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12.04.2015

As a member of the Sigma Pro Team, it’s always Christmas with new lenses arriving for me to play with. When the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens showed up at the door like a baby being delivered by a stork, I couldn’t get it on my camera fast enough. My son had a little league game later in the afternoon, so I was very eager to give the lens a work out of it’s own.  As with many things in life, like ice cream, you can have too much of a good thing. With such a small field, I was right on top of the action which was too much for such a strong lens. Instead of switching to a shorter lens, I decided to switch to a bigger field, so I contacted the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple A farm team of the Minnesota Twins.

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Rochester Red Wings pitcher Lester Oliveros tosses a pitch to the plate against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. With the exceptional pulling power of the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens, none of the action was out of reach.

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Rochester Red Wings pitcher Lester Oliveros tosses a pitch to the plate against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. With the exceptional pulling power of the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens, none of the action was out of reach.

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© 2015 Steve Chesler

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12.04.2015
This photo appears in the December 2015 issue of Powder Magazine, made with the Sigma 12-24mm lens atop my car! Photo © Liam Doran / Powder Magazine

This photo appears in the December 2015 issue of Powder Magazine, made with the Sigma 12-24mm lens atop my car! Photo © Liam Doran / Powder Magazine

I was about to leave on assignment shooting ski areas in New Mexico and Arizona for Powder Magazine and I was worried.  It had not snowed for weeks and conditions were far from ideal.  The editor and I had talked about it and we decided to go through with the shoot regardless . While I would still have to come back with solid ski action photography we would also lean heavily on the travel and story telling imagery to round out the package. Looking at the maps I realized that on my way to Arizona Snowbowl from Summit County, Colorado, I would have to pass through Monument Valley.  I wanted to improve upon the ultra cliché shot (standard view down the road to Monument Valley) with a fresh perspective.  I knew exactly the shot I would create to make it my own. To put my own stamp as a skier and ski photographer on this scene.

Here is the shot of the approach to Monument Valley that has been made thousands upon thousands of times.

Here is the shot of the approach to Monument Valley that has been made thousands upon thousands of times.

Once I got to the top of the Monument Valley Road I pulled over and got set up.  I mounted my Canon 5DMKII and Sigma 12-24 4.5-5.6 lens on top of my car.  I used a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and 055 Magnesium ball head to keep my gear safe and steady.  I composed the frame so that I would see the skis on top of my car and also the surrounding landscape.  Finally I attached my wireless remote trigger to the camera and began driving through the desert landscape.

Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 12-24mm lens mounted atop my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and secured to the rack.

Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 12-24mm lens mounted atop my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and secured to the rack.

I wanted the roadside to be blurred to show movement into the scene but I also wanted the background landscape and ski tips to be sharp.  Using the ultrawide 12-24 lens focused at the ski tips and a shutterspeed of 1/30 sec allowed me to do this.  ISO was at 100 and aperture at f/14 to maximize depth of field and total image sharpness.

The view from behind the camera.

The view from behind the camera.

Testing the remote and depth of field with me in the frame.

Testing the wireless remote and depth of field with me in the frame.

Then it was time to make the shot. Rolling down the road at about 50 MPH, I triggered the camera with the remote several times and nailed the shot I was hoping for.

It’s a bit risky for the world’s top ski magazine to run a shot of skis travelling through the desert as the opener, but I’m glad they did…and it’s great to see a previsualized shot come to life just as you imagined it!

11.30.2015

Lisa Sellge of Temecula, California, is our #SigmaSuperFan for December, the final Sigma photographer to join the winner’s circle!

Lisa Sellge is our Sigma SuperFan for December!

Lisa Sellge is our Sigma SuperFan for December!

 Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a ballet dancer, mom and lover of cats and cars and cameras. I use photography to study the world without distraction. The camera brings me into the zen of the moment.

Photo © Lisa Sellge.

Photo © Lisa Sellge.

 Is photography a passion or a career?

Photography is a passion that I am coaxing into a career but it doesn’t yet bring enough income to focus on it 100%. Still, I’ve had a good year as far as photography jobs go.

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11.20.2015

What is the perfect camera lens for my new Canon EOS Rebel camera for travel? What camera lens should I pair with my Nikon D7100 for family photography? What is the ultimate long-reach zoom lens for wildlife photography, that fits in a carry-on bag? Here at Sigma, we hear questions like this every day. Here’s some of our top tips for choosing the perfect lens for the photographers on your gift list! With over forty lenses in our lineup, from Fisheye to Supertelephoto and everything in between, we’ve got the right lenses!

The best all-around lenses you can buy for your Canon EOS Rebel or Nikon DX-format Camera

18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM lens

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM lens

Respected review site DPReview.com called the Sigma 18-250mm all-in-one zoom lens “the best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market” when they reviewed the lens in 2012.  It packs maximum versatility into a very compact design, covering wide angle, to telephoto, plus macro, and includes Optical Stabilizer, so you can skip the tripod even at slower shutter speeds. For a road trip across country, backpacking around Europe by train, or a family adventure to the theme park, this is the all-in-one lens that’s lightweight, compact, and incredibly versatile.

Looking for an even more compact high zoom ratio all-in-one plus macro? The  18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens offers 11x zoom, plus 1:3 macro in a lens that’s just about the same size as the basic kit zoom.

The specially designed cam of the 18-200mm offers smooth, well-damped zooming, and also curbs zoom creep when the lens is pointed skyward or downward for creative angles.

Looking for even longer reach and greater close-up magnification? The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary offers a 16.6x zoom ratio and 1:2 magnification with the optional close-up lens attachment.

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary

Looking for the best bargain telephoto lens around? At just $199, the Sigma 70-300mm Macro lets the beginner or budget-minded photographer to gain much more reach than the standard kit lens. Close up photography with 2.3x magnification at 300mm adds to the total versatility of this best-selling zoom lens!

 

The 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

The 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

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11.13.2015

By John DiGiacomo

This year while photographing fall foliage in New York’s Adirondack State Park, I added two versatile Sigma lenses to my arsenal: The Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG Art lens and the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG lens.
This image was taken along the East Branch of the Au Sable River in the Hamlet of Jay, using the Sigma 12-24mm lens mounted on a Nikon D810. I had noticed a modest clearing in the clouds working itself towards the river, so I switched to the 12-24mm and positioned myself to capture both interesting foreground and middle ground elements while the sky itself (background) was developing a show of its own. My tripod mounted camera was placed approximately 12 inches from the foreground rocks, at an angle that allowed me to include enough of the cascading water to make for an interesting middle ground. I decided to set the focal length to 12mm (122 degree angle of view) to include as much sky as possible. An aperture of f22 provided depth of field, while a shutter speed of 1/8th of a second allowed me to hold detail in the cascading water. A circular polarizing filter at set at maximum strength removed glare from the foreground rocks, while enhancing the skies texture. Lastly, a split ND filter was used to hold detail in the clouds.

Photo by John DiGiacomo

Photo by John DiGiacomo.

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11.12.2015

By Stan Trzoniec
As an outdoor writer / photographer working for close to a dozen monthly publications and books, I’m always looking for new equipment to do my job better.  One of the newer items to cross my path is this incredible Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM “Art” lens for my full frame Nikon D3 series to D4s pro cameras.  With New England my beat, I recently used it in the beginning and during this extra colorful fall season.  A week in Vermont proved the lens is exceptional with reference to clarity, sharpness and color rivaling that of the high priced optics.

1.    On a placid lake in New Hampshire the fog from the neighboring mountain helped bring this photo to life.  1/50th of a second, f/ 3.5 ISO 100 @ 35mm.

1.    On a placid lake in New Hampshire the fog from the neighboring mountain helped bring this photo to life.  1/50th of a second, f/ 3.5 ISO 100 @ 35mm.

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11.10.2015

Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum uses her three favorite lenses: 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, 85mm F1.4 DG HSM and 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, in this fifth episode of the Boudoir Photography Sessions. She explains how three different lenses can create three completely different looks in the same photo session.

Check out the images from the shoot after the jump!

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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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