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06.30.2016

Summer is a great time to hit the road and make amazing memories and fantastic photos! Wherever your trail leads, Sigma has a lens that is perfect for your vacation style!

To the beach, to the lakes, to the mountains, Sigma has a lens that's perfect for your vacation style!

To the beach, to the lakes, to the mountains! Sigma has a lens that’s perfect for your vacation style.

 

The best camera lenses for the beaches, bays, and lakes

All-in-one All-Star

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This high zoom ratio lens covers a lot of focal distance without ever having to change lenses, perfect for sandy, mist-sprayed seasides. From wide angle to supertele with a flick of the wrist, it can take in the whole of the beach one instant, and then fill the frame with surfers on the waves, or birds on the rocks. Optical Stabilizer keeps shots sharp at slower shutter speeds, meaning you can skip the tripod in many situations. Adding to its versatility is its close-up abilities, offering 1:2 magnification with the close-up adapter lens, perfect for details of starfish, sandcrabs, and the most amazing shells. Currently offered at $499 this is the best bargain one-lens solution around!

Travel with the 18-300mm | C lens!

Beaches, Boardwalks, and Fireworks: Day and Night specialist

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The 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS Macro HSM | Contemporary is a serious upgrade to the standard kit lens. The fast-aperture design makes is perfect for seascapes, seaside portraiture, and boardwalk action shots both day and night, including fireworks. And 1:3 macro for closeups adds to the versatility.

See the 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 in action at the beach here!

Great Fireworks Tips and Tricks!

Best lenses for Birders on a budget

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The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens is a full-frame supertelephoto zoom lens with Sigma’s incredible, exclusive feature set including lens customization for AF speed, focus limiters, and zoom lock at all marked focal lengths. Offered at just $989 on Instant Savings through June 30th, this lens delivers outstanding long-reach imagery of shorebirds, windsurfers, sailboats and other seaside subjects. Want even more reach? Bundle it with the 1.4 teleconverter!

Terns on the beach, as seen through the 150-600mm Contemporary lens. 1/1250 F8 ISO 400 at 600mm on a 6D.

Terns on the beach, as seen through the 150-600mm Contemporary lens. 1/1250 F8 ISO 400 at 600mm on a 6D.

Learn why this lightweight supertele is a game-changer for all-day long-reach photography!

Another great option that’s brand new for summer 2017 is the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens!  At just over two and a half pounds, this lightweight zoom offer long reach, blazingly fast autofocus and Sigma’s exclusive lens customization with the USB Dock. 

A snowy egret takes flight from a tidal pond as seen through the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens paired with a Canon 6D. 1/1000 F6.3 ISO 500 at 400mm.

See the 100-400mm in a birding sneak peek posting! 

Best Lenses for Aquariums

Eye contact with a shark at the Adventure Aquarium. Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art at 24mm. 1/80 F2 at ISO 1600. RAW photo worked up in Adobe Camera Raw. We'll go into the full workup later in this piece.

Eye contact with a shark at the Adventure Aquarium. Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art at 24mm. 1/80 F2 at ISO 1600. RAW photo worked up in Adobe Camera Raw. We’ll go into the full workup later in this piece.

Making photos in aquariums can be very challenging, but very rewarding, as you can learn here. A fast-aperture wide zoom makes it a lot easier. Full-frame photographers should take a serious look at the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom, the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens, while photographers working with APS-C DSLRs should check out the 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens. Both feature prime lens performance and sharp images at super-fast apertures, perfect for the dim lighting conditions of indoor aquariums.

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 is the world's first F2 full-frame zoom lens.

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 is the world’s first F2 full-frame zoom lens.

On a tighter budget? Look at the 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS Macro HSM | Contemporary!

Best Accessory filter for Postcard-like Skies with Clouds that Really Pop

A Weather-Resistant Circular Polarizer is one of the most useful accessories for all photographers to carry in their bag. These filters can enhance sky contrast for the bluest skies and whitest clouds, as well as cut glares on windows, lakes, and other reflective surfaces. Offered in the most popular lens thread sizes, these classic filters are still crucial accessories that simply cannot have their full effect emulated in digital processing!

This seaside inn really "pops" thanks to the use of a Circular Polarizer.

This seaside inn and the clouds really “pop” off the rich blue sky thanks to the use of a Circular Polarizer.

Best Lenses for Zoos

The compact high-zoom superstar (again!)

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The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM | Contemporary is a lightweight, high-zoom ratio lens that is perfect for group shots at the wide end and with a 450mm equivalent focal length at the tele end, offers a lot of reach for filling the frame with exotic creatures. This 16.6x zoom lens weighs just about a pound and is only four inches long when packed, meaning it fits easily into a small multi-purpose bag, perfect for family outings.

The long-reach, lightweight, pro lens (again!)

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The beauty of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens is its pairing of long-reach zoom, pro-caliber image quality, and a lightweight design focused on all-day photography. At just over four pounds, most photographers can easily hand-hold the lens without the need of a tripod or monopod, which may not be allowed in many zoos! And Optical Stabilizer helps when shutter speeds slow down, meaning you’re more likely to land sharp shot, even without that bulky tripod.

What’s the difference between Sigma’s two 150-600mm lenses?

The Best Long-Reach Lens that’s rugged and weather-proof for the wildest conditions

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports is the long-reach supertele zoom in total beast mode. With a Splash-proof, dust proof design and an aluminum alloy barrel, this is the lens for the most hardcore of outdoor photographers. Undeterred by rain and dust, thanks to rugged construction and full gasketing, this lens is ready for the wildest conditions.

See the 150-600mm Sports in action capturing Snow Monkeys in the north of Japan!

The best lenses for night sky photography

Art after Dark

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art at f/1.4 for 15 second at ISO 3200.

© 2016 Roman Kurywczak | Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art at f/1.4 for 15 second at ISO 3200.

The full-frame Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, and the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art are favorites among night-sky photographers for the expansive field of view, and sharp edge to edge image quality, even at wider apertures.

The strongest lens protector filters for DSLR Camera lenses

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world's first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world’s first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

Sigma’s exclusive WR Ceramic Protector filters are exceptionally strong and clear lens protector filters that defend your lenses in the harshest conditions. Offered in the most popular filter thread sizes, these tough filters protect your lens investment.

See just how tough the Ceramic Protector filters are in this demo!

The Best Lens Adapter for Sony E-Mount cameras

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The Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter allows the full line of Sigma Global Vision lenses in Canon EF or Sigma SA mount to be paired with the wildly popular Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras, including the most popular Art prime lenses such as the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A and the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A.

Here’s a hands-on review of the MC-11!

Best Lenses for Dreamy Portraits

©Judy Host 2014 | Lens : 50mm F1.4 DG HSM I A | Aperture: F1.4 | Shutter speed: 1/500sec | ISO 100 | Manual Mode | Natural Light | Make up and Hair by Jennie Carroll | Stylist – Judy Host

©Judy Host 2014 | Lens : 50mm F1.4 DG HSM I A | Aperture: F1.4 | Shutter speed: 1/500sec | ISO 100 | Manual Mode | Natural Light | Make up and Hair by Jennie Carroll | Stylist – Judy Host

The full-frame Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art , 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, and 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art all pair razor-sharp focal plane focus, even at widest apertures—perfect for gorgeously blurred backgrounds thanks to nine rounded aperture blades. These lenses are favorites of working pros in news, wedding, and portraiture!

Working with an APS-C DSLR? The 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art is the most economical F1.4 Art Prime!

Want a Mirrorless F1.4 lens that’s super-sharp and economical? Check out the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | C for micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount!

Best Lenses for Skateboarding, BMX and Action Sports

Sigma Pro Liam Doran is a big fan of the 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM.

Ultrawides and Fisheyes are signature lenses of this breed of action photography, offering great depth of field to showcase the athletes and the environment. Rectilinear lenses like the 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM keep straight lines straight while taking in sweeping fields of view, while Fisheye lenses cover a full 180 degrees and offer a warped perspective perfect for amplifying the energy in the frame.

Check out Sigma Pro Liam Doran’s work with the 10-20mm F3.5!

 The Best Lenses for the Indy HDSLR Filmmaker

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The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art and the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art are the world’s only F1.8 zoom lens combo for APS-C HDSLRs, perfect both for stills, and gorgeous cinematography. Nine rounded aperture blades render lovely soft backgrounds, and Art lens design keeps the focal plane razor sharp even wide open, perfect for ambient lighting and atmospheric productions.

Check out this indy music video shot with the 18-35mm F1.8 |Art and 50mm F1.4 Art!

The Best lenses for Hiking and Backpacking

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When you want maximum versatility in the smallest possible package, an all-in-one is the way to go. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM | C is the smallest all-in-one in the lineup, offering 28-300mm equivalent focal range. The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM | C offers the highest zoom ratio in the Sigma lineup and a 28-450mm equivalent range. Either way, you’re covered for wide angle to telephoto, plus detailed close-up in one compact lens that’s perfect for traveling light without sacrificing reach and range. And Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer means you can skip the tripod in most situations, too!

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Learn more about all-in-ones for on the trail photography!

For the Ultimate in Still Image Quality

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Pixel for pixel, Sigma cameras with our exclusive Foveon Sensor are amazingly sharp, with a tactile quality the the images that truly must be seen to be appreciated. For landscapes worthy of framing large, these methodical niche cameras cannot be beat. The dp Quattro compacts offer four Sigma prime lens choices ranging from ultrawide to short tele, while the sd Quattro and sd Quattro H are the first mirrorless interchangeable camera offered by Sigma, and allows for the full line of Art, Sports, and Contemporary lenses to be paired with the quattro-generation Foveon sensor.

 And Here’s the full Lens lineup! Hunting Bugs? Maybe a dedicated Macro is right for you! Craving sweeping landscapes? Search for an ultrawide! Which other Sigma lenses are just right for you?

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  1. I have a few C versions….they are tack sharp…good color, as good as Canon EF’s and work with my Canon 6d and Sony a6500 adopted….and fast!!!!
    Sigmas are my choice for hi end work and casual photography!!!!
    Love to get my hands on your new 1.4 just out!!!