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The Sigma 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens is an ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed specifically for APS-C size image sensors, where it gives focal lengths equivalent to 12-24mm (35mm format) and an angle of view of approximately 114.5- 75.7 degrees. The Sigma 8-16mm features 4 low dispersion glass elements to compensate for colour aberration, while one hybrid aspherical lens and two glass mould elements give excellent correction for distortion and astigmatism. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting while superior peripheral brightness ensures high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. The Sigma 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens incorporates an inner-focussing system and a Hyper Sonic Motor, ensuring quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. With a minimum focusing distance of 24cm throughout entire zoom range the 8-16mm lens allows the photographer to emphasise the subject by creating exaggerated perspectives.
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Apart from the centre, it's unusable
from West Sussex
About Me Semi-Professional
Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens - Nikon Fit:
After doing huge research & reading excellent reviews, I chose this lens for my Nikon D7100. It looks good, seems well built and I love the extreme wide-angle effect. Initially I tested it before doing fine-focus tuning just to see how 8mm looked, and I loved it. However, further testing over 5 days soon changed my mind.After calibrating fine-focus and taking more shots to test the lens out, I got very poor results. The centre of the images looked fairly good and sharp but seemed to lack resolution compared to the best of my other lenses, only comparable to a cheap modern kit lens. I decided to do more testing to rule out focus and other issues, so I took a lot of shots of a good detailed flat subject, and used a tripod and live view to focus and avoid any other issues that might cause blur.I consistently found the centre was satisfactory sharp enough for amateur use but nothing special at all, but everything else was unusable. On the right side about a third of the frame (on a DX sensor) was so blurred I couldn't have used it for anything. On the left side, about a quarter was blurred. This was at aperture settings where DoF wouldn't be an issue, but at ultra wide angles it wouldn't matter with the subjects I used for testing anyway. I had the same problem no matter what zoom, aperture and subject distance I used. Closing the aperture did help bring the outer areas into focus a little but they were still very poor. I did a test of closeup objects as well as landscapes and found the same every time.I don't know if I had a bad copy of this lens or not, but if I did, this review still stands as Sigma have a bit of a reputation with their QC. The fact that the edges would show less blur as I closed the aperture suggests that one or more of the elements was out of alignment. The DoF couldn't possibly have mattered in my test shots as the subjects were too far away and the angle too wide for the whole frame not to be tack-sharp with a good lens.I found the overall look of images from this lens were "cold" too, which is odd and hard to explain. I had to give the white balance a tweak towards a warmer result on most the images I took with this lens. What might cause that, I have no idea but the results looked quite unnatural to me and it was hard to get any of them looking "right" in post processing (from a RAW file of course).Just to double-check my own knowledge about DoF and other issues, and to show readers I'm not biased against Sigma, I put my Sigma 18-35mm back on my camera and took a few shots. The difference is astounding both in sharpness, resolution and the overall look. It really is night and day with the 2 lenses.A few positives - I seems built well, focus is fast and consistent, and it's not too heavy or big.If you just want an ultra wide angle lens for fun or you're only interested in the centre of the frame, it's the widest angle lens you'll get without a fisheye. Otherwise, or for pro-use even in the centre, don't expect much from this lens. If it cost a 5th of the money and was sold as an amateur lens then maybe it's good enough, but for the price it's definitely not worth it. Even if one or more elements was out of alignment, the lack of definition and poor colour rendition would still not be adequate for pro use.Top marks to WEX for their help with a no-quibble return and full refund.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Outrageously wide and impeccably sharp
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Wider than any other DX (or full frame) lens as of Jan 2012. Going down to 8mm can produce some incredibly dynamic shots once you get the knack. It's as well built as any Nikon DX lens. Distortion is minimal for this class of lens and sharpness is excellent even at wide apertures.The 'bulb' front element means it can't take filters - the lens cap clips in to an extension ring you have to lug around. The focus and zoom rings are really smooth and positive, but are geared 'backwards' for Nikon.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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