Abandoned Diner, White House, NJ. Shot with the Sigma SD1 and Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM. X3F Raw file processed in Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 Monochrome mode.
The X3 processing has completely re-engineered for exceptional monochrome results, with great control over tonal range, contrast, subtle gradations, and a simply beautiful film grain option for expressive creative control.
Welcome to the redesigned website of Sigma Corporation of America. Over the past several month, our team has been hard at work to redesign, refresh, upgrade, and refine the overall look, feel, and user experience on our website.
Take a look around and you’ll see our focus is on ease of navigation, with a very image-forward design. Photography is our business–our only business, and that focus shows in our redesign philosophy.
This fast, compact, variable aperture standard zoom for APS-C DSLRs is going to make a lot of photographers very happy. Even though it covers a very similar focal range as the often-bundled starter lens with many DSLRs, It is a serious step up from the typical kit offering, including true macro capture.
First off, it is faster at all apertures, F2.8 at the widest settings, before stopping down to a maximum of f3.2, then 3.5, then 4.0 as it is zoomed all the way to 70mm. Pair this with Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer for steady shots at slower shutter speeds without a tripod, and it’s a champ for indoor and low light imaging.
“This photo was made in Watson Lake, Prescott, Arizona on a chilly morning. The granite dells surrounding the lake are great subjects for textures and patterns. On this particular image, the patterns of the ice on the foreground interested me.”
ABOUT JAG FERGUS:
Jag Fergus was born and raised in Laoag City, Philippines. She is an accountant by profession and after a successful career in the banking industry, she migrated to the U.S.A. 6 years ago to raise a family of her own. Her love of photography started four years ago when her daughter was born. She took pictures of her every single day with her P & S camera and shared them to her family in the Philippines. Although her favorite subject in photography is her daughter, she also enjoys taking photos of lakes and other landscapes. One of her favorite spots to hike and photograph are the granite dells of Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona. She considers herself very fortunate and blessed to live close to the dells. She just couldn’t resist snapping a shot or two of the other-wordly beauty of the granite dells around Watson Lake whenever she goes out hiking with her husband and daughter. Along the way, she discovered her love of nature photography. “I always love the reflections of the granite dells on the crystal clear water of Watson Lake”, Jag said. She got her DSLR camera as a birthday gift from her husband two years ago. Some of her work appeared in the Friday Fotos online blog of Arizona Highways Magazine. Her photo of the Granite Dells in Watson Lake titled “A Time of Reflection” is the January 2012 Photo Contest winner of Arizona Guide, the official website for Arizona Office of Tourism. And that inspired her to learn more about photography, improve her skills and expand her photographic adventure in the Southwest. After each adventure, she always loves to say “Making simple things more interesting through my eyes…”.
Originally released to announce the Sigma Global Vision at Photokina 2012, this artful view into our factory in Aizu, Japan, has been getting a lot of views lately as more and more photographers are discovering how Sigma is revolutionizing the world of photography.
Shot by Alex McClure with the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM on an Olympus EM-5.
This week’s Fan Photo of the Week was made by Alex McClure of Tempe, Arizona. He tells us:
This shot was taken at Lake Pleasant Arizona just outside of Phoenix. I used the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM on my Olympus EM-5. My setting for this shot: 10mm, for 14 second, at f/10 and IOS 1250. I was using the technique called “spinning wool” to make the light trails.
Sigma Corporation was always proud to say that at 50 years old, it remained a family owned, privately held company whose founder still sat at its helm. Michihiro Yamaki, founder, chairman and CEO of Sigma Corporation, was a man of extraordinary gifts. As an optical engineer, he is responsible for developing photographic equipment that took hold and changed the industry. As an entrepreneur, he took those innovations and built a company that still today, meets the needs of photographers no matter their skill or income level and no matter their choice of photography or camera. As a man, the term we hear over and over again is “gentleman”. Sigma lost Mr. Yamaki last year to cancer and the loss is dearly felt. We are pleased to share with you the breadth and impact of his accomplishments in this short video. It is for these reasons, the Photoimaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association, PMDA, has honored Michihiro Yamaki with the Lifetime Achievement award; an honor he so richly deserves.
The Sigma DP3 Merrill features a 50mm F2.8 Macro lens and the renowned Merrill Generation APS-C sized 46 Megapixel Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor.
This newest Foveon-powered compact prime camera comes with a 50mm F2.8 lens, that with the 1.5x sensor factor of the APS-C 46 Megapixel Merrill Generation chips equates to a 75mm F2.8 with 1:3 maximum macro magnification. This short tele member of the DP line is going to be a favorite of portraitists, for certain, with its longer focal length. And the combination of close-focusing and 1:3 macro magnification combined with the exceptionally fine detail captured by this sensor is going to make for beautiful photographs of tiny things drawn huge. Fans have been clamoring for a longer-lensed DP camera for a long while, and it is finally here.
Guest post by Marcelina Cravat of the Angel Azul documentary film project
My documentary film, Angel Azul, follows the work of Sigma-sponsored sculptor, photographer and conservationist Jason deCaires Taylor, and raises awareness about the threats to the world’s coral reefs. Through his creation and strategic underwater placement of cement statues, artificial coral reefs are generated, providing substrate for coral to grow, a habitat for marine life and a diversion for divers who over-visit the natural reefs. He models the statues after real people and collects them in a beautiful underwater museum off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Jason partnered with Sigma Corporation of America last year to use the company’s lenses to photograph his work and share it with the world. My team was introduced to Sigma’s lenses through Jason and underwater photographer Mario Navarro. Now, all of our underwater scenes and some of the other footage in Angel Azul are captured through Sigma lenses. You can see some of this video on our Indiegogo page.
Our team is currently raising funds via Indiegogo for post-production, which includes everything from sound design to a film poster. Every effort helps us come one step closer to bringing this message to the public, raising awareness and inspiring action. Jason’s work speaks metaphorically about our connection to the sea, our role in causing its destruction, and our need to step in during this very crucial time before it is too late.