A flickr mixer, part II

After all that work in Clarion Alley, we made a pit stop at Four Barrel Coffee. I should’ve tried a cup, but I was too busy trying to take advantage of the lighting and snap some pics. Why do cafes always seem to have the best lighting? (Although my most favorite cafe — best coffee and lighting — still remains Blue Bottle, as you probably tell from my recent post from there.)

One more post after this with a few more final pics from the mixer.

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Four Barrel Coffee
375 Valencia
San Francisco, CA

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13 thoughts on “A flickr mixer, part II

  1. I’m in love with this series! Did you shoot all of them with the Sigma 30mm? It seems like such a great lens! I love latte art and you’ve captured it so well.

  2. Thanks, Jacqueline! Would you recommend it over the other lenses you use? I have a 50mm f1.8 that I love but find limiting in a lot of situations. I was going to splurge on a Canon 24-70 because it’s a lifetime investment, but I’m just really tempted by the 1.4 aperture of the Sigma and its price. I’d love to know what you think.

    • Hey Anne — yes, I definitely recommend this lens; since I bought it, it hasn’t really left my camera. I used to have the 50/1.8 and it was good… but a bit too long and not great in low light. (I upgraded to the 1.4 version — totally worth it.) I wanted to Canon 24-70/2.8 but ultimately decided to get the Tamron 28-75mm/2.8, which was fantastic. Totally killed my interest in the Canon. Plus, I like primes more than zooms; they’re smaller and lighter and sharper (and faster), so I’d prefer to put my money in them instead. Anyway, the Sigma is great and better in low light than the 50/1.8 or 1.4. I guess the decision will depend on whether you like primes or zooms more, really. Oh, and if you want to stay with an APS-C camera, since the Sigma is not FF compatible (note that the Tamron is also FF compatible). Sorry, not sure how helpful that is, but if you have more questions, lemme know!

      • Totally helpful; thank you sooo much. I like primes too. I like that the aperture is wider without the bulk. I would have bought a zoom because it’s convenient and it’s a really great zoom, but I love primes. The reason I wanted a wider angle prime is that I find the 50mm too long too. I want to switch to a full frame camera in the next couple of years, but when that happens, I think I’ll just sell the Sigma or give it to my boyfriend if he needs it. I think I’d rather have a really good prime right now plus a telezoom (70-200 f4 non IS) that I’m going to be buying in the next three months than a zoom that doesn’t open as wide as I want it to and costs a lot of money in just one go. We’ll see; I may change my mind, but it looks like the Sigma is worth it for the wide aperture. I have dreams of 1.4 apertures!

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