A sea of flowers in the park as test objects for the SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM


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Not so long ago I could hold the SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 lens in my hands. Of course, I couldn’t resist, grabbed it and walked right to the nearest park. The evening sun was stroking the lush green of the summer trees and the meadows and long-necked colorful flowers were blowing in the soft breeze.

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The power of images


Photos can be a powerful tool. Both in a negative and in a positive way. Photos show reality the way it has happened, objectively and truthfully. At least that’s been the opinion of most people for a long period of time.

Nowadays one has become a bit more skeptical concerning photos and videos. We know that professionals can manipulate and also exploit almost every detail of an image with Photoshop and other programs and we’re aware that images nowadays can also be willingly used to serve certain purposes.

However, photos can also cause something positive. They can make people think, inspire and delight them. They can also create social changes, reforms and revolutions.

One guy who has changed the situations of many people in a positive way with his pictures is Jacob Riis.

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Comparison: 35mm fixed focal length vs. 50mm fixed focal length


When can you use which lens? The SIGMA 35mm DG f/1.4 Art has already been presented to you. Today, I’d like to take a closer look on the SIGMA 50mm DG HSM f/1.4 in a comparison to the 35mm fixed focal length. What’s better than a perfect comparison with a tour on the market and all the nice colors? I’ll take you along!

For the photos I used my Canon 5D Mark III

 

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Michel d’Oultremont – The perfect wildlife photo


As I already mentioned wildlife photography in my opinion counts among the key disciplines in photography. Animals hardly ever stand still, they don’t care about how you’d like them to pose, they’re unpredictable and mostly don’t want to cooperate. That’s particularly true with wild animals as, besides the above mentioned facts, they also tend to escape from photographers or even attack them.

Photographers specializing in wildlife photography fascinate me for this reason. You often read interviews about photographers using their own tricks and techniques to get very close to the animals without disturbing them in order to take pictures in really natural scenarios and behaviors. Wildlife photographers often say that it doesn’t matter how often they track an animal in the wilderness as the moment when they take the picture and face the animal is always something exceptional and awesome.

A recent and much-discussed video by National Geographic makes us understand the special and magical experience of a wildlife photographer in a better way. The video is about Michel d’Oultremont, a Belgian photographer who explains the pursuit of the perfect photo of a wild animal. The video makes clear that excelling as a wildlife photographer means hard work and a lot of patience in particular. Solitary hiking at daytime and at night and waiting for hours in the cold or in the heat, not knowing whether, at the end of the day, you’ll be rewarded with a great photo or not…

In any case this video has increased my respect for all those who dedicate themselves to wildlife photography!

You can find more pictures taken by Michel d’Oultremont here.

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


Hey guys,

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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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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