By Stan Trzoniec
As an outdoor writer / photographer working for close to a dozen monthly publications and books, I’m always looking for new equipment to do my job better. One of the newer items to cross my path is this incredible Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM “Art” lens for my full frame Nikon D3 series to D4s pro cameras. With New England my beat, I recently used it in the beginning and during this extra colorful fall season. A week in Vermont proved the lens is exceptional with reference to clarity, sharpness and color rivaling that of the high priced optics.
Why an f/2 24-35mm lens you might ask? For focusing, you can’t beat a wide aperture especially when photographing fast moving trains (my specialty) or working around the outer edge of the day. For example, at dusk in the village of Grafton, Vermont, I could walk around without any disturbing shadows in this quaint town for a book project. For a shallow depth of field, it throws the background completely—yet beautifully—out of focus. At night, dimly lit street scenes are a thing of the past all without the need to raise the ISO to unfavorable limits.
This lens is exceptionally sharp from one end to the other and the only caveat is that it takes a 82mm filter, so if you’re used to the old 77mm standard, you’ll have to upgrade to fit the larger diameter.
A new railroad book by Stan Trzoniec will be available this fall in all major book stores. Titled “Vintage and Modern Diesel Locomotives” it is being published by Voyageur Press and covers the diesel locomotive from its early beginnings to present day prime movers. It will be available autographed from the author upon release.