From The Fields

Common Vetch Vicia sativa

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Playing in the fields this afternoon with my new toy, Sigma 18mm-300mm macro lens. Down in the field on such a beautiful sunny day and no muddy knees for a change. Quite pleased with how versatile this lens is, and quite sharp with some nice bokeh when zoomed fully out and getting close in for macro.

One of my favourite wild flowers, Common Vetch (Vicia sativa). May 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. Ā© Pete Hillman


18 thoughts on “From The Fields

  1. Common Vetch stands out so well among the green leaves and grasses. I was only introduced to it about 3 years ago while living in an inner north-east suburb of Melbourne, but I have seen it around my current home a couple of times.

    Looks like that lens is shaping up to be a good purchase.

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    • Thank you, Vicki šŸ™‚ I am impressed with the new lens now I have had a chance to run it through its paces. It does particularly well in low light, and is quite a sharp lens considering its ranges.


    • All my photos are taken hand held, Pat, and this lens is the lightest I have apart from the 18-55mm kit lens. The Sigma 18-300mm weighs 20.6 oz (584 g).


      • My current carry around lens is the Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.66 with vibration control. It weighs 10.6 oz (300 g). When I do flowers I use a tripod. I am happy with the results I get but not a easy lens to use for macro. I have used a 50mm dedicated lens for macro but I have to move my body a lot when hand held – so not good for tripod use. I would like another good macro lens but because of desire for sharpness and not being as steady as I once was I haven’t found the one I want yet.

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      • I have found this very good for general macro like flowers and some insects, but for extreme macro to get that bit closer I still use my dedicated macros lens. I got this lens in the main for when I go on my hols as a general purpose lens to cut down on the amount of lenses I carry. I hope you find what is suitable for you, Pat.

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