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?