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We Spent the Weekend With Four Sigma Art Lenses

What does one do when asked to take four brand new Sigma Prime lenses for a spin? First: pinch yourself. Then, one immediately and enthusiastically accepts.

When testing out new lenses (especially four at one time), it can seem a bit overwhelming. What, when, and where should one shoot?

However, the true test of any lens kit is adaptability. The best thing to do, with any new equipment, is to get out and take some photos. Lots and lots of them. And, that’s exactly what one of our Los Angeles sales pros did.

Before we get to the final results, let’s talk gear.

The photography know-how of our L.A. sales pro was accompanied by the following:

Sony Alpha A7R II Camera Body


The α7R II combines the world’s first1 back-illuminated 42.4 MP2 35 mm full-frame CMOS image sensor, Fast Hybrid AF, 5-axis image stabilization and advanced 4K movie recording, with sensitivity and speed to keep even fast-moving subjects looking sharp. An extended family of lenses and gear makes the most of its remarkable resolution even in tough field use.

along with the…

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E


The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E is the first entry into Sigma’s Art series of professional lenses, with an emphasis on artistic expression and the creative potential of the lens. With a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, floating inner focusing system, and Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) you’ll have quick and accurate control over the artistic effects achieved by the lens’high-quality elements.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E


The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The Sigma 24mm /1.4 lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E


The Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E is the latest addition to the world-renowned Sigma Global Vision Line. Designed and engineered for unparalleled image quality, the Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art employs a completely new optical design and premium components. 2 FLD (performance equal to fluorite) glass elements and 1 element boasting a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and high refraction achieve a class-leading level of performance. The highly anticipated 85mm 1.4 Art is an ideal lens for a variety of photographic subjects, particularly portrait photography, both in-studio and on-location.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E


The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E has been redesigned and re-engineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large f/1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime lens is pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography.

When it came to narrowing down subjects, living in Southern California made it difficult to just settle with one person, place or thing. So, variety was the only reasonable solution.

Beach Vibes

Captured using the Sigma Prime 85mm Prime Lens

Venice Beach | Ian Santer

Whether capturing still or candid action shots, the Sigma 85mm prime proved to be a true jack-of-all-trades lens. Not to mention, the sharpness of the 85mm is unbelievable – great for capturing the smallest details.

Venice Beach | Ian Santer

City Life

Captured Using the Sigma 24mm Prime Lens

Santa Monica Alley | Ian Santer

If you are a street photographer, the Sigma 24mm f1.4 comes highly recommended for capturing cityscapes, crowds, and murals.

Captured using the Sigma 35mm Lens

San Diego Convention Center | Ian Santer

And while you are at it, pick up the Sigma 35mm for that added boost. No detail or depth lost here, just a slightly different perspective than the 24mm.

At Sunset

Captured Using the Sigma Prime 24mm Lens

San Diego | Ian Santer

The Sigma 24mm effortlessly went from capturing cityscapes to experimenting with that harbor-side light.

San Diego | Ian Santer

San Diego | Ian Santer

Fur and Feathers

Captured using the Sigma Prime 35mm lens

San Diego | Ian Santer

Captured using the Sigma Prime 50mm Lens

Herbie | Ian Santer

Getting outdoors is great. But, all that traveling can take its toll. With that said, don’t be afraid to take out those Sigma primes at home. We guarantee, the hardest part of your shoot will be getting your subjects to sit still.

Edith | Ian Santer

The Sigma 50mm replicates the human eye – that means a shallow depth of field that allows your subject to really pop.

We had fun sharing our vision of the world with these four incredible Sigma Art lenses. Now, it’s your turn.

Check out our full selection of Sigma Prime Lenses here.

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