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.
Attention guys! There’s some big news coming from SIGMA again! Only this week four new lenses were presented at this year’s CP+ in Japan. We’re happy about two fixed focal length lenses from the Art series and two zoom lenses.
SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:
This lens is the first and only F 1.8 with an ultra-wide angle. This provides photographers unforeseen new and creative prospects and, thanks to the enormous light intensity, a high resolution subject with a very shallow depth of field. The best requirements to capture some impressive subjects! This Art series lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography as well as for astrophotography.
SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art:
Also new is this popular lens. A fixed focal length range of 24-70mm makes it an absolute all-rounder! This lens masters travel and documentary photography as well as portrait and wildlife photography.
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary:
The SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the only lens among the four newcomers that’s not part of the Art but of the Contemporary series. According to the description this lens convinces with a good optical performance and with a very compact build quality. This ensures that the ultra-telephoto lens can produce top quality pictures and due to its light design it can be a fantastic companion for every sort of adventure.
SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:
Another very promising newcomer from Sigma is the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art. With a light intensity of F1.8 this lens perfectly matches SIGMA’s Art series. It is said to convince with an excellent photo quality for the entire image field and it sets new standards for comparable telephoto lenses. When producing this lens manufacturers specifically focused on reducing longitudinal chromatic aberration in order to guarantee impressive bokeh. All this makes the lens ideal for wildlife, travel and portrait photography.
Despite the ongoing rainfall and a cloudy, permanently gray sky I decided not to wait much longer for a more varied lighting mood but to grab my camera and get going. After a long break I also took my reliable SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HS lens along, which is perfect for such excursions in particular.
After an exhausting month of exams at university the desire for some fresh air was rarely as big as yesterday evening. So despite the freezing cold and the dark I decided to drive to the river at the outskirts of the city with my camera equipment. This time I took the SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM and my Canon EOS 600D with me.
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!
Trees are losing their last remaining leaves, autumn covers the city in a mist of grey and a cold wind is blowing through the streets. Winter is coming… and to provide my eyes and my lens with some change of impressions, I decided to drive to the countryside for a couple of days.
Packed with my camera and my SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 I wandered through vineyards and indulged in the amazing scenery. From a photographic point of view, nature has a lot to offer this time of the year. The naked trees, the last remaining bits of green in the meadows, all the ravens and crows, the cute little houses…so many great motifs.
I especially enjoyed my visit to a small farm, which was alive with animals. There were cats hiding in the hay, occasionally chased by a small, cheeky dog and in the stables, the sheep was another perfect motif.
After countless walks, tours and holidays with the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens I decided today to take it outside at night. So far it has always proven very useful for me and I’ve always been very contented. With its big focal length of 24-105mm it can be used universally and covers several classical focal lengths (such as those of 50mm, 85mm and 100mm). The big focal length area is ideal for travel photography but also for diverse photo stories. With the lens you can work quickly and efficiently and you’ll also save time by avoiding time-consuming lens swaps. Besides that I’ve always been very happy with its optics when doing portrait photography! The lens has a consistent light intensity of 4 and in addition it can be supported by image stabilization. Under normal conditions its focus is fast and uncomplicated. That was all when it comes to normal conditions – now let’s go out into the night!
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.
A year has passed since the new corporate vision and the regrouping of lenses, aka Sigma Global Vision, was presented by Kazuto Yamaki, who has taken the helm at Sigma shortly before that. I remember as if it were yesterday, many sceptics were making fun of the new idea and asking themselves what the new designations „Art“, „Sports“ and „Contemporary“ were good for anyway. Cynics felt that the entire thing was nothing more than a PR stunt. More than a few were rolling their eyes around, as the new CEO was promising to considerably improve quality of lenses and make Sigma into a premium manufacturer. After 12 months have passed, the question which arises is, have Sigma made good on their promise?