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Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM 35mm Zoom
The Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is the first ultra-wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed specifically for APS-C size image sensors. This lens has an equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor. The wide-angle of view from 121.2 degrees produces striking images with exaggerated perspective, enabling photographers to emphasize the subject. Four FLD glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, compensate for color aberration. One hybrid aspherical lens and two glass mold elements give excellent correction for distortion and astigmatism. Incorporating an inner focusing system, the lens produces high-definition images throughout the entire zoom range. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting while superior peripheral brightness ensures high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. This lens incorporates Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), ensuring quiet and high speed auto focus, as well as full-time manual focus capability. It has a minimum focusing distance of 9.4 inches throughout the entire zoom range, which allows photographers to emphasize the subject by creating exaggerated perspectives. This lens has a compact construction with an overall length of 4.2 inches and a maximum diameter of 2.9 inches.
Submitted by Greg McCary a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2012
Strengths: Build quality, Sharp, nice smooth focus ring, price
Weaknesses: Can't use an ND grad, Can flare easily
Owning a Olympus E5 I have always wanted the Zuiko 7-14mm but the price was just to high. I have recently moved to Sony and picked up this lens for less than half the cost of the 7-14mm. With the crop factor it is actually 2mm wider than the Zuiko. The Sigma is a well made lens. The focus ring turns smooth. The lens is sharp from corner to corner. But I did experence the green flare issue I have read about. But I was shooting at night and using flashes.
I would highly recommend the lens. If you have never owned a super wide lens there is a learning curve.
The only negative would be that I can't use and ND grad due to the front element sticking out, but this is the same as the Olympus 7-14mm. If this is an issue you would be better off with the Sony 11-18mm.
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $700.00
Purchased At: Amazon
Similar Products Used: Sony 11-18mm, Olympus 9-18mm
Type of photography: Outdoor
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