The SIGMA Road Trip


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In the summer months in particular (from March to October, to be exact) SIGMA will be traveling a lot to many events in Germany where many photography fans come together.

With their silver Air Stream caravan which the company calls its SIGMAliner you can’t miss them. The project is a great adventure because visitors can test some products there and get useful information from professional experts. You can even borrow different products for half an hour.

Last year we also attended the “horzonte Environmental Photography Festival” in Zingst as visitors. This year, unfortunately, we couldn’t participate due to a busy schedule. But this year, SIGMA was also present at the event to show a colorful variety of products to all the visiting photographers.

For all those among you who don’t want to miss the chance to visit the SIGMAliner – it’s currently been to Berlin at the “Classic Days” . This week the SIGMAliner will move on to the “Roadrunners Race 61“ , which will take place at the Aerospace Museum Finowfurt, which is about an hour away from the German capital.

Then it continues its journey to the Kitesurf Cup in Sylt  . There the SIGMAliner will stay from June 27 to July 02 before moving on to Warnemünde from July 21 to July 23 . Then it will make a stop in Sylt again from July 26 to July 30  – at the shores of the North and the Baltic Seas SIGMA seems to have a great time. Zingst will be the next stop as the Autumn of Photography  will be celebrated there. It will take place from September 29 to October 02.

The SIGMAliner and its crew will finish their long and picturesque road trip on October 21, where they will stay at the Pirmasenser Fototage  in Rheinland-Pfalz until October 22.

So there are plenty of opportunities to test your dream lens at a dream location combined with a wonderful holiday in Northern Germany.

Enjoy!


Hey guys,

today I’d like to take you along and show you a photo series. This format is new on Tamara’s and my blog. With our photo series, we’d like to take you on small trips and show you our viewpoint of things. Unlike our photo walks, we don’t want to describe a lot but let the pictures speak for themselves!

Last week, I started my tour with my Canon EOS 5D MarkIII and my SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens to explore the Donaukanal (Danube Canal) and the city center of wonderful Vienna. But take a look for yourselves:

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New firmware updates for lenses


A few days ago SIGMA published new firmware updates for lenses. The four new editions are models with Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts. The updates are said to have led to improvements concerning the auto-focus as well as to a reduction of the operating noise of the shutter lamellae. Sigma has published firmware updates for four of its lenses with Canon EF and three models with Sigma SA mounts.

There are updates for the following lenses, whereas the first three have been improved for SA and EF bayonet mounts and the 24-105mm lens can be downloaded for Canon EF bayonet mounts only.

17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM 
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM 

SIGMA promises an improved AF performance in particular in connection with the lens adapter MC-11, which I’ve already tested for you recently . In connection with Sigma’s sd Quattro cameras the speed of the auto-focus, in particular, is said to have been enhanced.

Another improvement will make all the video enthusiasts among you very happy! With Canon EF mounts, AF exactitude in the LiveView and video modes are said to have been upgraded. Besides that, the operating noise of the shutter lamellae in the video mode was reduced, which has improved the sound while recording videos.

There’s also an update available for the Adapter MC-11. It enables the use of the upgraded lenses.

You can easily find all new firmware versions on the SIGMA website under Support: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware/

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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Urban Exploring instead of coffee time on Sunday


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My urge to experience some adventures and escape from our everyday lives is constantly increasing the more work I have. And that’s what I felt a couple of days ago. The sun was shining, it was one of the wonderful warm days. I grabbed my Canon 5D Mark III and the appropriate equipment of lenses for a very particular purpose – that is, for Urban Exploring.

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Photowalk with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art


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Hey guys,

Today it was time again to grab my camera in spite of the cold weather and dedicate myself to one of my absolutely favorite pastimes. Of course, I’m talking about a photo walk.

The 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is a lens that’s being discussed a lot, both on fotogenerell and in all other media. Besides the 35mm Art lens there’s probably not another lens that’s as popular and so much liked and cherished as this SIGMA lens. It’s not without a reason that you can find SIGMA’s ART series in the camera bags of professionals.

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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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Jack Fusco


As you could read in one of my previous articles, I’m a great fan of everything related to space. Planets, stars and galaxies – all this has been fascinating me ever since and it always will. Many of my favorite photographers (no big surprise) are those focusing on taking pictures of the nocturnal sky. One of them, whose photos keep fascinating me in particular, I’d like to present you today.

The American Jack Fusco is really traveling a big deal and mainly at night because he primarily takes pictures of the starry skies. For this he climbs on mountains, waits for hours in the cold and travels to the remotest places on Earth. Many of his works have already been published in renowned magazines and newspapers and his time lapse videos have become a hit on the World Wide Web. And deservedly so, because in my opinion his photos are incredibly amazing and compelling at first sight.

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SIGMA and Awards


As this title already suggests, SIGMA’s series of awards is increasing – with the renowned TIPA Award , which was awarded this March.

In this case, the SIGMA 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM lens from the Art series, which has been awarded many times by now, received the prize as best wide-angle zoom lens. Besides that, the classic SIGMA 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM , also from the Art series, received an award as best fixed focal length.

Other than the Red Dort Award for example, which reaches far beyond the entire field of design, the TIPA Award focuses on the photo and imaging industry itself. TIPA, by the way, is the abbreviation for Technical Image Press Association. As you may already have figured out, this abbreviation indicates the cooperation between 27 different magazines edited worldwide in areas like Australia, India, Europe, South Arica, the US, Canada and Brazil. The award was created because the TIPA Magazines with their complex expertise aimed to award a renowned prize to the best products. For this reason every year the winners are selected by an expert jury consisting of the editors in a general meeting. They particularly focus on the innovation, the use of cutting-edge technologies, design, ergonomics, the practical use and the price-performance ratio of the products.

The following criteria are essential to qualify for the desired award: the TIPA membership magazines need to be informed about the announcement of new products and the product must have been introduced to large areas of the global market between 01 April of the previous year and 31 March of the current year of the award ceremony. Furthermore, product sales should have started before 30 June of the current year of the award ceremony. All those companies fulfilling these criteria are automatically nominated for the TIPA Award. Then, the products are professionally and independently tested for reviews in the magazines by the editors themselves. All it takes is a sample of the product that needs to be handed in by the corresponding company.

The location of this year’s award ceremony was Havana. It took place on 31 March 2017. We congratulate SIGMA for its achievements and this fantastic award for lenses that certainly deserve the prizes!

Guest contribution: Portrait photography with Verena Prinz


Hi, dear photography fans! For quite some time I’ve been following the Fotogenerell Blog and just like Tamara and Beatrice I have a great passion for photography. That’s why I was more than happy when they asked me if I wouldn’t like to write a guest commentary. Well – I simply couldn’t resist and would first like to introduce myself:

Since my early childhood, the camera has been my constant companion! On my pathways I want to capture moments by the means of photography, tell stories and leave space for some interpretation. Capturing emotions first led me to concert photography. Nowhere else can short moments be captured in such a thrilling and expressive way as in this field. In later years, my focus shifted into other directions as well, and so I freely express my creativity with photo stories, landscape and architecture photography as well as macro and portrait photography. When taking portrait photos in particular I want to shoot the persons as naturally as possible and reveal their characters. A comfortable atmosphere as well as good lighting conditions and many other things make a good portrait. For now I’d like to give you some useful tips to create amazing portraits:

For my portraits I use a Canon 5d Mark 3 and for the following images the SIGMA 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS lens.

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