The MacArthur Building

cnr of Queen and Edward Streets.

This is the first photo I took with my new Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX HSM lens :-)

(slightly early birthday present - but I had to test it today to make sure it was a good copy)

View all photos taken: Thursday, 5th July 2007, This photo: 11:08am

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  • David de Groot said:
    For comparison, albeit a poor one, here's an earlier shot at 18mm (kit lens) from a different spot.

    MacArthur Building.
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    congrats on a new toy !
  • Shaun Johnston said:

    Seen on (?)
  • yinyang said:
    aren't you supposed to be 'working' at 11am lol!!

    new toy looks like it's working!!

    need to take some of the kids close up now, all elongated :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :-) New toys are always appreciated.

    I tried a 270 degree pano of my office (3 shots only), and it *almost* worked. The edge distortion was just a bit much for AutoStitch to handle.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I was working... but then the camera store called to say the lens was in....

    Yeah I had a puddle with kids at the dinner table, but I have a plan for some outside shots soon...
  • leadegroot said:
    What? Wait, no - you can't test a lens I haven't even given you yet!
    I didn't even know about it!!
  • picsbymac said:
    lol! Congrats and early happy birthday : )
  • David de Groot said:
    No see I had to test the lens 'cause the shop said if it was a dud I could bring it back for an exchange within 48 hours...

    Danke :)
  • yewenyi (文意) said:
    looks like a money box...

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Ian Mc1 said:
    Nice wide angle shot Dave.
    I must attach my old 19mm Vivitar to my old film camera !!! LOL.
  • David de Groot said:
    It does, doesn't it?

    Thanks Ian :) Yeah go on - go wiiiide :)
  • Jack High said:
    Congratulations on your new lens. Your shots are very interesting as I've never worked with a lens that wide. Your shot "Distortion Test" shows very little distortion at 10mm, yet in this shot that pole on the right is leaning right over. I guess it's because it's much closer to you. Your going to be able to get some great landscapes with that baby.
    I wonder if that is, or used to be a Commonwealth Bank building, because yewenyi is right it looks just like the old money box.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - it's a load of fun. :)

    The heavy distortion in this shot is due to proximity and angle. It's an interesting lens to use on anything with straight lines in the frame, specifically towards the edges. You also have to be really careful to stay perfectly level if you want to avoid distortion, but that also means that to enhance distorted effects, you just need to tilt a bit ;-)

    As for the building, I don't think it was ever a bank - close though, it used to be the AMP Building before it was taken over by General MacArthur as the Pacific Theatre Headquarters for a period in WWII.