The smell of cookies and a Christmas atmosphere

Only one more night and Christmas Eve is here! Who of you already has bought and wrapped the largest number of presents, baked cookies, listened to Christmas carols or simply enjoyed the atmosphere of these special days?

I certainly have – only yesterday I baked different Christmas cookies with some ambitious helpers. “Linzer Augen”, Points of Paris, vanilla crescents, ginger bread and many other specials were on our list.


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APOY 2016 – Penny Halsall is the winner


Photo by: Stuart Stevenson

I’m a big fan of all kinds of photo awards and competitions and I’m always looking forward to the moment they announce the winner. There is more than one reason for my enthusiasm, but one of the main reasons is definitely, that thanks to these awards and competitions I keep discovering inspiring photo artists.

A couple of days ago, the winner of the “Amateur photographer of the year award 2016” (APOY) was announced. This competition, which is sponsored by SIGMA Imaging UK, has eight monthly rounds, from March till October. The APOY competition took place for the 19th time this year and it all started with the decision of the Amateur Photographer Magazine to showcase all the amazing photographs they received by their readers.

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Experiences with the Sigma 18-250mm F3, 5-6, 3 DC Macro OS HSM

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.

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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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Tips and tricks in macro photography

Hey everybody!
I’m Tamara. Me and my friend Beatrice have the honor to continue the blog of our beloved Lars!

I want to start right away with introducing a new format today, I really hope you like it! 🙂
From today, I’ll add a tips & tricks series to my reviews, news and photo walks. In this section I simply want to tell you what I focus on and pay attention to with regards to certain aspects in photography. I’ll start with macro photography!


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Sigma 20mm/f1.4 First Impressions

Being a proud owner of the Sigma 105mm/f2.8 Macro lens, the decision to buy the Sigma 20mm/f1.4 DG HSM was some kind of a turnaround. Being an enthusiastic macro and portrait photographer I finally took this decision after a friend had returned from his vacation with exciting outdoor-pictures taken with this lens.
The ultra wide-angle lens can easily be handled by the experienced photographer with a weight of 950g and a size of 90.7 x 129.8mm.

Now, I’ve taken it with me for my first few trips and carried it with me for the whole day without my hand falling off. So, for me this is already the first reason to love it! 😉

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Springtime Macro Photography with Sigma 105mm/2.8 + Canon 70D

Taking along my Canon 70D and my beloved 105mm Art DG HSM Macro lens I went out into the green countryside to enjoy the nice weather outside. Up to now I have mainly captured impressions of food and details of the interior, but with the spring sun coming out I got inspired and motivated to closely explore the wonders of nature as well. With my camera backpack, a tripod and some SD cards I went outside.

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DP2 Quattro, Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250


While taking photos of the Christmas tree ornaments it struck me that my two achromatic lenses, Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250, have increased Sigma DP2 Quattro’s magnification factor quite considerably, despite DP2Q’s short focal length. I found that quite interesting, given that achromatic lenses are supposed to increase the magnification factor more, the longer the focal length of the lens is. Short focal lengths, like the 30mm lens of the DP2Q, are not suited for such gimmickry anyway, and even less so, if they are optimized for long range instead of close range. And this is certainly the case with the DP2Q. However, I’m going to go into more detail on that in a later blog post. Still, it is interesting to know what kind of macro subjects, and most importantly how big, one can capture with such a combo.

Since the weather was not exactly suited for taking photos outside, I took some photos in the house instead. A one euro coin was my subject of choice. As you can see down below, both Marumi and Raynox increase the magnification factor considerably. The difference between the former (5 dpt) and the latter (8 dpt) is noticeable, but in no way huge. If you crew both onto the lens the magnification factor increases to above 1:2.


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