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05.30.2014

Great Camera Gear Ideas for the Summer Season from Sigma!

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Great gear ideas for the summer, from the team at Sigma. Ideas for cameras and lenses for wherever you’re heading this sunny season!

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04.30.2014

The Great Everyday Lens: Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | C

The Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | C is a fantastic everyday lens for photographers looking for a compact, high-ratio zoom lens for small DSLRs

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04.24.2014

Rediscovering the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 zoom lens for Outdoor Photography

A sandhill crane poses for my camera in front of a pond on a golf course in Florida. Thanks to the grab-and-go ease of this supertelephoto zoom lens, it was mere seconds from parking to making the first photos when I first saw this trio of birds.  Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 at 500mm 1/1600 F6.3 ISO 400 on a Sony A-850.

The Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 zoom lens offers great verstatility and reach in a compact package, perfect for on-the-go wildlife and birding phtoography.

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04.10.2014

Tips for Supertelephoto Zoom Lens Photography

Supertelephoto lenses can help bring a whole new level to your photography; and it just takes a little practice to get the hang of some of the particulars of working with long-reach lenses. Here are some top tips for making the most of supertelephoto zoom lenses.

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03.03.2014

What is a Zoom Lens? And why and when to choose a Zoom Lens?

Sigma offers a great variety of zoom lenses. (Lenses are not shown to scale in this display.)

A zoom lens is a type of camera lens that is offers the photographer a useful range of different focal lengths in a single lens. This is in comparison to a prime lens, which only offers a single focal length. A zoom lens allows for quick and easy re-framing of a scene while staying in the same physical position. Sigma offers a line of over 20 zoom lenses for DSLR photographers, ranging from wide angle zoom lenses, supertelephoto zoom lenses, and high-zoom ratio all-in-one lenses for both full-frame (DG) and APS-C (DC) digital cameras.

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02.14.2014

A Shared Connection: The Bryant Family Shares a Love of Photography

Bailey Bryant, age nine, makes a photo with one of the two Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 lenses his family owns near their home in Florida.

The love of photography is something that is oftentimes shared and passed down through the generations of a family. Ask a photographer where they first caught the photo bug, and there’s a good chance that a father, uncle, aunt or mother originally sparked that interest.

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01.03.2014

Prime Time: Focus on Fixed Focal Length Lenses

A ring of beach rocks seen through the Sigma 15mm EX DG HSM Diagonal Fisheye with the horizon line near the center of the frame.

Prime lenses are designed for exceptional imaging at a single focal length. Unlike zoom lenses that easily span a given focal range and variable field of view with a twist of the zoom ring, the field of view and focal length remains constant. If you want to take in less of the surroundings with a given prime lens, you’ve got to physically move closer, and to take in more of the scene, you’ve got to back up. But of course, as you move, the angle of view remains the same all the while.

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12.23.2013

New Gear Checklist: Making the Most of Brand New Lenses, Cameras and other Photo Gadgetry

Whether unwrapped as a surprise under the Christmas tree, or purchased with gift cards to take advantage of the great seasonal pricing on all sorts of photo-related gear and gadgetry this time of year, it’s a known fact that many photographers will be finding themselves the proud owners of new lenses, cameras, bags and accessories right around now. And whatever piece of new gear it is, it’s always important to check it out and run it through its paces before heading out to make a once-in-a-lifetime photo, to make sure you, the proud new owner, are both familiar with the gear, and ensure everything is working as it should.

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10.29.2013

Single-shot Autofocus, or Continuous Autofocus, Or…

Learning how and when to use different settings and options for image capture is one of the most important parts of becoming a stronger photographer. There’s no setting or camera function that’s going to be perfect for all situations, while is exactly why there are so many options. For example, every DSLR offers a couple variations on Autofocus for either a Single-shot or Continuously tracking autofocus.

Each has it strengths and purposes, and even with that, there’s still times when switching the lens to manual focus is the best way to ensure that your chosen subject and focal point is sharp in the image. In this piece, we’re going to look at three photos of seagulls to briefly explore and explain the reasons why to choose one type of AF or manual focus over the others.

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08.19.2013

Mistakes, Mess-ups, and Missteps: It Happens to Everyone

One of our key missions here with the No Fear Photography blog postings is to teach photographers to take more creative control of their cameras in order to make stronger photos because taking the camera off full-auto-everything puts the power of shutter speeds, ISO and F-stops firmly in your hands. There’s many more variables, too, such as white balance, single/continuous Autofocus or manual focus, and so on to be tweaked and tuned. And the more controls you adjust, the more chance there is, that at some point in your photography, you are going to miss a shot due to operator error.

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