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03.25.2016

For the last two weeks I have been shooting a ski travel story in Switzerland for a few different magazines and websites. Helping me capture the action and tell the story is Sigma’s new all-in-one lens, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DGC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary lens.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action.  Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 28mm f/10  1/1600 sec.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action. Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 20mm f/10 1/1600 sec.

This great little lens has proven to be incredibly versatile and I have used it to shoot a great variety of subjects. Its lightweight and small size make it a no-brainer to pack on an international trip when luggage space is tight.  And the image quality is what you would expect from Sigma’s Contemporary line…excellent!

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9  1/1250 sec.

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9 1/1250 sec.

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03.24.2016

Towards the end of February, Sigma announced a very intriguing product, the MC-11 Mount Converter.  The MC-11 allows the use of Sigma Canon EF Mount and Sigma SA Mount Global Vision lenses to be used on the Sony’s mirrorless cameras.  In an instant, this expands the lens selections for these wildly popular cameras to now include nineteen Sigma lenses!

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I have long been lured by the promise of aftermarket adapters to make all of the wonderful Art Lenses work on my Sony mirrorless cameras, but there was always a let down of some type.  Until now.

For example, on my Nex-5n, the autofocus was so slow that I could manually focus much faster and the same was true when I had an a7r and a7s. Much of this changed with the release of the a7r mk2. Suddenly, I had a fast autofocus system with my EF-mount Art Lenses when combined with adapters from Metabones and Fotodiox. However, other issues would arise.  I would get random errors, the camera would lock up, the most innovative autofocus modes wouldn’t work, and some lenses just didn’t work properly at all. I dealt with these issues because I loved the images created when pairing Art Lenses with my a7r mk2.

© Brian Linhoff | Sony a7r mk2 | Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM  1/200 F2.0 ISO 800 @ 31mm

© Brian Linhoff | Sony a7r mk2 | Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM 1/200 F2.0 ISO 800 @ 31mm

So it was with a great deal of excitement that I made my way to WPPI 2016 where I could get my hands on a preproduction sample to try out.  I was completely overwhelmed with how well the adapter worked.  Since it was running beta firmware, our show sample was only compatible with the 50 f1.4 Art and 18-35 f1.8 Art, and these two lenses worked flawlessly. Anyone that has dealt with the usual frustration of adapting lenses can appreciate that it worked in every aspect that I could think to test.

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03.07.2016

If you are at WPPI 2016, be sure to stop by our Social Corner to be entered to win great prizes!

Stop by the Sigma booth at WPPI for a chance to win a lens!

Stop by the Sigma booth at WPPI for a chance to win a lens!

03.03.2016

Each time CP+ comes around, you can be assured that Sigma is going to unveil something amazing for the crowd at the major camera show in Japan, and this year yielded a bumper crop of great new Sigma products, including cameras, lenses, and more!

Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter

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Fans of Sony e-Mount and FE-Mount mirrorless cameras have been clamoring for more options in Sigma lenses,  and with the introduction of the MC-11 Mount Converter, they’ve now got 19 great Sigma lenses available to them. With full electronic control of aperture and full AF. Offered in both a Sigma SA-mount and Canon EOS EF mount version, this advanced lens mount converter dramatically increased the number of optics available for the growing legion of fans of the hottest Sony mirrorless cameras.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

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In addition to the MC-11 converter, Sony fans can natively mount the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary to their APS-C format Sony e-Mount cameras, as can Micro Four Thirds fans! This is Sigma’s first F1.4 lens for mirrorless systems, and offers a stepping ring motor for video work. Not only is this Sigma’s first native F1.4 lens for the mirrorless world, it is both super-sharp, compact, and economical, to boot!

50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art

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The world’s first F1.8 telephoto zoom lens for APS-C cameras, designed to pair perfectly with the 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art both in terms of performance and hand-feel. It is gonig to be a toss-up to see who raves more about this new lens: videographers or still photographers. This one is going to be razor-sharp, with gorgeous blur for both still and video. And, like the 18-35mm, expect it to stay super-sharp even as the scene is zoomed.

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Foveon Quattro sensors paired with Sigma SA-mount interchangeable lenses, especially the Art lenses? For the imaging purists, what’s not to love? Sleek designs, super-high resolution LCD EVFs, fast TRUE III processors and the first Foveon APS-H sized sensor for even larger image files oozing with fine detail and rich tones? I personally can not wait to pair the sd Quattro H with the first, and still my favorite Art prime lens, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A and marvel at the fineness of details and nuances of color!

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Sigma’s pro caliber shoe-mount strobe gets a major makeover with this release including a new side dial, and a dot-matrix LCD screen for much improved user interface! The Auto zoom feature communicates with the camera for extended range from 24-200mm, and the flip down wide angle diffuser and bounce card, along with swivel and pivot allow for creative light sculpting, bouncing, and accessorizing for hard and soft lighting. High-Speed Focal Plane sync allows for flash up to the maximum shutter speed of DSLRs, perfect for outdoor fill flash and catchlighting, along with close-up motion-freezing short burst lighting.

Which of these new Sigma products are you most excited about?

03.01.2016

Thanks for tuning into Jen Rozenbaum’s Boudoir Photography series! Check out her entire series below!

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02.23.2016

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Photographer’s Forum Magazine and SIGMA present the 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest open to all amateur photographers worldwide.

Over $6,950 in cash and equipment awarded!

1st Place: $2,000 & Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens.

2nd Place: $1,500 & Sigma 24mm 1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. 3rd Place: $1,000. $125 goes to each of five 4th Place winners.

All Finalists, Honorable Mentions, and Winners will be PUBLISHED in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2016. Winners will also be PUBLISHED in the November 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine and EXHIBITED at Brooks Institute!

ENTER ONLINE, or send in prints or slides with the manual entry form (PDF Download.) Early deadline: April 15, 2016. Final deadline: May 20, 2016.

For further details and entry forms, see the contest website.

02.22.2016

This winter the El Nino weather phenomenon is creating ideal conditions for big wave surfing photography. By pure luck I was offered space on a charter boat that was going to be out in the lineup during a big wave surfing tournament being held the next day. I jumped at the opportunity but this would put me on the 405 freeway by 1 AM to make it to the boat dock in Mexico at 5 AM. The schedule worked but unfortunately it didn’t  include any time for sleep until sometime the next evening. Sleep is overrated anyway right?

The surfing tournament was held to coincide with the arrival of a large pacific swell formed thousands of miles out in the pacific, its track and intensity influenced by El Nino. The swells travel unimpeded and slam into the reefs forming waves that can reach 20, 30, even 40 feet on the face.

© 2016 Robert OToole | Professional big wave surfers and their equipment. Sigma 24-105 Art lens, 1/1000 s. f/8 at 68mm, ISO 320, manual mode, Nikon D810. 
 Professional big wave surfers use waverunners not only to access the surf breaks but also for pickups to take surfers back into the lineup. My Sigma 24-105 Art lens gave me a perfect perspective I was looking for. In the foreground are backup big wave boards attached to a buoy while a wave peels off in the distance.

© 2016 Robert OToole | Professional big wave surfers and their equipment. Sigma 24-105 Art lens, 1/1000 s. f/8 at 68mm, ISO 320, manual mode, Nikon D810. 

Professional big wave surfers use waverunners not only to access the surf breaks but also for pickups to take surfers back into the lineup. My Sigma 24-105 Art lens gave me a perfect perspective I was looking for. In the foreground are backup big wave boards attached to a buoy while a wave peels off in the distance.

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02.05.2016

Sigma Pro Jennifer Rozenbaum loves the versatility of the Sigma 105mm Macro lens. This is her go-to lens for sharp, close-up images and the perfect portrait focal length. Watch this video to learn more about the 105mm lens and posing with a mirror.

Check out the images after the jump!

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02.02.2016
© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art and Canon 1Dx body @ f/1.4 for 1/100 sec. and ISO 3200 hand-held.

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art and Canon 1Dx body @ f/1.4 for 1/100 sec. and ISO 3200 hand-held.

 

Absolutely! Hawaii has always been a favorite vacation location of mine. I first visited the islands of Hawaii over 26 years ago with my wife on our honeymoon and then again 5 years later when she was 3 months pregnant with our second son.  I was just seriously getting into photography but knew that photographing the lava flows at Volcano National Park, whales breaching, and surfers catching the huge waves was something that I always dreamed of photographing. Hawaii is very expensive and the economics of life, two children, job, family commitments, etc.… made revisiting unrealistic so I had to put those ideas on my bucket list of photography.

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02.01.2016

The impressive Mantis portrait is being featured on our site this month was captured by photographer Robert Lopshire of Frenchtown, NJ with his Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens. We asked Rob for some details of how he wrangled this eye-catching close-up of this insect.

Mantis © Robert Lopshire. Captured with the Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro paired with a Nikon D4. 1/100 F22 ISO 100.

Mantis © Robert Lopshire. Captured with the Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro paired with a Nikon D4. 1/100 F22 ISO 100.

I was heading out to my truck to leave and do some errands, I opened the door to climb in and I felt something hit my arm. She landed on me and crawled around for a bit, I gently escorted her to the tailgate of my truck then ran inside to and grab my gear including my Nikon D4, Sigma 180mm, Nikon SB910, and Rogue Flash Bender (hand held , no support).

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