A lens put to the acid test – the SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM


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As you can certainly remember, the SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens has been tested twice already under different conditions. Here comes the third practical test. First I tested the lens during a visit in the zoo, another time during a walk at night as I was searching for the colorful shining city lights I wanted to capture on my camera’s sensor.

Now I wanted to find out more about the image quality of the lens while shooting in the daylight in the early afternoon under a cloudy sky in a room with big windows. Moreover, in this article I will describe many advantages but also some minor drawbacks of the lens from my point of view and experience.

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Lens Review SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art


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As many of you may have noticed I keep carrying two lenses with me most of the time. These two lenses have never disappointed me and they are a good choice at every opportunity. Of course, I’m talking about the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art. And for this lens review I decided to put the fairly reliable SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art to the acid test. Therefore I’ve written two informative reviews. For all those among you who are technically experienced and who want to keep informed about all aspects of their lenses I can only recommend reading these reviews. I’ll briefly explain them and tell how well my lens fared.

TESTING THE AUTOFOCUS:

A very essential and meaningful test relates to the autofocus. Many lenses have minor or major errors with their autofocus right from the beginning. These errors can be deviations to the back or to the front, which is called back or front focus. On many cameras you can manually adjust the autofocus in the menu to a certain degree.

The autofocus can certainly be tested for every picture you take. You can check whether the focus is all right or too much to the front or to the back. But of course there’s also a more exact and standardized way of testing this. The company LensAlign produces equipment that facilitates these kinds of tests. For autofocus tests you shoot with an open aperture in order to check out the result in a much better way. The open aperture makes the level of sharpness smaller and allows you to define the focus point in a better way.

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Lens review – A classic put to the acid test


Some days ago SIGMA announced four new lenses on their website and on different company-owned social media pages. So before taking a closer look at these newcomers made of glass, I recently became interested in reviewing the classic that by now can’t be neglected anymore, the SIGMA Art 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, in terms of autofocus and vignetting and with studio photography.

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Dinara Kasko combines architecture and desserts


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Architecture and desserts aren’t really two topics relating to each other at first sight. At least that’s what I’ve thought till I saw Dinara Kasko’s incredible desserts. The photos of her creations are shared all around the world, her Instagram account is booming. Some of her works may not look very appetizing in the beginning but rather nice to look at. But in her videos the artist shows you what the contents of her masterpieces actually is, making you quite hungry for some chocolate and other desserts.

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Westlicht Wien Hungary 56 – Pictures of a Revolution


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In 2015 refugees were a big issue in Europe. In border areas in particular the agitation and the stream of people seeking refuge could be noticed. Hungary and the train station in Budapest were affected quite a lot as well. Thousands of refugees kept waiting there for transit permits, gathering on the spot. These events were covered by a lot of media and resulted in some impressive photographic creations. The works created by contemporary photographers are now displayed in Vienna’s Galerie Westlicht, showing images of the things that happened at the Austro-Hungarian border in autumn 2015.

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SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens Review


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After giving you a little impression of the SIGMA Art 50-100mmf/1.8 DC HSM lens on my photo tour in the zoo and the photos I was taking there, today you’ll get the extensive review of this new lens which I promised you. My descriptions and technical information will be highlighted with a lot of pictures I took in the zoo so you’ll get a proper insight into how things work out in practice. With the photos you’ll also receive the metadata to get a real impression. The camera I used was the Canon EOS 600D.

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A reading tip for cozy days


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There’s nothing more beautiful than spending your Christmas holidays reading by a warm fireplace, I think. That’s why I was especially happy with the book my grandpa had put under our Christmas tree this year. It’s called “Fotografieren für Blogger – So machst du Fotos mit Klickfaktor“ written by Katharina Dielenheim.

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Insights into the history of fashion photography, Part 1:


The field of fashion photography has become an integral part in the complex world of photography. Its beginnings can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century. People started putting clothes in the limelight by ripping them out of their industrial context and presenting them in a dream world of seduction and beauty.

 Adolphe de Meyer is a pioneer in this field. In 1910 he took the first fashion photos for Vogue in Paris. He made new creations reflecting an independent way in fashion photography. Meyer began shooting the models in their natural environment and in natural poses. The time had come to stage women as well as their clothing with more finesse instead of shooting lifeless dressmaker’s dummies.

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