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01.22.2019

Intro

If you are seeking super-high resolution images without investing tens of thousands of dollars in a medium format system, the Sigma sd Quattro H camera paired with legendary yet affordable Sigma Global Vision (SGV) lenses, may be the answer for you.

The Sigma sd Quattro H offers extraordinary resolution, accurate colors with smooth gradations, and an ergonomic body with excellent control of the camera’s settings. In addition, the sd Quattro H is made even more powerful when its files are processed in  Sigma’s PhotoPro software or, if using the
DNG file option, in Adobe Camera RAW.

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01.18.2019

With the release of the brand new Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art lens, we asked for first impressions of the lens from our Sigma Ambassadors and fans. Come and see their images and read what they have to say about this awesome addition to the Sigma Art line!

Meg Loeks

The Sigma Art 40mm is an incredible lens. One of my favorite things about it is its ability to rock low light. I shot with this lens in both natural and artificial low light and it was sharp and fast. Not to mention the dynamic range of this lens, especially in tough lighting situations, makes it a favorite for me. The lens is durable which is crucial as I tend to not be very gentle with my gear while out hiking with my boys. Most importantly, it lives up to the Sigma Art name with its sharpness even when photographing fast moving children.

© Meg Loeks 2018 | 1/160 sec, F2, ISO 640 | Canon 5D Mark IV

© Meg Loeks 2018 | 1/160 sec, F1.6, ISO 800 | Canon 5D Mark IV

© Meg Loeks 2018 | 1/200 sec, F3.2, ISO 640 | Canon 5D Mark IV

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01.08.2019

Sigma Ambassadors

The Sigma Ambassadors are a collection of talented, up-and-coming photographers who utilize Sigma gear in their respective artistic pursuits. The Ambassadors operate in a variety of arenas of photography and film including astrophotography, portraiture, concert photography and more – a testament to just how comprehensive the ever-growing line-up of Sigma products is.

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01.03.2019

Recently here at Yonder Blue Films, based near Atlanta, Georgia, we were fortunate to be asked by Blackmagic Design to be one of the first production companies to try out their new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on a project. I started Yonder Blue Films over six and a half years ago, and during that time we have moved towards combining Blackmagic Design cameras with the Sigma lenses to meet the needs of our many clients and projects. We’ve worked on everything from fundraiser videos, to commercials, to tentpole feature films for major studios. Prior to starting Yonder Blue Films, the bulk of my 20+ year career was in television. And while we’ve used other camera and lens brands at times, the majority of our work is shot with the combination of Blackmagic Design and Sigma gear because we get consistent, high-quality results from gear that we can own. We do rent gear on occasion, and have some great rental houses here in Atlanta, but sometimes that isn’t an option when a client calls and needs to get started on a project right away.

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12.27.2018

The Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art  lens carries on a weighty tradition: it’s a Sigma Global Vision update on the company’s legendary Macro 70mm F2.8 EX DG, renown for its incredible sharpness. While those experienced with this go-to macro might find it hard to imagine improving upon the previous version, the new Art lens does that and more.

Sharp, contrasty, and with an oh-so-pleasing bokeh, the Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art is a welcome addition to your bag, whether you shoot nature, small wildlife, travel, architecture, commercial, weddings, or portraits.

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12.19.2018

To back button focus or not? This is an interesting debate among sport shooters and hobbyists alike. I can tell you from experience it is the most unnatural thing to start doing and takes a great deal of practice and patience before it suddenly becomes second nature.

Straight out of the box, virtually every interchangeable lens camera has Autofocus assigned to the shutter button.  So, when you pick up the camera and push the shutter button, first it searches for focus, and then, once focus is achieved, it opens the shutter and takes your photo.  On the surface, this seems the perfect way to get more shots in focus. But it makes the shutter do double or triple -duty, and can slow down the process when timing means everything. The Back-button focus technique can make the camera more responsive since the shutter button is now charged, first and foremost, with the task for which it is named: opening and closing the shutter.

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12.18.2018

Photographer, and Sigma Technical Representative Mike Hill, has mastered the art of visual storytelling. He uses his camera to take the viewer into a different world through his strong series of photographs. He says you should “build interest about your story with strong opening images that evoke curiosity.” In this series, he shoots everything with Sigma glass, and the beautiful pictures speak for themselves.

© 2018 Mike Hill | Sigma 50mm F1.5 Art | 1/320 sec at f/1.4 | Sony A7R Mark III

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12.17.2018

The central display at of “Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined” at the Missouri Botanical Garden included mythical animals, a spinning globe, and bursts of fire. A reasonably high ISO paired with a moderately fast shutter stopped the action. Nikon D800E, Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art at 12mm. f/8, 1/60 second, ISO 800. Photo © 2018 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved

Two thousand years ago, when Chinese Emperor Ming noticed lanterns being hung in Buddhist temples, he liked them so much he ordered all homes, temples, and his palace to light lanterns as part of a yearly celebration—the beginning, as the story goes, of the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Fortunately for photographers, this tradition is still carried on today, albeit on a far grander scale. Simple paper lanterns illuminated by candles have been replaced by steel structures, covered with all hues of silk, rayon, and other materials, illuminated with bright electric bulbs. These modern day lanterns are set aglow in public gardens, arboretums, fairgrounds, and other venues every year.

If you are lucky enough to visit one of these extraordinary displays, be sure to bring your camera. You will have opportunities to take some of the most colorful images you have ever captured.

Below are pro tips for photographing these spectacles of culture, artistry, and magnificent light.

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12.12.2018

I can’t remember a time when on assignment to photograph a client, I would think to myself, if I could only use one lens, which one would it be? It’s only been in the last few years that I discovered the brilliance of a lens that fits this description, Sigma’s 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | A.

©Judy Host 2017 Created with Sigma’s 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | A. lens at f 4.0 s 1/640 ISO 160 31.0 Focal Length Manual mode, Natural light and hand held.

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12.11.2018

We sent Sigma Ambassador Jack Fusco one of the first samples of the 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens that arrived here in the US, and he quickly put it to great use, capturing this incredible shot of Comet 46P / Wirtanen, along with his girlfriend, Rachel, and their dog, Kona, in the Anse Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California.

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