A little review of Istanbul with the Sigma 17-50 mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Today I’d like to take you on a little review trip to Istanbul. In this impressive city I could spend some wonderful days about two years ago.

Of course, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in particular are incredible architectural masterpieces and rightly the centerpieces of Istanbul. I think I’ve got to tell nobody that both are essential on a trip to this city. That’s why I prefer to write about places that aren’t so well-known but worth to be visited.


During my entire trip I was taking pictures with my Canon EOS 70D and the Sigma 17-50 mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM. In my opinion, this lens is perfect for traveling and for many years it’s been my all-round lens for the APS-C sensor. So far the quality of the SIGMA 17-50mm hasn’t disappointed me. With an open aperture of 2.8 you get fantastic depth-of-field and some incredible bokeh without losing the level of sharpness in the foreground. This makes it perfect for all those who enjoy playing with depth-of-field. The fixed focal length has a 17-50 range, which enables you to take far-angle shots as well as pictures in a normal fixed focal length area.

An incredibly impressive sight is the Cisterna Basilica, which is rightly called the Sunken Palace. Also when taking pictures like this one, which I took underground with very little light, you can rely on this lens – but take a look for yourselves!


My favorite trips, however, took me to the numerous markets in the city: to the Great Bazaar, the spice market as well as to a fish market on the Asian side of Istanbul…

So many impressions all at once: the spices, the fish, the fabrics, the aromas, the colors, and so on. You can find them in any travel guide book 😉 I prefer to let some photos speak for themselves:


And last but not least? My absolute travel tip for this amazing city!

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