The Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is the widest-angle rectilinear lens yet made for APS-C DSLRs. Essentially an equivalent of the company's full-frame 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, this APS-C only lens features a disorientatingly-wide angle of view of 121-degrees for exaggerated perspectives. It has a built-in petal shaped hood, HSM focusing with full-time manual override, and a minimum focus of 24cm.
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD Lens
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“ Despite its small form-factor and unassuming design, this lens has the honour of being the widest rectilinear zoom lens designed for cropped-sensor DSLR cameras.”
- 8-16mm focal length
- 12-24mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 12.8-25.6mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F4.5-5.6 maximum aperture; F22-22 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 0.24m/9.45" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF, Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (DX) mounts
I never thought this might become my day-to-day lens,not on my canon. But there it is, mounted day and night, so sharp and bright as a Canon L series could be. Sturdy, heavy and more versatile than I ever expected. Problems: No filters allowed. This lens goes to the limit before having vignette. Not for a full frame (I don't have a full frame, though :D)
Super Wide Angle Zoom
For a Zoom and for a wideangle overalll this i very good, in close focus not that good, I am very happy with this zoom ;)
Resolution is astonishing. colors are vivid. No flares. Multi coating is efficient. Worth the price. Put you in a composer mood. Problems: no problems at all.
Feedback on SIGMA 8-16mm for A77
Looking to do some interior design/architecture photography and I've settled on the SIGMA 8-16mm for my new A77. This will be my first ultra-wide lens and since distortion is expected I wonder what should I look for to ensure I have a good copy? There seem to be a number of owners who have reported their copy being of inferior quality once they zoom out past 12mm or having poor sharpness, but I doubt I would be able to tell the difference until I learn how to use this focal length on the APS-C. Just want to make sure I don't mistake the characteristics of this type of lens for poor quality. Thanks!
For interior work this lens is superb, and using the ACR lens correction gets rid of quite a lot of the distortion, automatically. The only downfall that I have with the lens is that if you focus at about 3 feet in front of the lens everything is in focus, if I want to emphasize a subject with a little blurring, I end up by applying a white mask layer and then revealing the subject ( other methods are available ). It works well on landscapes, and using the 'panorama' mode 360 shots are a breeze. A slight downside is the fact that you cannot use any form of ND or other filter, as far as image quality is concerned I have used it on the A 77 - 99 and 900, and the only faults that I have seen are as a result of bad technique. By the way I looked at your website and love the images. Continue Reading
Good to hear, lack of shallow depth of field is not a problem for me, in fact for the types of shots I'm looking to make with this lens I want the deepest DOF possible, so that should work out great. Thanks for the feedback on photos, funny thing is I just put the site up last weekend and haven't even had a chance to create pages or post all of my favorite shots yet, it's more of a test project for now. Right now I'm waiting for the LR5 bug to be fixed - I stopped uploading after realizing the sharpening/noise reduction was not being applied on exports... the shot of the girls is pretty much RAW. Cheers! Continue Reading
Dsnoir Good to hear, lack of shallow depth of field is not a problem for me, in fact for the types of shots I'm looking to make with this lens I want the deepest DOF possible, so that should work out great. Thanks for the feedback on photos, funny thing is I just put the site up last weekend and haven't even had a chance to create pages or post all of my favorite shots yet, it's more of a test project for now. Right now I'm waiting for the LR5 bug to be fixed - I stopped uploading after realizing the sharpening/noise reduction was not being applied on exports... the shot of the kids is pretty much RAW. Cheers! Continue Reading
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