Review Sigma 150-600 mm Sports @ 5D MK3

It's time to celebrate, because the Sigma Sports series finally consists of two telephoto zooms: next to the Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 Sports—which did very well in our review—you can, as a sports or nature photographer, now also choose the Sigma 150-600 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports. To make the party complete, Sigma has also released the associated teleconverters, with which—while retaining AF—you can bring subjects even closer, if a 600 mm focal length is not enough for you. Both Sigma Sports zoom lenses distinguish themselves from the current Art lenses because the Sports lenses have built-in image stabilization and because the AF for the Sports lenses is even more customizable with the optional USB dock and the Custom switch on the Sigma 150-600 mm Sports.


Review Sigma 150-600 mm Sports @ 650D

A few years ago, Sigma--as a result of their global vision--started releasing three fantastic series of lenses: Contemporary, Art and Sports. The Sigma Art lenses have since then one by one raised a furor with the highest possible build and image quality, with a price that for such quality would not be thought possible. Sigma is a modest player in the photography market and was surprised by the worldwide, surprisingly high demand for Sigma Art lenses. Less well known, but at least as good, is the Sigma Sports series, which has since recently consisted of two telephoto zooms: the Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 Sports and the Sigma 150-600 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports.


Review Sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art @ Canon 650D

A smash on APS-C as well.

If you're looking for a great fixed-focal length portrait lens for a Canon APS-C camera, then you're looking for a bright lens with a focal length between 50 mm and 100 mm. The Sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art surprised us as the ultimate standard lens for Canon full-frame cameras, with an exceptionally high build quality and image quality. It is thus not really a surprise to discover that in this review the Sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art also landed on the top of the heap when tested on our Canon 650D test camera. On a Canon SLR camera with an APS-C sensor, this looks like a bright portrait lens, with a bokeh that gives nothing up to many portrait lenses on a camera with a full-frame sensor. In addition, it's also a perfect lens for concert photography, night photography and street photography.


Review Sigma 18-200 mm C @ Nikon

Will it be a Sigma 18-250 mm or a Sigma 18-200 mm Contemporary?

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The Sigma 18-200 mm Contemporary is smaller, lighter and less expensive that its cohorts, such as for example the Canon 18-200 mm. In addition, in contrast to similar superzooms that we have reviewed so far, Sigma 18-250 mm, Tamron 18-270 mm and the Nikon 18-200 mm, the Sigma 18-200 mm C wins in terms of compactness, weight and list price. Those are important considerations for the target audience, amateur photographers who want to have a not-too-expensive all-around lens with a strong zoom range, in order to head out without having to haul along too much weight and without having to change lenses. Our first positive experiences with the Sigma 18-200 mm on a Canon 650D we previously published. Because we did not review the Sigma 18-250 mm on a Canon APS-C, we could not make a direct comparison of the image quality of both Sigma walk-around zooms. Now we can.

Review Sigma 8-16mm

Sigma 8-16 mm, perfect for Nikon DX camera's:

The Sigma 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM is an extreme wide-angle zoom lens for camera with an APS-C sensor and has a field of view of 114.5-75.7 degrees. That is comparable with that of a 12-24 mm lens on a full-frame camera.
This is certainly no everyday lens because the field of view is larger than what the human eye can see. Therefore, you can, for example in landscape photography, achieve unusual effects. With the right preparation, the lens is also suitable for architectural shots, as we demonstrate below.


Review Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 Art

How attractive is a Sigma 30mm Art?

In recent months, several high-quality, bright lenses with a fixed focus have appeared, like the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 50 mm f/1.4. But what if you want to have a more compact, lighter and less expensive (under 500 euro) lens? Then the choice is very limited and the Sigma 30 mm 1:1.4 DC HSM Art in particular shows up. This bright standard lens for APS-C cameras provides a field of view similar to that of a 45 mm lens on an FX or full-frame camera. The ART addition indicates that a lens belongs in the upper segment. The advantage of such a bright lens is not so much working under low-light conditions, but the limited depth of field that you can achieve. Especially users who also film love it.

Sigma 30mm art lens review

Review Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art

Not long ago, we were completely bowled over by the extremely high quality of the Sigma 35 mm 1.4 Art. That applied for both image quality and construction quality. This lens shows what enormous progress some lens manufacturers have been able to achieve in design and production of lenses for digital cameras. It almost can't get any better.

Now (April 2014), a Sigma 50 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art has come to market as the successor of the Sigma 50 mm f/1.4 EX from 2008. How do the two lenses compare to each other? At 470 grams, the 50 mm version is 2 ounces lighter than its 35 mm older brother. The suggested retail price at 879 euros is also 75 euros lower. For us, it's naturally about the construction quality and the image quality. Which Sigma Art lens is the best?

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Review Sigma 70-200 mm 2.8 APO EX DG (C FF)

Cameras with a full frame sensor keep getting less expensive. Once you have a full-frame camera like a Canon 6D or a Canon 5D MK3, you, of course, will want to have good lenses as well. Unfortunately, the suggested retail prices for 70-200 mm f/2.8 zooms with image stabilization from Canon and Nikon top 2,000 euros. The Sigma 70-200 mm 2.8 APO EX DG OS is one of the few affordable choices for those enthusiasts who love a bright telephoto zoom.

There are many reasons to choose a 70-200 mm f/2.8. First of all, there is of course the beautiful background blur/bokeh, whereby a subject is beautifully isolated from the background. With the combination of field of view and high brightness, a 70-200 mm zoom lens is versatile: from photographing concerts, sporting events, and weddings to high-quality holiday photography..


Review Sigma 18-200mm Contemporary

The Sigma 18-200 mm Contemporary is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its classmates, like, for example, the Canon 18-200 mm. Also in comparison to similar superzooms that we have tested so far, Sigma 18-250 mm, Tamron 18-270 mm and the Nikon 18-200 mm, the Sigma 18-200 mm C wins in terms of compactness, weight and list price. These are important considerations for the target group, amateur photographers who want to have a not-too-expensive, all-round lens with a hefty zoom range, to be able to head out without having to lug a lot of weight along and without having to change lenses. We previously published our first, very positive, experiences with the Sigma 18-200 mm. Now we had the opportunity to test this lens more comprehensively. How good is the optical performance of the first superzoom in the Sigma Contemporary series?

Sigma 18-200 C test

Review Sigma 35 mm 1.4 ART @ Nikon D7100 (N APSC)

A bright 50 mm f/1.8 standard lens is much loved by photographers with a full-frame camera. Understandably. The field of view and perspective are consistent with what you perceive with the naked eye, making pictures appear natural. You get sharp images with a nice background sharpness at an attractive price.
If you would like the same image quality on a camera with a DX or APS-C sensor, simply choose a 35 mm f/1.4 lens. The choice for a Sigma 35 mm 1.4 Art is obvious, because we know from an earlier test that the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 Art scores fantastically well in combination with a Nikon D800E. If we pair this high flyer with a Nikon D7100, then you get just as sharp images, with an equally beautiful bokeh, as pictures made with a standard lens on a camera with a full frame sensor. In addition, the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 Art on a Nikon D7100 suffers less from distortion and vignetting than a standard lens on a full frame camera.


Review Sigma 24-105 mm f/4 Art (C APS-C)

With the Art series, Sigma has built a series of lenses that in terms of build and image quality are better than the best lenses from the competition, including the biggest camera brands. This time, we tested the Sigma 24-105 mm Art on a Canon 650D, a camera with an APS-C sensor, for two groups of readers. Most of our readers have an SLR camera with an APS-C sensor. Some of them are considering stepping up to a camera with a full frame sensor and keep that in mind when purchasing their lenses. And there are photographers who use their lenses both on a camera with a full frame sensor and on a camera with an APS-C sensor. For both groups of photographers, the Sigma 24-105 mm f/4 Art is an attractive lens that they will enjoy for a long time.


Review Sigma AF 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM (C APS-C)

Is the Sigma 50-150 mm f/2.8 the best kept secret in lens country? It might be. The Sigma 50-150 mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM is only suitable for SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor. If you use this lens on a camera with a full frame sensor, then you get some vignetting at the edges. That a lens is only suitable for APS-C is becoming more common. The same is true for all Canon EF-S lenses.
What the Sigma 50-150 mm so special, we will tell you in advance, are the good optical performance. This lens would be released in 2013, then it would definitely be a member of the Sigma Art family. In fact, the Sigma 50-150 mm f/2.8 is both in terms of image quality and zoom range, the perfect partner for the Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 Art.


Review Sigma 24-105 mm f/4 Art (C FF)

To the surprise of many, in October 2013 the Sigma 24-105 mm f/4 Art lens, suitable for an APS-C and a full-frame camera, was announced. We hadn't expected that. The 24-105 mm zoom is a popular zoom lens among Canon photographers, due to the broadly useful zoom range and because it's sold as a kit lens with various Canon full-frame SLR cameras. Some portrait photographers prefer a 24-105 mm zoom lens to a 24-70 mm, because that model at a focal length of 105 mm gives a bit more flattering portrayal if you make a full-screen portrait. At 24-105 mm, this is a bit more universal than a 24-70 mm zoom. It's possible that may have been a consideration for Sigma in bringing out this lens. Sigma24105Artproduct

Review Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art (N APS-C)

In terms of specifications, finish, image quality and price we're dealing with a "game changer"; that's what we wrote in our review of the Sigma 18-35 mm 1.8 Art with a Canon 650D. Would this lens would be able to perform even better if you used it in conjunction with the 24 megapixel sensor sans moiré filter Nikon D7100?
And it does. Only the zoom range of the Sigma 18-35 mm Art is in terms of view angle slightly less than a 24-70 mm zoom lens on a camera with a full frame sensor. In addition, with the Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 Art and the Nikon D7100 (with APS-C sensor), you'll get pictures with image quality and bokeh that rival those of more expensive, heavier and larger lenses on a camera with a full-frame sensor. That will save you a lot of money, because full-frame cameras and good, full-frame lenses aren't cheap.



Review Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (C APS-C)

There are many nature photographers who use a telephoto lens on a camera with an APS-C sensor. The view angle becomes with the smaller APS-C sensor, 1.6x smaller than with a camera with a full frame sensor, making it seem as if you have a telephoto lens with a 1.6x longer focal length. The Sigma 120-300 mm Sports is the first lens in the Sigma Sports series and resembles its predecessor in some ways.
But with the lenses of the Sports series, you can get, by using the USB dock itself, customization adjustments for the AF speed, AF fine tuning, focus limitation and image stabilization. Our experiences with that customization can be found in the Sigma USB dock review. In addition, Sigma recently began offering – for all lenses from the Art, Sports or Contemporary series – the ability to exchange the lens mount. If you decide to buy a different brand of camera, you can build your own favorite and trusted lens conversions, after which you can use them on your new camera.

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Review Sigma 105 mm/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro (C APS-C)

The Sigma 105 mm 2.8 OS Macro has entered the market in the summer of 2011. A big difference with the previous model is the built-in image stabilization. The focal length of 105 mm is sometimes a bit tight on a full-frame camera in macro photography; you are often working in your own shadows then. In this regard, a 150 mm or a 180 mm macro is preferred. A focal length of 105 mm is very useful as a portrait lens in many cases. And if you enjoy working with primes, the Sigma 105 mm 2.8 Macro OS is a logical step after a 50 mm standard lens. The actual price at the moment is much lower than the suggested retail price at its introduction, which makes this Sigma macro lens even more attractive.

Sigma macro lens review

Review Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro (C APS-C)

In 2012, Sigma presented the world's first 180 mm macro telephoto lens with image stabilization, which additionally offers a constant f/2.8 brightness. It is a general misunderstanding that a macro-lens is only suitable for photographing small subjects. This lens, which can be used on either an APS-C or on a camera with a full-size sensor, also serves exceptionally as a razor-sharp telephoto lens or portrait lens. We (still) test macro-lenses in the same distance range as all other lenses, so that you can directly compare the performances against each other. Until mid-2012, we unfortunately didn't have the capacity to test this attractive lens. We're rectifying that now, starting with a test of the Sigma 180 mm macro on a Canon 650D.


Review Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (C FF)

The Sigma 120-300mm Sports is unique in several ways. To start, this is the first lens in the Sigma Sports series. With the lenses in this series, you can, using a USB-dock, customize the settings for AF speed, AF fine-tuning, focus depth and image stabilization. You can read about our experience with the customization in the Sigma USB-dock review. On the other hand, the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 Sports, like its predecessor, is unique as a bright zoom lens because the Sigma 12-300mm 2.8 is the only 300mm f/2.8 lens that you can zoom out to 120mm. This lens offers the same zoom range as a 70-200mm f/2.8 OS with a 1.4x converter, a combination that has f/4 as its largest aperture. The Sigma 120-300mm Sports offers a constant f/2.8 throughout its zoom range. The extra stop and the built-in image stabilization are valuable if you work with a telephoto lens.


Review Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art (C APS-C)

Just the announcement of the Sigma 18-35 mm Art unleashed on the Internet an explosion of enthusiastic responses about the specifications and speculations about the price of this lens. This Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens is a high-quality alternative to the all-round kit lens, offering higher image quality and a fast constant f/1.8 aperture. It is the world's first f/1.8 APS-C standard zoom lens.
Professional photographers with a full frame camera like a fast 24-70 mm f/2.8 zoom lens, because of the possibility to limit the depth of field, the beautiful bokeh or because they want to shoot without Flash in low light situations. Professional photographers with an APS-C/DX camera had to use a set of fixed focal length lenses, if they wanted to play with depth of field, or if they want to have a beautiful, creamy "full frame bokeh".

Sigma 18-35mm review

Review Sigma 85 mm 1.4 EX DG HSM (N FF)

After the impressive Sigma 35mm f/1.4 + Nikon D800E review, we chose for this review another fast Sigma lens, which was introduced in 2010. The full name of this lens, Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX DG HSM, indicates that it is a professional (EX) lens and it has a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) AF motor. It is an attractive alternative for the Canon 85mm 1.2 and the Nikon 85mm 1.4. This fast lens is not only  intended for low-light photography, but it also offers the opportunity to 'play' with sharpness and isolate your topic from a crowded background. The field of view of a lens with a 85mm focal length @ FF sensor is considered by many photographers as an ideal lens for portrait photography. Interestingly, there's no fast 85 mm lens which has image stabilization on the market, whereas it would give even more opportunities.

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