Quality and Wildlife Photography

Often when speaking to people about lenses, especially the bigger telephoto lenses, their first question is “How is the quality?”. Now quality is the most important aspect of a photograph, nobody wants an image that isn’t pin sharp or lacking amazing vibrant colors. If we were to just be satisfied with that then there would be no market for high end camera equipment, especially lenses.

As I have discussed previously, lenses are where the magic happens and this is where the new range of Sigma Global Vision lenses stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Not only is the robust build quality of the lenses unbelievable, offering a rugged, hardy and tough exterior that makes you feel like you can take these lenses out in any environment and any conditions to get the shot, but it’s the unrivaled image quality that really makes them stand out. It’s always a goal of any photographer to do minimal post processing on their photos (you want to get what you see) and I have found while using the Sigma Global Vision 150-600mm DG OS HSM SPORT lens that this goal is achieved time and again.

Greg McCall-PeatA herd of buffalo moving through a waterhole presented me with an opportunity to freeze the splashing water with unbelievable clarity and crispness to get a very different kind of shot, thanks to the quick focusing of the 150-600mm sport lens, the golden afternoon sunlight allowed for every detail to be captured.

Greg McCall-PeatAn extreme close up is a very powerful image, the depth of field allows for a perfect blend of softness and sharp details. This elephant bull allowed me to get really close therefore not having to extend all the way to 600mm and I was able to stay at a low F-stop of 5.6 balancing the photo out nicely.

greg-mccp-21-06-2016-4At night a lot of photographers put down their cameras , however in this sighting I was surprised by this young male lion who walked up to the car. This left me very little time to decide how to take my photo and to adjust settings. The 150-600mm lens performed for me and I was able to capture a sharp image under a difficult conditions. Usually a maximum F-stop of 5.6 it makes it difficult to shoot at night but because this lion was so close (making the spotlight really bright) and having had to retract the zoom down to 150mm, I was able to counteract that and use the F-stop to my advantage.

Greg McCall-PeatAs for long distance shots, the 150-600mm really comes into its own. For this image, the buffalo bull came down to a waterhole to drink, however it was on the far bank. I connected a 1.4x converter giving me an extra 240mm, and resting on a beanbag the result was amazing. I managed to capture a crystal clear photo that I don’t think I would have gotten with any other setup.

When it comes to wildlife photography, quality is the most important aspect but we are lucky in the fact that usually we can find a way to get the best out of a situation in order to get the best quality images. Sigma and their new range of lenses makes that possible.

Greg McCall-Peat
Sigma wildlife ambassador