Marie’s LA Gear

Hi there everyone this is Marie. We are currently right in the middle of our final preparations for our trip to LA starting this weekend. We will be on stay for about 4 weeks and we planned the whole thing as a mixture of vacation and self promotional work. Since we’re leaving in a few days it was about time to check our gear and we thought it might be interesting for a few of you to know what will be in our bags for the trip. In addition Sigma Germany have been kind enough to let me play with their new toys which I will test drive over there and hopefully I will be back with a lot of new pictures and Alex and me might even do a little review about the new Art-Lenses.

When you’re travelling with your gear it is always a compromise between what you really need and what you might need. In addition you have to take the weight into account not only since there are hand luggage restriction which are insanely tough to match when you’re traveling with a camera bag but you also have to think about carrying the bag around endless airport corridors and that you always need a strong man to put the bag in the overhead lockers when you’re a short girl like me. So I decided that I will only bring primes for this trip and leave my trusty zooms at home this time. Back in Cape Town at the beginning of the year I bought a Sigma 85mm 1.4 and used it quite a lot in combination with Alex‘ Sigma Art 35mm 1.4.  Both of these lenses gave me exactly what I needed and I never felt like actually need a zoom or another lense. So I decided to leave them at home completely this time.

The Sigma 85 1.4 is a stunning lens and is producing fairly sharp pictures even wide open. CAs are a little heavy but the out of focus bits are just insanely beautiful.
The Sigma 85 1.4 is a stunning lens and is producing fairly sharp pictures even wide open.
CAs are a little heavy but the out of focus bits are just insanely beautiful.
That bokeh! (model: Charissa, h&m: Josehin Martens)
That bokeh! (model: Charissa, h&m: Josehin Martens)
The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens is super sharp! There is not much more to say, I do not like it to shoot wide open at this focal length but you could definitly do it. It is a great lens if you want to show what is going on around your model. (model: Julia, h&m: Karina Berg, styling; Wale Wals)
The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens is super sharp! There is not much more to say,
I do not like it to shoot wide open at this focal length but you could definitly do it.
It is a great lens if you want to show what is going on around your model.
(model: Julia, h&m: Karina Berg, styling; Wale Oyerinde)
Sexy photos, with a sexy lens, the new Art lenses from Sigma are amazingly well build and super easy to handle. They just work so you can concentrate on your model and your work. (model: Kyla, h&m: Lisa Baily)
Sexy photos, with a sexy lens, the new Art lenses from Sigma are amazingly well build
and super easy to handle. They just work so you can concentrate on your model and your work.
(model: Kyla, h&m: Lisa Bailey)

In addition to these two lenses we have been able to get Sigma’s new 24mm and 50mm.  These two lenses will complete my set-up. I’m actually not that much a friend of wide-angle lenses but having 1.4 lens at 24mm might be interesting. I did not have the chance to take any pictures with these yet but the build-quality and overall impression are surely impressive. We will see how they can hold up to that in the field.

Of course when you got lenses you need a camera body that can deliver the same quality as does the glass you put in front of it. For me it will be my first trip with the Nikon D810. It was given to me by Nikon Germany and im super excited to take it with me. I have used it on quite a few shootings in the last few weeks and image quality is amazing even though I must say under certain circumstances I was kind of disappointet by the AF-Perfomance but we will see how this will turn our on the trip.

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The trusty Nikon D810. It is a great and very flexible camera.
I just have problems with the ISO-perfomance in low-light scenarios
and sometimes the AF can be a bit of a problem with non native glass.
But once you see the files I tend to forget that quickly!

Alright guys, that’s it. Along with a California Sunbounce reflector and a collapsible diffusor/reflector this is all that comes with me. We are insanely excited for our trip and we hope we can deliver some nice pictures, travel tipps and if we can manage it some making-of videos.

Stay tuned, Marie

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