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08.01.2018

Solving workflow issues on set can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right tools. The camera department from Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” sat down with the S.O.C. to talk about some of the challenges the show faced and how they solved them by focusing on their gear.

Come take a deep dive with D.P. Will Rexer and team, and check out the role the Sigma Cine Primes played in their production process in this special online feature from S.O.C.

As you’ll see in the video, the team had to make some swift decisions to best serve the show. One of the first, and most apparent, being to update their gear. With the lens package the show had been shooting on, a prevailing challenge had been color balance across the sets. After adopting the Red 8K Helium and Sigma Cine lenses, the crew was able to create clean and consistent pictures; which allowed them to focus on the creative process rather than workflow issues.

Jeff Muhlstock (S.O.C.), was tasked with pulling off some pretty ambitious shots. His recommendation to build a light and agile package, allowed the crew to work nimbly and efficiently, critical requirements for the demanding schedule of a high-profile series. Creative thinking and custom solutions allowed him to pull off a 360-degree Steadicam movement by rigging lights to a DMX control board which were triggered at key points, allowing the lighting to change as he moved the Steadicam throughout the scene.

Click on any of the links in this piece to jump over to the article and video on the S.O.C. site.

And check out our full line of Cine lenses here!

07.26.2018

“Blur” was created for the launch of the Sigma Cine line. The fifteen minute production was filmed with just two lenses, the 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 High-speed Zoom lenses. This film is a wonderful exploration of the power of photography.

 

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06.29.2018

The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens has just begun shipping, and our crew of bloggers and pros have had a few days to get a feel for this amazing new fast-aperture tele prime Art lens. See what they’ve got to say and check out some of their first shots with this fantastic addition to the Art line!

Judy Host

All I can say is WOW! The sharpness and bokeh at F1.4 for outdoor work is simply stunning, and in the studio, stopped down to F8—mind-blowing. At nearly four pounds, you do get an arm and shoulders workout, but when you see the images, it is well worth it!

Image © Judy Host 2018. 1/200 F8 ISO 160 on a 5D Mark IV

Image © Judy Host 2018 1/800 F1.4 at ISO 160 on a 5DMIV

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06.26.2018

It is officially summer 2018! Beaches, lakes, fireworks, road trips, picnics, family adventures—whatever you’re doing with your Sigma gear, share it right here with the #SigmaPhotoSummer tag on Instagram!

We’ll be sharing some of our favorites all through summer and will select five eligible* posts with the hashtag to get some cool Sigma swag at the end of August!

*Eligible Posts definition: US-based photographer, 18+, captured with Sigma lenses, cameras, and/or accessories, posted to Instagram with the #SigmaPhotoSummer hashtag with caption describing the details of the photo and camera gear used posted between June 26, 2018 and August 31, 2018.  Creators of selected photos will be contacted through Instagram by September 15, 2018.

05.11.2018

By Walter Arnold

For the last nine years, I have spent much of my time poking around the darkened nooks and crannies of abandoned buildings. Not because I like the smell of mold and mildew or enjoy using my face as a spider web clearing tool, but because I LOVE searching for beauty in unexpected places. Since 2009 I have been creating a fine art photographic series called The Art of Abandonment. My travels take me all over, searching out historic and endangered locations, and creating scenes that tell a story.

Sloss Furnaces. ISO 100 F/11 @ 14mm. © Walter Arnold

Since day one, Sigma lenses have always been in my bag alongside a few pro-level Nikon lenses as well. In fact, my first ultrawide lens was the Sigma 10-20mm which I used for years on a Nikon D300. When I upgraded to the full-frame Nikon D800 however, I went with a different ultrawide bread and butter lens for the last five years with the same focal range and aperture. So, when Sigma contacted me and told me they had a 14-24mm F2.8 ART lens that was potentially “breadier and butterier” than the killer one in my bag, I HAD to try it out on one of my abandonment shoots.

Sloss Furnace. ISO 100 F/11 @ 14mm. © Walter Arnold

 

When the lens came in the mail, I opened it like a long-awaited Christmas present. Pulling it out of the padded case, I could tell that the lens had a solid build. The focus and zoom rings are smooth with the right amount of resistance. Bear in mind the zoom ring is reversed from the house brand, so it took a little brain training for me to remember that zooming out is now a RIGHT turn instead of left! The lens cap has a padded ring which is very nice for sliding over the lens petals without scuffing or scratching them.  All this is to say, I liked the lens even before I put it on my camera.

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01.31.2018

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens has quickly founds its way into the hearts—and camera bags—of photographers everywhere. The combination of long telephoto reach, and zoom versatility in a truly portable, hand-holdable lens is a winning combination. Add in Sigma’s exclusive lens customization with the USB Dock to tune the lens’s autofocus performance, and to set custom focus limiters, and it is simply a whole lot of lens in a two and half pound, foot-long economical package. Here’s a rundown of  what our team of bloggers have to say about this outstanding super telephoto zoom lens.

Aviation and Air Show Photography with the Sigma 100-400mm

Two of the Navy Blue Angels perform a breakaway before the crowd at the Duluth Air Show. Sigma 100-400 Contemporary lens on a Canon 1DX. IO 500; f6.3 @ 1/2500th second. © Jim Koepnick | 2017

The light weight, reach, range, and optical stabilizer, along with the economical cost, make the 100-400mm F5-6.3 a great choice for air show photography.

The Sigma 100-400mm is a great Hiking and Backpacking Lens

Shot at 400 to keep a big working distance between us. 1/1600 sec. f/6.3 ISO 1000. Hand held using the Optical Stabilizer on the lens. © Liam Doran | 2017

At just two and a half pounds, and just about 12 inches long in the camera pack, it pairs reach, range, in a light package, perfect for traveling light, while also keeping your distance from large wildlife!

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12.15.2017

Guest Blogger John Lincourt gives the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens a field test shooting yacht racing off Newport, Rhode Island

I consider myself very lucky to live near Newport, Rhode Island which has a rich sailing history and continues to have a very active sailing community that attracts world class events. This year I’ve been able to shoot two regattas with some very majestic yachts. The 1st regatta was the Candy Store Cup Maxi Yacht Regatta which assembled a variety of yachts from 76 ft all the way to 170 ft. In length. The second regatta was the J Class World Championships. 6 of these 140+ ft yachts were in Newport for the event. These magnificent yachts raced for the America’s Cup back in the 1930’s, and the resurgence of the class has given rise to some epic racing events in the Med, Bermuda and here in Newport.

My lens of choice to shoot both events was Sigma’s new 100-400 f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary lens.  Because I shoot from a chase boat, I don’t have the luxury of using a tripod or even a monopod to stabilize my lens. Even the 150-600 C which at four and half pounds and just slightly larger in size can be tough to handle as the wind picks up and my chase boat starts bobbing around like a toy boat in a bath tub, so the light weight and compactness of the new lens is definitely an advantage.

 

As you can see from the image above, I still easily isolated this crewmember being hoisted up the mast. This shot was taken zoomed all the way in to 400mm.

Since my shooting platform is far from stable even in the best of conditions and the boats I’m shooting are moving in all directions, ideally, I need something that’s light and compact. The ability to quickly point the camera at a new subject that is in the exact opposite direction than you were just shooting, adjust the zoom & refocus can easily be the difference between getting the shot of a lifetime and totally missing out!

I shoot with a Nikon D7100 which is Crop Sensor camera, (DX camera). The 100-400mm on my DX camera translates to a full frame equivalent of 150-600mm using the 1.5x crop factor of my Nikon cameras (160-640 for Canon 1.6 crop factor).

Although I like to take advantage of the reach of my 150-600mm lens to get details on the boats, and to get closeups of crew grinding winches, climbing the mast or even just hanging off the side of the boat, most shots I take during sailing events land squarely in the 100 and 400 mm range of this lens.

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12.06.2017

What is the perfect camera lens for my new Canon EOS Rebel camera for travel? What camera lens should I pair with my Nikon D7100 for family photography? What is the ultimate long-reach zoom lens for wildlife photography, that also fits in a carry-on bag? Here at Sigma, we hear questions like this every day. Here’s some of our top tips for choosing the perfect lens for the photographers on your gift list! With over forty lenses in our lineup, from Fisheye to Supertelephoto and everything in between, we’ve got the right lenses!

The best all-around lenses you can buy for your Canon EOS Rebel or Nikon DX-format Cameras

18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM lens

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS Macro HSM lens

Respected review site DPReview.com called the Sigma 18-250mm all-in-one zoom lens “the best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market” when they reviewed it. It packs maximum versatility into a very compact design, covering wide angle, to telephoto, plus macro, and includes Optical Stabilizer, so you can skip the tripod even at slower shutter speeds. For a road trip across country, backpacking around Europe by train, or a family adventure to the theme park, this is the all-in-one lens that’s lightweight, compact, and incredibly versatile.

Looking for an even more compact high zoom ratio all-in-one plus macro? The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens offers 11x zoom, plus 1:3 macro in a lens that’s just about the same size as the basic kit zoom.

The specially designed cam of the 18-200mm offers smooth, well-damped zooming, and also curbs zoom creep when the lens is pointed skyward or downward for creative angles.

Looking for even longer reach and greater close-up magnification? The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | Contemporary offers a 16.6x zoom ratio and 1:2 magnification with the optional close-up lens attachment.

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary

Looking for the best bargain telephoto zoom lens around?

At just $199, the Sigma 70-300mm Macro lets the beginner or budget-minded photographer gain much more reach than the standard kit lens. Close up photography with 2.3x magnification at 300mm adds to the total versatility of this best-selling zoom lens! Great for kid’s sports, travel, and beginner birders, this lens helps fill the frame with distant subjects.

 

The 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

The 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

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08.31.2017

Sigma Pros

The Sigma Pros are a group of 10 skilled professional photographers that use Sigma lenses exclusively for their daily work.  They encompass a wide variety of disciplines, from portraits to wildlife, weddings to glamour, and sports to macro photography. These photographers contribute regularly to our Sigma blog as well as providing a wide variety of images for Sigma marketing purposes. They are available for lectures and workshops for professional and amateur photo groups, and frequently appear as Sigma spokespersons at trade shows and conventions.

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08.21.2017

The Eclipse of 2017 is one of the coolest things under the sun happening this year!

We’d love to see your shots made with Sigma lenses and cameras. It’s really simple. Just post to Instagram or share on Twitter with this hashtag #SigmaLensEclipse and your photo will be showcased right here in this gallery.

Whether you’re shooting supertele through a solar filter, capturing crowds of skygazers with an ultrawide, it is was shot with a Sigma lens, we’d love to see it and share it with all our fellow Sigma enthusiasts! Simply tag your shots with #SigmaLensEclipse and it will feed right into this blog posting.