This year I already felt like getting on the plane in January to escape the daily routine for a couple of days. I wanted to go to a city where I wouldn’t have to rush from sight to sight but where I can simply enjoy the atmosphere. I wanted to stroll through the narrow lanes and the lively squares, enjoy some sun and have a unique view from nice rooftop terraces. Some good coffee and tea, fresh-squeezed juices, a different kind of cuisine, diligent handcrafts and amazing colors… A few days in Marrakech, the “red city”, the “pearl of the South” combine all these aspects for me!
In the city this winter is gray. Everything’s gray, the tall buildings, the sky and even sometimes the people appear somewhat gray to me because of the murky atmosphere. The snow never remains and that’s why there’s never a real winter feeling, except for our cold fingers and a red nose.
That’s also the reason why I grabbed my camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark III) and my new SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens to go out of town. However, unfortunately I still wasn’t able to find a real winter. 😉
As you could already see on this blog, the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens has been part of the equipment I take with me for quite some time now. I’ve tested its heart and its soul by studying diverse reports, professional reviews etc. and, of course, by taking photos myself under different conditions.
In order to finalize all the information on this particular lens I took pictures under very special light conditions for you – in artificial light in the dark.
Regarding the specs I need to say that I took all the pictures with an APS-C camera, the Canon EOS 600D. This means that I had to keep the ISO value as low as possible in order to take high quality pictures – so it was a real challenge for the optics of the lens.
Just after arriving at the Photokina there were quite a lot of things to discover for a curious guy like me. Besides numerous innovations regarding print technology in photography and many fantastic exhibitions of pictures from all over the world, I was particularly fascinated by the recently announced lenses. Of course, Sigma’s optics attracted me and besides the SIGMA ultra-wide-angle 12-24mm F4 DG HSM and the fixed focal length Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM I came across the Sigma 85 F1.4 DG HSM of the Art series. I already know the big aperture from my experiences with the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens with which I already had the chance to take some amazing pictures.
Aiming for a stronger presence in the video business, SIGMA dives into the market with a new series of cinema lenses. The optics is specifically designed for cinematography.
There’s an increasing demand for high resolution lenses and the Japanese company is reacting to this. First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These lenses are made for a 6K and 8K resolution. One year later some more zoom lenses and five focal lengths are said to follow up.
High Speed Zoom series:
This product line will be the first to be released on the market. To be more exact, this line will first include only two T2 constant aperture zoom lenses. In the beginning there will be a 18-35mm T2 and a 50-100mm T2. The FF zoom line is, as its name suggests, designed for the use of full frame cameras. First there will be a 24-35mm T2.2 FF.
The focal lengths of the FF High Speed Prime series that have already been announced are the following: 20 mm T1.5 FF, 24 mm T1.5 FF, 35 mm T1.5 FF, 50 mm T1.5 FF and 85 mm T1.5 FF.
So far Sigma has not published any price information.
Belonging to the Sigma ART series, this wide-angle lens is characterized by its excellent bokeh performance.
With the 20mm Art F/1,4 DG HSM lens, Sigma managed to create an exceptional tool for astronomical pictures. This lens covers a huge focal length, while simultaneously catching big quantities of light with the aperture. High quality night sky pictures are therefore no problem with this lens.
For the affordable price of about 1050€, the processing of the camera body is of an excellent quality and it is pleasant to hold. Although, since it is loaded with technical features, it’s a bit heavier than other lenses. Its weight is about 950grams, which shouldn’t be an issue for an experienced photographer.
Without a zoom lens it is difficult to capture all of the amazing things on a journey. If you do not want to switch from one lens to another you got to get a lens which offers a wide range of opportunities. I did not have such an all-rounder, so I figures I needed to get one. So I went for the 18-250mm F3, 5-6, 3 DC Macro OS HSM from Sigma and searched for motifs. The glass is pretty nice, because you can capture buildings from far away as well as things, which are close or even take some macro photographs.
For quite some time the TIPA Award Winner 2013 as „Best Professional Lens“, the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, has caught my eye. Its praises have been sung in all the reviews I have read; the photos I’ve seen that had been taken with it made me impatient to finally hold it in my own hands and put it on my own camera. And as I announced last week, I’ve been the proud owner of this lens for a couple of days now. Here you can read my personal opinion of this lens.
Friday morning. You know that feeling? That incredibly good weekend feeling you get in spite of the working day that’s still ahead? When suddenly all the stress is gone and you can start your day completely relaxed?
That’s the way I was feeling today.
The sun was shining through the leaves of the trees in the garden that were blowing in the wind and the air is still fresh after some cool rainy days. And I cuddled up on my cozy sofa in the conservatory with freshly made banana milk, blueberries and a steamy cup of black, good smelling coffee, with some music and some travel books for this summer.