My growing SIGMA kit of Art & Sports lenses by photographer Tim Keeton

My growing SIGMA kit of Art & Sports lenses by photographer Tim Keeton

Tim Keeton has been a professional sports photographer for almost 30 years now. He joined a midlands-based agency in 1989 and has photographed most forms of sport at all levels. In 2009 he formed his own company, Impact Images, which specialises in motorcycle racing and the related work that this brings. The SIGMA Art and Sports lenses have become his preferred choice of professional photographic optics over the years.

Being self-employed, I need value for money but I also want the best equipment. I was first introduced to SIGMA in 2014 and was impressed with the professional specification of the lenses that they were going to launch which included an inclusive 3-year warranty program. I had become increasing frustrated with Canon in terms of spiraling costs, warranty and repair issues. Therefore I decided to trade in all my Canon lenses and replace it with SIGMA equivalents. A bold move some would think but I have not regretted it at all!

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Spanish MotoGP rider Marc Marquez crashes his Repsol Honda, during the MotoGP practice session of the 2017 British Motorcycling Grand Prix at the Silverstone race track, Northampton, Britain, 25 August 2017. SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports, 1 / 500sec. f8, ISO 200

I cover the British Superbike Championship, working for several of the main teams, manufacturers, riders, product manufacturers and publications. I also work at the Isle of Man TT and the NW200 in Ireland, for those clients that participate in those events. The TT programme has over the last few years, commissioned me to shoot some of its content. The product manufactures I work with at the race tracks also require me to commercially shoot product launches and product testing prior to their unveiling. Similarly, my editorial clients often commission me to shoot features away from the track. My SIGMA gear has never let me down for all of these commitments.

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Red Bull MTB Freestyle rider Matt Jones, Woburn, Bedfordshire. 31st October 2017. Shot for MAXXIS Tyres. SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | ART, 1 / 250 sec, f8, ISO 200

The SIGMA Art and Sports lenses are not only extremely sharp and easy to handle, but have an excellent build quality, which I need because of the environment in which I work. It can vary in extreme weather conditions, cold and wet in the UK and hot and dusty abroad. I also need equipment that won’t let me down (as you just know that this will happen at the most inconvenient moment). On the odd occasion when I have had an issue with my SIGMA lens, which I’m normally at fault, the SIGMA UK service team have always delivered a knowledgeable, professional service and I praise this back up they provide to their professional quality range of lenses.

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2018 British Superbike Championship, BSB BSB R06 Brands Hatch GP, Kent, 22nd July 2018. 2018 Sidecar World Champions, Ben Birchall and Tom Birchall, Mansfield, Mitchells of Mansfield. SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | ART, 1 / 250 sec, f8, ISO 200

The family of SIGMA | Art lenses has rapidly grown over the years and I particularly like the way that they are pushing the boundaries with the fast apertures and all the advantages that this brings. The opportunity to work in low light without flash (in pit boxes) and the shallow depth of field to make the subject stand out with gorgeous bokeh. My ‘favourite’ lens keeps changing. Currently it is the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens. It produces stunning portrait images in the pit box but also outstanding bike statics and I have no qualms in using it track side for action.

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CST CM-S1 Tyre Product / Launch Shoot, Almeria, Spain. 1st August 2018. With Steve Plater. SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | ART, 1 / 60 sec f18, ISO 200
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2018 British Superbike Championship, BSB BSB R08 Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, 18th August 2018. British Superstock 1000cc Champion, Keith Farmer, Clougher, Tyco BMW Motorrad flies over the ‘mountain’. SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | ART, 1 / 500 sec, f8 ISO 200

The next item to join my family of SIGMA lenses will be the new SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens. It is the lens I cannot wait to get my hands on next!

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Spanish MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team during a press conference at the 2018 Motorcycling Grand Prix of Britain at the Silverstone race track, Northampton, Britain, 25 August 2018.

You can see more images created by Tim Keeton of Impact Images on the following  website: https://www.impact-images-photography.co.uk/