Reviews and Problems with Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM
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Wide-Angle Portraits: Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens Fits The Bill
17 September 2011
Excerpt: Why are photographers taught to use long lenses for portraits? There are four basic tenets behind this reasoning: narrow angle of view, shallow depth of field, flattering perspective, and a comfortable working distance between you and your subject. However, flip these “rules” on their head and you’ll see why I like working with wides: wide angle of view, great potential depth of field, unique perspective, and, oddly enough, working right in your subject’s face.
Summary: Overall the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 performed well for an ultra-wide angle lens. For its class, it is very good optically, it even outperforms the Pentax DA 15mm Ltd as tested by photozone.de on some configurations, but perhaps not the Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL, both compared at 12mm.
Excerpt: Add the Sigma 8-16mm Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens to our ever expanding list of coveted photography toys. The Sigma 8-16mm lens is the widest angle zoom lens currently in the market, built specifically for DSLR’s with APS-C sized sensors. What this means to you, is it provides the equivalent angle of view to a 12-24mm lens on a full frame DSLR. That equivalent angle allows the 8-16mm to flirt with but not cross the line into the sometimes gimmicky fisheye lens territory.
Excerpt: The Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens delivers very good image quality, has solid build quality, has fast and quiet HSM AF and has a reasonable price. But perhaps the most exceptional Sigma 8-16 feature is the ultra wide angle range of focal length range available - including the widest focal length available in any current-at-review-time rectilinear (not fisheye) lens. Get ready for your creativity to be fueled!
Summary: Having such a wide field of view, coupled with the close minimum focus distance of only 24cm, makes this lens a lot of fun to use. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you like to use filters on your wide lenses, and a lens as wide as this can be quite a challenge to use well. Saying that, if you find yourself hitting the stop at the wide end of the zoom on your current APS-C compatible ultra-wide zoom, then this lens is certainly worth a look.
Pros: Outstanding sharpness in the centre, Excellent build, Unique wide angle field of view for APS-C cameras, Compact dimensions, Silent focusing, Low distortion
Cons: CA towards edges of the frame at 8mm, Falloff at 8mm, No way to attach filters
Summary: A capable ultra-wide lens for DSLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors.Announced at PMA 2010 in February, the new Sigma AF 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens is designed specifically for DSLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors and boasts the widest angle of view of its type. It covers angles of view equivalent to a 12-24mm lens in 35mm format (12.8-25.6mm on Canon cameras) and features a number of exotic glass elements that help to keep its size compact and weight relatively...
Pros: You want an ultra-wide zoom lens with low rectilinear distortion for landscape or architectural photography., You require professional performance and build quality at an affordable price., You want high resolution at all focal lengths, along with acceptable flatness of field. Don't buy this lens if :, You'd like built-in image stabilisation., You need close focusing and macro capabilities., You need a general-purpose lens that can handle a wide range of subject types...
Excerpt: Originally posted 2010-05-24 on Optyczne.pl When the market was swamped by digital reflex cameras with sensors smaller than a 35 mm film frame for the first time, all the manufacturers faced the lack of ultra wide angle lenses. 16(17)–35(40) mm lenses, used so far for that purpose on small sensors, became just kit lenses substitutes – there were simply no wider zooms available.
Cons: high chromatic aberration at the shortest focal length,, huge astigmatism,, significant vignetting at the shortest focal length,, you can’t use any filters.