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Today we present our inaugural “Gearcast,” a monthly feature of the B&H Photography Podcast that focuses solely on new cameras, lenses, and photo gear. We have always discussed photography equipment, but the Gearcast is branded to speak to our gear-head cohorts and those looking specifically for an insightful conversation on the latest available cameras, lenses, and accessories and the most appropriate applications for them.
Over the past few years, Sigma has been carving a spot in the camera lens pantheon while building a loyal (and outspoken) following of users looking for fast, sharp glass without breaking the bank. The evidence of Sigma’s ascent is noticeable in the way that its 2016 releases were anticipated and received. No longer an over-performing underdog, the shock has worn off and this manufacturer’s lenses are greeted with elevated expectations from reviewers and a list of demands from users.
If social media has taught us anything, it is that common political ground may be hard to find in this country, but common visual ground is as close as the nearest kitten. The release of Sigma’s much-anticipated 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens presented the perfect opportunity to test its portrait-making capabilities while sharing a few tips on how to up your cat-photography game.
I love my primes, but some days I just want to go out with a camera slung over my shoulder and have nothing else to worry about. I’m going to ignore the obvious differences between zooms and primes for the sake of this piece, since that’s a whole separate topic. So, here is a list of some solid zooms that you should consider adding to your set.