Sigma 150-600mm Comparisons

A recent article on a popular Nature Photography forum about the new Nikon 600mm prime really drew my ire when he dismissed the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary and Sport (as well as the Tamron version) as “entry level” wildlife lenses. I have used the Canon prime 600mm so I can very easily compare the quality of […]

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Steve - My Sigma 150-500 seems really soft to me. How do these new lenses compare compare to my old lens?

Roman - Hey Steve, I did a blog for Sigma on that lens: so not sure but some poeple I know have sent itinto service with their camera body and the repair dept did adjustments to it internally…..and that seemed to help. That being said….the new OS and drive motors are the newest generation…..hence making it faster and better performing than the 150-500. Remember….there is a 4 year warranty so you should still be covered. Hope this helps.

Roman - and if you look through the blog…..there are a number by me featuring the new lenses:

Cynthia - Hi Roman, First, let me tell you how much I LOVE your photography. I recently purchased the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary lens, along with the dock. Must admit, I am going through a steep learning curve. My goal is to take as beautiful photographs as yours. Thank you for this great blog–as I shoot with Canon, and all of my glass is “L” series. This is my first third party lens, and must admit it’s build is fantastic for a $1000. lens.

Roman - Thanks Cynthia and with practice….you will master that lens for bird photography!

Konstantin Georgiadis - Hi Roman, I have recently determined that my 150-600mm C mounted on my 7D Mk II was backfocusing. The method I used was very empirical, i.e. placing 5 AA batteries close together at a 45° angle on a flat surface and focusing on the lettering of the middle battery. Based on the results, I made a 1-click correction with the USB dock and sharpness has improved but I am wondering if there is a more accurate/quantitative method to determine how much of an adjustment is needed so that I can optimize my body/lens combo. Thanks!

Iceland 2015 Workshop Report

Since I am home for a month I figured I could play catch up on a few blogs and announce the spring 2016 Iceland workshop! As usual, the Icelandic weather gave us pretty much everything you could imagine including a few totally clear days, which is a first for me! You really can’t help but […]

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Lynda Marzahn - The photographs are stunning! You certainly capture the best with your keen eye for beauty. I am looking forward to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons.

Jackie - Love your work! Would love to go to Iceland
Please send me info about your workshop!!
Thank you Jackie

Pat Mann - Thanks for a wonderful experience!! I would recommend Roman’s workshops to anyone who doesn’t mind roaming (ha) for great photos, adventures and a few breaks with great conversation. I’m looking forward to whatever my next trip is going to be! Hope it’s soon

No Fear Photography

  Every time I pick up my camera, I can’t help but think how powerful that tool is. I don’t mean in the philosophical sense…. I mean hardware. I’m not talking about just the pro bodies like my Canon 1Dx or similar. I’m talking about the entry level DSLR’s and even point and shoots. The […]

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Sylvia Weisbrot - lovely as usual!! Are you doing any classes or local trips?

Roman - Thanks Sylvia! I don’t have any more this year as my schedule is completely full until the end of this year. Sorry. I hope to add more next year.

The Definitive Cape Cod e-book!

I just finished reading what has to be the best e-book on Cape Cod for photographers by an extremely talented photographer herself: Betty Wiley.  Her in depth e-book covers the entire Cape with stunning images as well as GPS coordinates for each location.  She also provides precise details on when the best time is to photograph […]

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Jim Hawkins - I’m going this fall. Must have your book. Took a class with Roman in Nashville.

The Most Important Camera Gear

Over the years I have given countless lectures at conferences, dealer events, or tradeshows. I really enjoy these events as it gives me the opportunity to share my photographic knowledge with you and your excitement and appreciation is very rewarding….but I am frustrated by a segment of photographers who hyperfocus on gear.  This is somewhat understandable […]

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Bob Wells - I’m reminded of something I read in one of Galen Rowel’s books; one time he was only getting mediocre pictures and so he started to think he needed new gear. But then he remembered that same camera had taken so many fantastic pictures and that the difference wasn’t the camera, it was him.

Soon he was back to taking great pictures.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in March in Sarasota! I can’t wait to see the images I get then!

Can I ask for a topic for a blog post? How do you carry your camera gear on the airlines? Not being a pro this is going to be the first time I want to take it all with me and I’m wondering about the best way?


admin - Hey Bob, Galen Rowell was a huge idol for me when I was starting out. One of the few pro’s that I actually followed because of his beliefs, work ethic, and skill. The world lost a great one too soon.

As for the blog post….sure….but the easy answer is that airlines are getting tough. I wish they would end this nonsense and just start charging for carry on….they do for everything else so what the heck! I find I am shipping my gear more often now. Pelican case, insured, via FedEx. Expensive but part of doing business. Most hotels accept them if you have a reservation….or if you are going to a big town… can pick it up at a FedEx location. I never ship any camera gear with the airlines. Accessories and other non-essential items….but not gear. It goes carry on.

I have a few airline stories….so it will make a great blog post… the meantime….cal or email me if you are having trouble for that trip!

Ann Marie Proud - I came across your name as I was planning my trip to Yellowstone. I was thinking of doing a photography class, workshop, etc. during my stay. Anyway…I just need to say how captivating your photos are. Just when I thought that I wasn’t worthy (lol) of hanging with you and your other workshop particpants and instead find a group of novices that wouldn’t be put off by my camera lens size…I read this blog and it pumped up my self-esteem (a little). But you’re right…I have to pat myself on the back and realize that I do know how to set up shots, although my technical knowledge needs a lot of work 😉 So with that…I will keep on shooting!

Again, your work is incredible. What a great job you have!

Roman - Hi Ann Marie,

Too many photographers focus on gear. I continue to learn a ton in this craft…….I have been photographing for over 28 years! It is a great job especially when you compare it to being a union carpenter for 25 years. Roamin’ with Roman is entering its 13 year……so I guess you could call me a 12 year overnight success!

Thanks for the kind words and check out the lecture schedule as I will be at the PSA photographic conference out there in late Sept. and early October giving both a keynote lecture and leading workshops for the organization.