With rumours that Sigma are discontinuing the 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM, the timing makes a lot of sense.
Sigma have just announced a new top dog in their flash line up in the form of the EF-630 Electronic Flash.
This unit adds to the previous model, the EF-610, by offering more power, covering a wider zoom range of 24-200mm that taps out at 17mm with the built-in Wide Panel, and automatic zoom when mounted on top a DSLR.
Sigma has officially lifted the veil on two new Global Vision lenses, the 50–100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art and 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary.
In addition to two new pieces of glass, Sigma has unexpectedly announced the MC–11, a lens mount converter for attaching Sigma glass to Sony E-mount cameras. [Read more…]
Sigma already has a steady collection of ‘Art’ lenses on the market, but it looks like they have a few more up their sleeves for 2016. [Read more…]
As usual, market research and analysis firm BCN announced its annual BCN Awards, accolades given to photography equipment manufacturers based on sales volume, calculated from data gathered from thousands of retailers across Japan.
Of course, since this is based only on the Japanese market it doesn’t tell the entire story, but it’s interesting nonetheless to get such a broad perspective of how the camera market is doing and seeing who is selling what. [Read more…]
A few years ago I broke the filter on my 24-70 2.8 Nikon lens. I felt quite the lucky guy, as that lens is about $1,800. The comments on the usefulness of that filter were mixed. I think the comments on how the new Sigma filter protects a lens will be different.
On December Sigma announced that they are developing a new ceramic glass filter that will be stronger than any other filter you know.
Sigma released a video that was very slick (we will link it below) but did not show much of the action. Now Sigma released another movie showing how a 49 gram metal ball is dropped from 127 centimeters onto the filter and the filter survives. (None of the other branded filters do… ). Why 127 centimeters, and why 49 grams? I don’t know. Maybe it those symbolize the first and last names of Sigma founders.
All things held constant, prime lenses are far sharper at any given focal length than their zoom counterparts. The trade off, of course, is that you don’t have the convenience of changing the composition of an image with only a twist of the wrist.
One field where zooms seem to make the most sense is in photojournalism, since you’re oftentimes constrained with where you can shoot. But the truth of the matter is many photojournalists prefer primes. Myself included.
The reasons will vary from photographer to photographer, but two reasons I prefer fixed focal length lenses are that they tend to offer faster apertures, which help in do-or-die situations where light is all but nonexistent, and that the constraint of primes often leads to better images, as it makes me use my own legs as a means of composing images.
Regardless of why I, you or any other photographer chooses primes, I’ve decided to bring together the top five prime lenses for anyone looking to get into photojournalism. [Read more…]
If you’ve been looking to get a new protective filter for your newest lens, you can go ahead and stop looking now.
Sigma has unveiled the WR (Water Repellant) Ceramic Protector, a lineup of protective lens filters claimed to be the ‘world’s first highly shock-resistant and scratch-resistant clear glass ceramic protective filter.’ [Read more…]
The long-anticipated Nikon D5 flagship camera has finally shown itself in the first leaked photos, posted by Nikon Rumors.
It’s one thing when photos of your still-under-wraps product leaks, but it kind of embarrassing when it’s your flagship model and it’s seen using a competitor’s lens.
Other than that there seems to be a new button added and several, including the ISO button, have moved.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.