It takes a moment to parse the pleasant red pattern on this shipping tape on this box– it’s the Greek letter sigma repeated over and over. Which might suggest the contents could include a new lens from … Sigma. (Well, not a new lens. It is refurbished. We are are not made of money here. )
Specifically, the box contained the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art, a big, beefy fast prime that should be good for just about everything my “third eye” 55mm portrait lens is too long for. That’s it on the K-5iis. I was not kidding when I said “beefy”. For comparison, my smaller body (the K-30) with my smallest lens (the 21mm f/3.2 Limited) on it is in the background.
If you came up on film, this lens offers the field of view of a 45mm lens on full frame– a sweet spot between normal and wide angle that is perilously close to the 41mm that some people claim is the focal length of the human eye. I guess several years of the phone camera have widened my inner eye enough that 50mm just feels a little tight to me, and this big guy is just about right. Here’s a shot I took with my new lens: the box, the K-30/21 and the Sigma’s dinner plate of a 62mm lens cap. File it as another piece of the furoshiki project, and note the difference in texture and feel from the phone camera shots above.