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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2003 0 comments

Sigma 28-200mm - 28-300mm Macro Lens

Sigma makes numerous lenses, but the "all-purpose" zooms have been the best selling models in their vast line. Replacing the "DL Hyper Zoom" models...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

The single most prolific lens manufacturer these days, Sigma announced a full 10 new lenses this spring, ranging from an 8mm circular fisheye to the new APO 800mm f/5.6EX HSM. This group included the two zooms tested here, both in the affordable category.

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 12, 2013 Published: Jul 01, 2013 5 comments
There’s something about a fixed focal length lens that brings the photographer out in me. It forces me to move in and back from compositions without resorting to a zoom. Yes, there are times when a zoom is most appreciated—especially the fast constant aperture zooms now available—but a prime puts me in a mindset that a zoom has yet to match.
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Steve Bedell Posted: Aug 09, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 1 comments
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens (average price: $969 on various Internet sites) is designed for full-frame cameras; with an APS-C multiply by your usual factor. At about 25 oz, I’d describe the lens as substantial, but not hefty. One of the reasons for the weight is the build—11 elements in eight groups, including the use of SLD glass, Sigma speak for Special Low Dispersion. The big chunk of glass on the end requires a 77mm filter. As to handling, Sigma has gone from their black “crinkle” finish to a smooth black rubberized finish that feels great to the touch. It’s plastic, not metal, but based on my experience with previous Sigma lenses, I’ve found them to be built to professional standards and can take a lot of abuse.
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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

Although most photographers tend to discus the big, fast, pro lenses, the vast majority actually sold are affordable zooms. Sigma makes both types, including their latest APO models like the AF 800mm f/5.6EX with Hypersonic autofocus and the modestly...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

As a manufacturer of a wide range of lenses from 8-800mm, Sigma's line also includes true macro lenses for extreme close-up photography. Both of the current models will produce a full life-size rendition of the subject without accessories: the AF...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

Until recently, most photographers considered a 19mm or 20mm focal length as the ultimate in ultra-wide, but this is rapidly changing. Thanks to the new technologies for making more affordable aspherical elements, much shorter lenses are becoming readily...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 2000 0 comments

Sigma AF 70-300mm & APO Macro Super

Sigma's two most successful zooms--70-300mm models with extreme close focusing ability--were recently upgraded and labeled with the "Super" designation. Both...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 1998 0 comments

Although many of Sigma's new lenses incorporate the latest technology and/or premium grade optics, this manufacturer continues to compete aggressively in the market for affordable zoom lenses. In addition to its APO, Aspherical, and HSM series, Sigma...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Ask any group of professional sports or wildlife photographers to name their favorite lens, and most will mention a "fast" 500mm f/4 model with internal focusing and low dispersion glass elements. Ideal in many respects, such lenses offer several advantages.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

Although 50-105mm focal length macro lenses are by far the most popular, many advanced nature photographers prefer longer lenses. Consequently, many camera manufacturers make a premium grade 180mm or 200mm macro lens. Now Sigma offers one, too...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 24, 2008 Published: Jul 30, 2008 0 comments

The Sigma APO 150-50mm lens is a moderately fast, super-telephoto zoom designed to work with both APS-C and full-frame DSLR cameras. It offers quite useful close focusing (7.2 ft) and two modes of what they deem "optical stabilization" (OS.) Weighing in at 67.4 oz you always know its there, but then again this is one impressive piece of...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

The Sigma engineers never seem to take a break, coming up with new lenses with surprising frequency. Late last year, they released two short zooms that certainly attracted a lot of attention. Their AF 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG Aspherical boasts the...

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Jay Abend Posted: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Long, fast, good lenses are expensive. They're also worth it. Whether you shoot sports, live performances, wildlife, people, or just need to reach out into the distance for that perfect shot, a really good telephoto lens is a must.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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Until recently, only Canon and Nikon offered interchangeable lenses with a camera shake compensating system called Image Stabilizer (IS) and Vibration Reduction (VR), respectively (see the discussion on IS and VR lens technology in our August 2004 issue, or on our website at: www.shutterbug.com).

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