Suzzallo Library

Path to Knowledge: Pentax K-5, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC

Please click on the images to see larger versions. If you’ve never been the the University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library, you’re missing out on some charasmatic architecture.  The grand staircases leading to the main quiet study area are flanked on one side by beautiful, tall stained-glass windows and on the other by intricately carved rock railings and mammoth columns.  The study area itself is a sight to behold.  The overhanging light fixtures, the stained-glass windows, and the woodworking are simply stunning.  It feels like one has stepped into a library not at the University of Washington but at Hogworts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Such a venue was the ideal place to try out the redonkulously ultra wide angle Sigma lens.  Mounted on a Pentax K-5 camera, the 8-16mm lens has a 12-24mm equivalent field of view.  That’s pretty incredible for a non-fisheye lens.  I hope you enjoy the shots.  I certainly had a blast looking through that lens!

Modern Student, Old Library: Pentax K-5, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC

The Grand Staircase: Pentax K-5, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC

Door and Chair: Pentax K-5, Pentax 18-135mm f/ AL IF DC WR

  • sugoto
    March 5, 2011

    Loved the “redonkulously”. Are these all handheld? K5 looks good!

  • Mahesh
    March 5, 2011

    Thanks, sugoto! The K-5 is an amazing camera, very well thought out with an amazing sensor. These shots were all taken from a tripod.

  • Rachael
    March 7, 2011

    Okay Mahesh. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a college library like this. You captured it beautifully. I’m going there soon to see if i get my tea leave read by Professor Trelawney!

  • Kristopher Gerner
    March 12, 2011

    Very impressive, I need to rent a K5 now. Thanks

  • Richard
    March 17, 2011

    I love the image of the grand stair case. Nice work.

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