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    to preserve life’s extraordinary moments.

    Go Ando

    When I go mountaineering,
    it’s really important that my photographic kit is lightweight without compromising on image quality.
    This combination of portability and quality is quite rare,
    but the full-frame SIGMA fp camera fulfils my needs perfectly.
    Since its release in 2019, it has accompanied me on many trips into the mountains.
    Recently, I had the chance to take the new 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary
    with me to the Northern Alps in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, shortly after winter had arrived.
    The lens is part of the new I series and matches the SIGMA fp perfectly for compactness and excellent optical quality.

    * Images without photograph data have been created with cameras by other manufacturers

    I always keep my camera fixed to the right shoulder strap of my backpack so that I can quickly capture anything I see as I hike through the mountains.
    I want to avoid any equipment that is too heavy, as it would unbalance my body. That’s why the fp is such an appealing product for mountaineering, with a weight of 422g for the body alone or about 650g if you add the 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary.

    SIGMA has introduced a magnetic lens cap with the I series. To accompany this is a corresponding magnetic lens cap holder that I have placed on my left shoulder opposite the camera, making it very quick and smooth to start photographing.

    I began my climb in the dark before the sun came up. As I was ascending dawn broke,and the mountains of the Northern Alps became visible, crowned by the first layer of snow.

    SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, SIGMA fp, ISO 200, F5, 1/30s

    SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, SIGMA fp, ISO 100, F16, 1/100s

    At an altitude of 2,800m I arrived at the ridge of the Northern Alps and I could look along the path that I would be tackling that day. Thanks to the wide angle-of-view of the 24mm lens, I was able to include the entirety of the mountain ridge in my shot from this position.

    SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, SIGMA fp, ISO 100, F13, 1/200s

    SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, SIGMA fp, ISO 100, F16, 1/50s

    The ridge ahead of me stretched out to the north, all the way into Toyama Prefecture. Its peaks were covered by the first snow of the season, and I was treated to the rare sight of snow-capped mountains, red autumn foliage and green trees at the same time.

    SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, SIGMA fp, ISO 100, F6.3, 1/400s

    SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, SIGMA fp, ISO 100, F14, 1/100s

    This is where I spent the night, overlooking Mt. Yari, the ‘Leader of the Northern Alps’. As the sun set, clouds gathered in the sky to gift me this dramatic moment.