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Tag: Wildlife Photography
09.26.2013

Why I love Zoom Lenses for Wildlife Photography

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 | Focal length: 800mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/1600 sec. | ISO 800

I have been a photographer for over 25 years and I must confess that I prefer zoom lenses to fixed […]

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09.24.2013

Secrets to Success with the Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM

Brown bears at play, Alaska. Nikon D4, Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, handheld, 1/1000th s, f8, at 500mm, ISO 3200, Dynamic-area AF, 51 point 3D. Hand-held. Image copyright 2013 Robert OToole Photography

The Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM is one of my favorite lenses of all time. My copy has been there by my side shooting in rain, snow, freezing low temps, scorching high temps and more delivering the sharp images I need month after month.

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08.19.2013

Mistakes, Mess-ups, and Missteps: It Happens to Everyone

One of our key missions here with the No Fear Photography blog postings is to teach photographers to take more creative control of their cameras in order to make stronger photos because taking the camera off full-auto-everything puts the power of shutter speeds, ISO and F-stops firmly in your hands. There’s many more variables, too, such as white balance, single/continuous Autofocus or manual focus, and so on to be tweaked and tuned. And the more controls you adjust, the more chance there is, that at some point in your photography, you are going to miss a shot due to operator error.

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07.23.2013

Nature Photography with the Sigma SD1 Merrill

© 2013 Alex Filatov | Camera: SD1 Merrill | 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM | Shutter speed: 1/25 sec | Focal length: 24mm | Aperture: f16 | ISO: 100

When Sigma offered me the chance to shoot with the flagship SD1 Merrill DSLR, I jumped on the opportunity to extensively explore the abilities of the Foveon X3 censor at the heart of the camera. Knowing that my plans involved photographing the natural beauty of the mountainous American West allowed for the selection of several lenses from Sigma’s fine catalog most suited for that purpose – the 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM wide angle, the 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM mid range zoom and the 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM telephoto.

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07.15.2013

Birding with Sigma’s 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

© Roman Kurywczak

When I set out to do wildlife photography, I always have my Sigma 300-800mm lens with me mounted on one camera body and the newest addition to my arsenal; the Sigma 120-300mm mounted on another. I absolutely love the versatility and reach of that combination. It is unmatched by any combination on the market today. I have always used both lenses for a while with great results, but I wanted to see how the budget friendly Sigma 150-500mm worked in the field because sometimes, it is nice to travel light! Another big factor is that many people simply can’t afford the higher end lenses and I would love to give them another option, but I did have a few questions myself that needed to be answered. Was the lens sharp…..even all the way out to 500mm? I set out one morning a few weeks ago and started testing the lens out on simple portraits like the one below. I patiently waited for the bird to walk into some nice sand.

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07.02.2013

Wildlife Photography with the 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak |

I have been looking for an intermediate telephoto zoom lens to add to my lens arsenal. I have owned the Canon 100-400mm lens for a while now but I have never been happy with its sharpness or overall performance and the push pull mechanism for zooming was not very smooth and made tracking while zooming difficult. I was looking at 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses but I felt that I wanted a bit more reach for an intermediate telephoto zoom lens. Someone suggested that I try out the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 and it looked to be a great idea as it fit nicely in my lens lineup between my wide angle lenses that ranged up to 128mm and my super telephoto Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 lens.

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07.02.2013

Q&A with safari photographer David Cardinal

Lions

A Q&A with pro photographer David Cardinal where he discusses tips for safari photography.

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06.15.2013

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports: Hands-On

There’s so much to love about the new Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens, the third iteration of this unique fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens that pairs the performance of a 300mm F2.8 with the versatility of a constant-aperture zoom for quickly adjusting the composition.

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05.08.2013

Choosing the “Right” ISO for Wildlife Photography

© Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 @ 687mm | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec | Aperture: f/8 | ISO 800

I never imagined that choosing the “right” ISO for wildlife photography would be the most controversial subject that I would teach. If you ask many pros about which ISO you should use, the most frequent response you will get is: “Choose an ISO based on what you are shooting”. If you are shooting a portrait of a bird or animal, choose a low ISO and when shooting action, select a higher ISO.

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05.01.2013

Sigma Optimization Pro and USB Dock: Screencast Demo

Sigma Optimization Pro Splash Screen

The Sigma USB Dock paired with Sigma Optimization Pro software brings lens customization to an entirely new level. Photographers can now personally update the firmware of Sigma’s new Global Vision lenses and make performance enhancements including multi-zone microfocus adjustments of +/-20 from the factory default settings.

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