Are you still using your kits lens? Let Sigma expand your photographic horizons and help you easily make better pictures!
If you–or someone you know–owns a DSLR, but are still only using the kit lens and pop up flash, you’ve got to check out this fantastic all-in-one package pairing our hottest strobe and all-in-one zoom lens.
This amazing kit will seriously expand your photographic horizons and is compatible with the most popular DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony! Now’s the time to take total control of your DSLR with this true all-in-one package that will instantly expand your reach, range, and lighting options for amazing memories.
The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro all about being ready for anything! This is a compact, versatile all-in-one lens. It offers amazing reach and range–it’s a 13.8X wide angle to telephoto zoom–into a three inch long totally compact package complete with Optical Stabilizer for eliminating camera shake. Wide Angle landscapes, sports action, family portraits, and close-ups of even the tiniest details are what this lens is all about! (Visit the product page and watch the video.)
And the EF-610 DG ST Flash gives the ease of use of the pop-up flash, but with much more light-throwing power. And while it is simple to operate, it offers pro-level flexibility for bounce, swivel, and other creative lighting effects.
And if you think Flash is only for nighttime and dim indoor conditions–think again! This flash is perfect for taming even the harshest midday shadows and adding fantastic “pop” to outdoor portraits at sunset.
Together, this lens and flash combo will instantly expand your creative horizons.
Here’s several ways the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro and EF-610 DG ST Flash blow away the kit lens and pop-up flash to help you making stronger photos
Total Reach and Range
- Compared to the standard variable aperture kit lens, the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro offers a high 13.8x zoom ratio equating to 28mm at the wide side to approx 375mm on the long side on most APS-C DSLRs. This zoom range offers creative control for sweeping landscapes to pulling distant subjects in much closer. With a quick zoom of the barrel, you can quickly and creatively recompose as you wish. And Optical Stabilizer helps keep shots sharp at slower shutter speeds by minimizing camera movements.
- And the EF-610 DG ST Flash has a much more light output than a pop-up flash, with a powerful 61 Guide Number at ISO 100. It automatically adjusts its beam spread for optimum performance from 28mm to 105mm, and has a built-in diffuser panel to cover an 18mm field of view for wide-angle shots.
- Combined, this lens and flash is ready for adventure family! Kids move fast, and the ability to zoom wide to take in the whole scene, or very tight, to catch a special expression and soften the background without missing a moment while swapping lenses makes this combo perfect for keeping up with the pace of real life!
Macro and Close-up Capture
- This lens will capture macro at 1:2.9 magnification at 250mm. That’s one-third life-sized to capture even the finest details and the Optical Stabilizer in the lens will keep the shots sharp for natural light macros. If you want to add light to your macros, the EF-610 DG ST Flash can tilt down to -7º to better aim the light for macro capture with no lens barrel shadow problem typical of using the pop-up flash for macro.
- Close-up capture is great for telling a part of the story in small details, such as a big snowflake on a child’s mitten, or to close-up on a single rose on a table while the newlyweds dance in the background. And of course, for selling anything online through eBay or Craigslist, a close-up shot can really show the quality of an item!
- Most sports photography happens at a distance, and the long telephoto reach of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 will get you much closer to the action than the typical 50mm or 70mm reach of a kit lens. It’s the difference between making a photo that looks like it’s shot from the bleachers and one that looks like you’re right in the action. And for nighttime youth sports, the EF-610 Flash is much stronger to throw light a good distance, and will recycle much, much quicker than the pop-up flash.
- When it comes to sports, freezing the action comes from using the fastest shutter speeds possible. Switching to Sports Program or Aperture-Priority Program will help ensure the camera is trying to balance the exposure while keeping the shutter speed as fast as possible. And switching to Continuous Autofocus will also make sure that the camera is keeping up with the moving action.
- Whether it’s a buffalo at Yellowstone, or a Yellow Warbler at the backyard feeder, wildlife photography usually happens at a distance. And the long zoom range of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 will help you fill the frame without endangering you or the animals.
- Optical Stabilizer can help keep shots of wildlife sharp when the animal is still by minimizing camera shake during shots with slower shutter speeds. But remember, OS works by minimizing camera movement, so it can’t really freeze a fast-moving bird or horse–only a very fast shutter speed does that.
Family Portraiture (Indoors)
- At 18mm, this lens is wide enough to get everyone in the frame, even in smaller rooms. And you can fill the frame at family gathering edge-to-edge and everyone will look natural. And that 13.8 zoom range allows for a lot of creativity and flexibility–the same scene captured at 50mm, 125mm, and 250mm will look very different on the final image, with the background getting more soft and abstract as you zoom in. And around the holiday season, Christmas Trees and other festive lighted displays make beautiful backdrops. Experiment and
- The EF-610 DG ST Flash has a built-in bounce card, which, combined with the swivel and bounce features, help shape, soften and sculpt the light in indoor photos. Using the built-in bounce card, or aiming the bounce-swivel head of the strobe at a light-colored wall or ceiling, to diffuse the light, will eliminate redeye offers much more flattering light for your family moments–posed and candid! Depending on the distance to the light-bouncing surface, you may need to crank up the flash output through the camera menu to avoid some underexposure–experiment, check your LCD and adjust as necessary!
Family Portraiture (Outdoors)
- Everything about the reach and range of the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 also makes it perfect for candid and posed outdoor memories. At the wide end, this lens is great for off-center subjects close to the lens with a sweeping vista behind. And zoomed in some, or all the way to 250mm, will soften the background and really bring the attention straight to your subjects, while also offering enough depth of field to keep everyone’s whole body in sharp focus.
- Flash isn’t just for nighttime and cave-light interiors any more! Outdoor portraiture, at any time of day, can benefit from the addition of an accessory flash. Fill-flash from the Sigma EF-610 DG ST Flash will soften the hard shadows of midday while adding lovely catchlights to eyes. And sunrise and sunset portraits with the flash dialed back through the Flash exposure settings can be downright magical.
Travel, Adventures, and On The Go
- When the call of the day is maximizing versatility in the smallest possible way, the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 and EF-610DG ST Flash are a great all-in-one-solution. Whether it’s a day hike through a canyon, or a climb up a world-famous landmark, this compact package is ready for making your memories without needing to lug a much heavier camera bag. Thanks to Optical Stabilizer, you’ll nail sharp shots without the tripod, and the flash can light it up with creative and professional-looking results. Over your shoulder, or slung in a day bag, this combo is ready for your ’round the world or around the block adventures–without weighing you down!
This package makes a great gift idea for photographers–feel free to share this blog and special pricing offer with your friends and family who may also be interested!
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