Unlike most commercial still photography work, video relies more on the ability to work with existing light. Typically, these are lower-light situations where your lenses have to be open to their widest aperture. It’s in these situations that Sigma lenses have always impressed me.
Whether we’re interviewing a CEO in the boardroom, chasing a long haul trucker down the road at sunrise or panning across a classroom of excited first graders, that video has to be sharp, edge-to-edge, all the time. In my business, we don’t necessarily get a second take. That’s why we can’t afford to take any piece of equipment for granted.
This is especially true when it comes to lenses. Right now, we have five Sigma lenses: an 18-35mm f/1.8, 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4 and 120-300mm f/2.8.
We have found the sharpness and clarity consistent among our Sigma lenses, which is important when cutting between angles. Also, the overall engineering and handling of the lenses is outstanding. We work with Canon bodies and have found that Sigma lenses fit solidly to the cameras without extraneous rings and adapters. Every function that the OEM’s lenses would deliver is right there with Sigma lenses. The settings are easy to read, the focusing rings are smooth and firm, and the sharpness, particularly when shooting wide open, is outstanding. Overall, they just perform.
Ted Kawalerski is a director and DP at Cork Factory Films + Communications, which he co-founded with Matt Stanton.