Lens Review: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM A1

02 23 2014

The Sigma 120-300/2.8 lens I rented for the past week has been boxed up and is ready to be shipped back. It’s been a fun shooting with it, and I’m sad to see it go back.

Pros:

  • Sharp, even wide open
  • Minimal vignetting wide open
  • Being able to shoot 300/2.8 without being locked into a prime lens is really handy during a shoot.
  • Being able to cover the entire 120-300 range at 2.8 is really, really handy.
  • Usable without a monopod (but barely)

Cons:

  • Heavy. Very heavy. 1DX + this lens + 600EX-RT is almost 12 pounds.
  • Focusing is a little on the slow side. (It’s not THAT slow, but it’s not a true sports lens by any stretch.)
  • It’s not cheap. However, there’s no other lens like it, and it’s a lot cheaper than say, Canon’s 200-400/4.
  • Very conspicuous. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this many comments about my lens before. Carrying the lens definitely makes you stand out.

Should You Buy It?

If you need a f/2.8 zoom lens that goes beyond 200mm, this is an excellent value. If you rarely need to shoot beyond 200mm at f/2.8, consider the Canon 70-200/2.8 instead.

Will I Buy It and Why?

Probably — there are many times when shooting cosplay and my kids that I want to go beyond 200mm and still have the bokeh from f/2.8.



Fanime 2012 Panel Video: Cosplayers and Photographers Working Together

08 08 2012

A video of the Fanime panel “Cosplayers and Photographers Working Together” is up on YouTube courtesy of James Patterson. Comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated!



My Fanime 2012 Panels

05 23 2012

Cosplay Photos – Basics
Friday at 7pm


Learn to create better cosplay pictures with the gear you already have! We will discuss techniques for picking a location, posing, choosing the right camera settings, basic post-processing, & other key skills.

Cosplay photo posters will be used to demonstrate these techniques in practice.

Cosplayers & Photographers
Saturday at 10am

Working together, cosplayers and photographers can create amazing photos! Join our panel with Bekalou, Etaru, Foxberry , OscarC, & Yukari Kaiba as we discuss setting up a shoot, common misunderstandings, dos and don’ts during a shoot, model releases & legal issues, and post-shoot etiquette.

The panelists will discuss cosplay photography and photo shoots from both the cosplayer and photographer points of view, with an emphasis on areas where there’s confusion, or where cosplayer/photographer issues often occur. We will discuss the end-to-end process of a photoshoot, from finding a photographer or cosplayer, to tips during shooting, and dealing with post-shoot issues like copyright. The panel will consist of well-known and experienced photographers and cosplayers who will be able use their first-hand experiences to discuss the various issues that come up.



Better Cosplay Photos: Why Hallway Shooting?

05 20 2012

My latest article for Cosplay Blog With a Brain, “Why Hallway Shooting?”, is now up! In it, I discuss why I think practice doing hallway cosplay shooting is important for every cosplay photographer.

I am interested in hearing people’s comments and feedback. Please post them here or on the original post.



Better Cosplay Photos: Before You Shoot

05 06 2012

My latest article for Cosplay Blog With a Brain, “Before You Shoot”, is now up! In it, I discuss pre-shoot planning.

I am interested in hearing people’s comments and feedback. Please post them here or on the original post.



Better Cosplay Photos: Field-of-View

04 23 2012

My latest article for Cosplay Blog With a Brain, “Field-of-View”, is now up at http://cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-of-view/.

I am interested in hearing people’s comments and feedback. Please post them here or on the original post.



Where Can I Shoot Cosplay (part 3): Non-Convention Shoots

04 05 2012

My latest article for Cosplay Blog With a Brain, “Where Can I Shoot Cosplay? (part 3): Non-Convention Shoots”, is now up at http://cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/better-cosplay-photos-where-can-i-shoot-cosplay-3/

I am interested in hearing people’s comments and feedback. Please post them here or on the original post.



Where Can I Shoot Cosplay (part 2): Cosplay Gatherings

03 22 2012

My latest article for Cosplay Blog With a Brain, “Where Can I Shoot Cosplay? (part 2): Cosplay Gatherings”, is now up at http://cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/better-cosplay-photos-where-can-i-shoot-2/.

I am interested in hearing people’s comments and feedback! Please post them here or on the original post.



Where Can I Shoot Cosplay? (part 1)

03 08 2012

My latest article for Cosplay Blog With a Brain, “Where Can I Shoot Cosplay? (part 1)”, is now up at: http://l.oscarc.net/wuK2hl

I am interested in hearing people’s comments and feedback. Please post them here or on the original post.



Better Cosplay Photos: Shoot RAW

02 25 2012

My latest post for “Cosplay Blog with a Brain” is up: Better Cosplay Photos: Shoot RAW.