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Sigma 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM
Lens style Wide angle zoom
Focal length 8 - 16 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 114.5 - 75.7 o
Closest focusing distance 0.24 m
Maximum magnification 1:7.8
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type HSM
Lens Construction 15 elements / 11 groups
Filter diameter 0 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Sigma
Pentax K
Canon EF-S
Dimensions 75 x 105.7 mm
Weight 545 g
Additional information Four FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements
Released: Feb. 2010
Average rating (11 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (11)
  1. Esteban
    Esteban 7 September 2016, 13:24
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    IP 194.160.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 320 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Edge sharpness is often not very good, compatibility with newer Nikon cameras

    Pros: Great wide angle, very good IQ in the centre and across the frame when stopped down to f/7,1. Easy to use in manual focus mode. Lightweight

    Summary: Unique lens, worth for the money.

  2. joe
    joe 23 November 2013, 19:20
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    IP 31.212.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: expensive, some CA's especially on 8 mm

    Pros: very good sharpness at 12-16 up to the corners. If stopped down a few very nice pictures high contrast and beautiful colors

    Summary: inspite of weakness on 8 mm with recommendation of this lens

  3. sasktank
    sasktank 18 March 2013, 21:10
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    IP 72.2.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: none

    Pros: excellent -build, sharpness, contrast, colors, overall image quality

    Summary: the best ultrawide in the world for EF mount

  4. Mike
    Mike 2 March 2013, 16:10
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    IP 78.151.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Useless for landscape, but maybe I'm using it wrong or I got a poor copy. Slow, but then it is an 8mm. Blown out highlights. Tricky to learn how to get the best out of it.

    Pros: Fantastic for wide angle inside closed spaces or to emphasize close objects without getting fisheye. Centre of the image is very sharp for objects within a few metres. Wide - 35mm full frame equivalent of 12mm minimum focal length.

    Summary: Once you understand this lens, it's very useful and good fun. I just can't get the thing to do good landscapes. Try exposure compensation and different metering settings to control highlights.

  5. D7000D800E
    D7000D800E 12 August 2012, 21:41
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    IP 41.159.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: € 46
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Edge sharpness (not absolute but vs center). Light performance vs comparable lenses.

    Pros: WIDE!!. Nice build quality. VG overall performance for price. (Price above that is. At SRP, I wouldn't buy it..

    Summary: Get for your DX camera and enjoy. If you have the cash and or FX, get the Nikon 14-24 ED.

  6. xiechen
    xiechen 22 September 2011, 21:02
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    IP 202.108.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 50
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: a little slow,you have to use triple indoor .cannot use filter in front of it.

    Pros: wide and slightly,more shapeness than ef-s 10-22,and also a cheaper one.

    Summary: it is the best choose at this time if you love to shot the landscape

  7. 123
    123 22 September 2011, 20:54
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    IP 202.108.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 123
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: 123

    Pros: 123

    Summary: 123

  8. Jeremy Ashinghurst
    Jeremy Ashinghurst 12 August 2011, 17:10
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    IP 12.148.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $600
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: *No front filter attachment *Corners do not exhibit the same level of detail as the center *Slower aperture *Focus tends to hunt more in lower light

    Pros: *Wide, wide, wide! It will surprise you just how wide it can go *Fantastic build quality *Very useful in tight spaces, because at 8mm it will focus on anything more than 5cm away from the front glass

    Summary: I don't shoot a lot with this lens, but I wish I could because of how well it's built, how well it performs, and how jaw-droppingly wide it can go.

  9. kazaam
    kazaam 15 July 2011, 04:02
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    IP 124.120.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 450 USD (u
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: f4.5-5.6 Cannot use Filter !!!!

    Pros: Pretty sharp. Widest lense for crop user.

    Summary: Better than Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6

  10. maga
    maga 13 March 2011, 12:42
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    IP 79.20.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: absolute no diistortion from 12 mm to 16 mm -- sharpnes at maximum level anywhere

    Pros: none

    Summary: very,very usefull

  11. Jonas
    Jonas 8 November 2010, 19:45
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    IP 85.230.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slower than the Tokina 11-16mm f/2,8, so in low light circumstances such as indoors or night photography, you may wish to use a tripod. However, as time moves on, DSLR's keep getting better high ISO performance, which helps offset this problem. At ISO 800-1600, handheld lowlight shots are possible, especially thanks to the very wide angle which help reduce the problems from a shaky grip.

    Pros: Unique angle. No other lens like this (in late 2010) for APS-C format sensors. Very sharp and rich in contrast, with good results even wide open at f/4,5. Low chromatic abberation problems too, thanks to the FLD glass.

    Summary: This is THE lens to get if you want to cover an as wide angle as possible. There's to date no other rectilinear (i.e. non-fisheye) APS-C format lens as wide as this, and this lens is comparable to a 12-24mm lens on a full frame body. This lens is unique in this regard. The lens focuses silently thanks to Sigma's HSM motor, and fairly reliable from my usage in about a month now. I can only think of a single disadvantage, besides the learning curve from composing your photographs without distorting the geometry too much (but this is a general ultra-wide angle thing and quite unrelated to this lens), and that would be the low light performance which isn't perfect at f/4,5-f/5,6. It's adequate though, and if high ISO photos are tolerable for you, handheld photos are often possible. If you most frequently want to photograph ultra-wide indoors, Tokina 11-16mm f/2,8 may be an option though, since it's comparable with very good sharpness as well.

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