Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras - U.S.A. Warranty

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Designed exclusively for Canon digital SLR cameras, the ultra-wide-angle 10-20mm offers a view from 102.4 to 63.8 degrees, making it ideal for landscape photography and other vast applications. The lens is distinguished by its three special low dispersion (SLD) glass elements, which effectively compensate for color aberration, and its aspherical lenses, which provide maximum correction for distortion and various aberrations. As a result, the lens produces an extremely high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The HSM-equipped models, meanwhile, produce fast autofocus (AF) speeds and quiet shooting while still letting you perform full-time manual focus. Other details include a minimum focusing distance of 9.4 inches at all focal lengths and an integral petal-type hood to block out extraneous light.

Lens Elements and Coating
The multilayer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost--a common problem with digital cameras--while also creating an optimal color balance throughout the entire zoom range. At the same time, the lens offers three SLD glass elements that effectively compensate for color aberration, along with a piece of glass mold and two hybrid aspherical lenses that offer excellent correction for distortion and all types of aberration.

Inner Focusing System and HSM The lens incorporates an internal focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, letting you use a petal-type hood to protect from additional glare. And models equipped with a Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) produce silent, high-speed autofocus and full-time manual focus for Sigma, Canon, and Nikon D-mount lenses.

Best Consumer Lens
The Sigma 10-20mm lens is so respected that it was named the best consumer lens in Europe (2006) by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a collection of 31 publications from 12 countries. According to TIPA, the 10-20mm lens offers a versatile range of wide-angle focal lengths, a good optical performance, and a budget price, making it an excellent investment for owners of DSLRs with APS-C format sensors. Its sharpness remains constant throughout the zoom range, and its compact size makes it an ideal companion for shooting travel, landscapes, or architectural subjects.

The Sigma 10-20mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Landscapes, Low light, Night photography, Special effects, Travel, Weddings and more.The Sigma 10-20mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sigma 10-20mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma 10-20mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (102),Strong construction (93),Consistent output (69),Durable (54),Easily interchangeable (53),Lightweight (53),Rugged (45),Easy to use (25),Compact (21),Improves picture quality (16),Nice bokeh (15),Easily mounted (13) Clear glass (11),Simple controls (11),Easy to clean (6),Sharp (3),Good price / value (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (21),Poor in low light (5),Blurry focus (4),Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (76),Night photography (28),Low light (26),Shooting outdoors (24),General purpose (21),Landscape photography (20),Weddings (18),Special effects (18),Shooting indoors (18),Travel (17),Panoramic filming (11),Video (10) Sports/action (8),Fun (8),Wildlife photos (7),Photojournalism (7),Documentary (6),Landscapes (6),Close up filming (6),Art (5),Macro photography (4),Real estate (4),Architecture (3),Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (42),Enthusiast (36),Semi-pro photographer (26),Tech savvy (12),Professional (8),Semi-professional (8),Casual photographer (6),Pro photographer (6),Beginner (3),Film professional (3)

Sigma 10-20mm Features

  • Super wide-angle zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras
  • Covers a superwide angle of view 102.4°to 63.8°
  • Three pieces of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements and three aspherical lenselements produce top quality optical performance.
  • Inner focusing system ensures the length of the lens remains unchanged whilst controlling aberrations.
  • Equipped with HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) system
  • Minimum focusing distance of 24cm (9.4") at all focal lengths.
  • Relatively compact, lightweight for an ultra wide-angle zoom lens.

Sigma 10-20mm Specifications

Focal Length
10-20mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type
Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View
102.4° - 63.8°
Minimum Focus Distance
9.4" (23.88 cm)
Magnification
0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:7
Elements/Groups
13/10
Diaphragm Blades
7
Image Stabilization
No
Autofocus
Yes
Tripod Collar
No
Filter Thread
77mm
Dimensions (DxL)
Approx. 3.4 x 3.5" (8.64 x 8.89 cm)
Weight
1.14 lb (520 g)

Sigma 10-20mm Reviews

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4.5

(based on 179 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (69)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible Lens

I figured I should snag a super-wide to complement my Sigma 17-70 and Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS before our latest vacation (over to Europe). I thought I could find a use for it there, and it ended up on my Rebel XT most of the time. This lens rocks in most any situation you want where you need a wide view. Awesome in the Alps and in London and Paris. f/4-5.6 isn't fast, but with the short focal range, you can handhold this in darker areas and still get sharp shots. Images are sharp with stunning...

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I figured I should snag a super-wide to complement my Sigma 17-70 and Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS before our latest vacation (over to Europe). I thought I could find a use for it there, and it ended up on my Rebel XT most of the time. This lens rocks in most any situation you want where you need a wide view. Awesome in the Alps and in London and Paris. f/4-5.6 isn't fast, but with the short focal range, you can handhold this in darker areas and still get sharp shots. Images are sharp with stunning contrast and detail, focuses super-fast and silent. Controls are smooth and feel way better than even my 70-200 L(yes, that good). This lens at this price is an incredible bargain. I've found this lens a joy for automotive and fun candids as well. Just get it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Perfect wide for enthusiasts

A bit on the expensive side all taken into consideration, but a unique product, worth getting to know

Reviewed by 179 customers

 
5.0

Superb DX Wide Angle Zoom

By

from Orlando, Florida  -  Professional

I noticed I reviewed this lens back in 2007, but since have moved entirely to FX and had given this lens to my daughter. This week, I decided to buy a new D7200 as a fun lightweight vacation camera and knew I needed to re-purchase this Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 lens because my daughter won't give mine back. Coupled with an older Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, these will be the only DX lenses I'll need to go with my huge selection of FX glass. There's a reason there is such a huge cult following for this Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 wide angle and is the reason I am re-buying it. It is just a superb example of this kind of lens. It's very sharp and fairly distortion free. It's 10mm wide end gives me that huge 100 degree field of view I love so much over the years. When used correctly, you can really get in tight with foreground elements while framing the background landscape elements, producing lovely images. The glass is sharp enough to take advantage of today's 24 mp camera sensors providing you do your part. All in all, I highly recommend this lens and the fact that it's so inexpensive is an added bonus.

 
5.0

Outstanding lens

By

from Kalamazoo, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is more than I ever expected. The focal lengths are perfect for property photos and a fast lens correction in Lightroom puts everything into place. I love the fixed 3.5 and the 10mm. I have no problems with the SB800 flash providing enough light and coverage. The 82mm lens size is a lot of exposed glass so none of my other filters fit. Get what you need for filters when you order the lens so your ready to go when it arrives.

 
4.0

solid lens

By

from pittsburgh pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

landscape shooting, interiors, perspective shots. nice solid quality, no complains

 
4.0

Nice extra wide angle lens for the money

By

from Charlottesville Va  -  Photo Enthusiast

Over the past few months, I have encountered several situations where I needed a wider angle lens than my basic 18-55 lens. In looking at the available lenses, including reviews, this lens looked like a very good lens, in terms of "bang for the buck". I've had it for a couple of weeks now, and have used it exclusively on several walking trips. I've not been disappointed. You have to be careful with image distortion at the very wide end (typical of very wide angles). So far, I haven't experienced any serious vignetting, but I tend not to shoot with the lens wide open most of the time. It does create some interesting angle distortion, but again this is typical of the wide angle. This lens isn't quite as fast as the newer Sigma lens, but so far, I haven't found that to be an issue. The lens appears to be well made, and works nicely with my Pentax camera, and at less than half the price of the comparable Pentax 12-24 lens. The autofocus speed has not been a problem, since most objects I shoot with this lens aren't moving very fast (or at all!)

 
4.0

Overall great pictures

By

from McDonough, Ga.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is very sharp in the center and corners at all apertures except 3.5 where the corners seam a little softer. The only real defect I see is somewhat high CA distortion in the corners but since PS and Lightroom 5 have such good tools to take care of this it is no longer a big problem. The extra wide view on the crop sensor cameras is great.

 
4.0

Wonderful in tight spots

By

from Fort Myers, Fl

Most of my photography and videos are done in conjunction with magazine stories and books, and because most are about outdoors or environmental subjects I often find myself in very tight quarters. The Sigma 10-20 replaced a 12 mm prime lens and has been great for things like photographing a dove sitting on a nest inside a porch light fixture, three fishermen landing a salmon in the cramped cockpit of a 20-foot boat and bats inside a small cave, where I wanted to get as much of the cave in the image as possible. I was surprised by the difference that an additional 2 mm makes. I also love the HSM focusing system, which is virtually silent. You never hear motor noise on the videos. What's not so great? The f3.5 maximum aperture, but I'm not complaining, since lenses that offer the same image quality and f2.8 are at least double the price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great wide angle

By

from Springhill, LA  -  Tech Savvy

I use this when I have a limited amount of room to work with. If you aren't familiar with ultra-wide lens, you need to know you can photograph an entire firetruck from about 1 foot away from the front bumper. Very useful when photographing cars, boats, tractor, and the inside of homes if you do real estate. This lens is very sharp if used properly. If outdoors, use the hood. There is no image stabilization on this lens, so you need to use your rule of thumb on shutter speeds or a tripod.

 
4.0

Panoramic Bird Photographer

By

from Grapevine TX  -  Pro Photographer

I have been using lenses this wide since the Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 came out for rangefinder cameras in the mid-late 1990's. I have always liked fisheye and rectilinear super and ultra wide angle lenses. Lenses like this are very useful for shooting tight interiors in cars, boats, aircraft, and ships. And these are fantastic for showing a small room in one image. This is also a very dramatic lens to use in video. This version has surprisingly little problems with vignetting. And while they naturally have significant distortion, even in a rectilinear lens, in certain situations, they can also actually "straighten" wide perspectives. This lens, the f4-5.6 version and the Sigma 8-16mm all are similar in performance. I extensively field tested both 10-20mm Sigmas on my Pentax K3, and found them all to be up to producing good IQ up to about 18-20" wide, wider if you crop back the corners, or have dark or undefined detail in the corners. With some scenes, high detail near the corners and edges will blur, distort and sometimes smear. Note that that is not unusual at all for rectilinear lenses of 100 degrees or more. Even the full frame 14 and 15mm lenses do it. As comparing this lens against the f4-5.6 version, this lens vignettes very little, even wide open. You will get more vignetting from the f4 version wide open, but it tames down at f8. Central IQ is very good, not up to prime territory but still very useful for anything up to certainly 18-20 inches wide. The particular f3.5 that I got did not resolve quite as well as the f4-5.6 version I was also using. The impression I got of the pair I tested is that the f4-5.6 was a little better overall IQ, however, since Sigma lenses vary, your results could vary from this. For example I have field tested three different Sigma 8-16mm lenses, two were really very good, one was poor, but the best of the two good ones was nearly the performance of my 15mm Voigtlander near the edges (not at center). That one came from Adorama and it's a winner. For comparison, the 10-20mm f4-5.6 performed as well in most scenes as the 8-16, and a little better in resolution and sharpness over this model. However, this f3.5 version exhibited less chromatic or linear aberrations and very little vignetting than the f4-5.6. If you are getting the lens to shoot interiors, this shouldn't be an issue except at a very high contrast edge. The aberrations will show up, if they do, in high contrast edges, such as tree limbs against a blue sky. If your camera can use the HSM focusing motor, this is a really nice lens with more even lighting across the entire image area than the f4-5.6 If that is of less concern, the f4-5.6 version is a real bargain. I actually recommend all three as there really isn't any competition in the 8-10mm 110 + degree range on an APSc sensor Pentax, Canon, or Nikon that performs as well. Too bad the Sigma 8-16mm is not available in Pentax mount. This lens is best at f8 to f11 (also true of the other two), though mine did better than the siblings at f5.6

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!

By

from New England  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I shoot as a semi-pro with a Canon 7D. The studio I work for does all manner of photography, from weddings/special events to real estate, fashion, school portraits, etc. I bought this lens to use for weddings, real estate, and for my own artistic work, like landscapes and urbex/architecture. I looked at the Canon as well, and for me, this was a better value. It is very sharp, and the auto-focus is quick and quiet. At 10mm, it does produce barrel distortion, but that can be fixed in post, or it can be left alone for that effect, which looks nice for certain things anyway...at 20mm, it has very little noticeable distortion. Two things to be aware of with this one are lens flare, which is easy with such a wide lens ( just compose accordingly!)and the slower f/4-f/5.6...If you need or want better low light ability, you'll have to spend a bunch more. I just did a wedding with this, ( and several other lenses, of course!) and with my external flash it performed beautifully, so for me, that speed isn't worth the extra $$$. I have also done night shoots on my tripod and gotten similarly great shots with it. I could have rated it a four for those reasons, but for WHAT IT IS, it really is an awesome lens. If you need wide and shoot on a cropped sensor, try this one!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best wide angle lens!

By

from East Central Illinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

The perfect landscape lens and special effects. The weight is well balanced with the Cannon Eos 60D. It feels like the lens and camera body is one really one unit, not top heavy.

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Mike D  Can you explain how the AF/MF works?
CORINA D  Being wide angle lens I never use it in MF. Is a very good lens, very small distortion and sharp enough. In AF is fast and accurate. I am very happy with it. I've been surprised about good quality. I am using also Nikon 12 24 on Nikon camera and comes with much more distortions.
Jim S  Can the sigma 10-20 1:4-5.6 EX DC HSM be used with a full frame camera like the Canon 5d Mark II?
ANDREAS S  I think it can't. There is a compatibility on the sigma homepage: Go to the page of this lens, click on the resources tab and then on DC lens compatibility chart. Please compare.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
GORAN I  I am very involved in amateur photography. I needed wide angle lens, and now it is my main lens that I use. I am doing travel and landscape photography, and having wide angle lens is a must in those branches of photography.
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