A year ago I purchased a 24 megapixel Sony NEX-7 to use as a backup camera during a trip to Belgium, Germany and France. I carried Sigma’s 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 prime lenses. The quality of the photographs amazed me every evening when I downloaded the day’s take. Those results made me carry my “big boy” Canon 5D Mark 2 less than I’d originally planned. The professional quality coupled with it’s touristy—amateur look, I was never questioned in museums, cathedrals, gardens or when I was doing street shooting.
A musician playing along the Rue au Beurre in Brussels caught my eye. A single Euro dropped into his guitar case bought permission to make this portrait. The setting, especially with the gentleman on the left looking back toward the music not to mention the sculpted angel seemingly looking down in enjoyment as well. © 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 19mm F2.8 DN | Focal Length: 19mm | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f4 | ISO: 400
Here’s a cropped version. I love the quality this pro quality camera & lens combo packs into a point and shoot sized package. © 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 19mm F2.8 DN | Focal Length: 19mm | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f4 | ISO: 400
Later on, in Paris at the Musée de l’Orangerie, I met a woman from Japan who, like me, was enjoying the open gallery of this former greenhouse. I asked her if I could make her photograph. Here’s the result this time with the 30mm f/2.8. © 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 30mm F2.8 DN | Focal Length: 30mm | Shutter speed: 1/30 sec | Aperture: f3.5 | ISO: 100
This year, my Sony moved into the studio, thanks to Sigma’s recent introduction of the 60mm f/2.8 DN | A. The sixty is twice the normal focal length of the APS-C sensor format (30mm.) It’s the perfect lens for classic fashion looks. © 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 60mm F2.8 DN | Focal Length: 60mm | Shutter speed: 1/160 sec | Aperture: f16 | ISO: 100
While I am a dedicated believer in using a tripod; this lightweight combination makes handheld glamorous portraits easy with no sacrifice in quality. © 2013 Kevin Ames | Lens: 60mm F2.8 DN | Focal Length: 60mm | Shutter speed: 1/160 sec | Aperture: f16 | ISO: 100
Sigma’s three new super sharp, fast and very reasonably priced Art DN prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony N mounts form the ultimate trifecta of primes for any mirrorless photographer.