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08.03.2015
©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II at 12mm, f/16 for 0.5 sec. at ISO 50 all mounted on Induro CT304 tripod and BHL3 head.

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II at 12mm, f/16 for 0.5 sec. at ISO 50 all mounted on Induro CT304 tripod and BHL3 head.

Many people often ask me how I travel to my Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours workshop locations with my camera gear? I’ll try to answer that with the gear I brought with me to Iceland on my just concluded workshop. Iceland is fast becoming my favorite landscape destination mostly because I can travel light!  This year, I traveled there with just four Sigma lenses; the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II, my new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art, and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.  These four lenses would allow me to capture everything from the grand waterfalls to the puffin and Icelandic horses with everything else in between.  The image up top of Selandjafoss and the colorful boat below are good examples of the ultra wide-angle view the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II making it my favorite lens when I want to capture that extreme view.  I do not run perspective control (although I easily could) on the lens, as I really like the extreme look.

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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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