Tag: Sigma SD1 Merrill

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Review: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM Contemporary lens

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM is my second Contemporary lens. Except for belonging to the same lens series as the 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM which I also have, they hardly have anything in common. It is large and heavy like every other full frame compatible telephoto lens with an extremely long focal ...

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900mm at 1/50th of a second

As I jumped out of my bed this morning, I felt much better than the past days. Even though the weather seemed unsettled I decided to go on a photo tour. Another day on the couch, staring alternatively at the laptop and the TV, would have driven me mad. Obviously I am that kind of ...

More bird photos and a couple of macro shots (150-600mm C)

With over 20 degrees on Monday, to me, it didn’t feel like winter at all. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take some great bird shots, so I took my SD1 Merrill and the 150-600mm C on a photo session. After hours of making use of the heavy equipment, my hair and my undershirt ...

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Shooting with Sigma 150-600 C + SD1M: a few insights after four photowalks

In the beginning I assumed that I have to stop down to f/7.1 to f/8, in order to capture images which are sharp enough. I didn’t even try to shoot wide open. But as it turned out during today’s photowalk the 150-600 Contemporary is already sharp enough at f/6.3. This allows me to use ISO100 ...

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The Sigma 150-600 C is amazingly sharp

I don’t think I’m exaggerating because as you can see in the following image and in the 100% crop below, the lens turns out amazingly sharp for a super-tele-zoom. But only if you do everything the right way. Doing everything the right way means shooting with lots of light. This will make shorter exposure times, ...

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Another photo walk with the 150-600mm C

Today I went for another photo walk with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary and the SD1 Merrill camera. In comparison to last time, the weather was sunny and nice this time, so I didn’t have to increase the sensitivity range to ISO400 in order to achieve a sufficiently short shutter speed. Despite the long focal length ...

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Fitness studio? No need, the Sigma 150-600mm C is here ;)

For a few days now I’ve been the owner of a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Tele Zoom. The timing for this purchase isn’t quite ideal, as taking photos with such lenses requires a lot of light. Actually I didn’t want to buy it before spring, but then I had a G.A.S. attack. A bad one ...

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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 ...