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04.06.2015
© 2015 Steve Chesler |

© 2015 Steve Chesler |

Shooting hockey tournaments on a regular basis, I consider myself a seasoned veteran on the ins and outs of shooting hockey, such as keeping the equipment up and running in cold rinks and how to adjust for the challenging lighting situations. As experienced as I am with these, I still feel I was caught a little off guard when I agreed to shoot the Great Lakes Girls Hockey League Playoff Tournament at an outdoor twin rink complex in Buffalo in late February.

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04.01.2015

We are pleased to announce Ed Ruth, of Bakersfield, California as our first #SigmaSuperFan! We were very impressed with Ed’s thoughtful approach the the question: “What makes you a Sigma SuperFan?”

Here’s our favorite quote:

“A lens must be more than a pathway for light, to capture my attention; it must have some motivation behind it and that is what I get from Sigma. I have no doubts that the people who engineer and assemble Sigma lenses have a sense of purpose and a drive to demonstrate a love of photograph and service to customers. I didn’t become a Sigma SuperFan out of blind devotion, I became devoted after using Sigma lenses and being pleasantly amazed at the results.”

Ed Ruth, Bakersfield, CA, is our first Sigma SuperFan.

Ed Ruth, from Bakersfield, CA, is our first Sigma SuperFan.

Now retired, Ed Ruth, worked for nearly three decades in the US Department of the Interior in eight different states as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. He’s published eBooks on building a custom home computer designed to work with today’s high resolution cameras, and he teaches a monthly photo workshops at his local camera store (learn more here.) . A long time photographer, he’s just recently become a #SigmaSuperFan, after purchasing the 10-20mm about two years ago.  He’s now added several more Sigma lenses to his kit, including the 50mm F1.4 | Art and the 18-35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

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04.01.2015

We are choosing a Sigma SuperFan winner every month from April to December. You could be the next! Enter for a chance to win by telling us what motivated you to buy a Sigma product.

Keep scrolling to see an overview of our winners.

July: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winners Alex and Lila Trejo

Alex and Lila Trejo of Northern Virginia, outside of DC, work together as photographers in their studio; as well as being husband and wife! We were struck by their shared passion for photography, and their love for Sigma lenses. Here’s the details from our great chat with our July #SigmaSuperFan!”

More about Alex and Lila

June: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Kathy Wall

Kathy has lived most of her life in Minnesota. She says, “I love the four seasons and the opportunities they bring for photography. I have been married to my husband for 35 years and we have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a handsome 5 year old grandson. I worked at a large retailer for 26 years in the Finance Dept. I retired 9 years ago and bought my first DSLR camera with the money I received as a retirement gift.”

More about Kathy

May: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Richard Bagdonas

Richard is a passionate hobbyist, who first got into photography with a 35mm film camera many years ago. After a long break, he got back into digital photography about three years ago when his son, Daniel, purchased him a DSLR kit as a father’s day gift. He’s got the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro and 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lenses in his bag, while his son has just picked up the 150-500mm F5-6.3 as well! We had a great conversation with Richard about his photography.

More about Richard

April: Congrats to Sigma SuperFan Winner Ed Ruth

Now retired, Ed Ruth, worked for nearly three decades in the US Department of the Interior in eight different states as a Law Enforcement Ranger in the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. He’s published eBooks on building a custom home computer designed to work with today’s high resolution cameras, and he teaches a monthly photo workshops at his local camera store (learn more here.) . A long time photographer, he’s just recently become a #SigmaSuperFan, after purchasing the 10-20mm about two years ago.  He’s now added several more Sigma lenses to his kit, including the 50mm F1.4 | Art and the 18-35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

More about Ed

 

Are You a Sigma SuperFan, too? Let us know here!

04.01.2015

This week I point my camera toward a smaller breed. It’s one that’s popular with budget-minded pet owners. Today we’ll photograph wiener dogs, a German breed that dates back to at least 13th Century.

Initially I intended to photograph a neighbor’s wiener dog, but, the truth is, our family fell in love with these diminutive beauties, so we bought one. Or, more precisely, we bought a whole pack of them.

To begin my portrait project, I decided that I wanted to create some high key Curious Critters

My Dad loved his Dachshund as a boy, so we looked into wiener dogs. Turns out, they are much easier to photograph, not to mention care for, than Labs. Here is a high key ‘Curious Critters’ portrait of a single wiener dog. Nikon D800E, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens at f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

My Dad loved his Dachshund as a boy, so we looked into wiener dogs. Turns out, they are much easier to photograph, not to mention care for, than Labs. Here is a high key ‘Curious Critters’ portrait of a single wiener dog. Nikon D800E, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens at f/16, 1/250 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

I began with a wiener side view. In profile, its pleasant appearance is evident, and, with good lighting, it’s classic side burns shine.

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03.31.2015

Part I: Aspect Ratios and In-Camera Black and White

© 2015 Ryan Brown

© 2015 Ryan Brown

The Sigma dp Quattro series of cameras is a great camera for a number of reasons.  Not only is the camera one of the sharpest digital cameras on the market, but also purists will love it for its true film like qualities.

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03.27.2015

By Jim Schmelzer

It can be a challenge to think of some great images when photographing weddings.  I have a couple signature images I always love though.

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

One of them is the Bride sitting on her bed holding her wedding dress.  First, I have her sit on the bed and cross her ankles.  I then bring the dress up to her and have her hold it.  I always make sure the dress is all smoothed out and fixed nicely.  I place her bouquet in a vase next to the bed for accent.  I like to try and suggest clothing for the Bride when doing this pose, as jeans are not classy enough.

Then we move on to the most important factor in creating this image- lighting!  I like to try and light it in a way that other photographers don’t, so my work stands out.  I place a spotlight on the Bride’s face and bounce a fill light in the room to give detail to the shadows.  I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm.  I set my exposure at F/13 at 100 ISO.

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03.27.2015
© 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

© 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

I finally got a chance to get my hands on the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary while I was down in Ft. Myers for the Florida Camera Club Councils annual conference.  I had a ½ day free before and after the conference and I was eager to get out and put the lens through its paces and compare its performance against the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport version.

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03.26.2015

In Dec I was able to get my hands on a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Nikon mount for short tour at one of the most famous bird photography spots in the US, Bosque del Apache. The first thing I noticed about this lens is the compact size, for a 600mm lens, its about the same size as one of my favorites, the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S lens. The lens weighs just over 6 pounds so it is a lot lighter, by about 2.5 lbs than my 500mm f/4 prime lens, or about 5 pounds less than a 600mm f/4 lens so its definitely easy to handle, even for hand-holding. The lens is compact and light enough to make hand-holding possible for most people after some time with the lens.

The lens is one of Sigma’s new Global Vision lens designs so its really reassuring to a professional to have the top level engineering, materials and construction in these lenses. The lens has a new tripod mount design, super sturdy metal lens hood metal and the lens is dust and splash-proof with new water & oil repellent coating on the front and rear glass elements. Time will tell but so far this new lens has proven to be at least as tough as my other Sigma lenses so it should stand up to professional use without any issues.

Pintails at sunrise. Bosque del Apache New Mexico main pool. | © 2015 Robert OToole | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Nikon D810, 1/250 s, f/8, 280mm Auto ISO 900, EV 0, Manual mode, Jobu MK3 gimbal head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Pintails at sunrise. Bosque del Apache New Mexico main pool. | © 2015 Robert OToole | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Nikon D810, 1/250 s, f/8, 280mm Auto ISO 900, EV 0, Manual mode, Jobu MK3 gimbal head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

This lens really features a big improvement in the tripod mount design compared to older designs like the 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM and 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM. The lens tripod mount is super smooth and the design is great for handholding.  When you rest your palm on the foot the zoom ring is just the right distance away and easily within reach of your fingers. The new tripod foot has a removable lower portion, a first for Sigma, which is great news for quick release system users like me.

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03.24.2015
©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma 1.4 teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length:  840mm | Aperture: f/9 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800 Left AF point manually chosen with Center Weighted Average Metering

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma 1.4 teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length: 840mm | Aperture: f/9 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800 Left AF point manually chosen with Center Weighted Average Metering

The simple answer is absolutely! In this 2-part blog I will review the performance of both the new Sigma 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (TC).

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03.23.2015

Introducing a new instructional video series from Sigma Pro Judy Host about making fantastic photographs of children, from maternity through teen years!

Utilizing a variety of Sigma lenses, Judy offers great insight for making powerful photos on location, and in the studio, along with post-processing tips and tricks.

Watch the series

Introduction (this video)

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

Episode 2: Babies and Toddlers

 

Check back each month for a new episode!

Intro