Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

I picked up a used Sigma 105mm macro lens on eBay a few weeks back.

The one lens missing from my kit since I switched from Canon to Nikon has been a suitable macro lens. I had this same lens in the Canon mount and loved it. Very sharp, easy to manually focus and quite sturdy.

The one I got on eBay was a total steal for the price. I’d been watching the eBay action on these lenses for over a year and when they did come up for sale, and that was far and few between, they were commanding over $350 used in good condition. I found this one for $179 and it is in near mint condition.

So today, I decided to do the lens micro-focus adjustment on my D750 and D810.  The results were better than I could have hoped for, as neither body required an adjustment to the fine focus offset. Both cameras set to 0 offset on this lens. That means that I got a perfect focusing, near mint quality macro for next to nothing.

If you are exploring the lens market, I highly recommend searching for a used version of this lens. Sigma doesn’t make this model any longer and the folks who do own them hang on to them like they are gold. And for good reason.

Mandarin Duck

Sometimes good fortune lands upon you unexpectedly.

A couple of years back I suffered a major hard drive crash on my PC and it took out a large number of photographs along with it. I went through my backup files and recovered about 70% of what went missing, but I found out to my dismay, there were some directories that I hadn’t backed up and two of those directories were images from 2012 and 2016.

Last night, I fired up my old laptop PC which had been setting in the corner of the office for a long time, unused. The battery in it was dead, so I connected the charger and then booted it up in order for it to download all the current updates. That took about 3 hours.

I examined the hard drives to see how much space was left, thinking I’d reformat them and try to use it at the cabin this summer, saving me the hassle of having to drag my regular laptop with me when we went to Red Feathers.

Low and behold, on that laptop sat a number of photographs and I had directories for the year 2012 and 2016. Looking over the directories, the images covered from January through December. Everything I had lost, just sitting there on a computer I hadn’t used in 3 years.

I copied everything over to a flash drive, and moved them to the office pc and then backed them up on an external hard drive.

I’ve been kicking my own butt for the last 2 years for failing to be diligent about backing up my files and losing those directories. The loss caused me to redouble my efforts in making sure I have backups of everything at all times, resigning myself to the knowledge that losing those files was the price I had to pay for that reminder.

Last night, I got a refund. Today’s photo is of a Mandarin Duck from 2012, one that I thought was forever lost.


Photograph of an American Bison in the Snow
Bison in Morning Light on a Cold Winter Day

Happy New Year to all my readers.

Not that any of this is important in the grand scheme of life, but it’s always fun to numerically describe key events from the past year.

A quick look back at 2019 from my view of the road, by the numbers.

50.61 Percent Increase in Website Page Hits

29,550 Words Written on My Blog

0 Hours Spent Working For The Man

5 Months of Mountain Cabin Time

60 Soaks in the Hot Tub

0 Traffic Tickets

0 Traffic Accidents

4 New Tires

1 New Windshield

8 Trips to Denver International Airport

10 Lbs Weight Lost

1 Close Friend Passed Away

0 Visits to the Dentist

4 Snow Blower Activations

4 Photography Contests Judged

13 Days of Moose Photography

7,787 Moose Photographs

5 Days of Autumn Photography

518 Autumn Landscape Photographs

2 Days of Deer Photography

641 Deer Photographs

14 Days of Bird Photography

4,368 Bird Photographs

2 Days of Mountain Goat Photography

1,260 Mountain Goat Photographs

1,084 Stock Photographs Submitted

65 Stock Photographs Rejected

2,230 Photographs Sold

0 Cameras Purchased

1 Camera Sold

1 Lens Purchased

4 Lenses Sold

0 Equipment Failures

365 Morning Kisses For My Wife

365 Days of Retirement

0 Regrets