Principality is a a visual effects artist for film as well as a freelance photographer/videographer with a preference for SIGMA Art lenses. Prince has used the new SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art lens in a variety of situations and was explains how impressed he is with its performance.
This past autumn I was given the opportunity to shoot portraits of the Baiteze Squad Football team. The team had just been sponsored by New Balance and will be featured in the new print edition of Rabona magazine with an article all about grassroots football. Having the fast aperture SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art lens really helped to highlight specific details in the images such as highlighting some of the details of the New Balance kit that had been provided the team. Plus the great feature of using a 35mm focal length is that it allows you to capture portrait details while also showing more of a wider perspective of the image if you prefer. It enabled me to capture kit details, some group shots of team members and portraits too. It’s just a great all rounder lens!
My next planned project for the lens was to capture some images of the BAFTA Award winning Director Asif Kapadia as he spoke about making his latest film all about Diego Maradonna. Shooting moving people in low light can always be an issue but having the low F stop of this SIGMA 35mm | Art lens made this a much easier task. I was also impressed at how sharp it was and how much detail it captured.
Lastly I decided to really put this lens to the test while on a shoot with with some friends. We all went to a rooftop in Peckham to capture the sunrise. The lens performed amazingly when shooting directly into sunlight. What was most impressive though, was how when the sun went down and light was really low, we were able to capture some amazing images at F1.2 with really good sharpness. A common criticism with lenses like this is that they might be impractical unless you’re in controlled situations. However we found that we could still create amazing images without such conditions.