigma lenses. I acquired an ƒ/2.8 70–200mm Sigma a little while ago.

Now, something about using Sigma lenses on Canon bodies bugs me. See if you can spot it in this screenshot from Aperture (bear in mind the image was shot using the 70–200mm):


See the lens model at the bottom? It seems the Canon “brain” sees the Sigma lens, but identifies it as an ƒ/2.8 50–150mm plus a 1.4x extender! Do the maths, and you’ll see this odd combination actually works out as a 70–210mm. It’s not just this lens, either. All my Sigma lenses, both EF and EF-S compatible, are reported incorrectly in the EXIF from the camera. Weird but true.

It would be really nice if there was a way to correct this, either in the camera or within Aperture. I haven’t found a way yet.

BBC News – Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II sets photo record


(Full story on the BBC News web site.)

I don’t get this. I get the photo. I understand what the artist was trying to say. But is this worth nearly £3 million? Why would anyone pay that much money to hang this on their wall? I’d be bored with it after a week or so.

Incidentally, I love the delicious irony of the photo of the photo being branded by a press agency.

The WWI British Biplane on a Rooftop in Lower Manhattan – Metropolis – WSJ

For years, Shawn Hakimian has wondered why a World War I fighter plane sits on the roof of 77 Water Street.

“It’s not every day you see an airplane taking off from a New York City building,” says Hakimian, a developer whose 75 Wall Street condominiums have views onto the roof of the neighboring Water Street building and the biplane that is parked there, on a landing strip lined with runway lights. “It’s one of our buyers’ most commonly asked questions.”

Brought to you from me via the ever-fascinating Things Magazine blog. Click the link below the snippet, or you can click here.