Shooting with the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

Sunflower Spectacular: Shooting with the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens

- Marla Michele Must

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Once upon a time, in a fairytale land of endless sunflowers, located in the remote countryside of southeastern Michigan, USA, I took my new SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens out for a spin and invited Chicago dancer Alyssa Fenolio to join me. Alyssa's mother drove her four long hours to meet me and assist in making my vision come to life. Add all of these components together: Alyssa + SIGMA + Sunflowers = magic was created.

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art on Canon 5D Mark IV – 1/5000s, F2, ISO 200

I chose the 28mm F1.4 | Art for this project because it’s a classic wide-angle lens with minimal distortion that still allows for subject sharpness and background separation. Working as I was in a field of sunflowers, I wanted the background to be softer yet still somewhat beautifully distinguishable. Remember that bokeh and depth of field are dependent on focal length, focal distance and distance to subject, so the 28mm, with nice wide-open sharpness allows the dancers to pop from the lightly blurred background. If I’d switched to a 50mm or 85mm lens, the background would be gorgeously blurred and fairly unrecognizable when shooting wide open. A nice look, for sure, but not what I was going for with this particular setting.

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art on Canon 5D Mark IV – 1/1600s, F2, ISO 200

The SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was actually designed and introduced by SIGMA as a Cine lens first, so it has a spectacular sharp focus and gorgeous optical characteristics in terms of both sharpness and blur. The overall color rendering and this attention to key image details makes for simply lovely visuals.

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art on Canon 5D Mark IV – 1/2000s, F2, ISO 200

My first impression of the 28mm F1.4 | Art was the solid feel of the lens. The 28mm has a big, chunky, solid presence, and as a full-frame DSLR lens it does have some size and heft. If you are expecting a compact optic, please adjust your expectations. Personally, I like the feel of a substantial lens. I’m used to shooting with the 105mm F1.4 | Art, which is itself a bit of a beast. I’ve developed that muscle, so to speak, therefore I felt right at home with the 28mm.

The 28mm F1.4 Art is on location!

Chunky, but fits nicely with my Canon DSLR

My next impression was, Holy SHARPNESS, this lens blew me away! In comparison with my other Sigma wide-angle lens, the 24-35mm F2 | Art — which gives me some on-the-fly versatility — the 28mm F1.4 | Art wins for tack sharp focus and next-level imaging. Flare and ghosting is handled incredibly well, even when the sun is actually in the frame as it is in several of my images, there’s little to no optical artifacts to worry about.

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art on Canon 5D Mark IV – 1/2000s, F2, ISO 200

My client was thrilled with the images from this session, and I have had the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in my camera bag ever since. I’ve been using it to photograph high school seniors in various interesting situations where a wide angle would come in handy.

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art on Canon 5D Mark IV – 1/2000s, F2, ISO 250

From my experience with the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, I can say that this is a lens that delivers images that make me as a photographer happy, and even more importantly, makes my clients happy.

Marla Michele Must is a Master Portrait Artist as designated by Master Photographers International. Marla has an environmental portrait studio and a fine art portrait studio, both located in the Metro Detroit area, specializing in families, high school seniors, dancers, and siblings.

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art on Canon 5D Mark IV – 1/1000s, F2.2, ISO 200

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