Tag: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 A

Using a tripod or increasing ISO?

The cold season is here and it brings with it not only rain, fog, snow and icy cold, but also shorter days and tricky lighting. As a photographer you have a choice of either using a tripod, if you photograph motifs which allow the use of one, or increasing ISO. I never was a tripod ...

Taking photos on the way to…

Are you in the habit of always taking your camera with you, regardless of whether you are on your way to work, running errands or going to the doctor? I almost never do it. The gear that I prefer to use doesn’t fall into the “always with you” category. A Sigma sd Quattro with a ...

Beautiful day after the temperature rollercoaster

Today was the first day that I felt fit enough to go for a photo walk, after having gotten ill last week. After long stretches of stable and warm weather I forget, that I need to put on warmer clothes and shoes when it gets colder again. This keeps happening to me again and again. ...

Sharpness comparison part 2: Sigma 100-400mm vs 135mm F1.8 Art

Like with my prior Sigma 100-400mm C vs 135mm f/1.8 Art comparison, where I was comparing their respective sharpness at close-up range, I’ve decided to not only shoot at the same aperture but to shoot photos with the prime lens at those apertures which the zoom is lacking and compare the results to the zoom’s ...

Through the wind and the rain

While other people enjoy spending their summer vacation in deckchairs on warm and sunny beaches with a cool refreshing drink and a book in their hands, this year I decided to do the opposite. This year my plans took me to Iceland, a destination that’s been on my mind for a very long time. Instead ...

An afternoon in the park

During the night the concrete fails to give off all the heat of the previous day, before it gets blasted by the sun on the next one. While walking there is a smell of freshly ironed clothes coming from bellow. It is one’s own clothes being ironed “on the go”. And with steam no less, ...

Sharpness comparison: Sigma 100-400mm vs 135mm F1.8 Art

Depending on how scrupulously one goes about things, a sharpness comparison of two lenses can end up being quite a hassle. One could compare the sharpness at multiple distances. One could, even when comparing a prime lens to a zoom, not only shoot at the same aperture but shoot photos with the prime at those ...

Which have better bokeh, zooms or primes?

Right from the start it should be clear that there is no general answer to this question. As is often the case, circumstances are critically important. Which specific lenses are being compared? Are you comparing widest aperture vs widest aperture or are you stopping down the prime lens? Are you looking at bokeh circles or ...

Sigma 135mm and its magnification of 1:5

Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art’s highest magnification is ‎1:5, which really doesn’t sound like true macro. It should go without saying, that this isn’t enough for portrait shots or even tight shots of butterflies. For shots of butterflies including their surroundings this is enough, however - none of the three butterfly photos were cropped. Furthermore the ...

Photos from the garden

Isn’t May one of the best months for us photographers? Nature is waking up everywhere and it is sunny on the one hand, so that it is possible to photographically capture the beauty all around us, but on the other it isn’t too warm like it often is in July or August, which can make ...