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04.14.2015

I just received a Sigma’s new prime lens, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, so I thought I’d take it for a spin. What better way to test a fast prime than on a fast dog?

To capture a fast dog, pull out a fast prime. For Rowan’s spring swim I used Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/8, 1/2000 sec., ISO 1600. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

To capture a fast dog, pull out a fast prime. For Rowan’s spring swim I used Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/8, 1/2000 sec., ISO 1600. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

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.

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04.10.2015

Japanese Red-crowned Cranes: Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Japanese red-crowned crane pair in a snow storm. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/30sec | Aperture: f/11 | Focal length:  150mm | ISO 64, EV + 1.3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Japanese red-crowned crane pair in a snow storm. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/30sec | Aperture: f/11 | Focal length:  150mm | ISO 64, EV + 1.3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

The highlight of any winter time trip to Japan has to be the Japanese red-crowned crane which has the distinction of being not only the rarest crane in the world but also the largest and heaviest on average.

Japanese red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido. © 2015 Robert O'Toole |  All Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 handheld.

Japanese red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido. © 2015 Robert O’Toole |  All Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 handheld.

The red-crowned cranes display to help reinforce the pair bond as well as territorial advertisement and agonistic signaling. It always seems to be infectious, once one pair in a group starts, it usually encourages another group to start up than another and another.

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04.09.2015

Snow Monkeys and the Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Japanese red-crowned crane pair in a snow storm. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/30 sec | Aperture: f/11 | Focal length: 150mm | ISO 64, EV + 1.3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Japanese red-crowned crane pair in a snow storm. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/30 sec | Aperture: f/11 | Focal length: 150mm | ISO 64, EV + 1.3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Winter is my favorite time of the year to visit Japan and it’s unique wildlife surrounded by unreal snow-covered landscapes. During my annual Japan wildlife tour we always spend a couple of days with the world famous snow monkeys at the volcanic hot springs in the Nagano area.

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04.06.2015
© 2015 Steve Chesler |

© 2015 Steve Chesler |

Shooting hockey tournaments on a regular basis, I consider myself a seasoned veteran on the ins and outs of shooting hockey, such as keeping the equipment up and running in cold rinks and how to adjust for the challenging lighting situations. As experienced as I am with these, I still feel I was caught a little off guard when I agreed to shoot the Great Lakes Girls Hockey League Playoff Tournament at an outdoor twin rink complex in Buffalo in late February.

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04.01.2015

We are pleased to announce Ed Ruth, of Bakersfield, California as our first #SigmaSuperFan! We were very impressed with Ed’s thoughtful approach the the question: “What makes you a Sigma SuperFan?”

Here’s our favorite quote:

“A lens must be more than a pathway for light, to capture my attention; it must have some motivation behind it and that is what I get from Sigma. I have no doubts that the people who engineer and assemble Sigma lenses have a sense of purpose and a drive to demonstrate a love of photograph and service to customers. I didn’t become a Sigma SuperFan out of blind devotion, I became devoted after using Sigma lenses and being pleasantly amazed at the results.”

Ed Ruth, Bakersfield, CA, is our first Sigma SuperFan.

Ed Ruth, from Bakersfield, CA, is our first Sigma SuperFan.

Now retired, Ed Ruth, worked for nearly three decades in the US Department of the Interior in eight different states as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. He’s published eBooks on building a custom home computer designed to work with today’s high resolution cameras, and he teaches a monthly photo workshops at his local camera store (learn more here.) . A long time photographer, he’s just recently become a #SigmaSuperFan, after purchasing the 10-20mm about two years ago.  He’s now added several more Sigma lenses to his kit, including the 50mm F1.4 | Art and the 18-35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

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04.01.2015

We are choosing a Sigma SuperFan winner every month from April to December. You could be the next! Enter for a chance to win by telling us what motivated you to buy a Sigma product.

Keep scrolling to see an overview of our winners.

June: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Kathy Wall

Kathy has lived most of her life in Minnesota. She says, “I love the four seasons and the opportunities they bring for photography. I have been married to my husband for 35 years and we have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a handsome 5 year old grandson. I worked at a large retailer for 26 years in the Finance Dept. I retired 9 years ago and bought my first DSLR camera with the money I received as a retirement gift.”

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May: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Richard Bagdonas

Richard is a passionate hobbyist, who first got into photography with a 35mm film camera many years ago. After a long break, he got back into digital photography about three years ago when his son, Daniel, purchased him a DSLR kit as a father’s day gift. He’s got the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro and 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lenses in his bag, while his son has just picked up the 150-500mm F5-6.3 as well! We had a great conversation with Richard about his photography.

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April: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Ed Ruth

Now retired, Ed Ruth, worked for nearly three decades in the US Department of the Interior in eight different states as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. He’s published eBooks on building a custom home computer designed to work with today’s high resolution cameras, and he teaches a monthly photo workshops at his local camera store (learn more here.) . A long time photographer, he’s just recently become a #SigmaSuperFan, after purchasing the 10-20mm about two years ago.  He’s now added several more Sigma lenses to his kit, including the 50mm F1.4 | Art and the 18-35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

More about Ed

 

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04.01.2015

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

My Dad loved his Dachshund as a boy, so we looked into wiener dogs. Turns out, they are much easier to photograph, not to mention care for, than Labs. Here is a high key ‘Curious Critters’ portrait of a single wiener dog. Nikon D800E, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens at f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

My Dad loved his Dachshund as a boy, so we looked into wiener dogs. Turns out, they are much easier to photograph, not to mention care for, than Labs. Here is a high key ‘Curious Critters’ portrait of a single wiener dog. Nikon D800E, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens at f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

I began with a wiener side view. In profile, its pleasant appearance is evident, and, with good lighting, it’s classic side burns shine.

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03.31.2015

Part I: Aspect Ratios and In-Camera Black and White

© 2015 Ryan Brown

© 2015 Ryan Brown

The Sigma dp Quattro series of cameras is a great camera for a number of reasons.  Not only is the camera one of the sharpest digital cameras on the market, but also purists will love it for its true film like qualities.

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03.27.2015

By Jim Schmelzer

It can be a challenge to think of some great images when photographing weddings.  I have a couple signature images I always love though.

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

One of them is the Bride sitting on her bed holding her wedding dress.  First, I have her sit on the bed and cross her ankles.  I then bring the dress up to her and have her hold it.  I always make sure the dress is all smoothed out and fixed nicely.  I place her bouquet in a vase next to the bed for accent.  I like to try and suggest clothing for the Bride when doing this pose, as jeans are not classy enough.

Then we move on to the most important factor in creating this image- lighting!  I like to try and light it in a way that other photographers don’t, so my work stands out.  I place a spotlight on the Bride’s face and bounce a fill light in the room to give detail to the shadows.  I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm.  I set my exposure at F/13 at 100 ISO.

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03.27.2015
© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Canon 1D Mark 3 | Focal length: 531mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec. | ISO 800 Hand Held

© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Canon 1D Mark 3 | Focal length: 531mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec. | ISO 800 Hand Held

I finally got a chance to get my hands on the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary while I was down in Ft. Myers for the Florida Camera Club Councils annual conference.  I had a ½ day free before and after the conference and I was eager to get out and put the lens through its paces and compare its performance against the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport version.

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