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03.25.2016

For the last two weeks I have been shooting a ski travel story in Switzerland for a few different magazines and websites. Helping me capture the action and tell the story is Sigma’s new all-in-one lens, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DGC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary lens.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action.  Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 28mm f/10  1/1600 sec.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action. Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 20mm f/10 1/1600 sec.

This great little lens has proven to be incredibly versatile and I have used it to shoot a great variety of subjects. Its lightweight and small size make it a no-brainer to pack on an international trip when luggage space is tight.  And the image quality is what you would expect from Sigma’s Contemporary line…excellent!

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9  1/1250 sec.

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9 1/1250 sec.

Our guide in Andermatt Oswald Tschumperlin (Ozzy for short) at the top of one of our tours. Ski areas in the Alps are far larger and riddled with hazards.  When going off piste it is highly recommended to hire a guide.

Our guide in Andermatt Oswald Tschumperlin (Ozzy for short) at the top of one of our tours. Ski areas in the Alps are far larger and riddled with hazards. When going off piste it is highly recommended to hire a guide.

Our guide in Andermatt Oswald Tschumperlin (Ozzy for short) at the top of one of our tours. A quick zoom changes the focal length to give very different feels to the images.

Our guide in Andermatt Oswald Tschumperlin (Ozzy for short) at the top of one of our tours. A quick zoom changes the focal length to give very different feels to the images.

Its massive focal range covering wide to supertele makes it a great choice for those seeking a one lens solution for a project, assignment, or adventure.

On this shot I wanted to pull in the majesty of the Alps so I had my skier on a far off slope and shot at 230mm. On my Canon 7DMKII this equates to 368mm on full frame. Skier John Trousdale. ISO 200 at 1/1600 sec. at f/10

On this shot I wanted to pull in the majesty of the Alps so I had my skier on a far off slope and shot at 230mm. On my Canon 7DMKII this equates to 368mm on full frame. Skier John Trousdale. ISO 200 at 1/1600 sec. at f/10

Mountain goats.

Mountain goats.

My previous shot had been shot wide and my next shot would be mid telephoto.  This time my skier is deep in powder while the town of Disentis enjoys spring thousands of feet below. ISO 200 at 189mm f/8  1/1250sec.

My previous shot had been shot wide and my next shot would be mid telephoto. This time my skier is deep in powder while the town of Disentis enjoys spring thousands of feet below. ISO 200 at 189mm f/8 1/1250sec.

Travelling by Swiss Rail is incredibly efficient, much like shooting with the 18-300.  Using Macro I got a nice detail shot of a well earned beer on the train and a map view of a few of the places we would be skiing including Andermatt and Disentis. ISO 400 56mm f/7.1 at 1/500sec.

Travelling by Swiss Rail is incredibly efficient, much like shooting with the 18-300. Using Macro I got a nice detail shot of a well earned beer on the train and a map view of a few of the places we would be skiing including Andermatt and Disentis. ISO 400 56mm f/7.1 at 1/500sec.

Once again shooting wide I capture the local farmers performing on their traditional Swiss Alphorns. ISO 200 at 18mm f/8  1/1250sec.

Once again shooting wide I capture the local farmers performing on their traditional Swiss Alphorns. ISO 200 at 18mm f/8 1/1250sec.

To round out the package it is also equipped with OS (Optical Stabilization) and Macro.  If you are a casual traveler looking for a one lens solution or a professional shooter wanting a smaller, lighter rig for certain situations then the 18-300 is the way to go!

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