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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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01.29.2016
1/1250 F8 ISO 1250 @ 389mm on a Canon 1DX  © Liam Doran

1/1250 F8 ISO 1250 @ 389mm on a Canon 1DX © Liam Doran

My friend Jeff Westcott runs the local bike race series here in Breckenridge and he was organizing a new event.  A new lineage of bikes has taken hold in the snowy regions around the US and elsewhere.  Known as Fat Bikes, they are not dissimilar to regular mountain bikes with the exception of huge, oversized tires with low air pressure, which are great for increased flotation and traction in soft surfaces like sand, snow, and mud.  With the new bikes in mind Jeff put together his first fat bike race, and I was there to capture the winter sports action.

1/1250 F8 ISO 800 at 570mm on the 1DX. © Liam Doran

1/1250 F8 ISO 800 at 570mm on the 1DX. © Liam Doran

I was eager to really test out the new Sigma 150-600 F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens in extreme conditions and a bike race during a snowstorm seemed the perfect place. Wrapped in a few layers of down and Gore-tex, I headed out the door shoot the action.

1/1250 F8 ISO 800 at 570mm on the 1DX. © Liam Doran

1/1250 F8 ISO 800 at 570mm on the 1DX. © Liam Doran

First off, the 150-600 Sports is a lot of lens.  Weighing in at over six pounds, and with a big 105mm front element, the front of the lens can feel heavy in the hand for extended periods of time, especially when pulled all the way to 600mm. You may need the support of a monopod or tripod for extended periods of use.  I used a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod with fluid head. This was a great combo to steady the camera and lens yet be able to easily track the action.

1/1250 F8 ISO 800 at 570mm on the 1DX. © Liam Doran

1/1250 F8 ISO 800 at 570mm on the 1DX. © Liam Doran

The 150-600 is incredibly fast to pick up focus and track the subject, even through falling snow! I also found the 150-600 incredibly crisp and colorful with good contrast. This lens is super-sharp.

1/1250 F5.6 ISO 1000 at 150mm. © Liam Doran

1/1250 F5.6 ISO 1000 at 150mm. © Liam Doran

And the winner is…all of us!  A sharp, fast, weather sealed lens with reach up to 600mm for under $2,000. Incredible!

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01.26.2016

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Introduction: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens is revolutionary. Never before has a zoom of this range been produced with a continuous, super-bright f/1.8 aperture. What’s even more amazing is that this groundbreaking optic exudes luxury in its build and performance and produces absolutely spectacular, tack-sharp images, even at f/1.8.

A wide-aperture APS-C zoom allows for all kinds of creative possibilities. Fresh tomatoes and other produce become works of art. Sosio’s Fruit and Produce, Pike’s Place Market, Seattle. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A at 18mm, f/1.8, 1/400 second, ISO 800. Hand-held. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

A wide-aperture APS-C zoom allows for all kinds of creative possibilities. Fresh tomatoes and other produce become works of art. Sosio’s Fruit and Produce, Pike’s Place Market, Seattle. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A at 18mm, f/1.8, 1/400 second, ISO 800. Hand-held. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

From landscapes to portraits, from product shots to architecture, from still lifes to close-up photographs, the Sigma 18-35mm Art lens is a great choice. It’s fast-focusing, reasonably sized, and optically stellar. Colors are reproduced accurately. Contrast is exceptional. And, as far as bokeh, well, it is smooth!

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01.25.2016

Imagine one of finest places in the world for photography, filled with a vast system of mountains, lakes, and hundreds of miles of wild and untamed rivers and streams. A home for brown bear, eagles, fox, and wolves. Thankfully Katmai is visited by only a small number of people each year. Maybe the fact that this place is not reachable by car has something to do with it, but about only twenty to thirty thousand people visit this area of over four million plus acres each year.

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Tour participant on the lookout for fox with a glacier and fireweed blooming in the background. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 230mm and Nikon D810, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 64, EV + .3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Tour participant on the lookout for fox with a glacier and fireweed blooming in the background. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 230mm and Nikon D810, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 64, EV + .3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Crossfox checking out our group. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 320mm and Nikon D810, 1/500s, f/16, ISO 560, EV + .3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Crossfox checking out our group. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 320mm and Nikon D810, 1/500s, f/16, ISO 560, EV + .3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Out of all the locations here, the Pacific coast of Katmai is without doubt one of my favorite places on the planet. One of the best places to shoot on the coast is a bay, about 10 or 11 miles wide, surrounded by mountains and glaciers, and filled with miles of sandy beach and flat sedge meadows strewn with countless driftwood logs. In summer the cool sea breezes fill the warm green meadows where eagles and peregrine falcons soar, and mother brown bear use it as a safe place to eat sedge grass and nurse cubs. Its here that you find one of the most interesting characters you can photograph anywhere, the red fox.

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