Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM | Art: First Impressions

A hands-on review of the new Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with image samples and observations on sharpness, bokeh, and hand feel.

Quick Tips to Great Portraits

Great portraits are not just made with a great camera or a great lens. There are several elements that need to be considered when creating portraits. Here are some of the most vital elements to consider.

Shot with Sigma: The Last Year’s Living Room Sessions

The Last Year, an alternative rock band out of Baltimore, MD, recently launched the Living Room Sessions on their YouTube channel in advance of their new self-released album, coming soon!

Taking Creative Control: Understanding Aperture and F/Stops

Of the three main variables relating to creative and artistic control on DSLR and compact interchangeable cameras–aperture, shutter speed and ISO– aperture control, is for many beginners, the most difficult to grasp. Have no fear, we’re here to help. Learning how and when to select a wide or narrow aperture unleashes the creative and expressive potential of your camera’s lenses.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM vs Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A

Adding either of these Sigma 50mm F1.4s camera lenses to your kit is a great idea. Is the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A or 50mm F1.4 EC DG HSM right for you?

The Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Close-up Work

The Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens is the biggest, longest macro lens in the Sigma lens catalog. This telephoto lens offers true life-sized reproduction with a 1:1 maximum magnification ratio. Incredible sharpness—thanks to its state of the art optical design—Optical Stabilizer, and a three-zone focus limiter make this a serious lens for advanced macro photographers.

How to Photograph Wine Bottles

With the lights this close to the bottle the focal length of the lens is critical to the success of the image. Normal or slightly wide lenses place the camera so close to the subject that controlling the reflection of the camera and studio stand in the bottle becomes an issue. For this set up I used the 150mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM macro lens made by Sigma. This focal length is perfect. The camera is well back from the set allowing room for working around the set both for adjusting the lighting and for adding to the scene. This lens is incredibly sharp and lens elements are multi-coated- it helps reduce flare from the lights and their reflections in the bottle.

Sigma 24-105mm f4.0 DG OS HSM | Art lens with Kevin Ames

Ok. I admit to being somewhat of a snob when it comes to the speed of the lenses I use. The list of my f/2.8’s includes the 120-300mm, 70-200mm, 24-70mm, 150mm Macro & 105mm Macro and a 15mm fisheye. For f/1.4 the list is all primes with the 85mm, the 50mm and the new 35mm Art lens. All of these speed demons are from Sigma of course.

So along comes the latest member of their new Global Vision lenses; the 24-105mm at what I thought was a not-so-speedy f/4.0…

Perfect Portrait Camera: DP3 Merrill

The quality medium format cameras no matter what the brand stand out as superior to most DSLR cameras. This is particularly true when super large prints—thirty by forty inches and large—are to be made. Color fidelity in medium format is…

Prime Lenses for Mirrorless Interchangeable cameras

A year ago I purchased a 24 megapixel Sony NEX-7 to use as a backup camera during a trip to Belgium, Germany and France. I carried Sigma’s 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 prime lenses. The quality of the photographs amazed me every evening when I downloaded the day’s take. Those results made me carry my “big boy” Canon 5D Mark 2 less than I’d originally planned. The professional quality coupled with it’s touristy—amateur look, I was never questioned in museums, cathedrals, gardens or when I was doing street shooting.