In March I completed a week-long trip to Iceland driving along the open roads, exploring 1289 miles of the island and photographing my experience with only three lenses in my kit bag; SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art and the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens. The beauty of taking the SIGMA Pro F2.8 Trio of lenses meant that I had a very versatile and adaptable set of lenses that would allow me to cover focal lengths of 14mm to 200mm while carrying a minimum of equipment. These three lenses would also help me to achieve my three photographic goals of the journey; capture the beauty of the landscape, capture the wildlife and capture the adventure of a road trip.
Iceland is a wild and ever-changing place. The scenery can change as quickly as the weather at any given moment and without warning. This is what I find most thrilling about a road trip across Iceland. The changing conditions and new photographic opportunities seem to come with every bend in the road. One moment you are taking in an iconic scene with your camera and the next moment you are sheltering from the driving snow and rain.
In these situations, you need to be able to respond fast to what is going on around you and capitalize on what photographic opportunities might suddenly spring up in front of you. With that you need versatile and reliable equipment that can handle these situations, so you can concentrate on the task at hand and not have to worry that your equipment isn’t up to the job or will let you down. For me this is why I chose the Sigma F2.8 Pro trio and here is how I used them during this amazing journey:
The SIGMA 14-24mm | Art was kept close by in my kit bag, ready to take on the situations that require a much wider angle such as shooting building interiors and extra wide landscapes. On this trip, it was especially useful for me for shooting inside caves and getting shots in the car while documenting the road trip.
The SIGMA 24-70mm | Art was and always is the workhorse for me. It is always on the front of my main camera body ready to shoot the bulk of my work. It definitely is an all-in-one lens for me, perfect for use for landscapes, portraits and interior work. It is the perfect travel companion for any traveller and explorer. So versatile and reliable that I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting an all-in-one travel lens. Whether it’s a weekend trip, gap year, or that once in a lifetime dream destination, this lens will give you endless creative possibilities.
The SIGMA 70-200 | Sports lens was attached to my second camera body and always ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. This lens is a beast! Fast, sharp and gives amazing image quality. It is perfect for fast-paced sports images as the name suggests but it also shines as a wildlife lens. While my main camera was set up capturing long exposures, my second body with this lens was perfect for capturing moments that were going on around me. Such as capturing portraits of the others who accompanied me on the trip or seizing the photographic opportunities of the wildlife that popped up around us.
There were numerous times where we quickly pulled over from driving to simply lower the window and grabbed the camera set up with the SIGMA 70-200mm | Sports lens to capture what we stumbled across. Like the amazing Icelandic reindeer and horses which we were lucky to pass on the road. It is a great lens to use to capture those spontaneous moments without fail.
These lenses were essential to use and allowed me to explore and travel with without having to carry bulky or heavy equipment. Their versatility and adaptability were also key characteristics that allowed me to achieve photographic success in this adventure. These lenses proved just that and were extremely reliable for me to accomplish what I set out to complete. The SIGMA Pro F2.8 trio gives you all the focal length coverage you need in three lenses without compromise and it’s a kit that I continue to have with me in my future travels.
Read Tom’s previous SIGMA Blog article: “One trip, two SIGMA F2.8 lenses and endless creative possibilities by Photographer Tom Adamson”
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