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Sigma News & Rumors: first full-resolution 20mm f/1.4 Art samples are now online

Sigma has managed to keep the existence of the 20mm f/1.4 Art secret for a very long time. First rumors began to surface only a couple of days before the announcement. Naturally it came as quite a surprise to everyone, given that information about a new lens usually begins to emerge long before its official ...

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Sweet, sweeter, puppies

It seems to me that there are two groups of people: those who love cats and those who love dogs. I belong to the minority because I like both kinds of pets equally. However, I do so for different reasons. About cats I like the fact that they can be so full of contradictions – ...

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Review: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is my third full frame compatible Art lens, and my fifth overall, and slowly but surely I’m having trouble keeping them apart. That is not only because of the very similar appearance of the DG Art lenses (24/1.4, 35/1.4 und 50/1.4), but also because of their very good ...

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Sometimes getting a bit wet pays off

As most photographers I’m also not a big fan of rainy weather. I find the cold and the gray cloudy sky discouraging and the dim light not really very helpful for good pictures. However, doing photo shoots with such bad weather sometimes pays off. Certain subjects, such as spider webs which can be easily overlooked ...

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More pictures and some thoughts on post processing and future blog entries

The comparison of noise reduction algorithms in X3F Tools and SPP 6.3 (part 1 and 2) helped me understand how great the additional potential in Foveon images that can be released with relatively easy post-processing actually is. Currently, I’m testing a number of editing steps (noise reduction and sharpening) which I’ve come across in the ...

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Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Link Collection: Reviews, Sample Images, Videos

I have the 18-35mm f/1.8 Art with which I’m very happy, so I’m not longing for the 24-35mm f/2 Art because there isn’t a camera with a full frame Foveon sensor. However, the possibility can’t be completely ruled out that such a sensor could be used in the successor model of the SD1 Merrill. Crazier ...

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As a photographer who favours normal focal length you can get used to the 35 mm focal length

I was having a tough time with Sigma’s 24/1.4 Art in the beginning because I didn’t get along with its focal length. I’m used to taking photos with a normal focal length or even longer focal lengths such as the DP3M’s 50mm (which is equivalent to 75mm in full frame terms). But it’s not like ...

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35mm primes and standard primes are two different pairs of shoes

Only now that I’m taking photos with a Sigma 24/1.4 Art I’m beginning to understand why 35mm or 35mm equivalent lenses and standard primes are so often compared in forums. One would assume that the difference in focal length of a few millimeters hardly matters. However, taking pictures with both focal lengths feels quite different, ...

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SPP vs. X3F Tools: Noise and noise reduction (part 2)

After analyzing the noise of the Merrill sensor and noise reduction in SPP 6.3 and X3F Tools, I’ve taken a closer look at the X3Fs of the Quattro sensor. For this I’ve taken 7 X3Fs with the DP2 Quattro, with sensitivities ranging from ISO100 to ISO6400, and developed and converted them to DNG format with ...

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SPP vs. X3F Tools: Noise and noise reduction (part 1)

I didn’t even notice how much SPP “pimps up” the X3Fs before I started to experiment with the X3F Tools converter which doesn’t know the many particularities of Foveon sensors and the many tricks in X3F image editing. Since it is too many insights that I could gain by comparing both converters, I’ve decided to ...