by E.J. Peiker | April 11, 2017The Japanese lens manufacturer Sigma has been around since 1961 and for much of its history it has been known as a company that makes budget lenses for Nikon and Canon cameras (and others at times). In late 2012, Sigma went public with a desire to no longer be seen only as a budget third party lens maker. They came up with the Global Vision line of lenses, new state of the art manufacturing processes and a vastly upgraded quality control process. The Global Vision lenses are part of three different distinct product lines. The Contemporary line stays true to the original Sigma concept—consumer grade lenses made of lighter materials at prices significantly below the camera manufacturer’s lenses. The Art line of lenses was conceived to make the finest prime and short zoom lenses, lenses that meet or exceed the very best that the OEM’s and even specialty lens companies make regardless of cost. And finally a Sport telephoto line that makes high end long lenses equal in performance to what the likes of Canon and Nikon make. These three lines have become unmitigated success stories and have moved Sigma from the realm of cheap knock-off lens maker to an innovative high end lens maker that produces lenses as good or better than anything on the market. Art lenses are even on par with specialty lens makers like Zeiss and often exceed the image quality of similar Canon and Nikon lenses. As an example, their latest 85mm is considered an equal to the ultra high end Zeiss 85mm Otus lens at a drastically lower cost, and it has autofocus which the Zeiss does not.
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by Nikhil Bahl | March 28, 2017In recent years Iceland has become a popular travel destination for nature photographers. Whether you’re a landscape or bird photographer, there are many opportunities to capture some stunning scenery and amazing bird life. To take advantage of all the photographic opportunities that Iceland has to offer, here’s a list of photo gear that is absolutely essential to bring with you along with a few Iceland photography tips.
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by Jake Jacoby | March 27, 2017The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf and lie some 300 miles east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast. In addition to the two main islands of East and West Falklands, 776 smaller islands are also contained in the archipelago. The Falklands are a British Overseas Territory, but they have internal self-governance with their own government, money, postage, and taxes. Continue reading »