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.
As many of you may have noticed I keep carrying two lenses with me most of the time. These two lenses have never disappointed me and they are a good choice at every opportunity. Of course, I’m talking about the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art. And for this lens review I decided to put the fairly reliable SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art to the acid test. Therefore I’ve written two informative reviews. For all those among you who are technically experienced and who want to keep informed about all aspects of their lenses I can only recommend reading these reviews. I’ll briefly explain them and tell how well my lens fared.
TESTING THE AUTOFOCUS:
A very essential and meaningful test relates to the autofocus. Many lenses have minor or major errors with their autofocus right from the beginning. These errors can be deviations to the back or to the front, which is called back or front focus. On many cameras you can manually adjust the autofocus in the menu to a certain degree.
The autofocus can certainly be tested for every picture you take. You can check whether the focus is all right or too much to the front or to the back. But of course there’s also a more exact and standardized way of testing this. The company LensAlign produces equipment that facilitates these kinds of tests. For autofocus tests you shoot with an open aperture in order to check out the result in a much better way. The open aperture makes the level of sharpness smaller and allows you to define the focus point in a better way.
Today I decided not to look for unusual subjects but to take pictures of totally typical everyday things. You can normally find me kneeling or lying in front of some little blossoms or tiptoeing behind some trees, breathing silently and waiting tensely for the right moment to capture a bird. Today I was on eye-level in a little village near my home town. I scrutinized the apartment blocks, looked at the driveways more carefully and enjoyed the atmosphere of the coming spring.
Some days ago SIGMA announced four new lenses on their website and on different company-owned social media pages. So before taking a closer look at these newcomers made of glass, I recently became interested in reviewing the classic that by now can’t be neglected anymore, the SIGMA Art 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, in terms of autofocus and vignetting and with studio photography.
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!
EISA is a unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 22 European countries. This association is mainly known for its annual award.
Every year in June the editors-in-chief of all EISA member magazines come together to decide which products of the previous year have proven to be the best and therefore deserve to receive the prestigious award. There’s an award in the categories audio, video, home cinema, photography, vehicle electronics and mobile devices. The jury considers excellent products combining advanced technology, desired features, attractive design and excellent quality for this award.
Winner in the category EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017
The SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens is a powerful telephoto zoom lens for APS-C format cameras. It combines some classic and very popular focal lengths (85mm, 105mm & 135mm) and it impresses with its versatile use. In addition the lens convinced the jury with its wide aperture, its precise noiseless and fast auto focus and its good image quality. Like all the lenses in the Art series it is a high quality product that meets the high expectations!