19th Biennale of Sydney

April 16, 2014

19th Biennale of Sydney.

Since 1973, an international festival of contemporary art, held every 2nd year. It’s the biggest contemporary visual arts event in the country.
Cockatoo Island is the main venue with the largest number of exhibitions. Located in Sydney Harbour, only few minutes by ferry from Circular Quay. The place itself is very interesting – prior to European settlement island was most likely used by the  indigenous Australian as an fishing base. Between 1839 and 1869 it was a prison, 1870-1880 used for an Industrial School for Girls and a reformatory, since 1890 shipbuilding and repair activities expand, in 1900 become the Naval Dockyard of the Royal Australian Navy. In 2010 Cockatoo Island has been added to UNESCO World Heritage List. 

All photographs taken with Nikon D600 and Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM. This lens is truly amazing, sharpness at f1.4 is unbelievable, by f2.5 it’s razor sharp. Bokeh is very smooth and pleasant. CAs and distortions are minimal, noting to worry about. Focusing is very fast and so far reliable, thanks to HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) pretty much noiseless. Build quality is more than good, I love the big focus ring. Any drawbacks? Vignetting wide-open, but easy to correct in post-processing. The weight and size, I think it’s the biggest 35mm lens ever made – 665g and nearly 95mm long (with hood 140mm!). No weather-sealing. My copy required some focus adjustment in camera body, +10 made it perfectly spot on.

I highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a fast prime! 

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