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07.31.2015

Philip Wen, of Redondo Beach, California, is our #SigmaSuperFan for August! A hobbyist who originally picked up a DSLR upon learning he’d be a father, he owns a number of Sigma lenses including the 10-20mm, 30mm F1.4 EX DG HSM and the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, which he uses to capture special moments in his family’s life. We spent a few minutes talking to the newest member of the SuperFan Winner’s Circle.

SIgma SuperFan, Philip Wen, of Redondo Beach, California.

SIgma SuperFan, Philip Wen, of Redondo Beach, California.

 Tell us about yourself

I am a consultant by trade, but a photography enthusiast by heart.   I picked up my first DSLR in 2008 when I started my beautiful family and wanted to document it, and fell in love with photography ever since.

Is photography a passion or a career?

It is a passion for me, and the skills of which I get to occasionally utilize in my work related activities.

What kind of images do you shoot?

I mostly shoot family photos, kids’ sports games and some occasional landscapes when I travel.
Nikon D600, Sigma 35mm F1 (25) 1200

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07.31.2015

In the third episode, Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum offers advice on creating poses that transition seamlessly without wasting time and shooting more to create more options for your client. Jen uses the versatile Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM lens and the 85mm F1.4 DG HSM lens.

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

© 2015 Jen Rozenbaum

Check out more sample images from the photo shoot after the jump!

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07.31.2015

Sigma Pro Judy Host offers great tips for photographing children, from Maternity through teen years in this new video series.

This episode covers posing with the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art.

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Introduction

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

Episode 3: Toddlers

Episode 4: Young Children

07.30.2015

Many photographers have a certain style when it comes to photographing weddings, and that has a lot to do with their own personal tastes as artists.  Having the right equipment can help you fulfill your style. Cameras, lighting, and lenses all work together to help make your style the way it is.

I love photographing weddings and having the freedom to change my technique at each event, and I feel the thing that changes my look the most is the lens that I choose to use.  I have a selection of Sigma primes in my bag at all times, including the 35mm F1.4 | Art, 50mm F1.4 | Art, and 85mm F1.4 DG HSM.

© 2015 James Schmelzer | Being a professional photographer means paying attention to little details and fine-tuning them to make a better image. For this first photograph, I turned on the lamp in the background and placed the bouquet on the table for accent. I then placed the veil over the hanger so that it would be less distracting. To light the dress I chose to use a constant light so that the videographer and myself could shoot at the same time.  I used the 35mm 1.4 set to aperture priority because that lens gives me the ability to shoot in a smaller room and I am still able to get a full-length shot. I am also able to blur any distracting elements in the background with the 1.4 aperture.

© 2015 James Schmelzer | Being a professional photographer means paying attention to little details and fine-tuning them to make a better image. For this first photograph, I turned on the lamp in the background and placed the bouquet on the table for accent. I then placed the veil over the hanger so that it would be less distracting. To light the dress I chose to use a constant light so that the videographer and myself could shoot at the same time.  I used the 35mm 1.4 set to aperture priority because that lens gives me the ability to shoot in a smaller room and I am still able to get a full-length shot. I am also able to blur any distracting elements in the background with the 1.4 aperture.

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07.20.2015

First Look: dp0 Quattro

The fourth addition to the dp Quattro lineup, the dp0 Quattro, is the widest dp camera using a 14mm F4 lens. The dp0’s most unique feature is its wide F4 lens, which is a first for the Quattro series with the dp1 (19mm), dp2 (30mm), dp3 (50mm), all utilizing a 2.8 aperture. This camera was made for sweeping landscapes, cityscapes, architecture and anything that benefits from a wide perspective. Since the Foveon sensor is an APS-C, this camera equates to a roughly 21mm equivalence on a 35mm camera.

© 2015 Patrick Santucci | Aperture: f8 | iso 100 | Shutter speed: 1/125sec

© 2015 Patrick Santucci | Aperture: f8 | iso 100 | Shutter speed: 1/125sec

Out of the box, the lens is larger than all of the other cameras in the series, roughly about the size of the Sigma 60mm 2.8 DN. But, overall the camera system is actually pretty light and I have no issue adding any of these cameras into my camera bag when doing city walks or hikes. They really do not take up much room and they offer a unique addition to a camera kit. I find that when doing large prints, these cameras are the way to go.

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07.14.2015
Canon 1D Mark 3 with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport at 250mm @f/9 for 1/3200 sec. and ISO 800 hand held on moving boat

Canon 1D Mark 3 with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport at 250mm @f/9 for 1/3200 sec. and ISO 800 hand held on moving boat

In part 1 of my throwdown blog, I compared the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C lens versus the Canon 100-400 f/4.5L IS ll USM lens.  The results were a bit shocking to some,  but not to me.  After all, I have owned the Sigmonster aka; Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM, for over 8 years and just love everything about the lens.  It has unmatched versatility, amazing sharpness, and lethal performance when I am out photographing wildlife, so I expected nothing less from one of the new global visions lineup lenses.

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07.10.2015

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art is the world’s first full-frame zoom lens with a constant F2 maximum aperture, and its 1.45x zoom range manages to bridge three of the most popular wide angle fixed focal lengths for lenses: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. The zoom range is subtle, but the compositional effects are noticeable as the smooth zoom ring shifts the field of view from 24mm through to 35mm. The lens is now shipping with a $999 street price.

An earring hangs on a display rod at an artisan's market. 1/800 F2 ISO 100 at 35mm on a Canon EOS 6D.

An earring hangs on a display rod at an artisan’s market. 1/800 F2 ISO 100 at 35mm on a Canon EOS 6D. All images here are converted from CR2 RAW to highest quality JPEG in Adobe Camera RAW 9, with light tonal adjustments. No lens correction applied to any photo, because this lens is too new to be in the Adobe Lens Profile database.

It is an Art lens—it is designed first and foremost with an eye and intention on total image quality. The build, heft, and hand feel is completely in line with the others in the Art stable. At 33.2 ounces with a 3.4 inch diameter barrel that’s 4.8 inches long without lens hood, it is slightly larger than the 18-35 F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens, due to the larger, full-frame imaging circle.

A reverse-angle variation of the above, again at 35mm. Same tech specs as above.

A reverse-angle variation of the above, again at 35mm. Same tech specs as above.

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07.07.2015
© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at 600mm @f/6.3 for 1/2500 sec. and ISO 1250 hand held.

© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at 600mm @f/6.3 for 1/2500 sec. and ISO 1250 hand held.

People often approach me at lectures and tradeshows asking me about the performance and sharpness of Sigma lenses.  I have used the Sigma 300-800mm for over 8 years and have always loved the sharpness, versatility, and performance it has provided me but I also realize that many people can’t afford or don’t want to carry those big lenses.  With the arrival of the two versions of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport and Contemporary lenses photographers now have two very affordable long telephoto lenses with eye opening performance to match.  But how would they stack up to similar Canon and Nikon telephoto lenses?  Well, there was only one way for me to find out!  I went online to borrowlenses.com and rented a Canon 100-400 f/4.5L IS ll USM lens along with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender as well as Canon’s newest version lll 1.4x teleconverter for a week and a throwdown was born.

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07.02.2015

In the second episode, Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum provides great advice on how to pose in small spaces with the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM |Art lens.

Check out her sample images from the photo shoot after the jump!

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06.30.2015

July’s Sigma SuperFan is actually a couple! Alex and Lila Trejo of Northern Virginia, outside of DC, work together as photographers in their studio; as well as being husband and wife! We were struck by their shared passion for photography, and their love for Sigma lenses. Here’s the details from our great chat with our July #SigmaSuperFan!

Alex and Lila Trejo are our SigmaSuperFans for July!

Alex and Lila Trejo are our SigmaSuperFans for July!

Alex and Lila Trejo are a husband and wife team who support each other’s art photography and shoot weddings as Studio Trejo. After working together in a gallery and studio space in Philadelphia, they now live and work in the Washington DC area, in Northern Virginia.

Lila is a native of Washington, DC, whose dad used one of the bathrooms in their home as a darkroom while she was still a baby. “I don’t remember particularly formal training as a kid, but my dad would let me take pictures and teach me where to brace my arms and when to breath in and out so as to be as still a possible clicking the shutter. Seems not as critical these days with super fast lenses and digital equipment, I still do it without even thinking about it.”

Photo © Lila Trejo with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. 1/100 F/10 ISO 800.

Photo © Lila Trejo with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. 1/100 F/10 ISO 800.

Whenever she wasn’t at her office job (though often her design and photography skills came into use there somehow), Lila photographed candid moments of friends and family—informal portraits capturing a subject’s inner personality. After growing up in Northern Virginia, she moved to New York City where she discovered an interest in and studied jewelry design, selling her work in local boutiques. After ten years, she moved to Philadelphia, where she met Alex.

Photo of Cleveland, OH © Alex Trejo, made with the Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 lens. 1/320 F11 ISO 200.

Photo of Cleveland, OH © Alex Trejo, made with the Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 lens. 1/320 F11 ISO 200.

Alex was born in raised in Philadelphia. He studied architecture and worked in that field for about a decade before he realized that his hobby of photography was actually more of a passion. This realization conveniently coincided with a major slowdown in building and found the freedom to forge a new career path. He took a photography class at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and looked for every opportunity to create a body of work and show it.  After exhibiting in local coffee shops, events and galleries, an opportunity came up to take over a gallery in the city. Having one’s own gallery to present and sell work, constantly seeing the response from strangers walking in, and even supporting and exhibiting other artists’, was an invaluable experience. Currently, Alex works with a local firm, DS Creative, photographing homes and portraits for Real Estate professionals in Northern Virginia, as well as other freelance architectural work with DC area architects and engineers.

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