As you are probably aware I am slightly obsessed with photography. Since my last photography update on here I have joined a camera club, received two acceptances into the Bristol International Salon, attended many studio events, watched the David Bailey interview at the Photography Show, booked my first wedding, bought a Lubitel 166b (film camera for those that don’t know) and taken many, many shots, of many different things. Phew!
But a little while ago I received a parcel from Sigma that contained something pretty awesome, and that has helped my photography journey along recently.
The Sigma Art 24-105mm Lens was heavier than I thought it was going to be since I had been using the ‘nifty 50′ for a while, which is relatively light, and when I attached it to my Canon EOS 350D it became very front heavy! But I quickly acclimatised and learnt to deal with the weight of the glass. The second thing I noticed about this lens was the build quality. I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but the focussing on this beauty is very smooth and responsive, and all moving parts seem very sturdy and well made. I did sort of wonder how this would make much difference to my photography but was keen to try it out anyway.
What stood out on first use was the range of the zoom, since the largest distance I had before was the 18-35mm kit lens. As I looked for things to shoot I managed to zoom in a lot closer than I ever have before, which was nice, and when I looked at the RAW files afterwards I was surprised at how clear the images were even at full zoom!
Here is an example (Not full range)-
Because of the focal length this lens is really versatile, I found myself coming back to it many times and in the end I just stopped taking it off the camera and use it for almost everything now. I really don’t feel the need to use any other lenses, even opting for off camera flash when I would have used a wider aperture for low light conditions, because I just don’t want to compromise on quality and ease of use for letting a bit more light in. It’s taught me a thing or two about lighting though which is great. Learning how to use studio lights was really fun!
The Sigma Art 24-105mm lens has ‘Super Multi Layer Coating’ to prevent lens flare and ghosting, I really appreciate this as even though bright sunlight isn’t the most ideal lighting conditions for photography, I often (as Welsh weather allows) find myself with camera in hand on a bright sunny day. I can say for sure that my untrained eye hasn’t seen any flare or ghosting in my images since using this lens.
I can’t compare this to anything similar since this is really the first ‘serious’ lens that I have tried out, but I have sort of fallen in love with it, as I said it rarely leaves my camera now, and I’ve bought a new strap to adjust to the weight of it. It’s as much a part of my photography as the camera itself now, and I really enjoy using it.
Now when it comes to the technical side of things I am still very much an amateur, so I can only recommend you pop along to the correct Sigma page here for more information, but I can confirm the Sigma Art 24-105mm lens has so many different uses, provides very high quality images and as far as I can tell hardly distorts my images. So I am very impressed and extremely pleased that I found Sigma Imagery’s lenses, because if this one is anything to go by the quality of their products is fantastic.
Thank you Sigma Imagery UK for the opportunity to discover this wonderful piece of camera equipment.
Here are a few more shots-