Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City

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MichaelVadon Senior Member • Posts: 1,142
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City
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I decided to bring the lens to fashion week and use it almost exclusively. Usually I will use the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II, but I thought I needed to change things up.

I did my post processing with DXO Optics 9 converting from raw to jpg. I did not do any re-touching on the faces. All I did was fix the white balance which I had determined by meter to be at about 2700 kelvin. I process all photos through DXO Optics 9 with the "Prime" noise reduction setting. I do just a tad bit of sharpening. There was some cropping performed on some of the photos.

Here are a few samples:

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
Telephoto zoom lens • Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA Bayonet • 137
Announced: Sep 17, 2012
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SignUpsDot Regular Member • Posts: 172
Re: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City

Nice shots

I've never been to a fashion show before myself, so it's cool to see some of the clothes and styles.

Although... the eyebrow less thing is a bit bizarre to me.

Antal I Kozma Senior Member • Posts: 1,806
Re: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City
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MHere are a few samples:

Boy,

Good images with that Sigma, seems like a versatile and solid instrument.

Now, the models..... I never figured it out why designers make them so unattractive and cool looking... Sometimes they look as if they have just walked back from afterlife, would not marry any of them. Not as if I would expect any of them taking interest in an old photographer who just does not understand "trend and cool".

Well, "dead look" might as well be exciting just that I do not get it, my fault I suppose.

Although I have worked with clients of the high fashion world I never really identified myself with the fashion culture of artsy-fartsy. I see them as another segment of the overpaid and overvalued "circus and bread" for the masses show...... The money spent on the runway could be better used in making post secondary education more affordable for the kids.

Anyhow, the Sigma is a winner.

Regards, AIK

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SushiEater
SushiEater Senior Member • Posts: 5,581
Re: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City

Antal I Kozma wrote:

MHere are a few samples:

Boy,

Good images with that Sigma, seems like a versatile and solid instrument.

Now, the models..... I never figured it out why designers make them so unattractive and cool looking...

Because they want you to look at the clothes not the models.

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Antal I Kozma Senior Member • Posts: 1,806
Re: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City

SushiEater wrote:

Antal I Kozma wrote:

MHere are a few samples:

Boy,

Good images with that Sigma, seems like a versatile and solid instrument.

Now, the models..... I never figured it out why designers make them so unattractive and cool looking...

Because they want you to look at the clothes not the models.

Good point, the clothes are beautiful. Kind of every day casual that most people are after.....;-)

Cheers,
AIK:-)

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MichaelVadon OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,142
Re: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City

Thanks everyone. All these shots were done hand-held with no monopod stabilization BTW.  The OS was on.

MarceloLI
MarceloLI Veteran Member • Posts: 4,917
Fantastic shots

The Sigma is a very versatile and sharp lens, and you pictures are a proof of that.

Thank you for sharing.

Marcelo

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Photo Geezer
Photo Geezer Regular Member • Posts: 434
Re: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SPORTS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City

Antal I Kozma wrote:

 

cool looking...

Because they want you to look at the clothes not the models.

Good point, the clothes are beautiful. Kind of every day casual that most people are after.....;-)

Cheers,
AIK:-)

Yes indeed, and I love those sensible shoes too... 

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MichaelVadon OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,142
Re: Fantastic shots

Thank you very much. The only negative about the lens is that its longer and heavier then the Canon 70-200. When I got home, I took two Ibuprofen. It depends on what type of shape you are in, but this one definitely needs more physical power and stamina to carry/handhold. The other negative is that it doesn't fit into too many bags. It does come with a bag however.

MarceloLI wrote:

The Sigma is a very versatile and sharp lens, and you pictures are a proof of that.

Thank you for sharing.

Marcelo

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee Veteran Member • Posts: 6,075
Re: Fantastic shots

Great shots. I have the predecessor of this lens, the OS non-sports version. Sharpness wise I find it terrific, but for fast sports, e.g. running, it's not up to the Sigma 300 which I also have. It's fine for soccer.

There's a chap who has written a blog about this problem (both OS and OS Sports) with the 1Div which is what I use. He says it only affects the D series. I'm getting a 1Dx today so we'll see how it does with that.

Have you tried it on running e.g. with the 5Diii?

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MichaelVadon OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,142
Re: Fantastic shots

Here is the great part of this lens.  This lens can be hooked up to the USB dock so if there are any issues you simply report them to Sigma and then you can get the lens updated with the newest firmware.

The camera I was using was a Canon 5D Mark III and it seemed to work perfectly.   I set the custom focus with the USB dock, but then I forgot which settings I put for custom 1 and custom 2.  I relied upon the default focus setting.  Next time I will tape a little reminder on the lens.

You can set this lens for speed focus or accurate focus.  The factory setting leans toward an accurate focus, but I could not really tell a difference no matter how I set it.

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee wrote:

Great shots. I have the predecessor of this lens, the OS non-sports version. Sharpness wise I find it terrific, but for fast sports, e.g. running, it's not up to the Sigma 300 which I also have. It's fine for soccer.

There's a chap who has written a blog about this problem (both OS and OS Sports) with the 1Div which is what I use. He says it only affects the D series. I'm getting a 1Dx today so we'll see how it does with that.

Have you tried it on running e.g. with the 5Diii?

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee Veteran Member • Posts: 6,075
Re: Fantastic shots

Thanks..

Mind you, the chap on the blog couldn't sort it out or get it sorted out. He found it fine on a 7d and a 40d, so it appeared to be a 1Div problem..

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