Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM AutoFocus Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras - USA Warranty

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About Sigma 8-16mm

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.

Please Note Vignetting will occur if the lens is used with digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size or 35mm SLR cameras.

The Sigma 8-16mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Sigma 8-16mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Sigma 8-16mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma 8-16mm: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (18),Consistent output (16),Strong construction (13),Easily interchangeable (12),Durable (11),Lightweight (10),Rugged (9)
Cons:
Heavy (5),Poor in low light (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (26),Weddings (5),Low light (4),Night photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (15),Semi-pro photographer (7),Pro photographer (6)

Sigma 8-16mm Features

  • A DC series lens designed exclusively for use with smaller chip APS-c or 4/3 cameras
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus
  • FLD glass elements with performance equal to fluorite glass for compensate for color aberration
  • One Aspherical lens and two glass mold elements
  • Produces images with exaggerated perspective with its wide angle view from 121.2 Degree

Sigma 8-16mm Specifications

Construction
15 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of view
114.5°-75.4°
F stop range
Minimum Aperture :F22
Closest Focusing Distance
24 cm / 9.4 in
Maximum Magnification
1:7.8
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Length 4.2 x 3.0" / 105.7mm x 75mm
Weight
19.6 ox / 555gr
Filter Size
Filters cannot be attached to this lens.
Mfr #
203101
SKU
SG816EOS

Sigma 8-16mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent specialty lens

I gave the Sigma 8-16mm a '5' rating, but part of that is because there is no competition for the APS-C sensors ... so, technically it's the best item out there. This is as wide as it gets without a fisheye. But it's not the best only because of lack of competition. It's a very good lens in its own right. The focus is fast and accurate, and nearly silent. The bokeh is better than I expected, and it works reasonably well indoors. It feels very solid and well built. It comes with a case and bui...

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I gave the Sigma 8-16mm a '5' rating, but part of that is because there is no competition for the APS-C sensors ... so, technically it's the best item out there. This is as wide as it gets without a fisheye. But it's not the best only because of lack of competition. It's a very good lens in its own right. The focus is fast and accurate, and nearly silent. The bokeh is better than I expected, and it works reasonably well indoors. It feels very solid and well built. It comes with a case and built-in (tiny) hood which protects the bulbous front element. Images appear very crisp edge to edge, especially in brighter light. It has a very narrow aperture so expect to use a tripod indoors, when possible. Still, it creates tolerable indoor hand-held shots if your arms are steady. It cannot take filters because of the front element. There are some very good uses I've found so far. One obvious excellent use is architecture and real estate. It can capture an entire room which is a huge improvement over the point-and-click pictures most real estate agents publish. You can approach much closer to buildings and get the whole building in the photograph, which puts the viewer into the picture -- it's how a person would see the building. You do have to be careful to keep the sensor as parallel to the image as possible to reduce distortion which only a view camera or tilt shift lens could fix. Sometimes you want strange perspectives, which this can provide with its incredibly short focus distance. A third use caught me by surprise -- I photograph food, and this is an unexpectedly awesome lens for that use. The perspective actually enhances pictures of food and makes them appear more appetizing. There are some issues with barrel distortion at the wide end, which I completely expected to see, and which largely disappear around 10mm. A cursory, non-academic analysis of the raw images shows that it focuses accurately and has reasonably good contrast and detail in the corners. The range (8-16mm) is not very large, but other lenses take over where this one leaves off. I would have preferred it go to at least 24mm for increased usability. However, you're not buying this for the zoom capability... the main purpose it has is the ultra wide angle on your FOVCF 1.6x sensor. I found that it makes highly immersive video, when you need to film while moving through hallways or alleys. Strobes may not wide enough for this lens. Camera-based strobes will not work, either, because they're too close to the camera and you see the shadow of the lens. (The lens is not particularly large, but the angle is insane.) All in all, this is a great addition to my kit and definitely will find uses due to its strengths. Knowing its weaknesses (most of the not any fault of the lens itself) will help you take better shots.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dissatisfied

Ordered new lens. Received refurbished lens. Returned refurbished lens. Received refund. Out cost of shipping both ways.

Reviewed by 31 customers

 
5.0

Great lens for APS-C DX Format

By

from Lafayette, LA  -  Pro Photographer

A question was sent to me about using this lens on a Nikon D-90...I have a Nikon D-80 & 7000, and love this lens for both. I've used it on landscapes & cathedrals and while the edges are curved, simply crop that part out. I do not find it has a fisheye effect. I have only used it outside in sunshine & cloudy skies so I can't review it for indoors. I would recommend it if you are looking for an ultra-wide lens for your bag.

 
4.0

Great if you need it

By

from Hoboken NJ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very nice lens. Focus ring is a bit tight but will hopefully loosen up.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Image Quality

By

from West Linn, OR  -  Pro Photographer

Very sharp to the edges, even wide open. Replaced a Tokina 11-16 that need to be stopped down to f/5.6, so no lens speed lost. On the downside, it can't focus infrared, which was important to me. Still a keeper though.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it

By

from albany ny  -  Casual Photographer

I was a little nervous buying this. I do photography strictly for fun. I am not a pro. I wanted a lens with more of a wide angle than my 28mm. I took this to Cape Cod shortly after I received it and got some great shots of the ocean.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Dissatisfied

By

from Imperial Beach, CA

Ordered new lens. Received refurbished lens. Returned refurbished lens. Received refund. Out cost of shipping both ways.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great REALLY wide angle zoom

By

from Vernon, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

If you're in the market for a very wide angle zoom, this one is certainly worth considering. While there is distortion, that's to be expected with this type lens. The images it produces are, in a word, sharp. Its maximum f-stop tends to make shooting dim interiors difficult without a support

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Has potential

By

from Winston-Salem, NC  -  Pro Photographer

I studied the rave reviews and looked at plenty of examples on-line, so I was disappointed when my lens showed extreme curvature of field at the widest setting. In other words, I could have sharp focus in the center or at the edges but not over the entire image. This problem was actually more pronounced on the the right side than the left. None of the reviewers mentioned this issue, so I returned it. I am still convinced that this is a potentially great lens. if you are looking for the widest possible view for an APS chip camera, there is not other choice. The lens also has a nice finish and a good solid feel.

 
4.0

Great lens all round

By

from Peoria Il.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it for almost everything. I love the depth of field. so far nothing I don't like about this lens

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Houston, Tx.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I tried the tokina 11-16mm and the focus was soft on that copy so I returned to adorama. When I thought about it, the sweet spot on a lens forces you to stop down anyway so I decided to try the sigma 8-16mm. Very good lens and a better fit for what I am going to use it for mostly which is landscape/vacation photo's and when I need low light permormance indoor's I will just use a tripod.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great wide angle lens

By

from Millville, NJ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just received this lens a few weeks ago. Used it at an outdoor wedding in upstate New York. Photos turned out great. Looking forward to taking this lens on an upcoming trip to San Francisco and Yosemite NP. Lens works well on my Canon 7D.

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