Inspiration

My walking companions.

My walking companions: SIGMA launches Fujifilm X Mount

- Nicolas Datiche

SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 1600, F1.4, 1/100s

Episode of Tokyo

Wandering in the megalopolis

One evening in April, I arrived in Haneda, the airport in the heart of the Japanese capital. Eight years have passed since then, the megalopolis of the archipelago has changed as well as my photographic practice.

In my first weeks in Japan, not having a job, I took advantage of this free time to discover, browse and get lost in the different districts of Tokyo. Photography is always a good excuse for a walk, meeting people, and getting lost. The camera protects from shyness in exchange with others. Japan was still in the Heisei era, the DSLR was hegemonic king in its kingdom and our photo bags were heavy. This candid pleasure of walking in a new city, the biggest in the world, where pictures are popping up everywhere asking to be taken as a personal souvenir of a new discovery experience, or even as a moment of life to be documented. From the small streets of Yanaka to the blinding light of Shibuya at night, the photographic walk in Tokyo is a real pleasure for any enthusiast of this medium. From the old Edo to Tokyo, this city is always in motion: old buildings are replaced by new titanic glass tower projects, streets are redesigned to offer a new living space to the residents. The photographer's playground is always changing.

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 160, F3.2, 1/800s

SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 160, F1.4, 1/3200s

The mirrorless cameras arrived, first timidly, then in force. Eight years later, traveling through this city with a mirrorless camera and these three SIGMA lenses gives all its meaning to the photographic wanderings. A small body accompanied by lenses of the right size, without sacrificing either the quality of construction or the optical quality, make them the ideal companions for my walks. I am surprised! For their size and weight, these three lenses deliver surprising image quality, from the full open aperture the image is sharp, with nice color rendering. Tokyo is a fast-moving city, always on the move, and these three Contemporary lenses have never failed me with their AF performance. I am often asked a difficult question: ”what is the best camera for me, for my practice?” I like to answer that the best camera is the one you can always have with you.

* The images without photograph data have been created with lenses other than SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary and SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 160, F8, 1/500s

Great mobility. The walking companions.

I am often asked a difficult question: ”what is the best camera for me, for my practice?” I like to answer that the best camera is the one you can always have with you.

With these three small lenses, it is easy to take your camera and go for a walk, the three different focal lengths between 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm allow a wide range of framing possibilities in the streets of Tokyo. The design of these three lenses, with their light weight,  and a pleasant feel in the hand, are perfectly adapted to the Fujifilm cameras. The size of the three lenses offer a small footprint ideal for walking and street photography.

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 160, F2.5, 1/500s

SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 400, F2.2, 1/60s

SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 200, F1.4, 1/500s

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 800, F3.6, 1/2500s

SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 1600, F2.8, 1/50s

This city changes between day and night, the atmosphere, the sound is different; and the F1.4 aperture allows you to play with this atmosphere which is specific to the megalopolis. With these three lenses and their size, I inevitably think of Nicolas Bouvier, traveler-writer and talented photographer, a pioneer to have photographed Tokyo in the 50’s for the French audience. If Mr Bouvier were to come back to Japan, I would think of him walking through the streets of Tokyo with these three lenses. Not to be constrained by the material is to be ready to be surprised by our environment. Nicolas Bouvier expressed my idea of the photographic wanderer thusly: “It is the characteristic of great travelers to bring back anything other than what we went looking for."

SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 1600, F2, 1/160s

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 800, F2, 1/100s

SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary,
FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 800, F3.2, 1/80s

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary,
FUJIFILM X-T4, ISO 160, F3.2, 1/1600s

Behind the Scenes

Nicolas Datiche
Photographer & Videographer

Photographer Nicolas Datiche is based in Tokyo, but also share his time in Taiwan for long-term project. His work has been published in different newspaper/magazine.


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