Learn from this talented Sigma Pro at these great upcoming workshops!
Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak is teaching at several events this month.
Nature Photographers of Pacific Northwest Convention
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.”
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.