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01.05.2016

In the seventh episode of the Boudoir Photography Sessions, Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum explains how to bring out personality and emotion out of her clients. The Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art is an incredibly versatile lens to use in a tight quartered space like a hotel room.

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01.04.2016

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Sigma SuperFan Contest! As a company, it is incredible to see just how much Sigma lenses and cameras mean to so many photographers from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe. Young and older, longtime fans and recent converts, we truly appreciated hearing from all of you!

We had photographers tell us about positive their experiences dealing with the Sigma family on the phone, in person, at events and trade show, and on line. We had fans share great customer service stories, and about their interaction with our dedicated teams of tech reps and pros at giant trade shows and smaller, personalized events.

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01.04.2016

Aquariums present a number of challenges for photographers hoping to make keepsake photos of a visit to view undersea animals. Between the dim lighting conditions, highly reflective surfaces, and active subjects, it can be a recipe for disappointment. Here are some tips and tricks to up the odds of landing a winning shot of sharks and other aquatic animals the next time you visit the aquarium.

Eye contact with a shark at the Adventure Aquarium. Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art at 24mm. 1/80 F2 at ISO 1600. RAW photo worked up in Adobe Camera Raw. We'll go into the full workup later in this piece.

When it all comes together: Great Eye contact with a shark at the Adventure Aquarium from the Shark Tunnel.  Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art at 24mm. 1/80 F2 at ISO 1600. RAW photo worked up in Adobe Camera Raw. We’ll go into the full workup later in this piece.

Pack a fast-aperture wide angle lens

For my visit to the Adventure Aquarium, I chose the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens as my go-to lens for almost all the photos in this piece. The wide-angle field of view and very fast F2 aperture allowed for fast shutter speeds in the ever-changing interior lighting conditions both inside and outside the giant tanks.

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 is the world's first F2 full-frame zoom lens.

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 is the world’s first F2 full-frame zoom lens.

Other great lens options include the full-frame 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A, 24-70mm F2.8 EX, and the 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | C and the 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lenses for APS-C cameras like the Canon Rebel Series, 7D, and DX-format Nikon DSLRs. If you don’t have a super-fast lens in your bag, make sure you are shooting with your kit zoom as wide open as it will go, usually F3.5, for the most light-gathering power.

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12.29.2015

It’s been five years since I began my Curious Critters photographic series, and a lot has happened. Here’s a quick five-year review and an update on All-Things-Critters over the last 12 months.

In late 2010 my Curious Critters images debuted at the Telluride Photo Festival as a 24-image exhibit in the historic Sheridan Opera House Gallery. In 2011, the first Curious Critters children’s picture book launched, garnering six national book awards and selling over 100,000 copies. Last year saw the launch of the second book, Curious Critters Volume Two.

Giant Pacific Octopus, Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska. Nikon D800E. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS macro lens. f/16, 1/250 second, ISO 200. Two Dynalite Strobes, two Lastolite 4'x6' panels. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Giant Pacific Octopus, Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska. Nikon D800E. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS macro lens. f/16, 1/250 second, ISO 200. Two Dynalite Strobes, two Lastolite 4’x6′ panels. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

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12.22.2015

Exactly what makes Katmai Alaska such a special place for wildlife photographers? After all huge storms routinely sweep in from the gulf of Alaska with little warning and the animals, from the tinniest of insects to the largest bear, are in charge and humans are not at the top of the food chain. Getting around by air or sea is the only way to go and its expensive and unreliable. With the weather issues, dangerous inhabitants and difficulties getting around why do I keep going back for ten years straight? The photographic opportunities of course!

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Juvenile brown bear playing in a field of fireweed, Hallo Bay, Katmai, Alaska. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 600mm and Nikon D810, 1/000s, f/6.3, ISO 2000, EV + .7, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Juvenile brown bear playing in a field of fireweed, Hallo Bay, Katmai, Alaska. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 600mm and Nikon D810, 1/000s, f/6.3, ISO 2000, EV + .7, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

This juvenile bear and its sibling played in field of fireweed for almost an hour. This is the kind of opportunity that will always keep me coming back for more.

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12.18.2015

It has been another banner year here at Sigma, between product announcements, awards, and events from coast to coast! Here are the most popular blog postings in 2015!

Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art: Hands-On Sneak Peek

Our first look at the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, the world's first full-frame F2 zoom lens, was the most popular blog posting of the year!

Our first look at the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom lens, was the most popular blog posting of the year!

Our hands-on with the world’s first F2 full-frame zoom lens was far and away the most popular posting of the year!

Helen Chandler is owner of Whistling Wolf Farm, a transitional organic farm in Pittstown, NJ. She was kind enough to pose for an environmental portrait at a local farmer’s market. (www.whistlingwolffarm.com) 1/180 F2 ISO 100 at 35mm with Canon 580EX flash with diffuser down, -1 1/3 FEC.

 

Boudoir Photography Session 1: How to Take a Good Bed Posing Photo

The first blog posting in Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum’s Boudoir Photography series has been very popular this year!

Photo © Jen Rozenbaum

First Impressions: Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Loaded with great birding photography by Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak, this first look at the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens got a ton of positive feedback from our fans!

© 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

 

Festival of Cranes: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sport

And Roman’s piece on the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport was also incredibly popular, earning a top spot in terms of views for 2015!

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sport lens on Canon 1D Mark 3 body | Focal length: 600mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec | ISO 800 hand held. © 2014 | Roman Kurywczak

FIFTH PLACE IS TIED: Both of these articles had virtually identical pageviews year to date!

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art: First Look

Our hands-on first look at the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was incredibly popular as well. Fans really seem to love our first look hands-on reports on the newest Sigma Global Vision lenses!

30 second exposure of the Brooklyn Bridge a F/11 ISO 100 by Patrick Santucci on the Canon 6D.

 

20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art: Hands-On Sneak Peek with Image Samples

The 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, the world’s first F1.4 20mm ultrawide prime was the most recently published article in this list, but quickly rose in the rankings!

Hotel Room 2717 at the Courtyard Marriott Times Square West offers a fantastic view of the Empire State Building. I squeezed the camera and lens out the tiny window opening, braced it against the window frame, and fired several variations on this shot showing the street, the buildings, and the moon. I had a camera strap around my neck as well, just in case! 1/2000 F3.5 ISO 2000.

 

Editor’s Picks

Here is a bonus sampling of great blog postings you may have missed this year, hand-selected by the editors of the Sigma blog.

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary versus the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports

The Magic of Iceland – with just four Sigma lenses

Sigma 150-600mm | C Pairs Performance with Portability

First Look: dp0 Quattro

Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM for Outdoor Action Photography

Working with Children Video Series: Using the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lens

Why the 24-105mm F4 | A Is THE Ideal Wedding Lens

Made In Japan, Part I with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

LENS EXPLORATION: 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS | Contemporary

The Perfect Air Show Lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 | Sport

12.16.2015

We have just announced the world’s first highly shock-resistant and scratch-resistant clear glass ceramic protective filter, the WR Ceramic Protector! Check out this video to get a feel for just how strong this new glass protective filter is!

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world's first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world’s first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

 

 
Have you ever been in a photo situation where this super-tough protector could have saved your lens?

 

12.15.2015
© Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary at 600mm f/6.3 for 1/2500 sec. and ISO 800 hand-held.

© Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary at 600mm f/6.3 for 1/2500 sec. and ISO 800 hand-held.

I have just returned from leading workshops at the 2015 Festival of the Cranes and I realized that it has been about a year now that I have used the Sigma 150-600mm Sport. It is also approximately 8 & 1/2 months that I have been photographing with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary and I must say I am very impressed with the performance, sharpness, and versatility of both of these lenses and wanted to provide you with a long-term use update.

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12.14.2015

We’ve completely updated our Holiday Season Lens Chart for 2015! Here, at a glance, is the current Sigma lens catalog for easy reference to each other and several wintry touchstones, like penguins, a cardinal and a 16 ounce cup of coffee! Click on the image to view it and download it in its full 7575 x 4200 pixels glory!

Click the poster to view and download at full 7575 x 4200 resolution!

Click the poster to view and download at full 7575 x 4200 resolution!

We’ll also be posting this image to our Facebook Page,  Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to reshare it, and be sure to tell us what’s on your #SigmaLensWishlist between now and 11:59 PM EST on December 20th, 2015. We’ll be picking five winners to receive a Weather-Resistant Sigma Circular Polarizer (choice of filter size up to 86mm) and  Sigma goody bag across all social channels from postings using the #SigmaWishlist hashtag!

The Sigma Weather-Resistant Circular Polarizer.

The Sigma Weather-Resistant Circular Polarizer.

Winners names below the jump!

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12.10.2015

In the sixth session of the Boudoir Photography Sessions, Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum provides tips on how to show off curves by changing the arm poses.  Jen is using the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

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