Loud ramblings of a Software Artisan

Tuesday 22 March 2005

Wide angle lens

The thing I'm seriously lacking with my EOS 20D is a real wide angle lens as the 24mm ends up being rougly 38mm. Then several options comes:

  • the EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM. Pro: only CDN$1000 or USD$750, and really wide. Cons: cannot use it on my film camera because it is an EF-S, not that fast.
  • the EF 20mm f/2.8 USM. Pro: only USD$390, and work with my film camera. Cons: not that wide: almost 32mm on digital.
  • the EF 14mm f/2.8 USM. Pro: prime, wide and rectilinear, even wider on film camera. Cons: too expensive: USD$1725
  • the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM (see about the 17-85mm which the previous generation). Pro: L zoom, film compatible. Cons: too expensive: USD$1330, not that wide on digital.
  • the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. Pro: L zoom, film compatible, USD$670. Cons: Not that wide on digital: 27mm
  • the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 USM IS. Pro: IS, only CDN$820 or USD$600, quite a replacement for the 24-85 I use often. Cons: Digital only, not that fast, not that wide.

Sample image how I like wide angle, with my EF 24-85mm f3.5/4.5 USM:

In Jerez, Spain, April 2nd 2002. Slide film, probably Provia 100F, taken with my EOS Elan 7 / EOS 33.

Migrating Wikis

I want to move away from TWiki to MediaWiki. My problem is migrating the data, as TWiki is RCS files while MediaWiki uses MySQL database. Has anyone an idea beside writing it myself in Perl ?

Jardins de Marqueyssac - Picture of the day, March 21st, 2005

Back to my tour of Perigord in 2001 with this Allee des Romarins in Marqueyssac gardens.

Provia 100F slide film with my Canon Elan 7 using my 28-85 zoom lens. September 24th 2001.