Digital Q&A: Lost Reviews?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

We love hearing from this blog’s readers, even when they take us to task for not following up on our promises as Kevin, who is also a fan of our car photography website/blog, asked in a recent e-mail.

sigma30mm-2 Q: You were going to do a follow up to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens and said “there will be follow-up post on using the 30mm f/1.4 to photograph cars…” Where is it?

A: Well Kevin (and any otherz who missed that follow-up) Sigma was kind enough to lend me the 30mm Micro Four-thirds but as I was getting ready to shoot Cars & Coffee with it, Sigma sent my their new 85mm f/1.4 DSLR lens to review for Shutterbug magazine. Since I would only have the 85mm for a short time, I took it to the car show instead and returned the 30mm to the company. The reason the review of the 85mm lens took priority is that I was being paid to write about that lens and not the 30mm lens. I’m hoping you understand those priorities, Kevin. PS. The nighttime photograph of Mary that appears as a thumbnail was shot using the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens.

Q: Sally asked why I never wrote the promised follow-up to the Panasonic Lumix G85 with a look at the BGG1 battery grip.

bgg1 A: I really, really like the Lumix G85 but the kind people who loaned me the camera—not Panasonic, by the way—were not able to ship the BGG1 battery grip at the same time as the camera because the grip was not available. In fact, the day after I returned the Lumix G85, the battery grip arrived. With nothing to attach it to, I returned the BGG1 that same day.

Such is a reviewer’s life. Sometimes companies send me a defective camera, lens or lighting equipment, which I usually return asking for a replacement. And sometimes that replacement is no good either and I will, unlike some reviewers who love everything they test, warn readers about this junk.

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