Life is full of moments. Happy moments. Sad moments. Funny Moments. The miraculous blessing of photography is that we are now in the age when we can capture the moment!
With a tiny press of a button, we can capture the moment and freeze it to cherish always. We experience memories through these moments. From hanging them on our walls, to placing them in scrapbooks or ordering them into bound books.
We all love to capture the moment and treasure it always through a photograph. But in order to capture the moment, you need the right tools. Otherwise, you may snap that picture and find that you missed the moment. Or it is so blurry you can’t see it.
Sigma lets you Capture the Moment
*Special thanks to Sigma for donating a Sigma 18-300 mm lens so we could capture the moment! All opinions are our own.
I have multiple cameras. One is a designated work camera (Canon 6D). It’s pricey. I love it. But I don’t often take it on casual family trips to the park, zoo, or aquarium.
For family activities, I use my backup family camera (Canon Rebel t3i). It’s still nice. It’s still a great camera. But it’s not as much of a heartbreak if it was to get stolen or broken while we are out enjoying life.
But the problem with my family camera is that I didn’t have a good lens for it. I was struggling to capture the moment I wanted when I was with my family.
I have some pretty awesome prime lenses for work photography. But they are all for taking photos of crafts and recipes. And they are spot on perfect for that! But let me tell you, they aren’t the best when I’m out living life and need to capture the fleeting moment!
What makes a good Capture The Moment Lens?
I needed a good lens to pair with my crop sensor camera (family camera) that I take when we go on outings. A good lens to capture the moment with my family to cherish for years to come.
Sigma kindly donated the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C so I could experience how it works to capture the moments that matter most.
The sigma 18-300mm lens is a contemporary lens. It’s typical photography subjects include: Travel, Landscape, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Action.
It also features:
- Super compact high-ratio zoom lens
- Customization and flexible adjustment with Sigma USB Dock
- Renewed OS (Optical Stabilization) for better compensation
- Sony and Pentax mounts will not have OS function
- 72mm Filter Size
- Minimum aperture F22
- Mounts for Sigma, Sony, Nikon, Canon, and Pentax
My first reaction is that I absolutely love the versatility of the Sigma 18-300mm.
When you are living with kids, they won’t stop and hold still while I adjust my distance from them to get the perfect shot.
Capturing the moments in life is far different than photographing a still shot of food or a craft holding perfectly still. Kids and animals never hold still!
But with the ability to go 18mm wide or zoom into 300mm I am always prepared for what my kids may throw at me!
And you know what else doesn’t like to hold still? Wildlife! Birds! Fish! I love to take photos of the wildlife at the nature park!
And I can’t forget to document our latest trip to the Aquarium! Those animals never hold still either!
And boy does that 18mm wide give a great option for landscape photos!
I also find I love the versatility of being able to zoom in! This allows me to capture the moments, even when I’m far away!
I’m able to capture crisp images, with the ease of a single lens!
No more hauling around 4 different lenses on a trip to the aquarium or park. Just one lens and one camera! And I’m ready for everything!
It features fast focus and image stabilization to help you capture those moments in crisp precision. Because you won’t want to miss your kid doing the monkey rings for the first time, simply because your lens is still trying to focus on the subject!
Thank goodness for the speed of the Sigma 18-300mm lens! I turned around and there she was! I raised the camera and SNAP! And then she dropped. I got that shot! And it’s one we are so proud of since she is terrified of heights! Now we have proof she faced her fear and at least tried the monkey swings!
The Sigma 18-300mm lens is also great for in lower light locations.
Don’t mind the grain in some of our aquarium photos. That isn’t the lens. That is my family camera that doesn’t like low light. It’s only a Canon Rebel t3i after all. It can’t do much higher than 1600 ISO without noise getting in the way.
But the lens still captured the split second moments, and even with the noise from the camera, the shots are still in focus and a great way to cherish the memories we had together.
Like when the penguin decided to attach the skeleton in the tank! Oh, that was fun to watch and capture! The kids still talk about this!
It does feature a much stiffer zoom. Meaning it won’t just zoom by barely touching it. At first, I thought it was locked or broken because it was so stiff.
But after using it frequently it has loosened up and is much easier to zoom.
It is still stiffer than other lenses I use. But that is not a bad thing! The last thing I want is for my lens to change focal lengths when it gets bumped or if I change my angle. The zoom feature is stiff enough that it will stay in the focal length you set it at!
This means it makes for the perfect lens when I’m shooting my tutorial videos! See I need to place the lens at a specific length. And I can film directly above without it moving on me!
The sigma 18-300mm also has a special macro lens attachment that allows you to turn the lens into a macro lens!
To show you, take a look at the flowers below. First to give you an idea of the arrangement a regular photo with the sigma 18-300mm. And then with the macro ring and a shot of the baby’s breath.
This will be so much fun to use when the snow melts and the flowers come back to bloom! Think of all the great detail shots you can get with that addition! So now the Sigma 18-300mm is even more versatile!
I have truly loved my experience with the Sigma 18-300mm lens. It offers quality photos, with the convenience of being versatile in every situation. And with fast focusing, I’m able to capture the moment that I truly want!
The Sigma 18-300mm lens will be helping to fill up our memory books rather quickly this year!
Learn more about the Sigma 18-300mm on Sigma.com. You can also purchase it on Amazon. It makes an excellent gift for any parent/blogger/photographer. Just remember it is for a crop sensor camera, not a full frame.
Looking for a great Full frame lens? Check out the Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports lens. Now THAT is my King of the Crop Dream lens!
How would you use the sigma 18-300mm lens to capture the moment?