BALTIMORE, MD —

I had an excellent opportunity to try out and use some new Sigma gear with my local camera shop tonight. Service Photo Supply, Inc. is Maryland’s only camera store and it lives in Hampden, a neighborhood in west Baltimore.

With probably six dozen Sigma lenses for Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras, sales reps from both the store and Sigma were on hand for our photo walk around Fells Point, a neighborhood in east Baltimore.

Sigma Art 14-24mm F/2.8

The first lens I tried out was an ultra wide angle zoom lens, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8. I love wide angle lenses for cityscapes, and this one was sharp and full of detail.

Sigma Art 105mm f/1.4

The next lens I mounted on my camera was a Sigma Art 105mm f/1.4. I don’t usually use this kind of lens for landscape photography, but since it was available, I figured why not. It was incredibly heavy and I was so afraid I was going to drop it, but the quality is fantastic.

Sigma Art 24-70mm f/2.8

The next lens I used is an industry standard, the Sigma Art 24-70mm, f/2.8. I definitely like this lens, but it’s not my favorite — not that I would ever turn down the opportunity to buy one if I could. But like all lenses on this list, these little pieces of photography heaven cost a fair amount of coin that I don’t typically have lying around.

The final lens I put on my Nikon was by far my absolute favorite. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I love the look of it, and Sigma’s version is so sharp and lightweight. This lens is the 15mm f/1.4 fisheye lens. It creates a lot of distortion, which is what turns some people off about this particular lens, but that style has always appealed to me. Like Wayne in the Guitar Shop in Wayne’s Word, this lens will one day be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

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