The Essential Lens Combo by Sigma

The Essential

Lens combo

Lens: Sigma 100-400mm F5.6-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at 220mm; Shutter: 1/500 sec; Aperture: f/18 ISO: 800; All Photos: © William Beecher Jr., 2017. All rights reserved.



Photographer William Beecher Jr.

The 10 o’clock news says one more day of blue skies before the weather turns to crud. That clinches it: photographer William Beecher Jr. packs his camera bag with a body and two essential Sigma lenses: the 24-105mm F4 Art and the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary.

“Sigma has produced two winning lenses that have revolutionized and simplified my bag,” says Beecher. “These are my staple, go-to action lenses. I don’t like wasting opportunity or being stuck with the wrong equipment.” Both feature durable, solid construction and optical stabilization for sharp photographs even under the most difficult conditions.

Lens: Sigma 100-400mm F5.6-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at 302mm; Shutter: 1/640 sec; Aperture: f/13; ISO: 400


The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary telephoto lens is compact and lightweight, and provides the reach and sharpness usually found in larger, heavier lenses. According to Beecher, “This lens will get you where you want to be, with great depth and clarity.”

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

  • Compact size and weight make this a great all-purpose lens
  • Built-in Optical Stabilization
  • High performance FL-D optics for tack sharp images without distortion
  • Multi-layer optical coating for improved contrast and color rendition
  • Hyper Sonic Motor for fast autofocus performance

The Sigma 100-400mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary is a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market. Touting Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer (OS), the Sigma 100-400mm 5-6.3 Contemporary is highly compact and lightweight compared to similar products on the market. A push/pull zooming function and a new Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) allow for a more responsive approach to photography while a 1:3.8 macro feature can be utilized from up close or from a further distance. Like each and every Global Vision Lens, the Sigma 100-400mm Contemporary is handcrafted at our single factory in Aizu, Japan and undergoes individual evaluation before leaving Sigma’s facility.



Lens: Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art at 57mm; Shutter: 1/800 sec; Aperture: f/10; ISO: 400


The Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art is a high-performance zoom lens designed for high-resolution digital cameras. “This is my everyday, always-on-my-body wide-angle to medium telephoto lens,” Beecher says. “It’s a must-have for every serious railfan photographer.”

“The morning shines bright, and the trains are running, putting the 1-2 punch to my advantage. In just a couple hours, I have these great images of an exciting short line, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. Sigma has made this outing a memorable one!”

Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art Lens

  • Compact size and lightweight ultra-telephoto make this lens perfect for travel
  • Built-in Optical Stabilization
  • Telephoto with macro functionality
  • Dual action zoom - push/pull or twist
  • Oversize grip on lens hood
  • Hyper Sonic Motor for fast autofocus performance

The Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens is a premium lens designed for full frame cameras and will also work with APS-C sensors with an effective increase in focal length. The 24-105mm F4 is a highly versatile focal range and staple everyday lens. With the increasing resolution power of new sensors, it is designed to bring out the true potential of evolving camera technology. Sigma’s 24-105mm f4 includes proprietary Sigma technology including our Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) which ensures fast, quiet and accurate autofocusing as well as our Optical Stabilizer (OS) which compensates for camera shake. A 9 blade rounded diaphragm creates beautiful background blur, while FLD and SLD glass elements compensate for various aberrations, distortion and curvature. The use of Thermally Composite Material (TSC) reduces size and weight and as part of the new Global Vision design, it is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for further customization and the new Mount Conversion Service.




Lens: Sigma 100-400mm F5.6-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at 191mm; Shutter: 1/1000 sec; Aperture: f/9; ISO: 800


The Sigma 24-105 F4 Art lens is available in Sigma, Canon, Sony-A and Nikon mounts. The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lens is available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts. Sigma lenses are covered under the Sigma Corp. of America 4-year limited warranty when purchased through a Sigma authorized dealer.

Since 1961, Sigma has developed technologies that enable photographers to capture perfect images. Today, Sigma is a top choice for railfans worldwide. Sigma lenses are handcrafted at our single factory in Aizu, Japan.