The ARTisan series isn’t just a witty pun. Our idea was simple. Give Canadian filmmakers the opportunity to tell a story about a local Artisan in their part of the country, shot entirely with our SIGMA lenses. At SIGMA, we appreciate and celebrate the passion and dedication involved with creation, just like the handmade Art series lenses we produce in our Aizu, Japan factory.
Vancouver guitar maker Meredith Coloma is recognized as one of the youngest professional guitar builders internationally. She currently runs a successful business handcrafting custom guitars and teaching guitar building workshops.
JAPANESE POTTERY, IAIDO AND KYUDO
Chris Sora is a third generation Japanese-Canadian living in the Niagara region. He has been practicing Japanese pottery for over 25 years and also enjoys Iaido (the art of the Samuri sword) and Kyudo (the art of the Japanese bow and arrow).
Sarah is a young jewelry designer & metalsmith in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work spans the full spectrum of jewelry, however, she is starting to become better known for recycling ‘old gold’.
minutes of footage
gigabytes of stories
ART lenses used
stories told so far
Our endless passion for photography spurs us on to the kind of technical innovation that raises picture quality and performance, and it keeps us looking for new ways to facilitate artistic expression.
SIGMA lenses are still made by hand in the Aizu, Japan factory by a dedicated team of craftsmen and women. This includes grinding lenses, molding plastic, painting, assembly, manufacturing screws and other parts.
All SIGMA lenses sold in Canada through Authorized SIGMA Retailers feature a 7 Year Warranty, the longest in the industry. All work is performed locally by trained technicians for expedited turnaround times.
The latest SIGMA Art, Contemporary and Sport lenses are compatible with the SIGMA USB Dock for future firmware upgradability and advanced customization from the comfort of your own home.
At SIGMA, we have the passion to develop top quality, innovative optics and put them in the hands of photographers and filmmakers, amateur and expert.
Sigma is currently pushing the boundaries of what lenses should, and can be for a film maker or photographer. To be able to have fast lenses that you know that you can shoot wide open and not have to worry about your image being soft is amazing. Combined with the amazing rich tones that these lenses produce, they are in a league of there own currently.
The Sigma Art series lenses are amazing to use, from the feel of the zoom/focus being super smooth to how sharp they are. They are beautiful lenses and I can’t wait to shoot more with them. The f/1.8 max aperture, available over the entire focal length range puts these zoom lenses on a shelf by themselves.
Without the smooth manual focusing of the Sigma Art lenses, it would have been very difficult to pull our focus precisely while the action around us happened at such a quick pace. The lenses allowed us to stay focused on our craft rather than be worried about how our gear was performing.
Working with Sigma's ART series lenses helped us capture the story with the look, feel and depth we wanted for this project. Shooting inside a dark blacksmith shop can have its challenges. We were easily able to work through these challenges and over come them by relying on the Sigma Art's low light capabilities.
Sharp, gorgeous images. The ART lenses have found a home in our run-and-gun setups, keeping up with us for hundreds of days on the road each year.
Sigma’s Artisan lenses are a great blend of quality and performance. With the Artisan series, we’re really able to achieve the look we’re after. The lenses are fast, without compromising sharpness. A typical shoot can have us working in all sorts of different conditions, so build quality and durability come into play. On top of a beautiful image, we need products that we can trust to perform every time they come out of the bag.