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Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR

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The Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM is an ultra-wide zoom that has a 35mm equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens when used on DSLRs with APS-C size image sensors. This lens is constructed with 15 elements in 11 groups which help deliver incredibly sharp image captures. Sigma's FLD glass elements, equal to fluorite glass, correct for color aberrations and aid in delivering beautiful high contrast images.

The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9.4" (24cm) allowing you to emphasize the subject by creating exaggerated perspectives. It features a compact construction with an overall length of 4.2" (105.7mm) and a maximum diameter of 3.0" (75mm).

This 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 super wide angle zoom is perfect for shooting landscape photography, architecture, building interiors, photojournalism, wedding photography, group pictures and a wide variety of other shooting opportunities you may encounter.

For a chart of compatible cameras click compatibility chart

Note: Due to the curved shape of the front element, filters cannot be attached to this lens.

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

This is a DC series lens designed exclusively for use with Nikon DSLRs with APS-C size sensors.
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.
Performance
Focal Length 8 - 16mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.6 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Pentax K
Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 114.5° - 75.7°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.4" (23.88 cm)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 15/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 4.2" (7.62 x 10.67 cm)
Weight 1.22 lb (555 g)
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR
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    Sigma8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
    • Durable (7)
    • Easily interchangeable (7)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

    • Difficult to clean (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Low light (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Performs as expected

    By Channel Surfer

    from Wilmington, OH

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

      I bought this lens to help take interior shots for my wife's real estate listings. Build and finish are superb and the pictures are sharp.

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      5.0

      Complete very well 16-50 and 50-135

      By Martin F

      from Montreal, Qc

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        Very solid and fun to use.

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        5.0

        Awesome lens for landscape!

        By Groovy

        from Quebec, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Cant Use Filter

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        This is lens is at it's sharpest at 8mm with a bith a softness in the extreme corner, mostly due to the effect a lens this wide have on the perspective.Stopping down decrease sharpness in the middle boost it in the corners. At f8 everything is mostly equal in terms of sharpness. There is some distortion a 8mm but it's easily correctable in lightroom . When zooming a little the distortion disapear. You can't use a filter with this lens because of the bulb like front element but the built in lens hood kind of protects it. You need to be careful so that you don't take your feet in the picture (yeah it's that wide).

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        4.0

        Great Addition to my Kit

        By Dadipentak

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        A UW lens is a must for travel IMHO and this one is a great performer. I was pleased by it's size--fits a bag nicely--and, while it's not particularly fast, it really does the job in decent light.

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        5.0

        Excelent product!

        By Jose

        from San Juan PR

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        Perfect with my camera.

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        5.0

        Excelent product!

        By Jose

        from San Juan, PR

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        Perfect to my camera.

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        5.0

        The ultrawide for APS-C

        By Jorge DS

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        If you like ultrawides and know how to use them this is a great addition to your lens bag. Nothing wider exist for APS-C. Light falloff is just as expected for such a wide lens. Sharp, some barrel distortion under 12mm and some pincushion above 12mm. Great size but that is also expected for APS-C only lenses.

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        5.0

        Widely Excellent

        By Jannson

        from Singapore

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

        • Architecture
        • Creative
        • Interiors
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        The lens comes up to an equivalent of 12-24 mm (full frame) on Pentax Cameras, which fit exactly what I needed.

        It's been great using it so far - Good for landscapes, wedding imagery, architecture and interiors, but if you're indoors it's better to use a tripod rather than push the ISO.

        Also pretty good for group shots on the less-wide side, as people have been complaining they appear too small when it's set too wide.

        That's something to think about, as the lens isn't like a fisheye - Instead of bloating up, subjects become longer and "smaller" towards the middle.

        Which brings me to...

        Distortion: People/Objects appear extremely fat or distorted on the edges. It's not generally a problem if you understand your gear. Only obvious at the wider end.

        All in all, a very well made lens.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

        By TrigPhotography

        from Acushnet, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        I needed to get just a few more degrees of field vision and the Sigma 8-16mm did the4 trick. I use it for indoor shots where I want to capture an entire space. It also works wonders for architecture.

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        4.0

        THE UWA lens to have

        By TW

        from NE Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Front element

        Best Uses

        • Creative
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        I have a Sigma 10-20 since moving to DSLR. I like the ultra wide angle to give me exaggerated perspective. When the Sigma 8-16 was announced, I have been eyeing it but thought the extreme focal length would make it difficult to optimize the optics. However, every review I read suggests that it has stellar IQ. The bubble fish eye front element may be the reason.

        Bought this lens just last week. Based on careful but not chart based comparison with the Sigma 10-20, I can confirm that the 8-16 is better. Edge sharpness is significantly better at overlapping focal lengths and aperture values. Contrast is also visibly better. I have no difficulty in using the 8mm FL but it is indeed wide; you will be overwhelm by the FOV if you are not familiar with ultra wide angle.

        I am very happy with this purchase since it expands an area that I have a big interest. Now onto the not so great items. The most obvious is the front element. It is like the eye of a bubble fish. The lens hood kind of protects it, but it is something I have to be very careful. Next is the inability to use filters because of the front element. Then the slow max aperture. The Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 is already slow, the 8-16 is even slower.

        While I like wide angle, I don't like fish eye. So it is the only 8mm ultra wide angle in the market for K mount cameras. I have 6 Pentax lenses, 6 Sigmas and 2 Tamrons. So I am not exactly brand loyal but rather I pick lenses based on IQ and value. I highly recommend this lens ... until the next one comes along.

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        5.0

        Sigma 8-16 Review Pentax K-mount

        By Euronitzan

        from Ursa Minor.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Creativity encouraging FO
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        This lens is an excellent UWA lens. Terrific FOV and very good overall sharpness.

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        5.0

        Very sharp lens. Fun. 8mm is addictive

        By cih

        from new york

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Fun To Use
        • Sharp

        Cons

        • Filters cannot be used

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        8mm is addictive. Fun to use. Very sharp. Great colors. Need to learn how to use the perspective but it is amazing to say the least. First non Pentax lens I really like. The quality is quite stellar as well.

        Cons: Cannot use filters.

        I have used the Pentax DA 12-24mm as well but after I got this Sigma I let go of it. I take pictures outdoors so the constant f4 did not really matter to me as much.

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        5.0

        Best Zoomy from Sigma

        By Leon Lusignan

        from New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

          This is best zoom ultra wide lens for crop sensor.
          Easy focusing in AF and Manual modes. Looks great also. Performance better than any Pentax zoom lens.
          Must have good flash to use it indoor.

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