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07.07.2017

Introduction: 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art

 

The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art lens is the lens you have been dreaming of for landscape, architecture, travel, automotive, train, and nature photography. Featuring a constant f/4 aperture for bright viewing and quick focusing, impeccable corner-to-corner sharpness, and impressive close-focusing capabilities, Sigma has given photographers every reason to upgrade their ultrawide glass right now.

The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art lens is perfect for landscapes, travel, and architecture, including this cityscape of Columbus, Ohio, as seen from the Rich Street Bridge. Terry Allen’s bronze deer peers over the Scioto River, whose name derives from the Wyandot word for “deer.” Nikon D800E, Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens at 20mm. f/16, 1/80 second, ISO 200. Hand-held. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix, Photoshop 2017 CC. Photo © 2017 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Beyond the first impression when you pick this beauty up—namely, an immediate sense of the pro-level quality of the lens—there is in the end the satisfaction with the remarkable detail this lens resolves. Beginning at 12mm, picking up 122° or more than one-third of the world around you, this lens reveals intricacies that you would never see with the naked eye. While you might expect good center sharpness—the 12-24 has this in spades—the edge and corner sharpness is excellent, too. Add to this contrasty, nicely color-balanced images, and little distortion, and you have the perfect tool for prize-winning photography.

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11.23.2016
Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

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If you are looking for a super-fast, ultra-wide prime for nature, architectural, and event photography, then the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is for you. Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Built with the same professional durability, usability, and image quality as its predecessors in the Sigma F1.4 Art lens lineup—the 35mm F1.4 Art and 50mm F1.4 Art—as well as that of its newer stablemates, the 24mm F1.4 Art and 85mm F1.4 Art, the 20mm F1.4 is an amazing lens.

The super-wide angle and ultra-fast aperture of the Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art lens are perfect for capturing sunrises and sunsets. Easy viewing in near darkness and sharp images from corner to corner are two benefits. Plum Cove Sunset, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA. Nikon D800E, Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. f/5.6, 1 second, ISO 100. Gitzo GT2541EX tripod and Gitzo GH2780QD ball head. Image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Photoshop CC 2015.5. Photo © 2016 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

The super-wide angle and ultra-fast aperture of the Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art lens are perfect for capturing sunrises and sunsets. Easy viewing in near darkness and sharp images from corner to corner are two benefits. Plum Cove Sunset, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA. Nikon D800E, Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. f/5.6, 1 second, ISO 100. Gitzo GT2541EX tripod and Gitzo GH2780QD ball head. Image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Photoshop CC 2015.5. Photo © 2016 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Immediately upon unboxing the 20mm, you will likely be impressed by its build quality. Solid, generous (but not too hefty), and beautifully engineered are three things that describe this impressive piece of glass right away, but the real show-stoppers occur during image-making.

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11.21.2016

While the first lens you may think of for photographing fall foliage may be a wide angle lens, such as the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, one of my favorites choices is a telephoto zoom. Long focal lengths, such as those produced by the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lens and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens, allow you to isolate beautiful leaves, capture particularly picturesque parts of scenes, and compress to abstraction various shapes, colors, and textures.

Long telephoto zooms allow photographers to isolate and perfectly frame spectacular fall foliage, even when most of the rest of the leaves are past their prime. Richland County, Ohio, USA. Nikon D800E, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens at 370mm. f/22, 1/250 second, ISO 800. Gitzo GT2541EX tripod and Gitzo GH2780QD ball head. Mirror lock-up, Nikon MC30 wired remote. Image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Photoshop CC 2015.5. Photo © 2016 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Long telephoto zooms allow photographers to isolate and perfectly frame spectacular fall foliage, even when most of the rest of the leaves are past their prime. Richland County, Ohio, USA. Nikon D800E, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens at 370mm. f/22, 1/250 second, ISO 800. Gitzo GT2541EX tripod and Gitzo GH2780QD ball head. Mirror lock-up, Nikon MC30 wired remote. Image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Photoshop CC 2015.5. Photo © 2016 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

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09.29.2016

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by David FitzSimmons

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Ansel Adams is attributed with saying “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” While it is true that the photographer is fundamental to making great images, few of us would deny that four inches of wise glass up front can contribute a lot, too. Enter the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM zoom. Adding this sharp, fast, and unbelievably rugged Art lens to your rig goes a long way toward making stunning images.

The Sigma 24-105mm zoom is a great choice for nature photographers, including dramatic broad views at sunset. Lupine near Sommesville, Maine, USA. Nikon D800E, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens at 24mm, f/22, 1/60 second and 1/4 second, ISO 400. Images processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Photoshop CC 2015.5. Photo © 2016 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

The Sigma 24-105mm zoom is a great choice for nature photographers, including dramatic broad views at sunset. Lupine near Sommesville, Maine, USA. Nikon D800E, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens at 24mm, f/22, 1/60 second and 1/4 second, ISO 400. Images processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Photomatix Pro, and Photoshop CC 2015.5. Photo © 2016 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Three things jump out right away when using this lens:

  • Versatility
  • Sharpness
  • Durability

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06.28.2016
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SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art

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The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the world’s first full-frame f/2 zoom lens, is the perfect landscape lens. Sharp, contrasty, and amazingly rugged in its build, this constant-aperture, professionally built f/2 zoom replaces the three fast primes most often used in landscape photography—24mm, 28mm, and 35mm—saving you money in your pocket and space in your bag, all the while providing exceptional optical performance.

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01.26.2016

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Introduction: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens is revolutionary. Never before has a zoom of this range been produced with a continuous, super-bright f/1.8 aperture. What’s even more amazing is that this groundbreaking optic exudes luxury in its build and performance and produces absolutely spectacular, tack-sharp images, even at f/1.8.

A wide-aperture APS-C zoom allows for all kinds of creative possibilities. Fresh tomatoes and other produce become works of art. Sosio’s Fruit and Produce, Pike’s Place Market, Seattle. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A at 18mm, f/1.8, 1/400 second, ISO 800. Hand-held. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

A wide-aperture APS-C zoom allows for all kinds of creative possibilities. Fresh tomatoes and other produce become works of art. Sosio’s Fruit and Produce, Pike’s Place Market, Seattle. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A at 18mm, f/1.8, 1/400 second, ISO 800. Hand-held. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

From landscapes to portraits, from product shots to architecture, from still lifes to close-up photographs, the Sigma 18-35mm Art lens is a great choice. It’s fast-focusing, reasonably sized, and optically stellar. Colors are reproduced accurately. Contrast is exceptional. And, as far as bokeh, well, it is smooth!

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12.29.2015

It’s been five years since I began my Curious Critters photographic series, and a lot has happened. Here’s a quick five-year review and an update on All-Things-Critters over the last 12 months.

In late 2010 my Curious Critters images debuted at the Telluride Photo Festival as a 24-image exhibit in the historic Sheridan Opera House Gallery. In 2011, the first Curious Critters children’s picture book launched, garnering six national book awards and selling over 100,000 copies. Last year saw the launch of the second book, Curious Critters Volume Two.

Giant Pacific Octopus, Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska. Nikon D800E. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS macro lens. f/16, 1/250 second, ISO 200. Two Dynalite Strobes, two Lastolite 4'x6' panels. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Giant Pacific Octopus, Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska. Nikon D800E. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS macro lens. f/16, 1/250 second, ISO 200. Two Dynalite Strobes, two Lastolite 4’x6′ panels. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

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10.08.2015

Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons gave a great presentation on his acclaimed Curious Critters book series at #PIX2015 in Seattle.

 


David goes into great detail about the technical and creative sides of this photo project aimed at inspiring children to appreciate nature through his distinctive visual style. Check it out!

Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons with a Curious Critter live from PIX2015!

Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons with a Curious Critter live from PIX2015!

09.09.2015

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INTRODUCTION: SIGMA 18-300mm Contemporary

The Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro │ Contemporary lens is by far and away the very best multi-purpose optic that I have ever used. I added “by far and away” to emphasize how exceptional this lens really is, namely because I have photographed with some not-so-impressive multi-purposes glass in the past. The Sigma 18-300mm, however, is just the opposite: it’s extraordinarily impressive.

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06.09.2015

In my last photo dog blog, I demonstrated how Sigma’s newest prime, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, is effective in focusing on and freezing the action of active dogs. This time around, I’m slowing things down a bit, using the same glass with a still subject and utilizing the lens’s ultra-wide aperture for shallow depth-of-field.

On a sunny spring day, I headed out to photograph Rowan with Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Using the lens wide open, I focused on her eyes and let the plants, trees, and rhododendron fall out-of-focus behind. Even the sunny spots in the forest, nicely out-of-focus, provide a fine backdrop. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/1.4, 1/200 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

On a sunny spring day, I headed out to photograph Rowan with Sigma’s new super-fast 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A. Using the lens wide open, I focused on her eyes and let the plants, trees, and rhododendron fall out-of-focus behind. Even the sunny spots in the forest, nicely out-of-focus, provide a fine backdrop. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/1.4, 1/200 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

One effective way to create stunning portraits, whether of humans or pets, is to use a wide aperture, focusing on the subject’s eyes and letting the background fall smoothly out-of-focus. To demonstrate this technique, I found a location where a number of potentially distracting elements would be visible behind Rowan, namely grass, taller plants, tree trunks, branches, and leaves, and a brightly-colored, flowering rhododendron. To make these picture elements even more distracting, full sun was hitting parts but not all of the background. I specifically chose complex background elements to show how portraiture shot at f/1.4 or f/2 can turn distractions into pleasing parts of a well-planned picture.

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