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11.05.2015

Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak discusses the strengths and differences between the two leading 150-600mm zoom lenses, the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports from Nickerson Beach, New York in this informative video!

 

Learn from this talented Sigma Pro at these great upcoming workshops!

 

Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak is teaching at several events this month.

Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak is teaching at several events this month.

Date: November 7, 2015 | Location: Corbett Theatre at Centralia College in Centralia, WA

Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak will be presenting “Photographing Wildlife – From Portraits to Flight”.  He will offer two afternoon presentations: “Photographing the Night Time Landscape” and “Taking Your Macro Photography to the Next Level”.

Sigma tech reps will be available with a full line of Sigma lenses in the most popular mounts.

To register, please visit the NPPNC website!

Date: November 14-15, 2015 | Location: Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, TX

Sigma Pros Judy Host, Roman KurywczakJim Schmelzer and Sigma tech rep Ryan Brown will be presenting seminars all weekend!

Visit Sigma’s booth and check out the full line of Sigma lenses in the most popular mounts.

For more info, visit the DFW Expo website!

Date: November 17-22, 2015 | Location: Bosque del Apache in San Antonio, NM

Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak will be teaching workshops and presenting seminars during this six day event. Sigma tech reps will be available with Sigma loaner equipment in the most popular lens mounts. Don’t forget to visit Hunt’s Photo for special Sigma promotions.

Visit the Festival of Cranes website for more information or to register!

 

And during the Festival of Cranes, Roman will also be leading Night Sky Workshops at the Very Large Array! Learn more!

 Image copyright and courtesy Ray Nason

Image copyright and courtesy Ray Nason

10.30.2015

The Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is the world’s first full-frame 20mm F1.4 ultra-wide angle lens. It is also the first lens in the Art category to sport an integrated petal-type lens hood to protect its bulbous front element, designed to take in a sweeping 94.5º angle of coverage.

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This lens replaces the earlier 20mm F1.8 EX lens, introduced well over a decade ago; and is designed for outstanding edge to edge performance, even on today’s super-resolution DSLRs.

Here's a really challenging shot for a lens. We are at closest focus distance on an outside focus point, stopped down to F11 for both increased depth of field and the starburst effect of shooting directly into the sun. I and the lens were lying on the leaf-littered path to make this shot. 1/20 F100 ISO 100 on a Canon 6D.

Here’s a really challenging shot for a lens. We are at closest focus distance on an outside focus point, stopped down to F11 for both increased depth of field and the starburst effect of shooting directly into the sun. I and the lens were lying on the leaf-littered path to make this shot. 1/20 F100 ISO 100 on a Canon 6D.

And here is a variation of the same, shot wide open at F1.4. Notice how much more abstract the background is, and the super-thin slice of focus on the leaves near the bottom edge of the frame.

And here is a variation of the same, shot wide open at F1.4. Notice how much more abstract the background is, and the super-thin slice of focus on the leaves near the bottom edge of the frame.

Of course, as a Sigma lens in the Art line of the Sigma Global Vision, each lens is individually tested on the exclusive A1 MTF testing device to ensure the optical performance before shipping from our Aizu, Japan factory.

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10.30.2015

Mike Fuhr of Tulsa, OK, is our #SigmaSuperFan for November. This amateur photographer is the State Director for The Nature Conservancy for Oklahoma, and is passionate about wildlife, nature and outdoor photography!

Sigma SuperFan Mike Fuhr, with his Sigma Gear. Photo by his daughter, Lauren.

Sigma SuperFan Mike Fuhr, with his Sigma Gear. Photo by his daughter, Lauren.

Tell us about yourself
I was born in Chicago and raised in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where I spent much of my younger years playing in nearby creeks, forests, and corn fields. It was these experiences along with time spent fishing at my grandmother’s house, that I developed a passion for the outdoors and nature.  I followed this interest to the University of Illinois where I received a B.S. and a M.S. in Biology focusing on aquatic ecology. I currently reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my wife and four kids – three daughters and a son.

Photo © Mike Fuhr

Photo © Mike Fuhr

Is photography a passion or a career?
Photography is a passion of mine that started when I was about 11 or 12.  I borrowed my uncle’s film camera and telephoto lens for a family trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida where I photographed egrets and herons.  I was hooked.  The opportunities for photography waned a bit in college and film was expensive so a shot fewer and fewer photos.  However, when my wife and I moved to Arkansas – a beautiful and rugged state – for her new job, my interest in capturing the landscapes around me began to grow.  In addition, I began working for The Nature Conservancy in a position that required me to inspect properties that might someday become nature preserves.  Along with documenting the features of these places, I had countless photo opportunities to capture the amazing landscapes around me in photos.  I was hooked once again, and began to delve into what was at the time the new world of digital photography.

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10.20.2015

The Sigma team is at PhotoPlusExpo 2015! If you’re going to the show, please tag your photos with #SigmaPPE2015!

Here’s a look at everything being shared on Twitter and Instagram with this hashtag! We’ve got the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, the 150-600mm Contemporary and Sports, and the full Sigma line of lenses on display!

 

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10.20.2015

The Sigma team is getting ready for PDN PhotoPlusExpo 2015 at the Javitts Center in New York City later this month! And this will be the first time the just-announced 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art will be displayed!

This is the East Coast’s biggest Photo Show of the year, and the Sigma booth is going to be hopping with presentations and demos from our team of talented Tech Reps and Sigma Pros.

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All the latest cameras and lenses, including the new 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | A, the pair of class-leading 150-600mm zoom lenses, the legendary 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens and the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens will be on display. Stay tuned here for more exciting news and announcements as the show gets closer, including chances to win great lenses at the show, and much, much more!

We kick off the show with a Photowalk with Jen Rozenbaum and the Test Drive on Wednesday October 21st, and then the show is in full gear Thursday October 22nd through Saturday, October 24th.

Here is a live feed of Tweets and Instagram Postings with our event Hashtag #SigmaPPE2015

 

Be sure to stop by! The Sigma booth is always hopping. Here’s the full list of presentations and demos during the show!

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10.08.2015

Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons gave a great presentation on his acclaimed Curious Critters book series at #PIX2015 in Seattle.

 


David goes into great detail about the technical and creative sides of this photo project aimed at inspiring children to appreciate nature through his distinctive visual style. Check it out!

Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons with a Curious Critter live from PIX2015!

Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons with a Curious Critter live from PIX2015!

10.07.2015

As you probably know by now, there are two 150-600mm F5-6.3 zoom lenses in the Sigma lens lineup, the Sports, and Contemporary. The Contemporary is the lighter of the two lenses at just over four pounds, compared to 6.3 pounds for the Sports version. The lighter weight of this lens, both in the bag, and in the hands, makes the Contemporary version perfect for on the go nature and outdoor photography. True, you do trade some of the weatherproofing and the totally ruggedized build of the Sports version; but for me, in all but squall-like conditions, it is a tradeoff I am usually willing to make.

A Semi-Palmated Sand Piper hunts for sand crabs along the shore line on a recent foggy morning. Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens. 1/2000 F6.3 ISO 400 at 600mm on a Canon EOS 6D.

A Semi-Palmated Sand Piper hunts for sand crabs along the shore line on a recent foggy morning. Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens. 1/2000 F6.3 ISO 400 at 600mm on a Canon EOS 6D.

I have used both the Sports and Contemporary 150-600mm zoom lens over the past year, and with both lenses, I am very pleased with the focal plane sharpness at all focal lengths—even wide open. The shared DNA and exclusive Sigma features of these lenses—much of which is exclusive to the two Sigma lenses in this category—including the zoom lock switch at all marked focal lengths, the Autofocus speed tuning with the USB dock, custom focus limiters with the USB Dock, 16 zone microfocus tuning with the (wait for it…) USB dock, and the orientation detection panning mode with the Optical Stabilizer place both of these lenses at the head of the pack among long-reach telephoto zoom lenses.

A Red Wing Blackbird loudly defends its territory. 1/1250 F6.3 ISO 1250 at 600mm on a Canon EOS 6D.

A Red Wing Blackbird loudly defends its territory. 1/1250 F6.3 ISO 1250 at 600mm on a Canon EOS 6D.

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09.30.2015

Congratulations to Tom Nanos of Lebanon, Connecticut, our October #SigmaSuperFan. This accomplished railroad photographer impressed us with his passion for capturing the spirit of railroading with his Sigma gear in his winning essay.

Tom Nanos of Lebanon, CT, is our October Sigma SuperFan. Photo by Nick Palanzini

Tom Nanos of Lebanon, CT, is our October Sigma SuperFan. Photo by Nick Palazini

Tell us about yourself

I’ve been a life-long resident of eastern Connecticut, and have been interested in photography since the early to mid 1980s when my parents gave me a basic darkroom kit for Christmas.  Using my father’s Minolta XE-5 (which I still have and use occasionally), I taught myself how to shoot, develop and print black & white photos.  I made the move to autofocus cameras in about 2001 when I purchased my first Canon EOS body, shooting mostly slides, with the occasional roll of Tri-X for old time’s sake.  Late 2004 I made the move to digital and have been there ever since – starting with a Canon EOS 20D.  As for the non-photography end of myself, in my “day job” I’m a business technology manager at a major pharmaceutical company, and am married with two wonderful pre-teen daughters – who are also becoming quite interested in photography.

A Valley Railroad North Pole Express passes by a very calm Pratt Cove in Deep River, CT  Photo © Tom Nanos

A Valley Railroad North Pole Express passes by a very calm Pratt Cove in Deep River, CT Photo © Tom Nanos

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09.21.2015

The Last Year, an alternative rock band out of Baltimore, MD, recently launched the Living Room Sessions on their YouTube channel in advance of their new self-released album, coming soon!

Niki Barr, lead singer, chose the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens to pair with her DSLRs for its incredibly sharp wide-open performance—great for the challenging low-light situations typical of indoor music venues.

The Last Year records their Living Room Sessions videos with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. R-L: From left to right: Scott Griffith, Niki Barr, BJ Kerwin, Scott Ensign.

The Last Year records their Living Room Sessions videos with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. R-L: From left to right: Scott Griffith, Niki Barr, BJ Kerwin, Scott Ensign.

“We’re a DIY band, and this lens just works perfectly for us, and paired with my full-frame 6D, it’s great for tight spaces. We’re going to be doing a lot of video work with this camera and lens combination this year as we create videos for our singles and live shows.”

Check out their website to see all the videos in the Living Room Sessions and much more! And Check out their Patreon Page, too!

 

Check out another band using Sigma Art lenses for videos!

Video frame by John Isberg from Mote's Freeway video.

Video frame by John Isberg from Mote’s Freeway video.

09.17.2015

The World of Outlaw Late Model Series came to Weedsport Speedway in Upstate New York on June 23rd. A few weeks earlier I photographed the wedding of one of the series’ top drivers, Tim McCreadie, so this was a perfect opportunity to spend an evening with him at the track to get some behind the scenes footage with some new Sigma lenses.

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

My main focus was to put Sigma’s 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport to the test on the track, along with using the versatility of the Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4 Contemporary lens for some of the pit action. Once the sun went down, I switched over to the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens for the feature race.

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