Sigma UK headquarters were burgled at the end of February and some 45 lenses were stolen. Shame that the new 200-500 F2.8 wasn’t amongst the lenses taken, otherwise the police would just have to wait outside local hospitals for the burglars to turn up requiring hernia operations.

A list of serial numbers of the lenses that were nicked are shown Here.

Good to see that Sigma are getting the PR people to do the Police statements

The lenses are different sizes and specifications and would have been marked Sigma:

105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, a high performance medium telephoto macro lens optimized for digital cameras
17-35mm f/2.8-4 EX DG, a super wide-angle zoom lens with a large aperture. Designed to suit the special characteristics of digital cameras.
18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro, a large aperture zoom lens designed specially for use with digital SLR cameras and includes a minimum focusing distance of 20cm.
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro, a telephoto zoom lenses with telemacro function and optimised for digital SLR cameras.

The company concerned has issued a photo of the missing lenses and police would like to know if you have seen them being offered for sale in any unorthodox manner.

If you can help, please call 0845 33 00 222 and quote reference B1/07/925. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously with the same reference on 0800 555 111.
What the Police did not do was issue the serial numbers of the missing lenses.

If any of you come across these lenses, please let the police know as above or give us a nudge please.

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Canon EOS 1D mkIII

Managed to have a play with the New EOS1D mkIII camera body recently. Initial reactions are pretty good.

Build quality seems everything that it should be, and I prefer the new layout, however I didn’t get a chance to stick a CF card in it and take some photographs. The AF (bearing in mind we were in the dimly lit basement, and I had an 85mm F1.2 mkII on board) was pretty impressive.

The live preview function was also pretty good, although you obviously have no AF, as the mirror is in the up position, and with the fairly wide viewing angle of the preview screen may be useful in crowded situations when you have shoot with the camera away from the eye. The only reservation would be in reasonably bright weather it might be tricky to see the screen.

The Screen is pretty impressive, being 3″ instead of 2.5″ on the mkII. Ask any women; they will tell you that size really does matter.

At full chat the 10 frames per second, doesn’t really sound that different from the 8.5 of the 1D mkII or the 9fps of the EOS1VHS.

The new battery pack is alleged to make a significant difference to the battery life, with it being a smaller Lithium Battery, it means that it should not need the periodic conditioning that the current batteries need. I also like the fact that the charger comes with twin charging slots, rather like the old DCS520 battery charger, rather than just two plug in leads.

One of the biggest problems with the old battery charger was trying to charge batteries in the car, you go around a corner and the batteries weight pulls them further than the charger. Meaning that whilst you think the batteries are charging in the boot, they are actually shorting themselves out on any piece of metal they come into contact with.

I will be interested to try out the mkIII when it becomes available, and shall let it be known amongst the suppliers of my kit that I want a play at the earliest possible, even if I don’t initially add one or two to the kit bag. Having only upgraded to the mkII bodies 10 or 12 months ago, I am reluctant to spend another £6k on bodies if I can’t see a very real reason for doing so.

The Body now has USB rather than a Firewire connection, which is a little disapointing as it means that even if you wanted to, you cannot now use the WFTE-1 WiFi pack, and at £700 a pop. That said the new WiFi pack does look better thought out and better designed. There have been some people who have seen the pre-production version and are whinging that it doesn’t have it’s own power supply, but uses the camera battery. Rather than pre-judge, I would like to see how long the new batteries are going to last, both with and without using the WiFi transmitter.

I must confess that I don’t see this camera as a huge leap forward, but a continuation of the evolution process of the 1D camera.

I have to say that the megapixel count increase isn’t enough on it’s own, neither is the huge buffer, however if the noise at high ISOs is significantly better then that may be enough to swing it. Unless Canon wish to donate a couple of them for free? You listening Canon?

There aren’t many things I hate….

Life is to short for hatred, and to be honest, most things are simply not worth the stress and effort required to be truly hated……. except Traffic Wardens, not just any Traffic Warden, but the Traffic Wardens specifically employed by the London Borough of Camden.

Firstly most of the ignorant f*ckers can’t or won’t speak English, certainly not any form of English as I understand it. Secondly, there is no application of common sense; all they want to do is issue tickets.

I parked up in Museum Street today, and had only a couple of quid in change, so I put it in a pay and display machine and displayed the ticket. I went for a Coffee and a browse in Aperture Photographic, and got some more pound coins. I get back to the car and within seconds a Twat arrives and says that he is going to issue a parking ticket because the original ticket had expired, although there is a two hour limit and I had parked for 20 minutes. I had subsequently paid for another 1 1/2 hours parking. Yet this f*cking warden wouldn’t listen to reason. He claimed that it was feeding the meter. So if I had parked up and walked off to get change and then come back, what would have happened? He’d have given me a ticket.
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That’s a keeper

There are occasions when at a press conference, or standing on a doorstep with several other togs, you will hear someone’s camera go off accidentally and the shout will usually go up, either “that’s a keeper” or “another one for the portfolio”.

There was a snapper I worked with a while back who in the walk from the car to a job exposed a whole roll of film, 36 frames of the pavement, with digital these days it is a lot easier, you simply delete and start again.

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