Today’s Post by Joe Farace
Sigma’s ART lens category includes the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN and 19mm f/2.8 DN lenses that are designed for mirrorless lens cameras. Right now, these are “special order” lenses from B&H Photo, but you can pick up the 19mm f/2.8 DN along with some accessories from Amazon; click here.
Priced at $199, both lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear auto focusing motor for accurate and quiet focusing for video. They have metal exteriors and a simple focus ring with varying textures to distinguish each part of the lens.
The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN is a relatively wide-angle lens with an angle-of-view equivalent to a 38mm lens. Its minimum focusing distance is 7.9-inches with a maximum magnification is 1:7.4. Sigma’s 30mm f/2.8 DN has an angle-of-view equivalent to 60mm and is useful for portraiture, documentary, travel and everyday shooting including cars and trucks. The lens features a double-sided aspherical lens with a minimum focusing distance of 11.8-inches and maximum magnification is 1:8.1. Both lenses come with lens hoods and a rugged, well-made case.
How I Made this Shot: A few years ago, I took both of these lenses to Key West, Florida to see how they handled the rigors of travel photography but ended up shooting mostly with the 19mm f/2.8 DN. It proved to be an able traveling companion; not so much for its lens hood, which kept jumping off. Not having a hood only created flare in one or two of the 400 shots that I made with the lens. Otherwise, the 19mm f/2.8 DN did a great job producing sharp images and I never wondered if I would have been better off with a zoom.
I made this images of a patina-beyond-belief pickup truck outside a restaurant where we had dinner one night using a Panasonic Lumix G2 that I don’t even remember owning but EXIF can’t be wrong. Can it? I made two exposures; one was underexposed, one was overexposed. Can it? Exposure was 1/2500 sec at f/5 and ISO 400. This is the underexposed image that was tweaked with Photoshop’s Curves and further enhanced using Vivenza layered with a dash of the Sunlight filter that’s part of Color Efex Pro.
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