Dinah Hartshorne has been interested in photography for over 20 years and is a member of the Lichfield Camera Club. She recently upgraded her camera body to a much lighter carbon fibre body and needed a replacement lens that fitted a set of criteria. In this blog post Dinah shares with us how she came to pick the SIGMA 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary lens and the fabulous images she has achieved since owning this all-in-one lens.
Last year I purchased a Nikon D5500 as it had a much lighter carbon fibre body. I then started to look for a lighter lens to replace my heavy 70-300mm lens that would fulfil the following criteria; good range of focal length, easy to use, sharp, compact and lightweight when travelling abroad. The SIGMA 18-300mm Contemporary lens was the perfect focal length combination that would allow me to cover many shooting scenarios with the latest glass construction to make it a high performance lens but at the same time felt very compact and easy to carry. It matched perfectly as my new travel companion and has a total weight of camera plus lens totalling only 1.1 kg.
My first use of the new system was in February 2016 when I travelled to a photographic workshop to Iceland. I was so impressed with the lens and delighted with the results. It enabled me to capture the landscapes just as I wanted. Using the one lens I could go from close up to the big picture. I was so impressed with what I captured that I had the images printed up to A2 size and they look stunning! Here is a selection of my favourites taken images taken during this memorable trip:
My satisfaction with this superb lens continued to grow after I used it this summer at the Fairford Air Show in July. It is the largest air show held at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK. I was delighted with the pictures I captured of the fast moving aircraft and display teams. Its performance did not disappoint me and I trust it now as my everything lens!
“It is a fabulous lens, sharp, lightweight, good value for money and has the flexibility to captured all the shots I wanted” .