Impact Images Photography: Blog http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog en-us Images (C) Tim Keeton | Impact Images Photography tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:16:00 GMT Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:16:00 GMT TT 2017 http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/tt-2017 I have spent the last twelve days on the Isle of Man, covering the 2017 TT races.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks for the organisers because of the weather and racing incidents, but they have done a great job to get as much action in as possible. One of my clients is JG Speedfit Kawasaki and their rider James Hillier, has been competing in the Supersport, Superstock, Superbike and Senior classes, with a much deserved 2nd place in the only Supersport race of the week.

As a picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, below is a gallery shot on Canon EOS 1DX's with the 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art, 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports, and the TC-1401 converters.

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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
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James Hillier, Ringwood, JG Speedfit Kawasaki

 

 

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Hillier Kawasaki TT http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/tt-2017 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:15:43 GMT
Spanish Test http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/spanish-test I have spent the last week in sunny Spain, covering the British Suberbike Championship pre-season testing at Cartagena and Almeria. I have been using the new range of Sigma Art and Sports lenses for a little while now and have a lot of respect for this excellent range of glass. This week I have been able to fully explore the new addition to the 'family,' the simply outstanding, Sigma 500mm f4 DG OS HSM sports lens. Optically, it is simply faultless. For its size, it is light and beautifully balanced to enable handholding. Whilst I have managed to dodge any rain, the weatherproof seals have proved invaluable because of the dusty track perimeters where we work. It also works beautifully with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and TC-2001 producing crisp, punchy images.

As a picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, below is a gallery shot on Canon EOS 1DX's with the 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art, 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports, and the TC-1401 and TC-2001 converters.

The images are from a selection of my work for one of my clients, Bennetts Suzuki and in particular one of their riders Taylor Mackenzie. I thought it better to deliberately narrow my selection to one rider from one team, rather than simply picking the best from all the images I have shot over the last few days.

Blog_01Blog_012017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki

Blog_05Blog_052017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_06Blog_062017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_02Blog_022017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_09Blog_092017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_07Blog_072017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_08Blog_082017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 28th February 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_11Blog_112017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pro Test, Cartagena, Spain. 2nd March 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_17Blog_172017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Test, Almeria, Spain. 4th March 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_20Blog_202017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Test, Almeria, Spain. 4th March 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
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Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki
Blog_21Blog_212017 British Superbike Championship, BSB Test, Almeria, Spain. 4th March 2017.
Taylor Mackenzie, Ashby, Bennetts Suzuki

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Bennetts Mackenzie http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/spanish-test Sun, 05 Mar 2017 13:38:36 GMT
BSB Pre-Season Pro Test, Cartagena Spain http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/bsb-pre-season-pro-test-cartagena-spain The start of the 2017 British Superbike Championship is almost upon us, when we make the annual pilgrimage to Cartagena for the Pro Test.

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Hopefully the rain in Spain stays away for the week.

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team Truck
The McAMS Yamaha Team sneak onto the track to bed in some engines.

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James Ellison, Kendal, McAMS Yamaha
And Michael Laverty's Crew chief, Pete Jennings, PJ, is carrying on where he left off last season.

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Michael Laverty, Toomebridge, McAMS Yamaha

The teams are eventually able to start off-loading the trucks into the pits, as the sun sets.

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki Unloading Truck
And it is well into the evening before they have finished their preparations for tomorrow.

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Jake Dixon, Dover, RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki

 

 

 

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Dixon Ellison Laverty McAMS http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/bsb-pre-season-pro-test-cartagena-spain Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:26:57 GMT
Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-s-crash-test I have been trying to find a set of pictures that perfectly illustrates the quality, and versatility of the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S.

Yesterday at Oulton Park, whilst covering the Round 9 of the British Superbike Championship I believe I may have achieved this.

Questions I frequently get asked by professional colleagues is why Sigma? Is it fast enough? Is the quality as good as Canon/Nikon? What about the build quality? Is it too much of a compromise? No it is not a compromise, build quality is excellent (MotoGP at Silverstone gave everything a soaking) and hopefully the following set of images clearly illustrates that the quality and speed is excellent! The body used was a Canon 1DX, 1/800th at f8.

As I say I was at Oulton Park covering the first of three BSB races from turn 1, Old Hall Corner. On lap 2, Howie Mainwaring-Smart lost the front end resulting in the following:

 

IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_01Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_02Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_03Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_04Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_05Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_07Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_06Sigma 150=600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Crash Test2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.<br/>Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_08IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_082015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_09IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_092015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_10IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_102015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_11IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_112015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_12IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_122015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_14IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_142015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_15IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_152015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_16IIP_BSB_Mainwaring_Crash_162015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R00, Oulton Park, Chester, UK. 5th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki crashes out in spectacular style
This occurred on lap two, so there were still several professional photographers at turn 1, who had come to cover the first corner action of the opening race. It would appear that I am the only professional to have the full sequence, purely because of the speed, quality and "push/full" zoom facility. My colleagues who were all on Canon and Nikon prime lenses, appear to have missed this spectacular crash either in part or all together!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Hopefully this set of images will answer most question about the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S, which I regard as being an outstanding lens and excellent value for money.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) crash test http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-s-crash-test Sun, 06 Sep 2015 08:07:35 GMT
Shooting Fast Action with the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Lens and Image Stabiliser http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/shooting-fast-action-with-the-sigma-120-300mm-f2-8-dg-os-hsm-lens-and-image-stabiliser _1TK2910Dean Hipwell, Doncaster, CDH Racing2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Dean Hipwell, Doncaster, CDH Racing Dean Hipwell, Doncaster, CDH Racing, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D -X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/640 sec; f8; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK2035John Ingram, Hindley, Morello Racing2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>John Ingram, Hindley, Morello Racing John Ingram, Hindley, Morello Racing, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D -X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/640 sec; f6.3; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK1990Rob Mcnealy, Sittingbourne, McNealy Brown ltd2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Rob Mcnealy, Sittingbourne, McNealy Brown ltd Rob Mcnealy, Sittingbourne, McNealy Brown ltd, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D -X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/640 sec; f7.1; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK8896Chris Taylor, Coventry, In Moto Corse2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015.<br/>Chris Taylor, Coventry, In Moto Corse Chris Taylor, Coventry, In Moto Corse, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D -X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/640 sec; f7.1; ISO 400; Shutter priority. _1TK2074Leon Jeacock, Kirkby Mallory, Geo E Davies Racing2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Leon Jeacock, Kirkby Mallory, Geo E Davies Racing Leon Jeacock, Kirkby Mallory, Geo E Davies Racing, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D -X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/640 sec; f7.1; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK2117Benjamin Godfrey, Long Eaton, BPG Racing , Cody Nally, Athlone, MWR Motorsports2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Benjamin Godfrey, Long Eaton, BPG Racing , Cody Nally, Athlone, MWR Motorsports Benjamin Godfrey, Long Eaton, BPG Racing , Cody Nally, Athlone, MWR Motorsports, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D -X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/800 sec; f5.6; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

 

Its not all about capturing crashes! _1TK1395Jenny Tinmouth, Ellesmere Port, Honda Racing2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Jenny Tinmouth, Ellesmere Port, Honda Racing Jenny Tinmouth, Ellesmere Port, Honda Racing, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Plus Sigma TELE CONVERTER 2x TC-2001, Focal length 600mm ; 1/1000 sec; f11; ISO 400; Shutter priority. _5TK9061Shane Byrne, Sittingbourne, PBM Kawasaki2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Shane Byrne, Sittingbourne, PBM Kawasaki Shane Byrne, Sittingbourne, PBM Kawasaki, celebrates on the podium, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015. Canon EOS-5D MKIII, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/400 sec; f6.3; ISO 400; Shutter priority.

 

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Lens Image Stabiliser.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I now have had a little more time to get used to the new Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Lens and although it performs brilliantly out of the box, it was now time to make use of the Sigma usb Dock and tweak some of the lenses settings to suit my needs.

This blog relates to shooting high speed action coming towards the camera, as opposed to panning.

I connected the lens to my Mac with the usb dock and launched the Sigma Optimization Pro software and then clicked on the Customization tab. As the focusing was not an issue, I moved onto the Customization Mode Setting tab.

I have altered the C1 settings to the following; to latch onto fast moving subjects coming towards, or away from the camera:

AF Speed Setting - Motor's Drive Speed Priority

OS Setting - Moderate View Mode

I have left the Focus Limiter Setting unchanged, as I don't find this an issue.

The British Superbike Championship is a fast paced action sport with riders pushing their bikes to the limits. Sometimes pushing too hard, resulting in them crashing. This all starts to happen in a fraction of a second and may not be where you are directly pointing the camera. So how quickly could the AF of the Sigma 120-300mm lens react and how would the OS 'smooth out' any camera movement in my haste to capture the incident?

As you will see from the images above, it performs absolutely brilliantly.

Motorbike Racing photography is not just about capturing crashes. Far from it. That is why I have also included the semi-silhouette of BSB's top female rider, Jenny Tinmouth, during the early morning Warm Up Session. Shot from a low angle, into the rising sun, as she crests the rise at over a hundred mph. This is a big ask of any lenses AF and OS capabilities.

To the victor goes the spoils and the image of Shane Byrne celebrating on the podium, to me captures his sheer delight in taking victory. What you can't see is that this picture is taken with me balancing precariously on a pit wall railing, to try and rise above the distracting chrome barrier, which would otherwise obscure the riders face! The AF can sometimes latch onto the spray from the champagne so you need it to be fast to refocus where you need it to. The OS has brilliantly illiminated any camera movement from my far from text book camera stance!

Again, you may have to adjust your focus settings/options on your camera body, to work in harmony with those of the lens. Please refer to your own manufactures guide for this.

Thank you for reading.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) OS SIGMA http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/shooting-fast-action-with-the-sigma-120-300mm-f2-8-dg-os-hsm-lens-and-image-stabiliser Fri, 01 May 2015 11:31:29 GMT
Panning with the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Lens using customized Image Stabiliser http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/panning-with-the-sigma-120-300mm-f2-8-dg-os-hsm-lens-using-customised-image-stabiliser _1TK9565Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan, Buildbase BMW Motorrad2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015.<br/>Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan, Buildbase BMW Motorrad Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan, Buildbase BMW Motorrad, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 269mm; 1/200 sec; f8; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK0526Josh Waters, Australia, Bennetts Suzuki2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 5th April 2015.<br/>Josh Waters, Australia, Bennetts Suzuki Josh Waters, Australia, Bennetts Suzuki, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/125 sec; f13; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK1520Broc Parkes, Australia, Milwaukee Yamaha2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 6th April 2015.<br/>Broc Parkes, Australia, Milwaukee Yamaha Broc Parkes, Australia, Milwaukee Yamaha, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/200 sec; f14; ISO 200; Shutter priority. _1TK9938_1TK99382015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015.
Billy McConnell Australia, Smiths Racing BMW
Billy McConnell Australia, Smiths Racing BMW, 2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R01, Donington Park, Derbyshire. 4th April 2015. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 252mm; 1/125 sec; f8; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

 

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Lens Image Stabiliser.

I now have had a little time to get used to the new Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Lens and although it performs brilliantly out of the box, it was now time to make use of the Sigma usb Dock and tweak some of the lenses settings to suit my needs.

On connecting the lens to my Mac with the usb dock and launching the Sigma Optimization Pro software, I firstly checked that the Firmware was up to date, which it was. I then clicked on the Customization tab. As the focusing was not an issue, I moved onto the Customization Mode Setting tab.

I have altered the C1 settings to the following; to latch onto fast moving subjects coming towards, or away from the camera:

AF Speed Setting - Motor's Drive Speed Priority

OS Setting - Moderate View Mode

I have left the Focus Limiter Setting unchanged, as I don't find this an issue.

 

I have altered the C2s setting to the following; to pan with fast moving subjects across the plane of the camera:

AF Speed Setting - Focus Accuracy-Priority

OS Setting - Moderate View Mode

Again I have left the Focus Limiter Setting unchanged.

 

On speaking with the extremely helpful Sigma Technicians at Welwyn Garden City, they explained that the OS Setting adjustment is concerned with what you see through the viewfinder. If you want to see the OS working, then switch to the Dynamic View Mode. If you want the OS to perform better without the image jerking around in the viewfinder, then select the Moderate View Mode. As I am primarily working with fast moving subjects I am more concerned about end result of the OS and in particular, not having distracting subjects 'jumping around' in the viewfinder as the OS shows me what it is doing.

I feel that the C2 settings I have now loaded into the lens, enable me to pan with more confidence and with a better hit rate. With the images I have included with this post, whilst the shutter speeds are not fantastically slow, please remember these are relatively small subjects moving at great speeds. Yes I could shoot at 1/30th or less, but I am working for clients at race weekends, who expect a broad selection of images, with their sponsors visible and sharp across the bike. I will have a further experiment at a test, or something, to truly test this excellent lens' performance.

Similarly, with the modern DSLR you may have to adjust your focus settings/options to work in harmony with those of the lens. Please refer to your own manufactures guide for this.

To see the results of the C1 settings to work with subjects moving towards, or away from the camera, please see the separate Blog.

Thank you for reading.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) OS Sigma http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/panning-with-the-sigma-120-300mm-f2-8-dg-os-hsm-lens-using-customised-image-stabiliser Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:40:40 GMT
Smiley Eclipse http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/smiley-eclipse _1TK4775Smiley Solar EclipseSmiley Solar Eclipse taken on Sigma 500mm F4.5 APO EX DG and Sigma TELE CONVERTER 2x TC-2001

Smiley Solar Eclipse taken on Sigma 500mm F4.5 APO EX DG and Sigma TELE CONVERTER 2x TC-2001

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Eclipse Sigma http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/smiley-eclipse Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:52:55 GMT
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Review http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-12-24mm-f4-5-5-6-ii-dg-hsm-review TK5_0008Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 4th March 2015.<br/>Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Be Wiser Kawasaki bodywork and pit box, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS 5D MarkIIISigma 12-24mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 17mm; 1/200 sec; f5.6; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK5_0008Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 4th March 2015.<br/>Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Be Wiser Kawasaki pit box setup day, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS 5D MarkIIISigma 12-24mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 16mm; 1/200 sec; f5.6; ISO 800; Shutter priority.

TK5_0008Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 4th March 2015.<br/>Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Stuart Easton (GB) PBM Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS 5D MarkIIISigma 12-24mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 17mm; 1/250 sec; f8; ISO 400; Shutter priority.

TK5_0008Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 4th March 2015.<br/>Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Tommy Bridewell (GB) Tyco BMW, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS 5D MarkIIISigma 12-24mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 24mm; 1/250 sec; f5.6; ISO 800; Shutter priority.

 

The Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM is an ultra wide-angle zoom lens compatible with digital SLR cameras with 35mm full frame image sensors.

http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_67&product_id=70

My previous lenses in this range were the Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye and the Canon 17-40mm f4L USM. So straight away I was keen to see if the one Sigma lens could do the same job as well as my previous two?

The lens feels solid and well made, with nice grippy rubber and a built in lens hood. The AF/M switch sticks out a little and although there is a positive click, it may be all too easy to accidently switch the AF off.

The lens produced sharp images in the pit box and seemed to be sharp across the whole of the image with a reasonable aperture. There was good contrast, with detail in the shadow areas, which considering the teams had no livery, (so the garages were quite dull), was most impressive.

This ultra wide angle zoom range is extremely useful for working in tight, cramped pit boxes enabling you to capture the atmosphere of it all, without any compromise in quality. I also no longer have to swap lenses and so with the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A on another camera body and the speed of the HSM’s, I should have no excuse for missing anything in the pit box this season.

 

In conclusion, the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM is an extremely versatile ultra wide-angle zoom lens, which sits nicely alongside the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A. Despite only being an f4.5-5.6, it produces good contrast, sharp images at a very affordable price.

 

 

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) 12-24mm Sigma http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-12-24mm-f4-5-5-6-ii-dg-hsm-review Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:07:21 GMT
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM review http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-review Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review.

TK1_3791Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 7th March 2015.<br/>Andy Reid, Newtownabbey, Team Traction Control

Andy Reid (GB) team Traction Control, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS-1D XSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 840mm; 1/800 sec; f9; ISO 400; Shutter priority, with Sigma x1.4 TC-1401 Converter.

TK1_3791Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 7th March 2015.<br/>Andy Reid, Newtownabbey, Team Traction Control

Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS-1D XSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 600mm; 1/800 sec; f7.1; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_3791Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 7th March 2015.<br/>Andy Reid, Newtownabbey, Team Traction Control

Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS-1D XSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 600mm; 1/250 sec; f14; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_3791Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 7th March 2015.<br/>Andy Reid, Newtownabbey, Team Traction Control

Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS-1D XSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 600mm; 1/1000 sec; f6.3; ISO 400; Shutter priority.

TK1_3791Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 7th March 2015.<br/>Andy Reid, Newtownabbey, Team Traction Control

Phil Wakefield, Sandbach, PWR/Sandbach Scrap Metal Yamaha, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS-1D XSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 600mm; 1/640 sec; f8; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_3791Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 7th March 2015.<br/>Andy Reid, Newtownabbey, Team Traction Control

Luke Mossey (GB) Quattro Plant Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS EOS-1D XSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Focal length 600mm; 1/1000 sec; f6.3; ISO 400; Shutter priority.

 

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the second zoom lens in the Sports category of the new Sigma Global Vision Range of lenses. However, this is a super telephoto zoom lens, covering an incredible range.

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/product/sports/s_150_600_5_63/features.html

Straight out of the box, the lens feels solid, tactile and well made. Like the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM the mount connection area, manual focus ring, customization switch and other controls, switch panels and cover connection areas are all designed to be dust and water-resistant.

Again, the first thing I did was to connect the lens to the docking station and update the firmware.

Now my usual trackside lens is the Canon 500mm f4L IS USM so I had my reservations as to whether this was going to be a fair comparison – a prime lens verses a zoom, an f4 verses an f5-6.3?

The lens felt very comfortable and wasn’t too heavy to hand hold for panning. However, for a normal race weekend, I would attach the lens to a monopod.

The focus lock switch, was useful for not only locking at the 150mm end for carrying, but for also locking at a focal length for panning. It was also easy to switch off and re-engage the zoom.

I was surprisingly pleased with the results; bearing in mind I was shooting in very bright light, across gravel traps and with brown, dusty backgrounds at bikes predominantly running no livery. This would obviously provide little contrast for the AF to latch onto. However, when it did lock on, it was faultless.

I tried shooting at fairly wide apertures and then stopping down a bit and to be honest, there was no discernable difference. Similarly by adding the new X1.4 TC-1401 Converter, the AF continued to function at 840mm! The hit rate was down a bit, but as I have said, I was asking a lot of this lens and Sigma are continuing to tweak the focusing via software updates. Back in the UK I am sure this lens will perform much better under less taxing and extreme conditions. Being old school I found the Manual Override switch to be very useful. As we all know, AF does have its limitations no matter what the camera and/or lens you are using. Sigma is aware of this and again this is where the docking station comes in very useful, as you can adjust the sensitivity of the Manual Override to suit you.

 

So how does the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens compare to a prime lens of the big two? Pretty admirably and when you take into account the performance over the vast zoom range, the portability, weight saving and price, it is in a league of its own. I kmow this lens will prove to be invaluable when I cover the NW200 and Isle of Man TT road races later in the year.

 

 

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) 150-600mm Sigma http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-review Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:40:27 GMT
Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A Review http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-24-105mm-f4-dg-os-hsm-/-dg-hsm-a-review Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A Review

TK5_0765Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 6th March 2015.<br/>Jakub Smrz (CZ) Lloyds British Moto Racing Ducati

Jakub Smrz (CZ) Lloyds British Moto Racing Ducati, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, Focal length 24mm; 1/320 sec; f13; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK5_0765Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 6th March 2015.<br/>Jakub Smrz (CZ) Lloyds British Moto Racing Ducati

James Ellison (GB) JG Speedfit Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, Focal length 38mm; 1/250 sec; f16; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK5_0765Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 6th March 2015.<br/>Jakub Smrz (CZ) Lloyds British Moto Racing Ducati

K-Tech Suspension in Chris Walker's Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, Focal length 105mm; 1/200 sec; f4; ISO 800; Shutter priority.

TK5_0765Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 6th March 2015.<br/>Jakub Smrz (CZ) Lloyds British Moto Racing Ducati

Be Wiser Kawasaki Team Principle, Tommy Hill, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, Focal length 28mm; 1/125 sec; f13; ISO 200; Manual.

 

The new Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, is the standard zoom lens from their new "Art" line, of lenses in the Sigma Global Vision Range.

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/product/art/a_24_105_4/features.html

My previous lens in this focal range was the Canon EF 28-70mm f2.8L USM and this was going to take some beating, as it is one of my favourite lenses.

Again, after unpacking, I updated the lens firmware and set about seeing what I could do with it in the pit box at the BSB test in Cartagena.

The lens feels very solid, and all the buttons are well located. They have a slight recessing and a positive click, so you will not accidently switch off the AF, or OS. The zoom ring is tactile and I like the way that the focusing ring is much smaller and recessed, so as to avoid knocking shots out of focus manually.

I quickly felt at ease with this lens and found it to be surprisingly sharp, not just in the centre, but at the edges too. Thanks to the HSM, it was quick to latch onto subjects, even in dull lighting conditions. It was also possible to shoot wide open and still throw the somewhat messy and confusing backgrounds out of focus. This was an attribute of the Canon lens that I particularly loved and was concerned if the Sigma lens could replicate it. The added bonus of the OS will also enable you to shoot at much slower speeds without any fear of camera shake, thereby cancelling out that it is an f4.

I found that the contrast of the images produced was excellent, whether shooting in bright sunlight with clear blue skies, or in the concreted grey environment of the pit boxes. There was also good definition in the shadows.

All in all, this is a very good lens. It sits in the standard zoom range, which is an extremely competitive area. Technically it is more advanced than its competitors (see above link) and this clearly shows in the final images. Do I want my old lens back? No thanks, the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, is a definite keeper!

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) 24-105mm Sigma http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-24-105mm-f4-dg-os-hsm-/-dg-hsm-a-review Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:25:26 GMT
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-120-300mm-f2-8-dg-os-hsm-review Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 300mm; 1/640 sec; f8; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

James Rispoli (USA) Team Traction Control, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 235mm; 1/640 sec; f10; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 120mm; 1/640 sec; f10; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Ian Hutchinson (GB) PBM Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 161mm; 1/200 sec; f11; ISO 200; Shutter priority.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Josh Waters (AUS) Halsall Suzuki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 252mm; 1/200 sec; f5; ISO 200; Manual.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Chris Walker's Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 269mm; 1/125 sec; f13; ISO 200; Manual.

TK1_0365Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Review2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre Season Test, Cartagena, Spain. 5th March 2015.<br/>Danny Buchan (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki

Chris Walker (GB) Be Wiser Kawasaki, Circuito de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, Focal length 139mm; 1/200 sec; f10; ISO 200; Manual.

 

The all-new Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is one of the revised lenses in Sports Category of the new Sigma Global Lens range.

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/product/sports/s_120_300_28/features.html

Sigma says it is a “Durable high performance lens, redesigned with the photographer in mind.”

They certainly seem to have listened to professional photographers needs, as straight away the lens feels solid, tactile and well made. The mount connection area, manual focus ring, customization switch and other controls, switch panels and cover connection areas are all designed to be dust and water-resistant (not that I needed the latter in Spain).

After updating the lens firmware with the Sigma Docking Station, I set about putting it through its paces at the BSB pre-season test in Cartagena, Spain.

My previous kit in this focal range was the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, and 300mm f2.8L IS USM. The Sigma large aperture 120-300mm F2.8 zoom lens eliminates the need for changing lenses, allowing the photographer to concentrate on composition and filling the frame. There is absolutely no compromise on quality whatsoever with the 2.8 aperture running throughout the entire focal length. For me however, the added advantage of not missing shots because of not having to change lenses is huge.

This is a very, very versatile lens. The quality, as you would expect with an f2.8 is simply outstanding. Images are crystal clear. It is equally comfortable capturing head on action, panning, candid portraits in the garage and PR portraiture. The attached images I hope illustrate its versatility and performance.

It is that good, I think it will stay on a camera body for the entire length of a race weekend, when the season starts at Donington Park in April.

Out of the box it was spot on, so I did not ‘play’ with the docking station, which enables you to adjust the focus position and other parameters. I will come to that over the next few days.

Okay the lens is heavy to hand hold for prolonged periods of time, but when you take into account what it replaces, then it is no heavier and if anything, more convenient. When shooting in the pit box, the OS comes into its own, enabling you to shoot pin sharp images at slower shutter speeds. The only issue I did encounter was lens flare when shooting some pit lane portraits towards the sun. The lens hood will have been designed to accommodate the 120-300mm focal range and so when shooting at the 300mm end, the lens could do with being a little longer, like on a prime 300mm f2.8. Whether this could be overcome in the future with a slide out extension to the existing hood, or a petal lens hood?

 

In conclusion, this is an outstanding lens. Well thought out, durable enough to meet professional needs, extremely versatile with exceptional optical performance. Sigma no longer just make good value for money lenses, they are making some serious professional performing quality pieces of glass to rival (if not better) the big two.

 

 

 

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) 120-300mm Sigma http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-120-300mm-f2-8-dg-os-hsm-review Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:36:31 GMT
First Impression: New SIGMA Lenses Ooze Quality http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/Sigma-First-Impressions TK1_0002First ImpressionsCanon EOS-1D X, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A , 1/4000sec, ISO 200, Shutter Priority, Pattern Metering

First Impressions Matter.

“So why SIGMA lenses?” I here you ask. Particularly for a professional with over 25 years experience and a CPS Canon stalwart since the year 2000 after changing over from Nikon with the introduction of the digital Canon Kodak DCS 520. Whether that stands me in good stead to make an informed evaluation, only you can judge.

Whilst I was agency staff, we did have some SIGMA zoom lenses in the pool cupboard, and to be honest although they were optically fine, the AF was slow, a bit searching and the motor was very noisy. So, for me, they tended to stay in the cupboard.

However, that was a long time ago, particularly in terms of technology. SIGMA has, as I say, always produced good quality; value for money lenses for the amateur market and has arguably been the leading independent lens manufacturer. With the introduction of their new Global Range, on paper these look to not only rival the big two, but dare I say, would appear to be much better specked!

My current Canon lenses are:

  • 15mm f2.8 Fisheye
  • EF 17-40mm f4L USM
  • EF 28-70mm f2.8L USM
  • EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM
  • Extender EF 1.4x mkII
  • 300mm f2.8L IS USM
  • 500mm f4L IS USM

Not a cheap investment, by any means!

As a sports photographer, covering motorbike racing and in particular the British Superbike Championship (BSB), this is a not an insignificant amount of kit to lug around a track all day long. To me the SIGMA equivalents (as follows) not only lightened the load, but also tightened up the focal ranges covered.

  • 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM
  • 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A
  • 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
  • 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
  • TELE CONVERTER 1.4X TC-1401

Being ‘old school’ I have always been told that zooms are a compromise over prime lenses and that converters diminish image quality and AF effectiveness. However, my Canon EF 28-70 is my favourite lens and the 500mm with x1.4 Extender is my standard lens at circuits like Silverstone. However, on paper, the SIGMA’s Hyper Sonic Motor ensures quiet, high speed, accurate auto focusing. Similarly, the new converters are specifically matched to the new Global Lens Range, so all should be well.

To me First Impressions count for a lot and I have to say, that on unpacking the lenses, I could instantly tell that the build quality of the new SIGMA lenses is in the same league as the Canon equipment I possess and considerably better than the last experience of SIGMA lenses I had many years ago. The new range feels solid, with well thought out switch placements. The hoods are not flimsy and I like the little touches such as the locating plates to prevent you not attaching them properly. There is weatherproofing on the mounts of the sports lenses and the paint feels tactile and substantial. All in all, they just ooze quality.

The first task was to register the lenses with SIGMA. This is not only straight forward, but extends your warranty to 3 years in total! So they are prepared to back their products!

Then I set about updating the firmware on the lenses. Yes, the lenses! We are all used to having to update the firmware on our camera bodies, but SIGMA now enable you to do this via a docking station (sold separately which is mount specific). This way you can keep your cameras and lenses up to date. You can also tweak some focus settings too. Don’t panic, if it all goes wrong, you can simply restore the settings at the click of a button.

As a professional, I cannot afford to compromise on the quality of my images. The SIGMA lenses are not a decision I have taken lightly. Technically they are second to none. Now I have them all set up and paired with my camera bodies (1Dx and 5DmkIII) I am anxious to see if they perform in reality as their technical specifications suggest.

I will post specific reviews on each lens, in due course.

The details for the above image are:

Canon EOS-1D X, Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A , 1/4000sec, ISO 200, Shutter Priority, Pattern Metering

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Quality SIGMA http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/Sigma-First-Impressions Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:48:43 GMT
SIGMA Lens Test http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-lens-test SigmaSIGMA Lens TestSIGMA Lens Test in Spain. I will be putting the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, TELE CONVERTER TC-1401, TELE CONVERTER TC-2001 and USB DOCK through their paces at the British Superbike test in Cartagena, Spain, this week. Look out for my thoughts in due course. Big thanks to MPB Photographic in Brighton and of course Sigma Imaging UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up coming SIGMA Lens Test in Spain. I will be putting the new 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM / DG HSM | A, 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, TELE CONVERTER TC-1401, TELE CONVERTER TC-2001 and USB DOCK through their paces at the British Superbike test in Cartagena, Spain, this week. Look out for my thoughts in due course. Big thanks to MPB Photographic in Brighton and of course Sigma Imaging UK.

 
 
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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Sigma test http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/sigma-lens-test Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:48:17 GMT
Pair of Beauties http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/pair-of-beauties TK1_3328Pair of Beauties!A stunning pair of period Triumph Daytona bikes photographed at Tithe Barn, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, for Classic Bike Magazine. A stunning pair of period Triumph Daytona bikes photographed at Tithe Barn, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, for Classic Bike Magazine.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Daytona Triumph http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/pair-of-beauties Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:01:22 GMT
2015 TTC Announcement http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/2015-ttc-announcement TTC Team2015 TTC AnnouncementJoe Francis and Andy Reid join Team Traction Control for the 2015 Season. Joe Francis and Andy Reid join Team Traction Control for the 2015 Season.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Francis Reid http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/2015-ttc-announcement Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:54:22 GMT
Rare Classic http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/rare-classic TK1_2983Rare ClassicA classic Norton, one of the many bikes at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. A classic Norton, one of the many bikes at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Norton classic http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/rare-classic Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:51:27 GMT
Making a Splash http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/making-a-splash TK2_3975Making a SplashA Ford Escort enters the water splash at the Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park, Cheshire. A Ford Escort enters the water splash at the Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park, Cheshire.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) splash water http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/making-a-splash Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:48:48 GMT
2015 Yamaha R1 http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/2015-yamaha-r1 TK1_18532015 Yamaha R1New 2015 Yamaha R1. New 2015 Yamaha R1.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) 2015 R1 http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/2015-yamaha-r1 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:44:59 GMT
Byrne BSB Champion http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/byrne-bsb-champion TK1_0853Byrne BSB Champion2014 British Superbike Champion, Shane Byrne, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 British Superbike Champion, Shane Byrne, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Byrne Champion http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/byrne-bsb-champion Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:10:15 GMT
McConnell Supersport Champion http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/mcconnell-supersort-champion TK2_2543McConnell Supersport Champion2014 British Supersport Champion, Billy McConnell, Smiths Triumph. 2014 British Supersport Champion, Billy McConnell, Smiths Triumph.

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tim@impact-images-photography.co.uk (Impact Images Photography) Champion McConnell http://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/mcconnell-supersort-champion Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:08:10 GMT