I really love the Sigma Art line of lenses. It might border on obsession, honestly. I feel a sense of pride having them in my bag. At the moment, I carry the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, 50-100mm f1.8 and the 24-105mm f4 (but I've shot with the 30mm Art f1.8 as well and the reputation holds up). In a perfect world, I'd probably own the whole line of primes. But with the 3 lenses mentioned above, I feel like I can accomplish almost anything. Even if I didn't know what I was doing, the lenses themselves are capable of some pretty heavy lifting. Heavy lens jokes not intended but fair. They are monsters. But the build quality is fantastic across the board and the image quality is next to none.
Over the years, I've managed to collect and shoot with a ton of lenses, from vintage to brand new, and I always find myself coming back to the Art series. The 30mm was the first "pro" lens I ever shot with way back in the day and I just fell in love. They pack the punch I like and I know I can trust the results. The Sigma 18-35mm and 50-100mm have become quite the popular pair over the past few years and they've earned it. The most recent addition was the 24-105mm and I really want to make that my work horse lens. I've been putting it through its paces and so far its holding up. I can't tell you how happy that makes me.
Which brings me to a thought... For a long time, I used to carry 10+ lenses in my bag to every shoot. Old, new, primes, and zooms. All from different manufactures and all with different specialties but also, with different looks. Now that's not to say that having different looks is a bad thing, far from it. It's just the more I get into video editing, I'm really starting to appreciate some uniformity. There's really something magical about using different lenses and they just all flow together seamlessly in post. It's something I don't see mentioned much in the forums I follow. There's a really strong emphasis on getting the latest and greatest from whatever brand is popular at the moment or whatever brand ticks the most check boxes. But having a group of lenses, with weakness and strengths, that all work together in unison, is definitely the place I want to live for a while.
Having all that said, I don't think I could ever give up some of my other lenses. I love being able to capture a specific look that only a certain lens is capable of, but for now, I want to keep things simple.
These are my thoughts about random things related to videography, photography and editing.
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