Sunday, July 1, 2007
Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM
This fast, versatile tele-zoom lens adds to your shooting options
Transitioning quickly from one shot to the next using a variety of focal lengths—it’s one of the features I appreciate most in the new APO 50-150mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC HSM telephoto zoom lens from Sigma. One moment you can get down low to compose a close-up of a lizard and the next you can zoom in tight on a bird about to burst into flight 50 feet away. In addition to its quick response time, the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) autofocus is remarkably silent. And the manual focus override switch makes changing from one mode to the other simple, even while shooting.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden was an ideal location to put the lens and its features through their paces. I spent a long afternoon photographing all sorts of birds, lizards, squirrels, bugs and insects—the possibilities for compositions are nearly limitless here. And sometimes, I had only a few seconds to frame, focus and get the shot. The Sigma lens didn’t let me down. And with an ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture, you can minimize depth of field, which is especially useful when shooting wildlife portraits or sports-action with a distracting background.
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