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02.02.2016

Can Sigma lenses help you realize your bucket list?

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary and Canon 1Dx body at 600mm f/8 for 1/1600 sec. and ISO 500 hand-held.

  Absolutely! Hawaii has always been a favorite vacation location of mine. I first visited the islands of Hawaii over […]

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12.15.2015

Sigma 150-600mm Sport and Contemporary: Long Term Use Update

© Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary at 468mm f/8 for 1/1000 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 […]

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08.03.2015

The Magic of Iceland – with just four Sigma lenses

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, f/16 for 25 sec. at ISO 100 all mounted on Induro CT304 tripod and BHL3 head.  Vü Sion circular polarizer and a 10 stop solid neutral density filter.

Many people often ask me how I travel to my Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours workshop locations with my camera […]

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07.14.2015

Sigma Telephoto Lens Throwdown: Part II

Canon 1D Mark 3 with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport at 512mm @f/7.1for 1/2000 sec. and ISO 1250 hand held moving boat

In part 1 of my throwdown blog, I compared the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C lens versus the […]

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07.07.2015

Sigma Telephoto Lens Throwdown: Part I

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People often approach me at lectures and tradeshows asking me about the performance and sharpness of Sigma lenses.  I have […]

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06.23.2015

Are Teleconverters Still Relevant in Today’s Photography?

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma TC-2001 2x teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length: 600mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. | ISO 800 with Center Weighted Average Metering

In part 1 of the relevance of teleconverters, I discussed the using the new Sigma TC-1401 1.4x teleconverter out in Bosque Del Apache NWR with the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports. In this post, I will cover using the new Sigma TC-2001 2x Teleconverter. All images were photographed hand held.

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03.27.2015

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

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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03.24.2015

Are Teleconverters Still Relevant in Today’s Photography?

I had the opportunity to return to Bosque del Apache NWR a few weeks ago to lead a workshop that was sponsored by Sigma Photo, the Friends of Bosque, and Hunt’s Photo and Video. This was going to be an intensive hands-on flight photography workshop and I was bringing with me the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport as well as the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport. Why those lenses and not my beloved Sigmonster? Don’t worry, I don’t leave home without that lens but I was especially excited about testing the two shorter telephoto lenses with the brand new Sigma 1.4 and 2x teleconverters (TC).

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12.08.2014

A Night at the Very Large Array

Image copyright Roman Kurywczak Canon 1D Mark 3 body with the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 at 12mm for 30 seconds at f/5 and ISO 6400 mounted on Induro CT 304 tripod with BHL3 head.  Painted with flashlight for approximately 15 seconds.

As a Sigma Pro team member I had the privilege of being invited to give lectures and workshops at the 2014 Festival of Cranes out at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I have visited the refuge many times before, and, while I was excited about being able to photograph the birds again, I was most excited about my two nighttime lectures and workshops at the Very Large Array (VLA). These giant radio telescopes would make a great foreground subject for a star filled sky. Nobody has been allowed on the property at night since 2009, so I was very excited about taking a group out to the location. Sigma Photo would sponsor the event, and I agreed with the organizers of the festival to take out 40 participants each night. With a group that size, I knew I wouldn’t get much of a chance to take pictures myself, but it would be a great learning opportunity for the class. The image at top is one of the few I was able to take during a break in the instruction.

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12.05.2014

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

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to test out the new Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sport lens at the Festival of Cranes out in New Mexico. The images above and below are some of the first I captured with it early one morning at the Bosque del Apache NWR. What is unusual about the images is that I normally use a Canon 1D Mark 3 body, but as fate would have it, the Canon mount Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sport lens got lost on its way to the festival. What to do? Sigma tech rep and photographer Brett Wells came to my rescue and offered me his Nikon version of the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sport lens along with his Nikon D600 body. So while it was a bit uncomfortable for me working with a camera body that I wasn’t familiar with, I had no problem putting the lens through its paces. After all, Sigma makes most of their lenses in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and Sigma mounts. As I returned to the festival tent I had a surprise awaiting me as the case with the Canon mount Sigma 150-600mm Sport had just came in and was at our booth. I could now use that lens for the next few days in combination with my Canon 1D Mark 3 body.

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