I had the opportunity to join a few Soldiers from the COP on their jaunt up to OP (Observation Point) 2. It is a small hilltop near the COP which provides a great view of the surrounding valley. I like to think I am in pretty good shape, but that 600 meters or so up that hill was a lot harder than I thought it should be! Coming down the goat trail in the loose gravel wasn’t that fun either. But I enjoyed the time at the top.
I am not pleased with the pictures, but they are all I have. I am having a lot of trouble with my camera – I should clarify – with my lens. I bought a Sigma lens, despite the warnings from a lot of people to avoid 3rd party lenses. I normally shoot with a Nikkor 28-300mm, but the Afghan environment was taking it’s toll and I didn’t want to have to replace it when I get home. I thought I would buy a less expensive lens that I could use while here. Good theory, however it has not worked out. The Sigma lens started acting up within a month. I contacted the folks (Adorama) I bought it from & unfortunately they backed away from the problem as quickly as they could – it has been more than 30 days, contact the manufacturer – never mind it took 2 weeks to get it here. Their 30 day clock started the day they shipped. I can’t really blame them, but still…I have not received a response from Sigma. I will definitely never buy another Sigma lens.
In the meantime, I continue to use the lens, but it is getting worse and over the last 2 days I have lost as many pictures as I have taken due to this crappy lens. Once I get back to Apache it will go back in the box and I will deal with it when I get home.