The Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM is the only one of its kind. This is the first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed specifically for APS-C size image sensors. It has an equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens when used on digital camera with an APS-C size image sensor. Sigma’s new 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. An inner focusing system produces high definition images throughout the entire zoom range and the Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting while superior peripheral brightness ensures high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF 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 and is perfect for shooting landscape photography, architecture, building interiors, photojournalism, wedding photography, group pictures and more.
- This is a DC series lens designed exclusively for use with crop bodies.
- The lens features FLD glass elements with performance equal to fluorite glass to compensate for color aberration.
- The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting while superior peripheral brightness ensures high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.
- One hybrid aspherical lens and two glass mold elements give excellent correction for distortion and astigmatism.
- It produces images with exaggerated perspective with its wide angle view.
- The HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capabilities.
The Sigma 8-16mm 1:4.5-5.6 HSM is very nice put together and would
have qualified to get an EX label if it wouldn’t have been a DX only lens.
The Sigma 8-16 HSM is a fine lens, for me its a keeper and a perfect company for my Nikon 18-200mm VR to become a flexible vacation package along with the small and light Nikon D60.
Besides the protruding front lens there is only one more issue that I can think of
and that is the lack of possibility to use filters.
I bet some one will make a filter holder for it but the filters will have to be
huge to cover the 8mm wide side of this lens.
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 HSM is a solid lens, and produced the kind of images I’d want out of a specialty ultrawide zoom lens: Funky, clear and fun. Distortion is there, as expected, but the lens can double as an almost-standard wide angle lens at the 16mm setting.
- high build quality,
- very good, momentarily even sensational image quality in the frame centre,
- good image quality at the edge of a very large field of view,
- chromatic aberration quite well-controlled in the focal range of 12-16 mm,
- moderate distortion,
- sensible performance against bright light,
- silent, fast and accurate autofocus.
- high chromatic aberration at the shortest focal length,
- huge astigmatism,
- significant vignetting at the shortest focal length,
- you can’t use any filters.
The Sigma AF 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM may be the new star in this lens segment. It’s very sharp across the whole range straight from the max. aperture.
The pricing of the Sigma is very attractive relative to its performance figures as well as the extreme nature of the lens. Therefore … highly recommended (if you can find a good sample)!