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06.26.2013

We asked Justin Wojtczak of 375Photography if he’d like to test out the Sigma SD1 Merrill and the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens during the spring wedding season and his answer was an emphatic “Yes!” Here Justin shares this thoughts on this lens and camera combination in a video review and shares the tech specs behind many of his favorite images.
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Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 100/ Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella.  Processed with Sigma Photo Pro.  The body and lens did not hesitate to focus in near dark conditions.  The Foveon sensor was able to capture the last few moments of the sunset!

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 100/ Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella. Processed with Sigma Photo Pro. The body and lens did not hesitate to focus in near dark conditions. The Foveon sensor was able to capture the last few moments of the sunset!

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec / Aperture: f5.0 /ISO: 100/ Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella.  In the age of being trendy with every wedding shot, it is good to have the classics but putting your own twist on it.  The SD1 does an amazing job capturing the details of the dress.  Thanks to the 46mp!

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec / Aperture: f5.0 /ISO: 100/ Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella. In the age of being trendy with every wedding shot, it is good to have the classics but putting your own twist on it. The SD1 does an amazing job capturing the details of the dress. Thanks to the 46mp!

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec / Aperture: f2.8 /ISO: 100/ Profoto D1 air 5000w.  With the Foveon sensor, pulling the color and richness of the wood in the pitch dark was not a problem in this shot.  Putting a flash behind your subject is one way to get dramatic results.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec / Aperture: f2.8 /ISO: 100/ Profoto D1 air 5000w. With the Foveon sensor, pulling the color and richness of the wood in the pitch dark was not a problem in this shot. Putting a flash behind your subject is one way to get dramatic results.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 400.  One feature using Sigma Photo Pro is the monochrome feature.  Using this feature helped to bring out the details in the clouds.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 400. One feature using Sigma Photo Pro is the monochrome feature. Using this feature helped to bring out the details in the clouds.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec / Aperture: f5.0 /ISO: 400 The same shot as from above but zoomed out maximizing the versatility of the 17-70mm compact zoom lens.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec / Aperture: f5.0 /ISO: 400
The same shot as from above but zoomed out maximizing the versatility of the 17-70mm compact zoom lens.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec / Aperture: f5.0 /ISO: 400.  The details of the clouds capture by the SD make this shot a bit more interesting.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec / Aperture: f5.0 /ISO: 400. The details of the clouds capture by the SD make this shot a bit more interesting.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 31mm / Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec / Aperture: f6.3 /ISO: 200 The rich colors of the canola flower being back lit from the sun was captured perfectly with the sensor of the SD1.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 31mm / Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec / Aperture: f6.3 /ISO: 200
The rich colors of the canola flower being back lit from the sun was captured perfectly with the sensor of the SD1.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 23mm / Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec / Aperture: f3.5 /ISO: 100 Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella.  The bold colors of the brick to the vibrant green grass, the Foveon sensor is great for picking up any color.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 23mm / Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec / Aperture: f3.5 /ISO: 100
Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella. The bold colors of the brick to the vibrant green grass, the Foveon sensor is great for picking up any color.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 200.  The 17-70mm can be used to get your traditional portrait shots but capturing this ring shot is also a must with this lens.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 200. The 17-70mm can be used to get your traditional portrait shots but capturing this ring shot is also a must with this lens.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec / Aperture: f2.8 /ISO: 200.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec / Aperture: f2.8 /ISO: 200.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec / Aperture: f5.6 /ISO: 200 Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella.  The colors were not compromised with the Foveon sensor capturing this shot.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 17mm / Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec / Aperture: f5.6 /ISO: 200
Profoto D1 air 500w with Westcott 22” umbrella. The colors were not compromised with the Foveon sensor capturing this shot.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 400.  The monochrome feature of Sigma Photo Pro brings the right balance of black and white to make this picture timeless.

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 70mm / Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec / Aperture: f4.0 /ISO: 400. The monochrome feature of Sigma Photo Pro brings the right balance of black and white to make this picture timeless.

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