Being cultural, and stuff

March 16, 2013

I’ve spent some time thinking about getting a new lens for my camera. I’ve always wanted the Canon 70-200mm f/4L lens, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not what I need at the moment. Last week when we celebrated Paulina’s birthday I tried to take some pictures with my nift-fifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8┬áII). It’s a great lens, but just a bit too much tele when taking the 1.6x crop factor in to account (ends up being more like an 85mm on a full-frame camera). So I wanted something that’s a bit wider, but not so wide that it’ll distort the image too much (like my 8mm Samyang).
After some research, I had come up with two choices, the Canon EF 35mm f/2 and the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 EX DC. I didn’t really like the Canon’s bokeh, but the price was fair. The Sigma on the other hand had a nice bokeh but it was one third more expensive than the Canon. (I’m no bokeh expert, just going on my own preferences)

After what feels like a lot of contemplation (And discussions with my brother Alexander and a friend Linus) I finally picked up the Sigma. My reasoning was that I’ve already bought enough “cheap” lenses that I don’t use because I don’t like them, so this time around it felt like I should buy the more expensive lens which hopefully means it won’t just gather dust.

I’ve been really happy with my choice and I’ve spent a lot of time the past week getting to know the lens. It would be fun to do a review on it, but seeing as I’m just an amateur photographer and that I don’t have the much needed experience I don’t think I could write up a correct and scientifically accurate review about it. Though I do think this lens will be my new go-to lens.

Swedish Museum of Natural History

Swedish Museum of Natural History - Ceiling dome

Before we moved to Stockholm, Paulina and I talked a lot about all the museums and other cultural things we’d do once we had moved. Sadly, we haven’t really done anything of those things yet, so we decided that this week would be the starting point, by visiting the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet).
It’s on the same metro line that we live on (the red line), so getting there wasn’t hard. It was quite interesting as we stood outside because we both felt that we’ve done this before, and the deja-vu feeling became a lot stronger once inside, and that’s when all the pieces fell in place. This museum felt almost identical, albeit smaller, as the natural history museum in London (we spent a week in London back in the spring of 2011).

Outside - Paulina getting stressed because I'm just playing around

As you can see above, Paulina doesn’t really appreciate my “artistic”-side, she just wanted to get in as soon as possible, while I was, as usual, just monkeying around.
We paid 300 SEK for two combo-tickets, these tickets allowed you to walk around the museum for however long as you wanted as well entitled you to one film at Cosmonova. And I can tell you this, if you ever get the chance to see a movie at an IMAX Dome, you shouldn’t hesitate, it was quite the experience. We got to choose one movie to see, and seeing as I’m really interested in the polar regions, we of course chose the movie “To the arctic”. In retrospective I would’ve chosen something else, I’m a bit spoiled after having watched Frozen Planet, and I’ve got to say, Warner Bros can’t match the production quality of the BBC and Discovery Channel (With David Attenborough as narrator).

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