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Along the Amsterdam canals with the new SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary

Along the Amsterdam canals with the new SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary

- Andrew Stripp

This lens totally undermines the whole bigger-is-better principle.

Street photography, portraits, natural, and urban landscapes… Is there anything this high-performance lens can’t do? With a great zoom range from 18mm to 50mm, it’s an absolute all-rounder. It’s available with an L and an E-mount; I used the latter in combination with a Sony α6500. What a dream team!

* The images without photograph data have been created with lenses other than SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary.

I usually work with a Nikon D850 and SIGMA Art lenses, which are fantastic but also quite heavy. The first thing that struck me when I unpacked this lens was how light and compact it is, making it ideal for travel and street photography. This combination changes my whole style of photography. I can be really discreet and shoot from all kinds of unusual perspectives. It allows much more flexibility, and it’s also easier and quicker to carry around. It’s so convenient – you can even put it in your coat pocket if you need to. In terms of weight, it’s not much heavier than a phone.

I do a lot of commercial photography work, including some well-known brands. I still notice that they only take you seriously if you show up with a big camera and bulky lenses. So, this SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary in combination with a Sony α6500 might be met with a few disappointed looks – until they see what this combination is capable of!

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F6.3, 1/250s

I shoot most of my images with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art. As this lens offers brilliant quality, I was particularly intrigued to see whether the images with the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary would come close to that level for a very similar equivalent focal range when paired with crop-sensor cameras. My question was answered on day one – it’s a resounding yes! Whether commercial or non-commercial work, this lens makes it effortless. As mentioned, the picture quality is fantastic in terms of sharpness and the gorgeous, sexy bokeh!

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F11, 1/250s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F5, 1/500s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 400, F2.8, 1/640s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F9, 1/320s

In style with the versatility of this lens, I did everything with it: portraits, long exposures, streetscapes, and cityscapes. The latter is perhaps what I enjoy doing most. I’ve travelled a lot in my life, but a few years ago I decided to slow down because I wanted to have a base. That became Amsterdam, the city that ignited my love of cityscapes. You can walk along the same canal fifty times and discover something new on each occasion. New lines, different light, different dynamics… I also love reading what people post under my images on social media. Especially people who have lived in Amsterdam for years and get homesick after seeing my images. I like that. After all, you want to make a statement and evoke a feeling with your work.

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F3.5, 1/1000s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F6.3, 1/320s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 400, F5.6, 1/320s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/160s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/400s

The first time I visited Amsterdam, about twelve years ago, I wasn’t at all impressed by the city. All those raving reviews I had heard about Amsterdam made no sense to me. It was way too crowded and busy. But when I came back a second time for a photo assignment, my opinion changed completely. I saw the city through my lens, and hate made way for love. There’s so much to discover and see in Amsterdam.

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 400, F8, 1/125s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/250s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 200, F8, 1/125s

SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, Sony α6500, ISO 100, F22, 2.5s

Back to the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary. It’s wonderful to discover a lens that suits my versatile and dynamic style of photography. Whether shooting fast paced portraits of cyclists on the narrow streets or composed landscapes, the versatility was apparent. As I said, it’s a beautiful, compact lens with fantastic results. The details, the sharpness… It’s pretty phenomenal. This lens completely undermines the widespread belief that ‘bigger is better’!

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Andrew Stripp
Photographer

My job as a professional photographer is to visualize companies’ stories as images for websites, social media, and other platforms. I also love photographing people, events, and my adoptive hometown of Amsterdam in every season. I was born and raised in London and have lived in some amazing places around the world including Bali and Nepal before settling down in Amsterdam. Although I was less keen on the Dutch capital at first, it’s now the city where I truly feel at home and keep discovering new things with my camera.

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Special thanks

Alejandro Loar

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