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


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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Lens review:  18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 

Hey guys, a couple of days ago I borrowed the new SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Macro OS HSM lens to take a closer look at it. 🙂


Some specifications in brief:

  • It’s a lens suitable for APS-C cameras
  • With a focal length of 18-300mm wide-angle photos and telephotos can be shot
  • When you include the crop factor, this equals a total focal length of about 28-450mm
  • The aperture ranges from F3.5 to F6.3
  • The close-focus limit of the lens is 39cm

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Taking photos of flowers is everything but easy


One should think that, due to their beauty, flowers would be the perfect motif. However, it is precisely because of their beauty, so easily visible even to the untrained eye, that I have always considered taking pictures of them to be rather difficult. The main challenge is not taking a picture and showing them how everybody sees them, but in a way that makes the photo unforgettable. It is the same problem one encounters when taking pictures of cats, puppies or babies. One has a cute motif in front of one’s camera and thinks about how best to take the photo, in a way that makes the motive look even cuter in the picture. Luckily, with those kind of motifs one can usually rely on them doing something interesting that will then provide a great photo op. There is no such thing with flowers or plants. They cannot laugh or make faces, nor can they tilt their heads and lightly cock their ears. The photographer is on their own and cannot count on the motif to create the picture for them (in the sense of the “Decisive Moment”).

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Insects and Green Stuff with the DP3M


A few days ago, I got the request to upload some of the pictures I took with the Sigma DP3M in original size. As I recently only just photographed bugs and flowers, I don’t have any photos readily available to demonstrate the camera’s sharpness and the lens (middle and edge sharpness…) performance. As soon as I got some, I will most joyfully meet the request, though. Meanwhile, photos of insects and green stuff that I uploaded in full HD-resolution on Flickr will have to suffice. 🙂


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