I have always wanted a fisheye lens and have always talked myself out of the purchase, confident that it would gather dust when the novelty wore off. Recently, after becoming interested in wide-angle macro photography, I bit the bullet and got the Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye. It’s now been two months and I honestly can’t put the lens down. A few weeks ago, my dad commented that my worldview is becoming warped and I hope he was just referring to the pleasing distortion in all my recent images.
When Sigma offered me the chance to shoot with the flagship SD1 Merrill DSLR, I jumped on the opportunity to extensively explore the abilities of the Foveon X3 censor at the heart of the camera. Knowing that my plans involved photographing the natural beauty of the mountainous American West allowed for the selection of several lenses from Sigma’s fine catalog most suited for that purpose – the 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM wide angle, the 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM mid range zoom and the 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM telephoto.
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.
Eight years ago, the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) designated June 15th as Nature Photography Day. This year, it will be observed on Saturday, June 15th. This day was created by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.
My father started taking pictures when he was in the army. He rediscovered his love of photography when I was around 11 years old, and he gave me my first camera as a gift and sat me down in a friend’s backyard bird garden with a Sigma 170-500mm. The first time I looked through that lens I was hooked on photography. A blue jay alighted on the stick that the camera was focused on and I snapped the shutter at my father’s urging. When we got home, my father enlarged that image and printed it for me. The image was tack sharp, the colors vibrant and the blue jay looked alive!
This past December I had the chance to explore the desert with the New Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art Series lens. […]
Justin Wojtczak of 375 Photography has been shooting tons of images with an assortment of Sigma lenses over the past few months and put together this great highlight reel on Vimeo showcasing his great images made with Sigma gear. We asked him to give some background and tips into how he made each shot so you can take his advice and apply it to your own upcoming shoots.
One of the benefits for outdoor sports shooters on APS-C sensors is the gain in reach with telephotos lenses. The negative of course is that now your wide angle 16mm is now not so wide at 25.6mm. Thankfully Sigma has a great wide-angle lens perfect for crop sensor shooters…the 10-20mm f3.5! I picked up this lens about a year ago and have shot outdoor sports and adventure travel with it extensively.