MOUNT JEROME CEMETERY IN HAROLD’S CROSS – PHOTOGRAPHED USING A 15 YEAR OLD ADAPTED 12-24mm SIGMA LENS
Mount Jerome Cemetery & Crematorium is situated in Harold’s Cross on the south side of Dublin. Since its foundation in 1836, it has witnessed over 300,000 burials. Originally an exclusively Protestant cemetery, Roman Catholics have also been buried there since the 1920s and in fact two of my grandparents and a grand-aunt are buried there.
I cannot believe that I have had this lens since 2003 which is about fifteen years ago.
The Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM is a professional-level wide-angle zoom lens made by Sigma Corporation. It was, when I purchased it, the widest rectilinear lens available.
Back in 2003 I believed that the best way to create differentiating photographs was to use an extreme lens but for some reason I never really used it more than three or four time a year.
More recently I switched from using Canon DSLR to Sony Mirrorless. One of the advantages of using Sony E-Mount cameras is that one can use a huge variety of lenses via appropriate adapters and as soon as I purchased my first A7 I obtained a Metabones adapter but unfortunately my experience of using adapted lenses has not been good. The Sigma 12-24 was especially annoying. As a result of my experience I decided that I would avoid buying non native glass but unfortunately lenses by Sony are very expensive.
Over the last three years I have disposed of my Canon lenses and now only have the Sigma 12-24 as no one was interested in it. A few days ago I updated the A7RIII firmware so I decided to give the Sigma one more try and much to my surprised it performed very well on a dull, wet overcast day. This morning the weather was beautiful and sunny so I expected the Sigma to perform well but it kept crashing the camera [about once every ten images] and I could only use it in manual mode [not a huge issue].
A few days after taking this photograph I decide to change my plans and purchase two Sigma E-Mount lenses – the 105mm f1.8 Art and the 14mm f1.4 Art.