When it’s hot outside, I can hardly resist the temptation of renouncing my camera, of escaping the bustling city and riding my bike to the riverside to go for a swim. Relaxing summer afternoons with friends are the best thing…
So it’s even better to feel the cool air of an approaching storm after some unbearably hot days. The cloudy sky covers the blue color of the summer and the sun, thus functioning as a perfect soft box for background layouts. A day that is perfect to grab the camera and move on. And as the days at the river were so beautiful, I picked this location on this particular day as well. I quickly swapped my swimming bag for a camera bag with several lenses inside. For this excursion, however, I chose the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, my darling made of glass, as you know.
When it comes to innovations and new releases in the camera- and lens manufacturing world, the summer months are usually a slack period. This also accounts for SIGMA – nevertheless the SIGMA developing Team worked on a few improvements over the last month. Today I’d like to let you know about those.
Especially owners of a SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM I Contemporary do have a reason to celebrate. At the beginning of the month, SIGMA introduced a new firmware update, which, once again, supposedly considerably improves the autofocus of the lens.
There is also news concerning the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. With the new update it will be compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM I Art and the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM I Art.
For additional information it’s always a good idea to contact SIGMA retail stores or authorized affiliated merchants. SIGMA offers a very convenient service on their website, which informs you about all their locations: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/
today I’d like to take you along and show you a photo series. This format is new on Tamara’s and my blog. With our photo series, we’d like to take you on small trips and show you our viewpoint of things. Unlike our photo walks, we don’t want to describe a lot but let the pictures speak for themselves!
Last week, I started my tour with my Canon EOS 5D MarkIII and my SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens to explore the Donaukanal (Danube Canal) and the city center of wonderful Vienna. But take a look for yourselves:
A few days ago SIGMA published new firmware updates for lenses. The four new editions are models with Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts. The updates are said to have led to improvements concerning the auto-focus as well as to a reduction of the operating noise of the shutter lamellae. Sigma has published firmware updates for four of its lenses with Canon EF and three models with Sigma SA mounts.
There are updates for the following lenses, whereas the first three have been improved for SA and EF bayonet mounts and the 24-105mm lens can be downloaded for Canon EF bayonet mounts only.
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM
SIGMA promises an improved AF performance in particular in connection with the lens adapter MC-11, which I’ve already tested for you recently . In connection with Sigma’s sd Quattro cameras the speed of the auto-focus, in particular, is said to have been enhanced.
Another improvement will make all the video enthusiasts among you very happy! With Canon EF mounts, AF exactitude in the LiveView and video modes are said to have been upgraded. Besides that, the operating noise of the shutter lamellae in the video mode was reduced, which has improved the sound while recording videos.
There’s also an update available for the Adapter MC-11. It enables the use of the upgraded lenses.
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.
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.
Today it was time again to grab my camera in spite of the cold weather and dedicate myself to one of my absolutely favorite pastimes. Of course, I’m talking about a photo walk.
The 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is a lens that’s being discussed a lot, both on fotogenerell and in all other media. Besides the 35mm Art lens there’s probably not another lens that’s as popular and so much liked and cherished as this SIGMA lens. It’s not without a reason that you can find SIGMA’s ART series in the camera bags of professionals.
When can you use which lens? The SIGMA 35mm DG f/1.4 Art has already been presented to you. Today, I’d like to take a closer look on the SIGMA 50mm DG HSM f/1.4in a comparison to the 35mm fixed focal length. What’s better than a perfect comparison with a tour on the market and all the nice colors? I’ll take you along!
On the fotogenerell blog, the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens has often received a lot of positive feedback and in my opinion it is one of SIGMA’s evergreens. And this isn’t the case for no good reason – the all-round lens from SIGMA’s promising Contemporary series guarantees what the manufacturer promises. Compared to many lenses from SIGMA’s premium class, the Art series, the lens is very compact and light, which is why I prefer packing it in as a travel companion with the other heavier lenses. To me this lens has always been more than just a good backup – it has taken many of my favorite pictures.
As you can certainly remember, the SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens has been tested twice already under different conditions. Here comes the third practical test. First I tested the lens during a visit in the zoo, another time during a walk at night as I was searching for the colorful shining city lights I wanted to capture on my camera’s sensor.
Now I wanted to find out more about the image quality of the lens while shooting in the daylight in the early afternoon under a cloudy sky in a room with big windows. Moreover, in this article I will describe many advantages but also some minor drawbacks of the lens from my point of view and experience.