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06.26.2015

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary versus the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens has a removable tripod collar. When the collar is removed, there is a rubberized ring that slides into place to cover the mounting bolts for a better hand-held experience. Sigma is rethinking lenses. From the innovative zoom lock at all marked focal distances, to lens customization for AF speed, custom focus limiter and more, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary is a fantastic hyper-tele zoom lens designed with an eye on portability and performance.

Last year, Sigma announced a pair of zoom lenses for full-frame cameras, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary. With identical focal lengths and apertures, and advanced feature sets including the Sigma-exclusive lens customization, these two new champion zoom lenses share a significant amount of DNA. So, what is the difference between the Sports and Contemporary version of the Sigma 150-600mm zoom lenses?

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06.09.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog #13 – Wide-Open Primes for Stunning Pet Portraits

In my last photo dog blog, I demonstrated how Sigma’s newest prime, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, […]

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05.01.2015

All-in-one Lenses Offer Maximum Versatility

All in one lenses cover a very wide range of focal lengths, from wide angle to telephoto. The top image is at 18mm and the bottom image at 250mm. These lenses are designed with an eye towards maximizing versatility in a very compact design.

When it comes to all around versatility, there’s no other type of lens that packs as much creative and compositional flexibility into a compact package as the high-zoom ratio multi-purpose zoom lens. If you want to travel seriously light, but pack a lens that can go from wide angle to telephoto with just a twist of the zoom ring, an all-in-one lens is the way to go. Sigma currently offers three all in ones, the 18-200mm, the 18-250mm, and the 18-300mm.

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04.14.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog #12 – Fast Dog, Fast Prime

We loaded Rowan in the Suby and headed down to Pleasant Hill Lake, which was swelling higher and higher with spring rain. A lakeside campground had become partially inundated with water—a great place to let our pooch swim.

I dialed up my D800E to ISO 1600, which, in the late day sun, allowed me to shoot at f/8 at 1/2000 second. This gave me moderately strong depth-of-field and a shutter speed fast enough to stop Rowan running, splashing, and swimming as she retrieved sticks.

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04.01.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog #11 – Wiener Dogs

This week I point my camera toward a smaller breed. It’s one that’s popular with budget-minded pet owners. Today we’ll photograph wiener dogs, a German breed that dates back to at least 13th Century.

Initially I intended to photograph a neighbor’s wiener dog, but, the truth is, our family fell in love with these diminutive beauties, so we bought one. Or, more precisely, we bought a whole pack of them.

To begin my portrait project, I decided that I wanted to create some high key Curious Critters

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03.17.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog #10 – Symmetry and Asymmetry in Action

Winter in Ohio has been splendid this year…if, of course, you like cold weather and snow. Rowan, our fox red […]

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02.18.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog: 9 – Polarizers for Perfect Pet Portraits

After a brisk cross-country ski with our fox red Lab pup Rowan, I decided to take a few snowy mug […]

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02.03.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – A Matter of Perspective

With deep snow covering the hills here in Ohio, I couldn’t resist taking Rowan out for a romp in the white and fluffy. Grabbing a rope toy for Rowan to retrieve, we headed out to a nearby field.

My goal was to take action photos, high speed images of Rowan racing through the snow. Rowan’s ‘fox red’ coat looks especially good in early- or late-day sun, so, I took her out to a hilltop where the last golden rays were lighting things up. Generally speaking, dog action shots require shutter speeds of at least, say, 1/1000 second. That means that strong sun, medium to wide apertures, and medium to high ISO settings are often best.

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02.02.2015

Why Circular Polarizers Still Matter

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Why circular polarizers still matter: A high quality circular polarizer is still one of the most important accessories for any photographer’s bag. And the new Sigma Weather-resistant Circular Polarizers offer incredible performance, weather-tough design, and a fantastically upgraded case with grip arcs that keep the filters from rattling around in the bag.

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01.20.2015

How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – Exposure: Photographing Your Beau in the Snow

The temps here in Ohio have dropped to below freezing, and a beautiful blanket of snow covers the ground—the perfect […]

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