My photography is based on documenting my passion for urban exploration; the infiltration of live sites and places that the public would not normally see such as rooftops, tunnels and anything else that is forbidden. Earlier this year I had an opportunity to test the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, which is considerably bigger than the other SIGMA Art lenses that I love to use. Therefore I wanted to see how it would compare.
I move quickly when shooting so it’s important to have as little equipment as possible with me. I realised from the experience with the SIGMA 85mm | Art that the size of the lens did not matter so my interest then grew towards testing the largest of the SIGMA Art prime lenses for SE mount, the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens. I had seen images from other photographers using this lens and wanted to see what difference it would make to my images while comparing it to my experience with the SIGMA 85mm | Art.
Since most of the photos I take are at night, it is essential to have equipment that is sufficient with low light capabilities. The F1.8 aperture of the SIGMA 135mm | Art compared to the F1.4 aperture of the SIGMA 85mm | Art did not disappoint. It similarily allowed me to shoot handheld in low light conditions with ease and the surprising level of detail in the buildings while shooting architecture was amazing.
The SIGMA 135mm | Art was also perfect for portraits. The sharpness of the lens with the longer focal length creates a great contrast between your chosen background and the subject. It was a welcomed achievement as I’ve struggled to achieve this effect with the other lens I’ve used in the past.
The images that were made achievable by using this lens were very different from what I normally shoot. I found myself spending my time experimenting with angles and creating types of shots I would’ve normally missed. Although it was a challenge at first to use the new focal length, it did bring about a refreshing change in perspective while using it. The SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens inspired me to take on a new level of creativity and I experienced again that having a SIGMA Art inspires the Art of creating!