Searching for winter – Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Review


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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. 😉

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The perfect travel lens


After a warm holiday season during which I enjoyed singing the praises for the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 lens I thought of telling you a bit more about my experiences with it in this article.

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For a number of reasons this particular lens, which by the way belongs to SIGMA’s Contemporary Series, is always in my camera bag.

 Advantages:

  1. Quality: The quality of the SIGMA 17-50mm hasn’t disappointed me so far – with a consistent open aperture of 2.8 you will get a great depth of field and amazing bokeh without losing any sharpness in the foreground. It’s perfect for all those who like me enjoy playing with depth of field.

  1. Weight: Of course, the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 does have some weight because of several elements, but you can still take it on your trips very easily. Compared to other lenses of similar quality it’s a bit more compact.

  1. Focal lengths: This aspect is extremely important for me, especially when I go traveling. I want to swap my lens as rarely as possible, as in the very moment you grab your bag to fix the right lens something nice could happen that I’d like to capture but might miss because of the lens swap. The lens has a focal length of 17-50, which means that it covers wide angles as well as normal focal lengths.

  1. Build quality: I’ve been using this lens very often for quite some time now and as I mainly take pictures when I travel, this lens has been going through a lot. However, it’s very robust and has an excellent build quality, it’s very handy and user-friendly.

  1. Price/Performance: You can already buy this lens online for about 300€, which I consider really cheap for a lens of such great quality.

However, one disadvantage of the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 is that it’s only made for APSC cameras and therefore can’t be used on full frame cameras.

When traveling this lens fulfills every photographer’s need, as it is handy, compact and takes amazing pictures. I can recommend it to all those focusing like me on detailed pictures and portraits on their trips. But even the far-angle landscape photos look very nice with this lens.

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But first coffee…


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.

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Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Link Collection: Reviews, Sample Images and Videos


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According to test reviews on the usual photo websites, Sigma has really hit the mark with its 20mm f/1.4 Art Lens. Speaking of test reviews, if I remember well, so many reviews haven’t been published about any other Art Lens so shortly after the announcement. In any case, there’s great interest on the websites. Meanwhile in German forums you can find comments like “why is the lens so big?”, “what for do I need an f/1.4 aperture on ultra-wide lenses?”, “what pictures can you shoot with such a lens anyway?” 😉 Well, Ryuichi Oshimoto with his landscape photos shows impressively what can be done with a 20mm lens. Moreover, Marc on robertscamera.com shows why the 20mm Art has such a large aperture – with this ultra-wide lens portraits can also be shot. The only thing that’s still missing to get an overall impression of the lens is some more astro photographs. The three photos in the Flickr group (status as of 11/24/2015) are definitely not enough to be able to tell how well Sigma’s latest fast prime fares with regards to astro photos and landscape images at night. I wish you lots of fun reading and browsing. 🙂

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Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Link Collection: Reviews, Sample Images, Videos


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I have the 18-35mm f/1.8 Art with which I’m very happy, so I’m not longing for the 24-35mm f/2 Art because there isn’t a camera with a full frame Foveon sensor. However, the possibility can’t be completely ruled out that such a sensor could be used in the successor model of the SD1 Merrill. Crazier things have already happened in the world of photographic technology. The 24-35mm, which is the first f/2 zoom lens for full frame, is a good example. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that such a zoom would ever be developed? 😉

One way or another, it’s interesting to see how this lens fares in the reviews. One or the other owner of a CaNikon full frame DSLR will certainly find this link collection quite useful. And who knows, perhaps Sigma is delaying the announcement of the SD1 Quattro only because of the full frame Foveon sensor. If this proved true, I’d replace the 18-35mm with the 24-35mm right away. 😉

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Sigma News and Rumors: inside stories of development and first tests of the DP0 Quattro have been published


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Never has Sigma published so many sample images and so much informative material at the launch of a new camera as they have now for the launch of the DP0 Quattro. All three reports (slash/New York, slash/Nostalgic Japan, slash/Structure) have already been published on the website of Sigma Japan. As is the standard nowadays, all sample images are available for download in full resolution.

Furthermore, a few days ago the article „Inside Stories of Development“ was published, which allows a glimpse behind the curtain of the development of the camera and the unusual lens. It is interesting to know that the DP0 was originally planned as a fourth Merrill model, but that the project was ultimately abandoned. According to the article, the time was not yet deemed right for such a camera. The project was only picked up again after the DP2Q had been announced.

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Sigma 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 OS HSM Contemporary Link Collection: Reviews, Sample Images, Videos


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Since the birding season has already begun and the first samples of the 150-600mm 5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary are slowly but surely arriving in the shops, many photographers are no doubt scouring the internet for info regarding Sigma’s newest super-telephoto zoom lens. To spare them the painstaking googling, I’ve included the links to the most interesting info down below. As soon as additional reviews, samples and videos appear, I will add them to this link collection. 🙂

A piece of information for all those, who are interested in the Sports version, but have found this post accidentally: I’ve updated the 150-600 Sports link collection today, which you can find here. Since there are loads of reviews, samples and videos to check out, taking an entire afternoon off is a must. 😉
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Sigma DP1 Quattro Link Collection: Reviews, Samples, Videos


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Ever since the DP Merrill generation, all three cameras of the DP lineup have been equipped with the same hardware – in other words: sensor, image processor, display, memory interface and battery. Therefore it is worthy to take a look at some reviews of the DP2Q, even though you might only be interested in the DP1 Quattro.

The unique selling point of the latter is the 19mm f/2.8 (28mm FF equivalent) wide-angle lens, which makes the camera very suitable for cityscapes and landscapes. According to test reviews, the 19mm f/2.8 of the DP1 Merrill performed the worst of the three lenses – good for a wide-angle lens but it somewhat behind the outstanding 30/2.8 and 50/2.8 of the DP2M and DP3M. Sigma has taken test reviews quite seriously and thus treated the DP1Q to a newly designed 19/2.8. Whether the new lens is actually better than the DP1M one is something you will have to decide for yourselves. 😉

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Sigma News & Rumors: first test reports and sample images of the DP1 Quattro and the 150-600mm Sports


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Amazed about how fast time flies, I’m sitting in front of my notebook to write this blogpost. I could have sworn that not even three weeks have passed since the first samples of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 have gotten published – but in fact, it was 6 weeks. In the meantime the lens found its way to the LensTip’s editorial office (a detailed test report is available here) and to the first owners. Onasi, a DRReview user, wrote this report for Nikon-Rumors. Wolfgang Steiner, a regular poster of the DSLR-Forum, uploaded loads of sample pictures and RAWs in this thread, in this one he posted an image quality comparison of the Sigma Sports with the Tamron 150-600 and here he uploaded his initial photos taken with the Sports and the new TC-2001 teleconverter. He took all of his photos with the D810 and the D7100. With so many little pixels on their respective sensors, both DSLRs, especially the D7100, demonstrate what the lens is capable of in a worst-case scenario.

Of course, I’m no super-tele-expert, but to me the Sports appears to be a little sharper than the Tamron and seems to have better, smoother bokeh. Combined with the 2x converter it still appears to have usable image quality, but because its light gathering power is reduced to f/13, it is necessary to bump up the ISO even in the blazing sun to provide for a sufficient short exposure time, given the effective 1200mm focal length.

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Sigma 60mm f/2.8 Collection of Links: Reviews, Sample Images, Threads, Videos


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According to some forum visitors, Sigma lenses for NEX and mFT are a by-product of the DP Merrill development. This may be conceivable for the 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8, although the glass-elements are arranged differently. It appears less likely for the 60mm f/2.8 (said to be comparable with the 50mm f/2.8 of the DP3M), though. Nevertheless, I had a look at tons of reviews and pictures of the 60imm and compared them to those of my DP3M. In my opinion, these are two entirely different lenses. As a by-product of this little “investigation”, just to satisfy my curiosity, this collection of links came into being. Maybe it is of interest to one or the other mirrorless-user. 🙂

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