The wait is over, Sigma Art lenses for full frame Sony E-mount cameras are here.
I have used Sigma Art lenses with my Sony for a few years now. The lenses are sharp and have a nice bokeh, but still they were not perfect.
There were no lenses for full frame e-mount Sonys, hence I had to use Canon EF-mount with a adaptor.
Although Sigma's adaptor is best in the market, yet it felt a bit clumsy and its performance was not as good as it good be.
But now all this has all changed.
I am not going bore you with all those fancy tech specs, the internet is full of sites with diagrams and numbers on how lenses perform. I will speak from my own experience, what is the look and feel from my perspective.
After testing these lenses about a month, I can say I am super happy. They are sharp right from wide open aperature, focus is fast and accurate and build quality is good and solid.
I have tested 20,35 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses. All photos I took are work related, unfortunately and I can´t publish those yet.
But I did some test shots on a summer house to give you few examples.
I also have the new 70mm f/2.8 macro. Haven´t been able to test it properly, but I can say it is a true money maker for
What a day!
Today I hosted a food photography workshop for fifteen photographers together with Color-Kolmio (Elinchrom and Epson) and Foka (Sigma, Leica etc..)
A very intense day, I feel tired but really happy.
I feel happy when I can talk about food photography and possibly teach some new tricks and techniques.
Looking forward to do more this kind of events.
Everybody knows how important friends are. I am really happy to tell you that I have a new friend.
That friend is a small roastery called Lehmus Roastery. They are located in Lappeenranta (2h to NE by train from Helsinki) and they roast some damn good coffee. At 2017 Helsinki Coffee Festival they were voted as best roastery in Finland.
I love coffee, many photographers do. It´s like red wine to a painter or bourbon to a country singer.
Thats why I am super happy that I got this opportunity to be part of Lehmus family.
What does this friendship mean? I don't fully know yet, cause it's like any friendship that has just begun.
But I am sure it will bring a lot of good things and some fine coffee.
I get quite a lot questions about my gear. Especially what gear I bring with me when travelling.
I am currently in Tenerife for a three weeks holiday trip so I want to keep my bag as light as possible, but I also want to
take nice photos of food, sunsets, stars, people, milkyway etc.
This is my gear for three weeks:
Sony A6500 bodySigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C lensSigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C lens
Benro ProAngel FPA29A tripodSony RX100V compact camera
Then I have some batteries, memory cards, MacBook Pro and two Lacie Rugged hard drives
And thats all. I don't need anything more to shoot really nice photos.
My pro tip for you is to think at least three times, do I really need this? Does this piece of equipment help me to take better photos?
Could I replace gear with creativity?
Some of you have already heard about it, I'm now ambassador for Sigma.
Sigma makes lenses and cameras, I'm mainly dealing with lenses.
Foka is their representative in Finland.
I'm super happy that they chose me, I have been using Sigma Art lenses on my Sony A7RII for a while and really fell in love
how well they perform. Honestly, I think Art lenses are best you can buy for your dslr-camera.
So what does that ambassador deal mean? It means that I get to use the wide range of lenses, to be among first ones to test new lenses
and I get to go to events to talk about photography. That is quite something, cause I love my work as a photographer.
And I'm not alone, I have a colleague, Marinella Himari. Lady who loves to travel, write and take photos. I'm super happy that I get to work with her.
I do still have my Phase One, and I'm not selling it, unless someone throws nice pile of euros on table.
This photo is taken with Sony A6500 with Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN C lens. A new wide angle lens for mirrorless cameras with crop sensor.