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Sigma A 20 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

Sigma A 20 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

Full frame 20 mm lenses have been present on the market for many years; still, more often than not they offer you an aperture only as fast as f/2.8 or so. The era of faster instruments of this class started near the very end of 20th century - in December 2000 the Japanese Sigma company showed the 20 mm f/1.

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Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

During last two years we\'ve seen a real offensive from the Sigma Contemporary line in a form of shapely but a tad slower lenses. During that time as many as nine models have been launched whereas the Art series got just two new devices and the Sport series – only one.

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Sigma C 16-28 mm f/2.8 DG DN – first impressions

Sigma C 16-28 mm f/2.8 DG DN – first impressions

A classic set of journalistic zoom lenses usually consists of models with fixed f/2.8 aperture and the following parameters: 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200 mm. As the last two compliment each other nicely with their focal lengths, the first two double a part of their focal range.

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Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II – first impressions

Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II – first impressions

If a photographic system wants to be treated seriously by professionals it has to feature tools they demand. A classic 24-70 mm f/2.8 journalistic prime might be considered one of such indispensable tools.

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Sony FE PZ 16-35 mm f/4 G – first impressions and sample images

Sony FE PZ 16-35 mm f/4 G – first impressions and sample images

There are many ultra-wide zoom lenses in the full frame Sony FE system so its users might feel pampered. They could choose between two 12-24 mm models, one as fast as f/2.8 and other a bit slower, f/4.

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Sigma C 18-50 mm f/2.8 DC DN – first impressions and sample images

Sigma C 18-50 mm f/2.8 DC DN – first impressions and sample images

I\'ve been wondering for some time whether or not I can call myself a professional photographer. On the one hand I partially earn my living by taking photos; the problem is, more often than not these are photos of different testing charts, hardly a topic worth professional photography.

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Sigma C 24 mm f/2 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

Sigma C 24 mm f/2 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

In July 2019 Sigma showed their first fixed focal C line lens (the C letter meaning Contemporary), designed for full frame mirrorless Sony, Sigma, and Panasonic cameras. That launch was quite untypical because we were shown the C 45 mm f/2.

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Sigma C 90 mm f/2.8 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

Sigma C 90 mm f/2.8 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

When it comes to portrait lenses with focal lengths near 85 mm two kinds of instruments prevail on the market – either very fast and very expensive f/1.2-1.4 models, or constructions aimed at amateur photographers with a maximum relative aperture of f/1.

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Cine lenses and still photo lenses – what's the difference?

Cine lenses and still photo lenses – what's the difference?

It\'s not a big secret: many optics producers have both photographic lenses and cinema lenses in their line-ups. In fact – it would be far easier to list those that don\'t. Usually, instruments designed for video recording come with parameters identical or similar to these of their photographic cousins but their prices are usually higher.

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Sigma A 35 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions

Sigma A 35 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions

When it comes to top-of-the-range fixed-focal Art series lenses, Sigma has already presented the A 35 mm f/1.2 DG DN, the A 85 mm f/1.4 DG DN, and the A 105 mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro, all designed for full frame mirrorless cameras.

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Sigma C 35 mm f/2 DG DN - first impressions

Sigma C 35 mm f/2 DG DN - first impressions

The series of Sigma Contemporary full frame lenses designed for mirrorless cameras started in an unusual way. In July 2019 Sigma presented the Sigma C 45 mm f/2.8 DG DN in the Sony FE and L-mount versions.

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Sigma C 65 mm f/2 DG DN – first impressions

Sigma C 65 mm f/2 DG DN – first impressions

The series of Sigma Contemporary full frame lenses designed for mirrorless cameras started in an unusual way. In July 2019 Sigma presented the Sigma C 45 mm f/2.8 DG DN in the Sony FE and L-mount versions.

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Sigma A 105 mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro – first impressions

Sigma A 105 mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro – first impressions

Most of us make different plans for the future. There are some who even compose timetables with different actions, prognosed incomes and outcomes, and trips which they plan for even distant future. Such a trend concerns both ordinary people who just want to organize better their private and business life and also different companies, big and small, up to the most powerful corporations.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400 mm f/5.0-6.3 IS  – first impressions

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400 mm f/5.0-6.3 IS – first impressions

In well-established systems that have been present on the market for many years, the line-up of longer telephoto lenses is really impressive. For examle an owner of a Canon reflex camera can choose betweem amateur 55-250 mm and 70-300 mm class models, among them the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.

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A trip to Sigma lens factory in Aizu

A trip to Sigma lens factory in Aizu

Wihle going to Yokohama\'s CP+ fairs every year I try to get to Japan two days earlier in order to acclimatise and to get rid of jetlag. Booking my plane tickets this year I found out that it would be far cheaper to arrive to Japan not two but three days earlier.

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